About the course

The use of computers and online services continues to evolve at a rapid pace. So the power and complexity of computer systems, peripheral equipment and support have to keep pace with user demand. This course will give you the ability to specify requirements, design systems and commission and test computer and network technologies – sought-after skills in today’s technology-driven job market. You’ll also learn specific skills in digital electronic systems, network design and management, distributed systems, microcomputers, digital signal processing tools and techniques, software design methodology, and data communication techniques.

Why choose this course?

  • Learn in state-of-the-art facilities in the University's Smart Systems laboratory
  • Develop the skills required by employers
  • Gain an edge in a career exploiting technological advancements to drive changes in modern living
  • Create great apps and distribute contents to a variety of new digital platforms
  • Specify requirements, design systems and commission computer and network technologies
  • Explore embedded devices, from standalone smart sensors, fully interconnected, mobile, wireless and wired, multi-platform systems with modern user interfaces
  • Gain an in-depth appreciation of the multimedia systems behind advances in web technology, satellite and cable broadcasting
  • Students from the School of Engineering and Technology have previously completed work placement years at companies including: BMW (UK) Manufacturing Ltd, Bosch Thermotechnology, and Microsoft
  • Recent Engineering graduates have gone on to work at organisations including: Dyson, Mitsubishi Electric and Fujitsu

Professional Accreditations

The BSc (Hons) Computer Technology and Networks course is accredited by IET and fulfils the educational requirements for registration as an Incorporated Engineer (IEng) for the cohort intakes from 2016 up to, and including, 2021.

Course details

Careers

An understanding of advanced technology puts you in an excellent position to take advantage of the many employment opportunities in this fast-moving sector. Industries using network design and management, distributed systems, network maintenance and data communication techniques all require the up-to-date skills you'll develop on this programme.

More about the course

Across the globe, modern computer systems are linked together via a variety of communication infrastructures, including telephone and cable connections, trans-Atlantic optical fibre and satellite links. The knowledge and skills required to specify requirements, design systems using standard subsystems, and commission and test computer and network technologies are paramount in today's job market.

In the first year of your BSc Honours degree course in Computer and Network Technology you will develop an understanding of relevant opportunities, how to exploit them and the associated responsibilities. You will gain hands-on experience of programming using Java, and of software development through extensive laboratory work. You will also learn about fundamental technical concepts - including computer architecture using packages especially for games and PDA tools to investigate digital subsystems; sound and image conversion to digital form; the functionality of RAM and Flash memory, magnetic and optical media; and data transmission networks.

In your second year you will broaden your knowledge of the technologies, standards and techniques relevant to designing and implementing multimedia communication infrastructures.

In your final year you will cover a variety of modern networking environments, you will become familiar with the practical issues and capable of working within a professional environment. For example, you will be able to understand different systems and rapidly assimilate the information needed to satisfy particular requirements, both from a purchaser's and a developer's viewpoint. You will also extend your knowledge and skills in programming and multimedia techniques to include animation and virtual reality, with time spent on laboratory-based exercises in 3D graphics.

The popularity of home computing and the growth in online services have exploded in recent years, which is why this fascinating subject has become so important, successful and popular.

The power and complexity of computer systems, peripheral equipment and support is evolving rapidly to meet the demands of today’s users. Computer systems rely on efficient global networks, ranging from household phone and cable connections to transatlantic optical fibre cables and geostationary satellite links. 

This course will give you the ability to specify requirements, design systems and commission and test computer and network technologies – sought after skills in today’s technology-driven job market.

You will also gain specific skills in digital electronic systems, network design and management, distributed systems, microcomputers, digital signal processing tools and techniques, software design methodology, and data communication techniques.

What job can I get?

An understanding of advanced technology puts you in an excellent position to take advantage of the many employment opportunities in this fast-moving sector. Industries using network design and management, distributed systems, network maintenance and data communication techniques all require the skills you’ll develop on this course.

