Computer Science BSc (Hons) – 2020 entry
Why choose this course
Surrey is one of the UK's leading universities for Computer Science, with our courses ranked top 10 in the Guardian University Guide 2019.
Our BSc Computer Science course will provide you with a solid foundation for designing the next generation of computational systems, as well as enabling you to analyse and resolve issues with today’s software programs.
You’ll be taught by academics at the forefront of their field and have opportunities to attend lectures from industry experts.
What you will study
Our BSc Computer Science course will develop your understanding of the concepts and principles that form the basis of computing systems.
We’ll provide you with the balance of knowledge and skills you need to design, implement and troubleshoot software and complex systems to a professional standard.
You may choose to take a Professional Training placement year, which will give you invaluable industry experience and opportunities to apply theory to real-world scenarios.
You’ll explore a wide range of topics including object-oriented programming, artificial intelligence, computer security and computational mathematics, using languages and tools such as Java, C++, Android, SQL, Python, MATLAB and assembler, and specialist hardware such as Arduino microcontrollers.
This course is accredited by the British Computer Society.
|Qualification||Course length||Professional Training||Start date||UCAS||KIS code|
|BSc (Hons)||36 months||Oct 2020||G400||View KIS data set|
|BSc (Hons)||48 months||Oct 2020||G401||View KIS data set|
Professional Training placements
A Professional Training placement provides you with the opportunity to develop your professional, academic and personal potential, equipping you to be adaptable, resilient, globally minded, confident, entrepreneurial and digitally savvy in the workplace. These qualities are widely recognised by employers and many of our students are offered employment on graduation by their placement provider.
The Professional Training placement year gives our students an insight into their subject and career potential, and early access to professional experience. It can be invaluable in developing work-based skills and helping them secure a graduate career.
Find out more about Professional Training placements and discover how these have transformed our students’ lives and career choices.
Computer Science placements
The experience and skills gained on placement equip our students for success, and their enhanced job prospects are reflected in our outstanding employment record.
Many students continue working with their placement employers by basing their final-year project on work related to their placement. This results in a project with a strong industrial focus that can demonstrate their ability to apply their academic knowledge to real-world problems.
The Professional Training placement year counts towards the experience required for professional membership of the British Computer Society (BCS).
Every year, our students take up placements at a wide range of companies, in a broad variety of roles.
Companies that have participated in the scheme include:
- Eli Lilly and Company
- BAE Systems Detica
- Sky TV
- Sony Europe Ltd
- Avco Systems Ltd
- Nintendo of Europe GmbH
- Cisco Systems Ltd.
At the end of the Professional Training placement, many students receive offers of graduate employment from their placement employers. This lets you focus on completing your course without worrying about the graduate recruitment cycle - a concern for many of today’s graduates.
Applying for placements
Professional Training placements are usually applied for and secured via our online placement opportunities platform called Surrey Pathfinder, within which students can select and apply for placement vacancies. Placement providers use their own recruitment and selection procedures and the majority of students will secure their placement in this way. However, support is also provided to students wishing to source their own placement, subject to university requirements being met.
Students are generally not placed by the University, however they are given thorough support and guidance alongside access to the vacancy portal representing thousands of placement opportunities each year. Please be aware there may be travel costs incurred when attending interviews and assessment centres at the placement provider’s premises.
BSc (Hons) - BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT
Accredited by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional.
BSc (Hons) - BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT
Accredited by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for Incorporated Engineer and partially meeting the academic requirement for a Chartered Engineer.
BSc (Hons) - BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT
Accredited by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT on behalf of the Science Council for the purposes of partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Scientist.
Careers and graduate prospects
We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University.
Computing skills are the foundation of numerous professional careers in many dynamic sectors, such as technology, business, finance, health and the games industry.
Our courses are designed to prepare you to work at the cutting edge of computing and its applications.
The combination of technology, industrial relevance and professional training we offer means that our graduates are among the most employable of any university.
Our BSc Computer Science graduates will be highly sought after for a wide range of roles, including within the software, consumer electronics, telecommunications and security industries among others.
Former Surrey students are now involved in many different fields, from software development and building simulation systems to devising IT strategies and managing organisations.
Recent graduates have entered employment in roles such as:
- Software Engineer, Xceptor
- Computer Programmer, Stanhope-Seta
- Technology Associate, Morgan Stanley
- Forensic Data Analyst, PwC
- Technical Architecture Consultant, Accenture UK Ltd
- Analyst Programmer, Avco Systems Ltd
- Software Developer, ID Business Solution.
Study and work abroad
We give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities or by completing a Professional Training placement abroad. In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV. View our study and work abroad exchange information to find out more and see where you can go.
Please note: the status of the Erasmus+ scheme is dependent on the outcome of the Brexit negotiations.
You may wish to spend your Professional Training year working in another country. Students on this course have worked at Movilitas in Germany, Pfizer in the US or Yokogawa Europe in the Netherlands. If you work in another part of Europe you may be eligible for an Erasmus+ grant.
This is an excellent opportunity not only to gain valuable work experience but also improve in, or learn, another language.
It may also be possible to spend one semester of your second year abroad at one of our partner universities in the US (Central Florida), Canada (Brock in Ontario) or China (the Hong Kong Institute).
Terms and conditions
When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and regulations, and our terms and conditions. These terms and conditions are provided in two stages: first when we make an offer and second when students who have accepted their offers register to study at the University. View our offer terms and conditions and our generic registration terms and conditions as a guide as to what to expect.
