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Philosophy and Computing BA (Hons)
This is a full-time joint honours programme within the Computing - Joint Honours subject area.
- Subject area: Computing - Joint Honours
- Award: BA (Hons)
- Code: VG54
- Location: Canterbury
- Honours: Joint
- Mode of study: Full-time
- Duration: 3 years
- Start: 2013
- Year in industry: No
- Year abroad: No
- Institution(s): University of Kent
Graduates who can offer employers a thorough understanding of the application of computing to business situations, in addition to expertise in another specialism, are in great demand.
This degree lets you combine the subject of computing with another of your own choosing. Optional subjects include business administration, philosophy, film studies, languages and many others. These courses focus on the practical application of computers rather than the more theoretical aspects of computer science. You can choose to spend either a half or a quarter of your time studying computing – the remainder is spent studying your other subject.
Many students choose to do a year in industry. This gives you work experience, a salary and the possibility of a job with the same company after graduation. The Kent IT Clinic option offers the opportunity to learn how to become an IT Consultant by providing computing support to local businesses while earning credit towards your degree.
The School of Computing is an internationally recognised Centre of Excellence for programming education, with 95% of our research judged to be of international quality. The School is also home to two National Teaching Fellows, authors of widely used textbooks and award-winning Java teaching systems such as BlueJ and Greenfoot.
As this is a joint honours programme, you may find it useful to read both of the following subject leaflets for more information:
As this is a joint honours subject, please see both subject leaflets below for more details about the modules you may take:
Teaching and assessment
Most modules run for a single 12-week term, and usually include a combination of lectures, seminars, private study and practical sessions.
Assessment is by a combination of coursework and end-of-year examination and details are shown in the module outlines on the web. Project modules are assessed wholly by coursework.
Teaching is by lectures, seminars, class discussions, and individual and group research, which is discussed in class.
Modules in Stage 1 are assessed by 100% coursework (essays, in-class assignments, seminar participation) in the first half of the year, with a combination of coursework and examination in the second half of the year. Modules for Stages 2/3 are assessed by 100% coursework (essays, in-class assignments, seminar participation).
Those students who choose to take a year in industry option, find the practical experience they gain gives them a real advantage in the graduate job market. In addition, the Kent IT Clinic gives you the opportunity to take on consultancy work for local companies, giving you real-world experience alongside your academic studies.
Our high graduate employment rate speaks for itself, with recent graduates going on to work at Accenture, BT, GlaxoSmithKline, IBM, Intel, KCC, Lilly, Microsoft, Morgan Stanley, Oracle, Thomson Reuters and T-Mobile.
Through your studies, you gain the key transferable skills considered essential by graduate employers. These include excellent communication skills, both written and oral, the ability to work in a team and independently, the ability to analyse and summarise complex material and devise innovative and well thought-out solutions.
Recently, our graduates have gone into areas such as teaching, publishing, journalism, media, marketing, the civil service and the legal profession.
For more information on the services Kent provides to improve your employment prospects, visit www.kent.ac.uk/employability
Passing the Kent IFP at the standard required by the academic school administering your main degree programme, guarantees you entry onto the first year of these degree programmes.
ABB from 3 A levels, IB Diploma 33 points overall or 16 points at Higher Level.
A level Philosophy grade B where taken.
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Key Information Sets
The Key Information Set (KIS) data (right) is compiled by UNISTATS and draws from a variety of sources which includes the National Student Survey and the Higher Education Statistical Agency. The data for assessment and contact hours is compiled from the most populous modules (to the total of 120 credits for an academic session) for this particular degree programme. Depending on module selection, there may be some variation between the KIS data and an individual's experience. For further information on how the KIS data is compiled please see the UNISTATS website.
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