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BSc (Hons) Computer Science

Course overview

Start date

September 2017

January 2018

Subject area

Architecture, Computing and Engineering





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Course summary

January 2018 start date available for this course - study over the summer and join the 2nd year in September 2018.

Computer Science incorporates a number of specialist areas underpinning the digital technologies we use every day. Our course is taught by leading researchers who are pushing the boundaries of what is possible in this rapidly changing field to ensure you’re up to date with the latest developments.

You’ll learn the main areas of the discipline, including Software Engineering, Artificial Intelligence, Information Security and Data Analytics, as well as Computer Systems, Computer Architecture and Data Structures.

In addition to the technical knowledge you’ll need to pursue a career in this field, you’ll learn about the impact of technology on individuals, organisations and society. With a work-based learning module embedded within the course, you’ll also have the chance to develop your skills in the workplace and enhance your CV.

At the University of East London we have BCS Accreditation (subject to confirmation), Microsoft IT Academy and CompTIA Academy status, so your qualification will be recognised and valued anywhere in the IT sector.


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Course options

Degree + Foundation year

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Work placement

A work placement is embedded within the course at level 5 to ensure students have the chance to develop their skills and enhance their employability.

Travel opportunities

The course provides the opportunity for students to travel to and study for one term in China, plus a 2 months internship at an international technology corporation.

Real world projects

Students have the opportunity to work on real world projects in their final year. For example, research carried out during a summer internship by a final year student has successfully attracted public interest and was published on the front page of the Times and major newspapers in the U.K. and Malaysia.

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Entry requirements


New UCAS Points

A Level
Including passes at A2 in at least 2 subjects. Must include one subject in Maths or equivalent.
Extended Diploma (QCF) or Diploma (QCF)
International Baccalaureate
Diploma with 25 points including a minimum of 15 points at Higher Level and must include Maths at Higher Level
We would normally expect you to have Grade C in GCSE English and maths (See below for accepted equivalences)


(Including European Union)

We accept a range of qualifications from across the world. Please see our country pages for information on specific entry requirements for your country.


Access to HE Diploma (QAA approved) with 60 credits overall and 45 credits at Level 3

Overall IELTS score of 5.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking (or recognised equivalent).

Level 2 equivalences such as Level 2 Functional Skills in English / Maths, Level 2 Key Skills in Communication / Application of Number and Level 2 Adult Literacy / Adult Numeracy

As an inclusive university we recognise that applicants who have been out of education for some time may not have the formal qualifications usually required for entry to a course. We welcome applications from those who can demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment to study and have relevant life/work experience that equips them to succeed on the course. We will assess this from the information provided in your application (particularly your personal statement) and may ask you to attend an interview or submit a piece of work to help us decide on your eligibility for the course. Our pre-entry Information Advice and Guidance Team are able to provide further advice on entry requirements and suitability for study.

You can speak to a member of our Applicant Enquiries team on +44 (0)20 8223 3333, Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. Alternatively, you can visit our Information, Advice and Guidance centre. Please click here for details.

What you'll learn

Throughout the course you’ll be encouraged to apply your skills to a range of practical problems. In your first year, you’ll gain a solid grounding in computer science fundamentals, including information systems modelling and design, software development, networks, web technologies and mathematics tailored to computing.

In your second year you’ll learn about databases, operating systems and data structures, and will complete a 70 hour work placement.

For your final year you’ll have the chance to specialise in areas such as mobile application development, network security, distributed systems and artificial intelligence.

You’ll be encouraged and supported to find work experience to enhance your practical skills, and we’ll help you to find a work placement if you choose to work for a year in the industry during your course.

In addition to your practical skills, you’ll learn about the social and cultural implications of the digital revolution, gaining an understanding of professional and ethical issues in computer science.

What you'll study and when

Academic and Computing Skills (core)
Business Information Systems (core)
Introduction to Computing (core)
Applied Mathematics (core)
Information Systems Modelling and Design (Core)
Introduction to Software Development (Core)
Introduction to Computer Systems and Networks  (Core)
Introduction to Web Technologies (Core)
Maths for Computing (Core)

Database Systems (Core)
Operating Systems  (Core)
Computing in Practice (Core)
Advanced Programming  (Core)
Data Structures and Algorithms (Core)
Data Communications and Networks (Core)

This course offers the opportunity of year-long placement between years two and three. If you choose to take this option, you’ll spend your third year on a placement with a relevant company or organisation, adding valuable practical experience to your growing academic knowledge. 

The extra placement year means it will take four years to complete your studies, instead of three.
Project (Core)
Computers and Network Security (Core)
Formal Methods (Core)
Distributed Systems (Core)
Artificial Intelligence (Core)
Mobile Application Development (Optional)

How you'll be assessed

We’ll assess you through a combination of coursework and exams. Coursework will include presentations, software demonstrations, research-based assignments and practical exercises involving system or program specification, coding and testing. You’ll always receive detailed feedback outlining your strengths and how you can improve.

Course specification Foundation Year Specification

How you'll learn

As a computer science student, you’d expect a lot of your learning to take place via technology, including a free tablet – and you’d be right! Our Docklands campus has excellent computing resources, including specialised labs to study networking and operating system environments such as Windows and Linux.

You’ll be given software tools for programming, database development, computer-aided software engineering, internet access and web-based development.

But let’s not forget the personal touch, computer science may involve the study of robotics, but we’re not robots and neither are you. Our teaching staff will give you a great deal of personal attention and feedback as you get to grips with the course content. You’ll have a personal tutor to oversee your progress, module leaders for different parts of the course and tutors for each year group.

We also have, as you might expect, a virtual learning environment to keep you connected with your tutors and fellow students.

To be successful, you’ll need to do a lot of work outside formal teaching time - supported by the Kortext application provided with your free tablet – although the stimulating course content will leave you wanting to learn more.

A significant proportion of your time will also be spent working in groups with your fellow students. Experience of group working is essential for graduates who wish to work in the IT industry.

You’ll gain insights from our industrial partners through guest lectures and visits which ensure that you stay on top of what this dynamic industry demands.

Your future career

Think of almost any business sector that exists and then imagine it without computer systems. Tough, isn’t it? That’s because industries as diverse as agriculture, healthcare, manufacturing and financial services all rely on computers and software to function effectively.

As a graduate from the University of East London, you'll have a solid understanding of the main disciplines that fall under the computer science banner. With a BCS accredited degree (subject to confirmation) and our status as a Microsoft IT and CompTIA Academy your degree will be respected within the IT sector and further afield.

A computer science degree is the perfect springboard for a career in almost any sector, in addition to the tech and digital industries.

The kinds of role you could go into include:

• Information Security

• Software Design

• Data Analytics

• Software Engineering

• Network, System or Database Administration

• Systems Architecture

• Education

• Technical Sales

This qualification also lends itself to postgraduate study and research. Or, if you have an entrepreneurial impulse, we can support you with that too and give you help and advice on launching your own start-up.

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