This programme offers you a solid base of computing skills, equipping you for a wide range of future careers. The degree looks at computer science and its application to real world computer and information systems.
Our Computing degrees give you the skills you need for the practical application of computing to areas typically found in industry. These include e-commerce, information systems, and computer consultancy.
Our programmes are taught by leading researchers who are experts in their fields. Kent was awarded gold, the highest rating, in the UK Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework*.
Our degree programme
All of our programmes have a similar structure, and are divided into three stages.
In your first year, you are introduced to programming, web and databases. You begin with the fundamentals of programming (object-oriented and web) and a grounding in software engineering, then master the principles of database systems, networking, parallel programming and artificial intelligence.
In your second year, you develop your computing skills and extend to advanced technologies. In your final year, you apply these concepts to specialised fields such as cryptography, e-commerce, signal analysis, e-health, semantic web, consultancy and data mining.
Our module topics suit many career paths, and our general principle is to equip you to effectively apply computing concepts to solve real-world problems.
We also offer modules that allow you to gain practical experience. On our Kent IT Consultancy option, you learn how to become an IT consultant, providing computing support to local businesses while earning credits towards your degree.
Year in industry
Many students choose to take a year in industry after the second year of the programme. This gives you work experience, a salary and the possibility of a job with the same company after graduation. For details, see Computing with a Year in Industry.
Apart from core learning towards your degree, we provide access to a wealth of other activities such as entrepreneurship (including business start-up opportunities), community engagement, public lectures, participation in short research projects and assistance in obtaining summer placements.
The School of Computing also hosts events that you are welcome to attend. These include our successful seminar programme where guest speakers from academia and industry discuss current developments in the field.
Our programmes are informed by a stakeholder panel of industry experts who give feedback on the skills that employers require from a modern workforce.
Our two dedicated placement co-ordinators help students obtain and benefit from high-quality work placements. Previous year in industry participants have worked with leading companies such as BAE Systems, Citigroup and The Walt Disney Company. Many return to their final year with the security of an employment offer – testament to the high esteem in which our graduates are held by industry.
We also have a dedicated Employability Coordinator who is the first point of contact for students and employers.
*The University of Kent's Statement of Findings can be found here.
Computer Science at Kent scored 91.9 out of 100 in The Complete University Guide 2020.
For graduate prospects, Computer Science at Kent scored 92% in The Times Good University Guide 2020, 92% in The Guardian University Guide 2020 and 92 out of 100 in The Complete University Guide 2020.
Over 92% of Computer Science graduates who responded to the most recent national survey of graduate destinations were in professional work or further study within six months (DLHE, 2017).
Teaching Excellence Framework
All University of Kent courses are regulated by the Office for Students.
Based on the evidence available, the TEF Panel judged that the University of Kent delivers consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It is of the highest quality found in the UK.
Please see the University of Kent's Statement of Findings for more information.
The course structure below gives a flavour of the modules and provides details of the content of this programme. This listing is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation.
All modules listed at Stages 1 and 2 are compulsory.
- CO320 - Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming
- CO322 - Foundations of Computing 1
- CO323 - Databases and the Web
- CO324 - Computer Systems
- CO328 - Human Computer Interaction
- CO329 - Computer Applications
- CO334 - People and Computing
- CO520 - Further Object-Oriented Programming
- CO532 - Database Systems
- CO539 - Web Development
- CO544 - Networking
- CO551 - Data Structures and Algorithms
- CO552 - Agile Development and Software Security A
- CO553 - Agile Development and Software Security B
- CO554 - Computing Theory and Concurrent Programming
- CO556 - AI systems
You must take either:
You also have a wide range of optional modules. These may include:
- CO634 - Computer Security and Cryptography
- CO636 - Cognitive Neural Networks
- CO639 - Electronic Commerce
- CO644 - Semantic Web
- CO645 - IT Consultancy Practice 2*
- CO649 - Data Mining
- CO650 - IT Consultancy Project*
- CO656 - Computational Intelligence for Business, Economics and Finance
- CO659 - Computational Creativity
- CO662 - Signal Analysis for Computing
- CO816 - eHealth
- CB729 - Enterprise and Entrepreneurship
- CB742 - Creating Your Own Enterprise
*participation is subject to interview.
Teaching and assessment
Within the School of Computing are authors of widely used textbooks, a National Teaching Fellow and Association of Computer Machinery (ACM) Award-winning scientists. Programmes are taught by leading researchers who are experts in their fields.
Teaching is based on lectures, with practical classes and seminars, but we are also introducing more innovative ways of teaching, such as virtual learning environments and work-based tuition. Work includes group projects, case studies and computer simulations, with a large-scale project of your own choice in the final year.
Each stage comprises eight modules. Most modules run for a single 12-week term. Each module has two lectures and one to two hours of classes, making 14 formal contact hours per week and eight hours of 'homework club' drop-in sessions each term.
We provide excellent support for you throughout your time at Kent. This includes access to web-based information systems, podcasts and web forums for students who can benefit from extra help. We use innovative teaching methodologies, including BlueJ and LEGO© Mindstorms for teaching Java programming.
