Computing and Information Technology BSc (Hons) – 2018 entry

The course I studied had a good mix of technical/computing modules and marketing and business skills which gave me a great foundation to succeed in any industry.

I would highly recommend studying at the University of Surrey: you’ll get every opportunity to develop both academically and on a personal level.

Why Surrey?

Surrey is one of the UK's leading universities for Computer Science and Information Systems, with our programmes ranked sixth in the Guardian University Guide 2018.

Our Computing and Information Technology programme provides you with a unique combination of computing, business and technical knowledge, enabling you to work as a business analyst or consultant within one of the world’s most exciting industries. You’ll benefit from teaching by academics at the forefront of their field and lectures from industry experts.

Programme overview

Our Computing and Information Technology programme will enable you to build a strong technical knowledge together with a functional management focus. Through a lively mix of teaching methods you will learn about business finance and information security management, software engineering, programming and new developments in computing – particularly emerging web and cloud technologies.

Our Department has an excellent network of contacts within industry to ensure a smooth transition from university into the real world. Many of our students opt to take a Professional Training placement year, giving them invaluable real world experience and a head start when they enter the job market.

Programme structure

The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specification documents which include further details such as the learning outcomes. Please be aware that these specifications are applicable to the current academic year.

Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

Year 1 (FHEQ Level 4)

Year 2 (FHEQ Level 5)

Professional Training placement (optional)

Many of our students opt to do a Professional Training placement. These normally begin at the end of the second academic year and finish in time for you to begin the third year of study.

Professional Training placements offer students the opportunity to gain access to the world of work, including meeting employers, developing job search skills and acquiring the employability skills that employers look for. Find out more about Professional Training placements.

Year 3 (FHEQ Level 6)

Professional recognition

Our Computer Science and Computing and Information Technology degrees are accredited by the British Computer Society, The Chartered Institute for IT, through to 2021 for meeting the academic requirements for registration as:

As an integral part of our Professional Training year and as an entry point to the Skills Framework for the Information Age, students document their experiences on the way to their professional membership of BCS using the BCS Professional Development Scheme.

British Computer Society (BCS) Accredited Degree logo

Teaching

Teaching styles vary, from large group lectures to small group tutorials, computing laboratories and drop-in sessions for programming. You 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.

Our modules incorporate lectures from industry, such as Accenture’s participation in Year 1 Professional Studies, and involvement from EDF Energy and Allianz in Managing Information Systems in Year 3.

This helps you appreciate that what is being taught is also being used in industry and why it is relevant to industry and research.

In the early stages of the programmes, the methods of teaching and assessment aim to ensure the acquisition of techniques and relevant knowledge. This includes practice in finding information and deciding whether it is relevant or not.

The methods adopted in Year 3 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 will need as a professional. 

Year coordinators are available to help with any problems or questions concerning your degree programme, or personal matters, throughout your period of study at the University. They provide support to discuss your exam results, your options and any other academic advice you require.

Discover more about our academic staff in the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Science.

Assessment

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.

Examinations take place at the end of each semester on the modules studied during that semester. The assessments we use are tailored to what is being taught.

For example, we strongly believe that practical examinations are more appropriate for Java programming. To ensure that you are fully prepared for your assessments, we provide plenty of practice with diagnostic tests throughout Year 1.

This helps you check that you are on the right lines and that you understand the material. This support is essential to develop your ability to learn.

Marks from Year 2 onwards count towards your final degree grade, forming the basis of your award.

Contact hours

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 programme structure section for more information.

Academic support

You are allocated a personal tutor to guide you through the programme and advise on your option choices and future career, helping you to get the most out of your time at Surrey.

Global opportunities

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. To check where you can go, visit our Global Exchanges pages.

You may wish to consider spending your Professional Training year working in another country. Students have worked at Movilitas in Germany or Pfizer in the USA. If you work in another part of Europe you will be eligible for an Erasmus+ grant.

This is an excellent opportunity not only to acquire valuable work experience but also improve or learn another language.

Careers and Professional Training

We are very proud of our track record for graduate employability. One of the main reasons for our graduate employability success is our Professional Training placement programme which is one of the largest in the World, with over 2,300 partner organisations in the UK and overseas. To find out more visit our Careers and Professional Training pages.

The experience and skills gained on placement really do equip our students for success, and their enhanced job prospects can be seen in our outstanding employment record.

The Professional Training year counts towards the experience required for professional membership of the British Computer Society (BCS).

Many students continue their collaboration 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.

A Professional Training placement with an employer is available on our programmes, organised and supported by the Department. Every year sees our students taking up placements at a wide range of companies, in a broad variety of roles. Companies that have participated in the scheme include:

  • IBM
  • Eli Lilly
  • Microsoft
  • Accenture
  • Nokia
  • BAE Systems Detica
  • Research In Motion

At the end of the Professional Training placement, many students receive offers of graduate employment from their placement employers, which means you can focus on completing your programme without worrying about the graduate recruitment cycle, a concern for most of today’s graduates.

