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Information technology includes many aspects of computer science, but with more focus on the computer technology needs of people and organisations. The subject includes software development and acquisition, but also operations, support and systems administration. This course has a particular emphasis on the application of computer technology to businesses: the modelling and design of systems and data, the design of databases, how to enhance the user experience, and how to ensure software solutions meet clients’ needs. You also have the option to gain Oracle DBA certification. Thanks to the nature of this degree, you’ll develop the broad skills many employers are looking for while keeping your career options open.

Why choose this course?

  • Choose this course with an emphasis on the application and deployment of computing in organisations such as businesses, or change to one of the others in our flexible programme.
  • Be taught by highly qualified staff, most with a PhD or other advanced degree plus research, teaching, or professional experience.
  • Be part of a highly regarded well established computer science department with excellent facilities, a strong research background, and links to business and industry.
  • Prepare yourself for a career in the IT sector through a mix of academic, professional and practical study, with opportunities for industry certifications and a paid placement year.
  • Benefit from an NSS (National Student Survey) overall satisfaction score of 89% for the School.

What job can I get?

Our graduates have become software developers, programmers, web developers, business analysts, database administrators, project managers and IT consultants, or have studied for postgraduate degrees at the University of Hertfordshire or other universities. 

Recent graduates have become business analysts, web designers, support specialists, IT analysts, database administrators, project managers and IT consultants, or have gone on to postgraduate study. Careers are available in virtually all sectors and our graduates have landed jobs at EE, ECA International, Lloyds, Imagination Technologies and many other world- class organisations.

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 become software developers, programmers, web developers, business analysts, database administrators, project managers and IT consultants, or have studied for postgraduate degrees at the University of Hertfordshire or other universities.  There are careers across many employment sectors, including the IT industry, business, education and government.  Recent employers have included Blackberry, GSK, HP, IBM, John Lewis, and T-Mobile.

Teaching methods

Computer Science is both an academic and a practical subject so you will be taught in different ways such as lectures, smaller group tutorials, supervised practicals (labs) and self-study including experiential learning. Assessment is by a mix of in-class tests, exams, and coursework.

The School has well equipped laboratory facilities, with PCs running Windows 7 and/or Linux and a whole range of industry-standard and educational software from Microsoft, Oracle, Adobe, and others. There are specialist labs for networking, multimedia, devices, robotics, and projects.

In addition to scheduled classes, about 16 hours per week in Year 1, you will be expected to spend the same amount of time in self-study taking advantage of the University's extensive and up-to-date facilities. These include the Learning Resource Centres, open 24x7, with over 1,200 computer workstations and wifi access, Studynet our versatile online study environment accessible on and off campus, and open access to our labs.

Most of our students own their own PC or Mac, but this is not essential since you can use the university facilities instead or as well.

What you will learn

First Year: You will learn the foundations of the subject including topics such as an overview of the field, programming, modelling, and computing platforms.

Second Year: You will deepen your understanding and develop more advanced skills. There are modules on IT in business/organisations, software development, requirements, databases, web scripting and operating systems and networks.

Third Year: You have the option of taking a one-year paid work placement, or you can study abroad at one of our partner universities worldwide.

Final Year: You will study project planning, security management, the user experience and databases, plus two options. Finally you will undertake an individual project, typically an extensive piece of practical work.

As well as academic skills and significant experience of the key areas of computer science and IT, you will also gain those skills needed for employment. These include team work, creativity, communications, business awareness, and professionalism. You will acquire these throughout the course plus there is a core module on in the second year covering the legal, social and ethical knowledge necessary to become an IT professional.

Work Placement

You have the opportunity to undertake a professional placement in a paid job relevant to your degree for your third year.  We encourage you to take advantage since on average placement students have a greater chance of finding good employment after graduation and achieve higher grades in their final year.

Recent placement students have worked at large organisations such as

  • Apple
  • BT
  • IBM
  • Intel
  • GSK
  • Microsoft, and
  • Xerox.
  • Others have worked for smaller organisations, perhaps family-run or near home.

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

  • Human Dimensions of Computing - 30 Credits
  • Programming - 30 Credits
  • Models and Methods in Computing - 30 Credits
  • Platforms for Computing - 30 Credits

Optional

Level 5

Core Modules

  • Contemporary Issues - 15 Credits
  • Operating Systems and Networks - 15 Credits
  • IT in Organisations - 15 Credits
  • Information Technology Development Exercise - 30 Credits
  • System Requirements - 15 Credits
  • Web Scripting - 15 Credits
  • Enterprise Databases - 15 Credits

Optional

Level 6

Core Modules

  • Project Planning - 15 Credits
  • User Experience - 15 Credits
  • Advanced Database Topics - 15 Credits
  • Information Security Management - 15 Credits
  • Information Technology Project - 30 Credits

Optional

  • Professional Work Placement in Computer Science - 0 Credits
  • Software Quality - 15 Credits
  • Strategic IT Management - 15 Credits
  • Advanced Web Scripting - 15 Credits
  • Enterprise Systems - 15 Credits
  • Year Abroad - 0 Credits
  • Study Abroad - 0 Credits

Fees & funding

Fees 2018

UK/EU Students

Full time
  • £9250 for the 2018/2019 academic year

International Students

Full time
  • £11950 for the 2018/2019 academic year

Fees 2019

UK/EU Students

Full time
  • £9250 for the 2019/2020 academic year

International Students

Full time
  • £12350 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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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.

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.

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
26/09/201926/05/2020Apply online (Full Time)
26/09/201926/05/2020Apply online (Full Time)
25/09/201922/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
25/09/201920/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)

2020

Start DateEnd DateLink
26/09/202026/05/2021Apply online (Full Time)
26/09/202026/05/2021Apply online (Full Time)
25/09/202022/05/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
25/09/202020/05/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)