Please note: our offer terms and conditions will be available in the September of the calendar year prior to the year in which you begin your studies. Our registration terms and conditions will vary to take into account specifics of your course.
This online prospectus has been prepared and published in advance of the academic year to which it applies. The University of Surrey has used its reasonable efforts to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content or additional costs) may occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a course with us. Read more.
Academic year structure
The academic year is divided into two semesters of 15 weeks each. Each semester consists of a period of teaching, revision/directed learning and assessment.
The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. Modules can be either 15, 30, 45 or 60 credits.
The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes.
Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability, student demand and/or class size caps.
Please note: If there is an optional Professional Training placement as part of your course, you can view the full module listing for this on the relevant programme specification.
Optional modules for Year 3 - FHEQ Level 6
A total of 4 optional modules must be chosen. With selections, the resulting pattern shall result in a total, including the compulsory module, of EITHER 2 modules in semester 1 and 3 in semester 2, OR 3 modules in semester 1 and 2 in semester 2.
Note that in order to maintain BCS accreditation, 2 of the optional modules need to be chosen from the available COM3XXX modules and EEE3032, so only 2 modules can carry MAN3XXX codes.
Timetables are normally available one month before the start of the semester. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week (Monday–Friday). Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week, details of which can be obtained from the course administrators. View our Timetabling Policy (PDF).
Teaching styles vary, from large group lectures to small group tutorials, computing laboratories and drop-in sessions for programming.
You’ll benefit from an integrated range of learning methods ranging from tutorials, case studies, projects and coursework, to practical and discussion classes, including the use of interactive voting handsets.
In the early stages of the courses, the methods of teaching and assessment aim to ensure you gain the relevant knowledge and skills.
The methods adopted in your final year are influenced by the need to broaden and deepen the knowledge that you have gained at the earlier levels and to develop the higher order skills that you’ll need as a professional.
This allows you to see that the knowledge and skills you gain on your course is relevant and being used in industry and research.
Year coordinators are also available throughout your period of study at Surrey, to help with matters concerning your course or personal life. You can discuss your exam results or options with them, or get any other academic advice you may require.
Research students will sometimes help to deliver your modules. These students will be researching in a similar subject to the module, and will have undertaken training prior to being invited to teach. The University has a set of procedures that govern the use of postgraduate research students in this way.
This course is taught by academic staff from the Department of Computer Science.
GILLAM L Dr (Computer Sci)
All taught students are assigned a personal tutor before beginning a programme of study. Personal tutors offer support and advice to students in the areas of:
- Academic progress
- Pastoral/welfare issues
- Personal/professional development and employability.
Modules are assessed individually and credits are awarded for the successful completion of each one. Assessment takes place through a combination of examination and/or coursework, practical examinations and reports. Check individual module information to see full details at a module level.
Contact hours can vary across our modules. Full details of the contact hours for each module are available from the University of Surrey's module catalogue. See the modules section for more information.
Learning and disability support
We have two services, the Academic Skills and Development and Additional Learning Support (ALS) which can help develop your learning.
Academic Skills and Development
Academic Skills and Development is a learning space in the Library where our learning development team is based. It comprises dedicated Student Learning Advisers and Information Skills Librarians who can help you develop your academic and research skills, including writing, presenting, revision and critical thinking.
Find out more about the study support available.
Additional Learning Support
Additional Learning Support (ALS) is the University of Surrey’s disability and neurodiversity service. The ALS team supports students with disabilities, long-term health conditions, specific learning differences (such as dyslexia and dyspraxia) and other neurodiverse conditions (including autism spectrum and attention deficit disorder).
If you tell us about any conditions and register with us, we can give you appropriate support during your studies.
We can arrange exam and learning support adjustments, give advice on applications for the Disabled Students' Allowance, and test you for dyslexia and dyspraxia. We can also offer regular study skills and mentoring support.
See the Additional Learning Support website for more information.
English language support
Our English Language Support Programme (ELSP) provides tailored English language support during your studies. It is particularly valuable to students who speak English as a second or additional language, but native speakers are also welcome.
What qualifications do you need?
English language requirements
IELTS Academic: 6.0 overall with 5.5 in each element.
View the other English language qualifications that we accept.
If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here. The University of Surrey is also an IELTS test centre.
We normally make offers in terms of grades.
If you are a suitable candidate you will be invited to an Applicant Day. During your visit to the University you can find out more about the course and meet staff and students.
Recognition of prior learning
The University of Surrey recognises that many students enter their higher education course with valuable knowledge and skills developed through a range of professional, vocational and community contexts. If this applies to you, a process called recognition of prior learning (RPL) may allow you to enter your course at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience, or to join the start of a course without the formal entry requirements. This means that you may be exempt from certain elements of study in the course for which you have applied and be awarded credit based on your previous qualifications/experience. There are restrictions on RPL for some courses and fees may be payable for certain claims.
Please see the Code of practice for recognition of prior learning and prior credit: taught programmes (PDF) for further information. Please email Admissions with any queries.
|Qualification||Start date||Course length||Professional Training||UK/EU fees||Overseas fees||Professional Training fees|
|BSc (Hons)||Oct 2020||36 months||To be confirmed||To be confirmed||Not applicable|
|BSc (Hons)||Oct 2020||48 months||To be confirmed||To be confirmed||To be confirmed|
The University will assess your fee status. If you are unsure whether you are likely to be considered a home, EU or overseas student for fees purposes, the UKCISA website offers more information.
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