Teaching methods

Our enthusiastic staff are always looking for new ways to enhance your learning experience and over recent years, we have won national awards for our innovative teaching ideas. All of our courses include a significant practical element, which, together with tutorial sessions reinforce the theory delivered during lectures, and you have many opportunities to enhance your presentation skills ready for the workplace.

More about the course

Across the globe, modern computer systems are linked together via a variety of communication infrastructures, including telephone and cable connections, trans-Atlantic optical fibre and satellite links. The knowledge and skills required to specify requirements, design systems using standard subsystems, and commission and test computer and network technologies are paramount in today's job market.

In the first year of your BSc Honours degree course in Computer and Network Technology you will develop an understanding of relevant opportunities, how to exploit them and the associated responsibilities. You will gain hands-on experience of programming using Java, and of software development through extensive laboratory work. You will also learn about fundamental technical concepts - including computer architecture using packages especially for games and PDA tools to investigate digital subsystems; sound and image conversion to digital form; the functionality of RAM and Flash memory, magnetic and optical media; and data transmission networks.

In your second year you will broaden your knowledge of the technologies, standards and techniques relevant to designing and implementing multimedia communication infrastructures.

In your final year you will cover a variety of modern networking environments, you will become familiar with the practical issues and capable of working within a professional environment. For example, you will be able to understand different systems and rapidly assimilate the information needed to satisfy particular requirements, both from a purchaser's and a developer's viewpoint. You will also extend your knowledge and skills in programming and multimedia techniques to include animation and virtual reality, with time spent on laboratory-based exercises in 3D graphics.

The popularity of home computing and the growth in online services have exploded in recent years, which is why this fascinating subject has become so important, successful and popular.

The power and complexity of computer systems, peripheral equipment and support is evolving rapidly to meet the demands of today’s users. Computer systems rely on efficient global networks, ranging from household phone and cable connections to transatlantic optical fibre cables and geostationary satellite links. 

Work Placement

You have the opportunity to spend a year working either in a professional research environment or within industry. The practical experience you gain will be of tremendous benefit both when you resume your studies and when you embark on a career. Students have previously undertaken placements in organisations as:

  • Exel plc
  • GE Healthcare
  • Mibtree
  • Open Systems Management Ltd

Study abroad

This course offers you the opportunity to study abroad in the Sandwich Year through the University's study abroad programme. Study abroad opportunities are available worldwide and in Europe under the Erasmus+ Programme.

Find out more about Study abroad opportunities

Structure

Level 4

Core Modules

Optional

Level 5

Core Modules

Optional

Level 6

Core Modules

Optional

Fees & funding

Fees 2019

UK/EU Students

Full time
  • £9250 for the 2019/2020 academic year
Part time
  • £1155 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

International Students

Full time
  • £12350 for the 2019/2020 academic year
Part time
  • £1540 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

Discounts are available for International students if payment is made in full at registration

*Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

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Read more about additional fees in the course fact sheet

Other financial support

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

Living costs / accommodation

The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

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Entry requirements...

2019 entry 

72 - 168 UCAS points.

Minimum of 2 A levels. Engineering or Technology based BTEC Diploma NQF/QCF, Advanced Diploma, or Progression Diploma.

Access to Engineering or Technology Diploma with merit profile.

IB - 72 points from a minimum of 2 HL subjects at grade 4 or above  (with the remaining points to come from a combination of HL, SL and Core).

GCSE Maths at grade 4 (C), English Language at grade 4 (C) or above.

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 4 or above
- IELTS 6.0 (with no less than 5.5 in any band)

Other English language tests are accepted. 

Find out more about International entry requirements.

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.

How to apply

2019

Start DateEnd DateLink
28/09/201920/05/2020Apply online (Full Time)
28/09/201920/05/2020Apply online (Part Time)
28/09/201920/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
28/09/201920/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)

2020

Start DateEnd DateLink
28/09/202020/05/2021Apply online (Full Time)
28/09/202020/05/2021Apply online (Part Time)
28/09/202020/05/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
28/09/202020/05/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)