Computing and Information Technology BSc (Hons) – 2022 entry

Key information

Start date: October 2022

BSc (Hons) UCAS: G560

3 years

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BSc (Hons) UCAS: G561

4 years with professional training

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Why choose this course

Surrey is one of the UK’s leading universities for computer science, with an excellent employability rate for graduates. The Guardian University Guide 2021 reports that 95 per cent of students find graduate-level employment within 15 months of leaving.

This course provides you with a unique combination of computing, business and technical knowledge, enabling you to work as a business analyst or consultant.

You’ll also benefit from teaching by academics at the forefront of their field and lectures from industry experts.

Five reasons to study computer science at Surrey

What you will study

This course enables you to build strong technical knowledge together with a functional management focus.

Through a lively mix of teaching methods, you’ll learn about information security management and business finance, 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 world of work.

You may choose to take a Professional Training placement, where you can gain invaluable industry-relevant experience and a head start when you enter the job market.

This course is accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS).

Professional recognition

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 course prepares you to work at the cutting edge of computing and its applications.

Employers are increasingly seeking people with a broad range of skills that encompass management and leadership, as well as technical ability. Our course combines technology, industry relevance and professional training to produce highly employable graduates.

Our students are sought after in the software, consumer electronics, telecommunications and security industries.

Former students are involved in many different fields, from software development and building simulation systems to devising IT strategies and managing organisations.

Recent graduates are now employed as:

  • Analyst Programmer, Avco Systems
  • Computer Programmer, Stanhope-Seta
  • Forensic Data Analyst, PwC
  • Software Engineer, Thales UK
  • Software Engineer, Xceptor
  • Technical Architecture Consultant, Accenture UK Ltd
  • Technology Associate, Morgan Stanley.

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.

Modules

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.

Important: In light of the Covid-19 pandemic the University has revised its courses to incorporate the ‘Hybrid Learning Experience’ in a departure from previous academic years and previously published information. The University has changed the delivery (and in some cases the content) of its programmes. Further information on the general principles of hybrid learning can be found at: Hybrid learning experience | University of Surrey.

We have updated key module information regarding the pattern of assessment and overall student workload to inform student module choices. We are currently working on bringing remaining published information up to date to reflect current practice in time for the start of the academic year 2021/22. This means that some information within the programme and module catalogue will be subject to change. Current students are invited to contact their Programme Leader or Academic Hive with any questions relating to the information available. 

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, 75 and 120 credits, and additionally for some masters dissertations, 90 credits.

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.

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:

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, so only 2 modules can carry MAN3XXX codes.

Optional modules for Year 3 (with PTY) - 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, so only 2 modules can carry MAN3XXX codes.

Timetables

Course 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. View our Timetabling Policy (PDF).

Teaching

Teaching includes large group lectures, small group tutorials, classes in 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 course, the methods of teaching and assessment aim to ensure you gain the relevant knowledge. This allows you to see how relevant the knowledge and skills you gain on your course are and how you can use it in industry and research.

The methods used in your final year broaden and deepen the knowledge you’ve already gained, and help you develop the specialist skills you’ll need as a professional.

Year coordinators are also available throughout your period of study at Surrey to help with matters concerning your course or personal life.

There may be occasions when the delivery of your teaching is supported by graduate teaching assistants. The University has a set of procedures that govern the use of postgraduate research students in this way.

Assessment

We assess modules individually and award credits for the successful completion of each one. You’ll be assessed through a combination of examination and/or coursework, practical examinations and reports.

Check individual module information to see full details at a module level.

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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 modules section for more information.

Entry requirements

A-level

Overall: BBB.

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

Please note: A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking are not accepted.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language at Grade C(4) and Mathematics at Grade B(5) (or equivalent).

BTEC (QCF Level 3) Extended Diploma

Overall: DDM BTEC Extended Diploma.

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

International Baccalaureate

Overall: 32.

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

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

European Baccalaureate

Overall: 75%.

Required subjects: At least grade 7.5 in Mathematics (5 Period), Physics, Computing or Software Systems Development.

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

Access to HE Diploma

Overall: QAA-recognised Access to Higher Education Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits overall including 27 at Distinction and 18 at Merit.

Required subjects: Modules must be in relevant subjects.

GCSE or equivalent: English Language at Grade C(4) and Mathematics at Grade B(5) (or equivalent).

Scottish Highers

Overall: ABBBB.

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

GCSE or equivalent: English Language: Scottish National 5 - C Mathematics - Scottish National 5 - B.

Welsh Baccalaureate

Overall: Pass overall with BBB from a combination of the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate and two A-levels.

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

GCSE or equivalent: English Language and Mathematics ­– Numeracy as part of the Welsh Baccalaureate. Please check the A-level drop down for the required GCSE levels.

Please note: A-level General Studies and A-level Critical Thinking are not accepted.

Do I meet the requirements for this course?

We require you to submit a full application so that we can formally assess whether you meet the criteria published. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide an outcome based on an enquiry (via email, webform enquiry, phone or live chat).

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.

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.

Selection process

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 contact Admissions on +44 (0)1483 682222 with any queries.

