I'm enjoying the range of different modules in the first year as it allows me to understand what I enjoy most.

Thomas

    How do you want to study?

    Duration:

    4 years

    UCAS code:

    I10F

    Location(s):

    Canterbury
    Apply via UCASBook an Open Day

    Overview

    As the use of the internet, ‘big data’, simulation, and automation continues to grow, so does the need for computer scientists and software engineers who can provide real solutions to real problems.

    This course has been designed so you can meet the demands of high-performance computing in industry. You will learn software development, machine architecture, problem modelling and parallel computing – among other things.

    The main emphasis of this degree is on the development of advanced software and the use of cutting-edge ideas to enable you to work with data on a massive scale – something employers are increasingly demanding.

    Why study Computer Science with Foundation Year?

    Computer Science is an ever-expanding field of study with great opportunities for employment, further study and research in a variety of fields. This course's main emphasis is on the development of software using high performance computing and cutting-edge concepts to enable an intelligent understanding of data on a massive scale, learners are also introduced to fields like Artificial Intelligence, Web Development, Agile Software Development practices and current issues both ethically and economically in the technology sector.

    The foundation year helps those with no prior experience of computing to gain the prerequisite learning needed to be successful on the course and in their future career.

      All about the course

      The foundation year aims to improve your computing knowledge and prepare you for study at undergraduate level.

      The basics of programming, working with off the shelf software, building computer hardware and engaging in a development project are all areas of study that are undertaken in the foundation year. Mathematical concepts are introduced in a supportive way with a focus on understanding and improvement.

      The foundation year has been proven to give students the skills they need to be successful on all of our computing courses.

      Entry requirements

      Qualification type

      Grades

      A Levels EEE
      BTEC PPP
      Access Pass 45 Credits
      International Baccalaureate 24 points
      Combinations A combination of qualifications totalling 32 UCAS points minimum

      A typical offer would be a minimum of 32 UCAS Tariff points and a good GCSE in Mathematics or equivalent. Applicants without formal level 3 qualifications will also be considered.

      For more information on the IELTS (International English language Testing System) requirements for this course, please click here to visit our dedicated web page.

      More entry requirement details.

      32
      UCAS Points

      Module information

      Please note that the list of optional modules and their availability may be subject to change. We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. Modules will vary when studied in combination with another subject.

      Core/optional modules

      How you’ll learn

      This degree uses the pioneering CDIO (Conceive, Design, Implement, Operate) education model – developed by the world-renowned Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in collaboration with business. This will help your natural creativity and thirst for problem-solving flourish as you learn and some of your teaching will be done via real world inspired projects. You will be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and practical labs. You will typically have around 12 contact hours per week and are expected to also spend about 4 hours each week coordinating with team members on group activities. Labs will often emphasise working in small groups to enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures and place theory into practice.

      All programmes are informed by the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy 2015-2022.

      When not attending timetabled sessions it is expected you will continue learning through self-study. Typically, this involves completing computer-based exercises, preparing for workshops and seminars, undertaking research in the library, working on projects, undertaking coursework assignments or preparing for class-tests and examinations and reading journal articles and books. Your module leader will direct you towards specific readings and/or activities to complete before class.

      For your final year individual study (dissertation), you will undertake independent research and will be assigned a supervisor; who will guide you through your first substantial and independent work through regular scheduled meetings

      Your overall workload typically consists of 12 contact hours and an additional 25 hours of independent learning. In addition, there may be field trips.

      For each 20-credit module, your study time will be about 10 hours a week plus work on assessments or preparation for examinations. Assessments would normally be expected to take approximately 50 hours for an assignment worth 50% of a 20 credit module. A similar amount of preparation and revision time would be expected for an examination worth 50% of a 20 credit module.

      The team consists of highly qualified academics. They have a range of expertise and experience.

