September 2024

Computer Science BSc (Hons)

Honours Degree, Undergraduate, September 2024

Key Details

  • G400 Course Code
  • 3 Years
  • 112 Typical UCAS Tariff

Nurturing passionately curious minds to lead the future world of IT and make a significant contribution to problem solving practices is hallmark of the BSc (Hons) Computer Science course. Computer Science is undoubtedly the most popular program worldwide and impacts everything from scientific research, healthcare, education, banking, finance, transport, manufacturing, agriculture, automation and communication etc. to household objects like microwave ovens, fridges, or door locks. The unique blend of theoretical and practical underpinnings of programming, artificial intelligence, data science, deep learning, cybersecurity, desktop and mobile applications development, robotics and game development aim to provide students unfettered learning opportunities tailored to their particular strengths. With the support of creative technologies, state-of-the-art infrastructure and highly experienced academics staff, our vision is to cultivate ethos of curiosity, pragmatism, teamwork and versatility amongst graduates and to give them the distinct competitive edge with necessary skills to address technological challenges of 21st century. 

  • This course enables students to develop competence in key themes such as artificial intelligence, data science and cyber security, alongside wisdom in their application domains, sufficient for them to progress to postgraduate study or employability. 
  • A rigorous, coherent and engaging curriculum that draws on the teaching strengths and research expertise in the subject area, aims to provide students unfettered learning opportunities tailored to address emerging technologies and specialisms.  
  • Learning opportunities encourage and support the spirit of intellectual curiosity and enquiry, an ability to apply computational thinking to solve problems and the capacity for creative computing. 
  • Relevant professional bodies (e.g. British Computing Society) inform the learning experiences provided to acquire and develop the practical skills essential within Computer Science.  
  • Students develop an appreciation of legal, professional, economic, environmental, moral and ethical issues involved with Computer Science and their impact upon society. 

The first year covers basics of Computer Science. More specifically, you will analyse small-scale problems and design their solutions by applying algorithmic and mathematical techniques. The programming, web applications development, data structures, computer architecture and networking fundamentals modules would develop necessary skills for computer scientists and also familiarise them to professional ethos and awareness of security implications. 

In second year, the core modules ensure developing a deeper understanding of user interface design, robotics and cybersecurity and machine learning. Additionally, the specialist modules within artificial intelligence, data science or cyber security domains specialisms support tailoring study paths to individual strengths and ambitions. The optional modules like exploratory data analyses, visualization, knowledge representation and reasoning, pattern recognition and applied statistics, creative computing, robotics and computer vision will ensure acquiring pertinent technical skills, theoretical foundations and professional responsibility while developing medium-scale, real-world projects within the modules.   

As you progress into the third year, higher level and core Computer Science modules, such as Internet of Things and Deep Learning, will underpin the specialist modules like natural language processing, data modelling, game design and development, cloud-based development, distributed databases and big data analytics.  Each of these modules has an elegant blend of theory and practice and offers a stimulating and challenging learning experience that allows developing an informed and practical understanding. The ability to research, think and analyse critically, design robust software applications and also to reflect and develop both personally and professionally will be entailed in the final year project with the aim of considering the role and career which Computer Science graduates wish to undertake. 

Modules are assessed through portfolios, video papers, digital artefacts, case studies and blogs alongside more traditional assessment types such as technical reports, academic essays, presentations, projects or online exams.

As a graduate who has developed a passion for Computer Science, you will be well prepared for post-graduate study, professional training and/or graduate employment in the commercial sector.   

You may choose to pursue a career as a programmer, machine learning developer, data scientist, business analyst, network manager, cyber security manager, cloud and web application developer, database developer or games designer.    

The course also provides progression to the PGCE Secondary Computing course at Newman as part of a seamless transition if you meet the Department of Education Initial Teacher Training entry requirements. 

Birmingham Newman University is located in Britain’s second city – Birmingham. With one of the youngest city populations in Europe, it is a vibrant and dynamic place to study.

Studying at Newman University, you have the advantage of being near to the city, but living in, or commuting to peaceful and comfortable surroundings on campus.

Dining out

Birmingham has lots of wonderful places to dine out with a range of different cuisines. Places where you can dine out include; Brindley Place, Mailbox and Hagley Road (just 10 minutes’ from Newman).

Entertainment

Whether you like to go to; the theatre, gigs or clubs, or enjoy: sports, shopping visiting art galleries or exhibitions – Birmingham will not disappoint and you will be spoilt for choice!

Location

Getting around Birmingham is easy via train, bus or by car. Birmingham has excellent transport links to the rest of Britain, making it easy for those weekend getaways!

Why not explore the city for yourself by visiting one of our Open Days?

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Entry Requirements

  • 112 UCAS points, to include minimum grades of CC at A Level or equivalent (e.g. MM at BTEC Diploma) or 96 UCAS points from a maximum of 3 A Levels.
    As it is not possible to achieve 104 UCAS points through an Access course, Access students will need 106 UCAS points. 
  • Access Students can achieve this with the following combination of Distinction, Merit and/or Pass grades at level 3 achieved from a completed Access course. 
  • BTEC National Diploma with an overall grade of Distinction, Merit, Merit, or an Access Diploma with a minimum of 39 credits with Merit or Distinction. Five GCSEs at grade C or above, including GCSE English Language (or a recognised equivalent) and Mathematics must be achieved. 
  • Students applying for this course may benefit from an approved articulation agreement with the current educational institution that the student is at present studying at. 
  • Mature student applicants with relevant professional qualifications are also welcomed. This will be dealt with on an individual basis through Recognition of Prior (Experiential) Learning (RPEL). 
  • Students from other HEIs studying computer science or a computing-related degree may be admitted through the RPEL following a UCAS application, for the year of study they wish to apply for, from the individual student.  

RPL/RPeL Arrangements 

Birmingham Newman University’s Recognition of Prior Learning and Prior Experiential Learning (RPL & RPeL) Policy outlines the arrangements and process for a potential student applying directly to Newman for this programme. An RPL/RPeL applicant would present an authentic, relevant, substantial, and acceptable portfolio of evidence with appropriate current artefacts to allow them to demonstrate their knowledge, skills and understanding for a specific module they are claiming accreditation of prior learning for. Other assessment tools that might be used include: interviews, self-reflective portfolios, project, and module assessments. These assessment tools would be assessed by a competent member of the programme team

DBS Checks
At the commencement of the course, individual students will not require a DBS check. However, if they decide to volunteer and participate in a computing-related activity in a school, then they will be required to undertake a DBS check which they need to fund themselves. They will also need to apply for this in sufficient time for it to be in place before commencing such work-related learning. 

International Students
The University is not licensed by the UK Government to sponsor migrant students under the Student route and is therefore unable to accept applications from international students at present.

Applying Direct Option

You can apply direct to Newman University for this course if you have not previously applied to Newman University through UCAS and you are not applying to any other universities.

Simply click on this Direct Application link to do this for September 2024.

N.B. will need to enter ‘New User’ account details when first accessing this portal.

Course Fees

The full-time course fee for September 2024 is £9,250.

The University will review tuition fees and increase fees in line with any inflationary uplift as determined by the UK Government, if permitted by law or government policy, in subsequent years of your course. It is anticipated that such increases would be linked to RPI (the Retail Price Index excluding mortgage interest payments).

Additional Costs

Find out more about the other additional costs associated with our undergraduate degrees.