Graduate prospects

Computing skills are the foundation of numerous professional careers in many dynamic sectors, such as technology, business, finance, health and the games industry. Our programmes are designed to prepare you to work at the cutting edge of computing and its applications, and our graduates can take many routes into rewarding careers.

Employers are increasingly seeking people with a broad range of skills that encompass management and leadership, as well as technical ability. Our programmes produce graduates with this well-rounded skillset of strong academic knowledge and Professional Training.

Our students are highly regarded in many areas of business and industry. Information technology, the focus of one of our degrees, combines business and computation skills that are particularly in demand across the world.

Computer Science, Information Technology and Software Development graduates will be highly sought after for a wide range of roles, including within the software, consumer electronics, telecommunications and security industries.

Former Surrey students are now involved in all areas, from software development and building simulation systems to devising IT strategies and managing organisations. Recent employers include:

  • Eli Lilly
  • IBM
  • Microsoft
  • McLaren Cars
  • Accenture
  • BAE Systems Detica
  • The Foundry
  • Thomson Reuters

Our combination of technology, industrial relevance and professional training means that our graduates are among the most employable of any university.

Recent graduates have entered employment in roles such as:

  • Accenture, Technical Solutions and Business Consultant
  • Altius Consulting, Junior Consultant
  • Credit Suisse, Technical Analyst
  • Deloitte UK, IT Security Consultant
  • GlaxoSmithKline, Global IT Strategy Analyst
  • IBM, Foundation Business Consultant
  • Microsoft, Consultant

2018 Entry requirements

What qualifications do you need?

A-level

Overall: ABB.

Required Subjects: Mathematics, Physics, Computing or Software Systems Development.

GCSE: English Language C(4) and Mathematics B(5).

Access to HE Diploma

Overall: QAA-recognised Access to Higher Education Diploma with 30 Level 3 Credits at Distinction and 15 Level 3 Credits at Merit.

Required Subjects: Modules must be in relevant subjects.

GCSE Equivalent: English Language C(4) and Mathematics B(5).

BTEC (QCF Level 3) Extended Diploma

Overall: DDD. BTEC Extended Diploma.

Required Subjects: BTEC must be in a relevant subject.

GCSE Equivalent: English Language C(4) and Mathematics B(5).

European Baccalaureate

Overall: 78%.

Required Subjects: At least grade 7.5 in Mathematics, Physics, Computing or Software Systems Development.

GCSE Equivalent: English Language (1/2) - 6 English Language (3) - 7 Mathematics 6.

International Baccalaureate

Overall: 32.

Required Subjects: HL5/SL6 in Mathematics, Physics, Computing or Software Systems Development.

GCSE Equivalent: English HL4/SL4 and Mathematics HL4/SL4 or Mathematics studies SL4.

Science Practical Certificate

Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

Scottish Highers

Overall: AABBB.

Required Subjects: Mathematics, Physics, Computing or Software Systems Development.

GCSE Equivalent: English Language: Scottish National 5 - C Mathematics - Scottish National 5 - C.

Welsh Baccalaureate

Overall: ABB from a combination of the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-levels. Applicants taking the Science Practical Endorsement are required to pass.

Required Subjects: A level Mathematics, Physics, Computing or Software Systems Development.

GCSE Equivalent: Completion of GCSE English equivalent within the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and GCSE Mathematics B(5).

Other international qualifications

If you are an international student and you don’t meet the entry requirements to this degree, we offer the International Foundation Year, run by the Surrey International Study Centre.

Select your country:

Selection process

Offers are normally made in terms of grades.

Suitable candidates will be invited to an Applicant Day. During the visit to the University the candidate can find out more about the programme and meet staff and students.

English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall with 6.0 in each element.

Please note that the University of Surrey offers English language programmes and is also an IELTS Test Centre.

Course Options

Qualification Course Length Professional Training UCAS code KIS code
BSc (Hons) 3 years G560 View KIS data set
BSc (Hons) 4 years G561 View KIS data set

Tuition fees

View a complete listing of all ongoing fees for our undergraduate programmes.

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.

Professional Training placement fees

Programmes marked with a tick in the table above include a Professional Training placement.

A reduced fee is charged for Professional Training placements.

Fees will not have to be paid up front for those eligible students who decide to take up the Government's loan for higher education fees. The Professional Training placement is a key factor in the high employability rates achieved by students with Surrey degrees.

Bursaries and scholarships

We're committed to making sure that we offer support for students who might need it.

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International students

Experienced staff in our International Student Office are available to help from the moment you consider studying at the University. We offer professional advice on immigration, visa issues, entry qualifications, pre-departure information, employment regulations and international student welfare.

How to apply

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Disclaimer

Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.

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