      All our team members hold Doctoral or professional qualifications (e.g. Member of the British Computer Society or Eur. Ing.). Find out more about the current teaching team. You should note members of the teaching team might change.

      Postgraduate students assist in some teaching and assessing some modules. However, experienced academics teach the majority of lectures and seminars.

      With a strong mix of lecturers from both academic and industrial backgrounds, the computer science course at Canterbury Christ Church supports you in a commercially relevant programme to become a computer science professional. Practical learning and employability are firmly at the heart of our curriculum.

      Gordon AikenCourse Director

      How you’ll be assessed

      You will be assessed largely by coursework and project work, though some modules will also have class tests. Coursework is mainly practically-oriented with appropriate theoretical elements to ensure a well-rounded education. Assessments are generally individual, with group work in some modules where this matches the approaches used in industry.

      We use coursework assessment methods based on their suitability for specific modules. Formative feedback is provided throughout your course. We use coursework assessment methods based on their suitability for specific modules.

      Methods of assessment used include production of software artefacts, project specification documents, reports, ‘investigation-based’ presentations, oral presentations, individual studies/projects, poster presentations, online assessment, logbooks and time constrained assignments.

      80% Course work

      Your future career

      On successful completion of this degree you will be strongly prepared for a role in many computing roles, specifically software engineering. The course very closely maps to commercial development and you will be fully prepared to move into a broad range of computing roles such as Scrum Master, Product Manager, Dev-Ops, UX-Designer and many more.

      You will also have a strong grounding for further study on specialist Masters or Research (MPhil/PhD) programmes. This degree will stand you in good stead to work towards professional qualifications with a number of commercial providers and also those of the British Computer Society.

      This degree has a good choice of modules and opens the door for so many jobs, some you wouldn't even think of.

      KateComputer Science graduate

      Fees

      The 2022/23 annual tuition fees for this course are:

        UK** Overseas***
      Full-time - Foundation Year 0 £9,250 £14,500
      Full-time - years 1-3 * £9,250 £14,500
      Part-time - years 1-3 * £4,625 N/A
      Full-time - placement year * £1,850 N/A

      Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

      * The tuition fees of £9,250 / £14,500 / £4,625 / £1,850 relate to 2022/23 only.

      Please read the 2022/23 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2022/23 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.

      **Home (UK) Fees

      The fees above are for the 2022/23 academic year but may be subject to change following any announcements by the UK Government (approved by Parliament) regarding maximum Undergraduate tuition fee caps for 2022/23.

      In addition, the University reserves the right to increase all full-time and part-time Undergraduate tuition fees mid-course, in line with any further inflationary increase in the Government tuition fee cap which is approved by Parliament. The University will publish information about any changes to tuition fees on its website.

      ***Overseas Fees (including EU fees):

      Undergraduate Overseas tuition fees for International students are not subject to the Government’s regulations on maximum tuition fees.

      Students with an Overseas fee status will be eligible for an International student Scholarship fee discount of £1,500, which will be applied to all Full-time Undergraduate courses with a tuition fee of £14,500.

      Students with an EU fee status will be eligible for the EEA Transition Scholarship. Further details can be found here: https://www.canterbury.ac.uk/study-here/fees-and-funding/international-student-fees-and-funding

      Diamond Jubilee Scholarships and Bursaries

      To celebrate 60 years of transforming lives through education new cash bursary and scholarship opportunities are available for students starting a degree in September 2022. See full details.

      Regulated by the Office for Students

      The Office for Students (OfS) regulates Canterbury Christ Church University. The OfS is the independent regulator of higher education in England. It aims to ensure that every student, whatever their background, has a fulfilling experience of higher education that enriches their lives and careers. Further details about its work are available on the OfS website.

      Apply now

      Duration:

      4 years

      UCAS code:

      I10F

      Location(s):

      Canterbury
      Apply via UCAS

      Find out more

      Sign up to hear the latest from the University, including upcoming events, useful updates, student life and more!