Fees

The annual tuition fees for courses starting in October 2022

BSc (Hons)

UK £9,250

Overseas £23,100

BSc (Hons) (with professional training year)

UK £9,250

Overseas £23,100

Professional training To be confirmed

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

  • Fees for UK students: The University will apply annual regulated increases in the fee rates as set by Government each year, in order to maintain the same value in real terms. 
  • Fees for EU students: The UK is now no longer part of the EU, we are awaiting further instruction from the UK government and we will publish this as soon as it is provided. Find out more information about Studying in the UK and the Scholarships for EU students.
  • Fees for international students: Annual fees will increase by 4% for each subsequent year of study, rounded up to the nearest £100, subject to any overriding applicable legislative requirements. 
  • Fees for international students with an integrated foundation year: The programme fee for Year 0 will match the lowest Year 1 overseas fee rate from across the substantive programmes for that year of entry. Students subsequently progressing into Year 1 will be liable for the same fee as overseas students joining at Year 1 for the same programme in that year. Annual fees after Year 1 will increase by 4% for each subsequent year of study, rounded up to the nearest £100, subject to any overriding applicable legislative requirements. 

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.

Payment schedule

  • Students in receipt of a Tuition Fee Loan: will have their fees paid by the Student Loans Company in line with their schedule.
  • International students, or UK/EU students who have not taken out a Tuition Fee Loan: are required to pay their fees either in full at the beginning of the programme or in two instalments as follows:
    • 50% payable 10 days after the invoice date (expected to be early October of each academic year)
    • 50% in January of the same academic year.

The exact date(s) will be detailed on invoices. Students on certain part-time programmes, where fees are paid on a modular or stage basis, are not eligible to pay their fees by instalment.

If you are sponsored: you will provide us with valid sponsorship information that covers the period of your study.

Professional Training placement fees

If you are studying on a programme which contains a Professional Training placement year there will be a reduced fee for the academic year in which you undertake your placement. This is normally confirmed 12 to 18 months in advance, or once Government policy is determined.

See the information about 2020/21 academic year Professional Training placement fee.

Placements

You have the option to complete a Professional Training placement as part of this course. This will give you the opportunity to develop your professional, academic and personal potential, helping to prepare you for your future career.

A significant proportion of placement students at Surrey are offered graduate-level jobs or go onto postgraduate study.

Find out more about Professional Training placements and discover how these have transformed our students’ lives and career choices.

Computing and Information Technology placements

Many computer science 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 demonstrates their ability to apply 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). Our students take up placements at a wide range of companies, with recent examples including:

  • Accenture
  • Avco Systems Ltd
  • BAE Systems
  • Cisco Systems Ltd
  • IBM
  • Microsoft
  • Nintendo
  • Sky TV
  • Sony Europe Ltd
  • Xceptor.

Applying for placements

You can apply for numerous opportunities via an open and free-to-all process. Placement providers use their own recruitment and selection procedures and the majority of students will secure their placement in this way.

Students are generally not placed by the University, however we offer support and guidance throughout the process alongside access to a vacancy portal representing thousands of placement opportunities each year. We also provide support if you wish to source your own placement.

Find out about more about the application process.

Please be aware there may be travel costs incurred when attending interviews and assessment centres at the placement provider’s premises.

Study and work abroad

We give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their studies by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities or by completing a Professional Training placement abroad.

Want to study at an overseas institution as part of your degree or work abroad during your Professional Training year? Perhaps you would like to volunteer in India or learn about Brazilian business and culture in São Paulo during your summer holidays? With more than 200 partnerships, from 50 different countries worldwide, there is something for everyone.

Not only is the opportunity to go abroad a hugely enjoyable experience, you will develop key skills and knowledge that will strengthen your CV and increase your employability.

View our study and work abroad exchange information to find out more and see where you can go.

Partner institutions

In your second year, you’ll have the option of spending a semester abroad at one of our partner universities. Students have gone to study in:

  • America
  • China.

Find out more about our international partner institutions.

You may wish to spend your Professional Training year working in another country. Students have worked at Movilitas in Germany, Yokogawa Europe in the Netherlands and Pfizer in the US.

Students share their experiences of going on an international exchange to Hong Kong.

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 procedures, the student 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 an example of our offer terms and conditions and our registration terms and conditions (PDF) from the 2020/2021 academic year as a guide as to what to expect.

Please note: our offer terms and conditions will generally 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 and changes for the specific academic year.

Disclaimer

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 and before you accept an offer. Read more.

In particular we wish to draw your intention to the following matters affecting the academic year 2021/2022:

  • Covid-19 - In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the University has had to change the delivery (and in some cases the content) of its programmes, together with certain University services and facilities for the 2020/2021 academic year. These changes include the implementation of a hybrid teaching approach, details of which can be found here [link]. It is anticipated that these programme changes and the hybrid learning approach will be adopted throughout the academic year 2021/2022, however, given the changing nature of the pandemic, this is being kept under continuous review. Detailed information on all changes as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic is available at the coronavirus course changes page. The linked pages set out information relating to general University changes and will also direct you to consider additional information relating to specific programmes.
  • Brexit - The UK is now no longer part of the EU. We are awaiting further information and instruction from the UK government and we will publish this as soon as it is provided. EU students applying for programmes in the academic year 2021/2022 and students applying for courses with placements abroad should visit our dedicated webpages for the latest information on how the UK’s departure from the EU will affect their courses.

Course location and contact details

Campus location

Stag Hill

Stag Hill is the University's main campus and where the majority of our courses are taught. 

Placement location

As part of this course you have the option to complete a Professional Training placement which would require attendance off campus, depending on where you secure your placement.

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