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Course Details

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Location Wakefield City Campus
Level Level 6
Start Date September
Duration 3 Years full-time or 5 years part-time
Time of Day Day
Awarding Body University of Hull
UCAS Code G400
Day Trips Yes
Mandatory Placement No
Opportunity for Placement Yes
Progression within Wakefield College Yes
Residential Yes
Programme Design and Overview

The course is mainly assignment-based and has been designed in consultation with employers to ensure that you will develop necessary knowledge and skills to be successful in industry. There is also an opportunity throughout this course for students to participate in work placements with local employers within the computing industry to gain valuable experience before they enter to industry themselves on a full-time basis.  We also have small class sizes and a high level of tutor support help ease you through this degree course.

Computer Science plays a vital role in the technological developments that have become part of everyday life. In this honours degree we will provide you with the fundamental programming and problem-solving skills required in the Computing sector whilst covering a range of cutting-edge topics such as Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Big Data.

Indicative Content Year 1
Fundamentals of Programming
Computer Architecture & Networks
Algorithms & Data Structures
Front-End Web Development
Maths for Computing
Study Skills
 
Year 2
Advanced Programming
Cyber Security & Forensics
Emerging Technologies
Database & Back-End Development
Software Engineering
Research Methods
 
Year 3
Computing Project/Dissertation
Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning
Big Data Analytics
Software Development for Mobile Applications
Distributed Systems
Delivery Methods This is a taught course where you'll participate in a range of learning activities including lectures, classroom presentations, research tasks, group work, practical workshops, tutorials, and self-directed activities. Through these sessions, you'll develop the knowledge and skills to support your assignment work. You will normally have about 10 hours of taught classes per week and will be expected to complete another 10 hours per week self-directed study.
Nature of Assessments on the Programme Our assessment approach is tailored around the academic and employability skills needed to pursue a career in this fast-paced, demanding sector.  As such, many of the assessments relate to the application of knowledge, with the generation of a solution to an industry related problem.
 
Assessment will be in a variety of formats including presentations, written reports, development of coded solutions and practical activities.
Entry Requirements 64 UCAS points which can be from any qualification on the UCAS tariff
 
All applicants must complete a satisfactory interview and should also have GCSE Maths at Grade 4 or C or above or have an Access to HE Diploma in a relevant area. Suitable diplomas include Computing/Science/Maths
 
Applications will be considered on an individual basis and applicants with extenuating circumstances may be accepted with a lower tariff at the discretion of Wakefield College.
Attendance Expectations 2.5 days per week full-time
1 day per week part-time
 
Each year is 30 weeks
Fee Information

These fees relate to 2020/21

Tuition Fee: £6,750 per year.
 
Course Costs Included in the fees:
Teaching and assessment, Library use and University Centre facilities and equipment.

Any student entered/registered with an Awarding Body who has been given free entry and then withdraws or is withdrawn by a tutor will incur the certification fee associated with the course. Any re-sit examination will incur a cost.

Different fees apply to international/overseas students and those studying this qualification as a standalone course.

Additional Course Costs Course Costs Not Included in the Fees
 
Course books - many of the books are recommended, however there is at least one core textbook per module that is mandatory. 
 
Stationery - It is mandatory that you come prepared with pens, pencils, a ruler and paper as some of the modules will require you to take physical notes away from a computer. It is also recommended you have a set of highlighters to help with your notes.
 
Some modules with require the use of a calculator, you can use your mobile phone for this but if you do have a scientific calculator (from £10 on Amazon) it is recommended you use this instead. 
 
Peripherals – You will need to ensure you have a computer or a laptop able to download and execute the following programs: - 
• Visual Studio 2019 (Community Version)
• Eclipse
• Anaconda Navigator
• MongoDB
At the time of writing, all software above is free
 
In terms of a laptop or a PC we recommend you use Microsoft Windows 10 as your Operating System as it is better equipped to handle the course content.
 
Printing and photocopying costs:
There is no charge for course hand-outs, handbooks etc. Students will receive a printing credit of £10 per annum from the University Centre, after which students will have to pay for extra credits.
 
Library overdue charges:
Overdue charges apply to all library loans to encourage you to return any resources you borrow on time. Overdue charges are 5p per day per book.  There is no charge for e-books rentals.
Financial Support Information For more detailed information on financial support and fees for students aged 19+ please contact the Financial Support Team on 01924 789304
Further Study The course will enable students to undertake a postgraduate qualification. Wakefield College offers a range of postgraduate qualifications in Education and there are a range of MA programmes at a number of regional and national HE institutions available. Students will explore such progression opportunities via modules studied on the programme and via personal tutorials.
Career Opportunities

There are a wide number of Computing & IT related careers you can enter in this field, with the potential for employment spread across all career sectors.  Popular job titles include: 

• Programmer / Software Developer
• IT Analyst / Consultant
• Network Administrator
• Data Analyst / Scientist
• Web Developer
• Back end Developer
• Full Stack Developer

How to Apply

Full time:

You will need to apply for this course through the UCAS system at: www.ucas.ac.uk.


Part time:

If you're interested in applying for this course, please complete a part-time HE/Professional application form and return it to the Freepost address on the form.

If you don't receive an application form with this course leaflet please contact Course Information on 01924 789111.

Admissions Process

External candidates should apply through UCAS and will be interviewed and following the interview may be offered either a conditional or unconditional offer depending on their existing qualifications. Interviews normally take place between January and May but can take place earlier or later if required.

For details on higher education admissions procedures, please see the 'Admissions Code of Practice' document on the Wakefield College website: http://www.wakefield.ac.uk/higher-education/he-policies.

Disability Support Information

We’re committed to a programme of support to ensure that the Equality and Diversity policy is fully effective. We recognise the importance of effective support mechanisms in enabling all students to achieve their potential and will continue to improve provision for students with a disability.

The Additional Support Service is responsible for supporting disabled learners and those with language support needs. The earlier you request support, the quicker it can be provided, so if you know you’ll need support or adjustments, contact us in good time before your course starts. Get in touch on 01924 789120 or email us at: Additionalsupportenquiries@wakefield.ac.uk

For Further Details

Please contact  David Clapham by email: d.clapham@wakefield.ac.uk.

Open Events

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Course Groups (W) Higher Education, Professional Course
Subject Area (W) Computing & ICT
Client Group (W) 19+, Higher Education, Business
Search Ref (W) 59513
Website Ref (W) 11HKN20LEB
Information last amended: 07 August 2020 09:30
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