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Our online computer science and information technology courses are very similar to our campus- based degrees, and the academic standards required are just as high. However, they give you the flexibility to study from wherever you like and to fit learning around other commitments. Computer science gives you a broad range of skills and knowledge in core areas including foundations of computation, programming, multimedia, networks, databases, operating systems and software engineering. Information technology includes many aspects of computer science, but with more focus on the computer technology needs of people and organisations.

For more information about how to apply, funding and how online study works, please visit the UH Online.

Why choose this course?

  • You can study when and where you want, fitting in with your other commitments such as work or family
  • Our online degrees are based on their on campus equivalents with the same academic quality standards and processes so your award will be recognized worldwide
  • Study at a highly-regarded, well established computer science department with excellent facilities, strong links to both business and research, and a track record of graduate success.
  • BSc (Hons) Information Technology also available to study online. 

For more information about how online study works, funding and how to apply, please visit UH Online

Computer Science at the University of Hertfordshire

See how The School of Computer Science at the University of Hertfordshire leads the industry with its world class research and strong links with businesses.

Professional Accreditations

Accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional (for 1st year entrants only)

Course details

Careers

Our graduates have gone on to become software developers, business analysts, database administrators, network designers, technical consultants, programmers, web developers, project managers and software engineers.

Teaching methods

With online study, you study at your own choice of time and place, saving on travel and accommodation costs and fitting in with your other commitments.

Our programmes begin on specific dates, you study as a small group, there are deadlines for coursework assignments and online tests with a fixed 24-hour period to take them in. This way you combine the flexibility of distance learning with the self-discipline and community spirit of conventional tuition. Our students come from all over the world so you will have a great opportunity to gain first-hand experience of global networking.

With online study, you use the Internet for learning: to access course information, to communicate with others, and to transmit completed assignments for marking. We take advantage of online technologies to provide faster and more effective communication and to deliver much richer learning materials than is normally possible with other forms of distance learning.

This means that wherever you are in the world, providing you have access to a suitable PC and Internet connection, you can study for a University of Hertfordshire award without attending the University in person.

Course Length

For entry at Level 4 the programme in its entirety is offered in two study patterns:

  • an entirely part-time study pattern (6 years in duration) or 
  • a study pattern which offers part-time study for levels 4 and 5 or full-time study for level 5 and 6 (4 or 5 years in duration).

For entry at Level 6 the programme in its entirety is offered in two study patterns:

  • an entirely part-time study pattern (2 years in duration) or
  • an entirely full-time study pattern (1 year in duration)

For more information about online distance learning visit: go.herts.ac.uk/online

Structure

Level 5

Core Modules

  • Operating Systems and Computer Networks - 30 Credits
  • Programming, Algorithms & Data Structures (COM) - 30 Credits
  • Software Development Exercise (COM) - 30 Credits
  • Contemporary Issues (COM) - 15 Credits
  • Databases (COM) - 15 Credits

Optional

Level 6

Core Modules

  • Programming & Software Engineering Practice (COM) - 30 Credits
  • Computer Science Project (COM) - 30 Credits
  • Data Mining and Visualisation (COM) - 30 Credits
  • Project Planning (COM) - 15 Credits

Optional

  • Quantum Computing - 30 Credits
  • User Experience Design - 30 Credits
  • Computer Systems Security (COM) - 15 Credits
  • Mobile Computing (COM) - 15 Credits

Fees & funding

Fees 2018

UK/EU Students

Part time
  • £680 per 15 credits for the 2018/2019 academic year

International Students

Part time
  • £680 per 15 credits for the 2018/2019 academic year

Fees 2019

UK/EU Students

Full time
  • £5750 for the 2019/2020 academic year
Part time
  • £720 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

International Students

Full time
  • £5750 for the 2019/2020 academic year
Part time
  • £720 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

For more details about fees and funding visit UH Online's fees page

Other financial support

Find out more about other financial support available to UK and EU students

Entry requirements...

2019 entry

For Level 4 entry to BSc awards:

  • 72 - 168 UCAS points.
  • IB - 72 points from a minimum of 2 HL subjects at H4 or above (with the remaining points to come from a combination of HL, SL and Core).
  • GCSE Maths and English Language at grade 4 (C) or above.
  • BTEC and Access to HE Diploma accepted.
  • Mature students who do not have the formal qualifications, but who have a firm background in computing, will also be considered for entry to the programme. Professional references and a personal statement will be required to determine suitability.
  • For students whose first language is not English, competence in English must be demonstrated through an overall IELTS score of 6.0, or equivalent qualification.
  • Access to computer equipment with the following minimum specification.

All students from non-majority English speaking countries require proof of English language proficiency. The following qualifications and grades will be considered 
- GCSE English language grade A-C 
- IELTS 6.0 (with no less than 5.5 in any band)
Other English language tests are accepted. Please contact the International Office for details.

Find out more about International entry requirements.

Supporting documents required

  • Copies of your educational certificates (including results achieved for each subject) for examinations taken since the age of 16
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • English language GCSE at grade C or above (or equivalent - you should have a score of 6.0 overall if presenting an IELTS test)
  • Mathematics GCSE at grade C or above (or equivalent)
  • A substantial personal statement about why you want to study this programme, what you hope to gain from the course and where you see your future development taking your career.
  • A copy of the photo page of your passport
  • 1 academic or professional reference

View our simple steps to a successful application

The University of Hertfordshire is committed to welcoming students with a wide range of qualifications and levels of experience. The entry requirements listed on the course pages provide a guide to the minimum level of qualifications needed to study each course. However, we have a flexible approach to admissions and each application will be considered on an individual basis.

View our simple steps to a successful application

How to apply

2018

Start DateEnd DateLink
20/05/201931/05/2020Apply online (Distance (Part Time))

2019

Start DateEnd DateLink
23/09/201931/05/2020Apply online (Distance (Part Time))
20/01/202031/01/2021Apply online (Distance (Part Time))

2020

Start DateEnd DateLink
23/09/202031/05/2021Apply online (Distance (Part Time))
20/01/202131/01/2022Apply online (Distance (Part Time))