Our staff have written internationally acclaimed textbooks for learning programming, which have been translated into eight languages and are used worldwide. A member of staff has received the SIGCSE Award for Outstanding Contribution to Computer Science Education. The award is made by ACM, the world's largest educational and scientific computing society.
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.
The marks from stage one do not go towards your final degree grade, but you must pass to continue to stage two.
Most stage two modules are assessed by coursework and end-of-year examination. Marks from stage two count towards your degree result.
Most stage three modules are assessed by a combination of coursework and end-of-year examination. Projects are assessed by your contribution to the final project, the final report, and oral presentation and viva examination. Marks from stage three count towards your degree result.
Percentage of the course assessed by coursework
In stage three your project counts for 25% of the year's marks.
For a student studying full time, each academic year of the programme will comprise 1200 learning hours which include both direct contact hours and private study hours. The precise breakdown of hours will be subject dependent and will vary according to modules. Please refer to the individual module details under Course Structure.
Methods of assessment will vary according to subject specialism and individual modules. Please refer to the individual module details under Course Structure.
The programme aims to:
- attract those who have an interest in applied computing and those contemplating a career involving information technology
- provide an understanding of the principles of applied computing
- provide general skills of lasting value in a constantly changing field
- offer modules covering the foundations of information technology
- offer options that enable students to study selected areas in depth
- provide teaching informed by current research and scholarship
- enable students to engage with aspects of the field that are at the frontiers of knowledge
- develop critical, analytical and problem-solving skills that can be applied in a range of different settings.
Knowledge and understanding
You gain knowledge and understanding of:
- hardware: the functional components of a computer system
- software: programming languages and practice; tools and packages; computer applications; structuring of data and information
- communications and interaction: concepts of computer communication networks; communication between computers and people; the control and operation of computers
- practice: problem identification and analysis; design development, testing and evaluation
- organisations: their environment and their management with options to study the management of people, operations management, finance, marketing and organisational strategy.
You gain intellectual skills in:
- modelling: the modelling and design of computer-based systems and an understanding of the trade-off involved in design choices.
- reflection and communication: verbal and written discussion of key themes, the communication of project work to a range of audiences; presenting rational and reasoned arguments
- requirements: the ability to identify and analyse criteria and specifications for specific problems and plan strategies for their solution
- criteria evaluation and testing: the ability to analyse the extent to which a computer-based system meets the criteria defined for its current use and future development
- methods and tools: deploying appropriate theory, practices and tools for the specification, design, implementation and evaluation of computer-based systems.
- professional responsibility: be guided by the professional, economic, social, environmental, moral and ethical issues involved in the sustainable exploitation of computer technology
- computational thinking: demonstrating a basic analytical ability and its relevance to everyday life
- critically evaluating arguments and evidence
- analysing and drawing reasoned conclusions concerning structured and unstructured problems.
You gain subject-specific skills in:
- design and implementation: how to specify, design and implement computer-based systems
- evaluation: how to evaluate systems in terms of quality attributes and possible trade-offs presented within the given problem
- information management: how to apply the principles of information management, organisation and retrieval
- tools: how to deploy the tools used for the construction and documentation of software.
You gain transferable skills in:
- communication: the ability to make presentations to a range of audiences about technical problems and their solutions
- information technology: effective information-retrieval skills (including the use of browsers, search engines and catalogues) and use of general IT facilities
- self-management: managing one’s own learning and development including time management and organisational skills.
Graduates who have both IT knowledge and business skills can expect excellent career prospects. Our graduates have gone on to work in:
- software engineering
- mobile applications development
- systems analysis
- web design and e-commerce
- finance and insurance
Recent graduates have gone on to develop successful careers at leading companies such as:
- BAE Systems
- The Walt Disney Company
Help finding a job
The University has a friendly Careers and Employability Service, which can give you advice on how to:
- apply for jobs
- write a good CV
- perform well in interviews.
The School has a dedicated Employability Coordinator who is a useful contact for all student employability queries.
You can gain commercial experience working as a student consultant within the Kent IT Consultancy.
To help you appeal to employers, you learn key transferable skills that are essential for all graduates. These include the ability to:
- work independently or as part of a team
- analyse situations and troubleshoot problems
- communicate your ideas and opinions
- think critically.
You can also gain extra skills by signing up for one of our Kent Extra activities, such as learning a language or volunteering.
This degree has full Chartered IT Professional (CITP) accreditation from the BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT.
The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications. Typical requirements are listed below. Students offering alternative qualifications should contact us for further advice.
It is not possible to offer places to all students who meet this typical offer/minimum requirement.
New GCSE grades
If you’ve taken exams under the new GCSE grading system, please see our conversion table to convert your GCSE grades.
|Qualification||Typical offer/minimum requirement|
Mathematics grade 4/C
|Access to HE Diploma||
The University will not necessarily make conditional offers to all Access candidates but will continue to assess them on an individual basis.
If we make you an offer, you will need to obtain/pass the overall Access to Higher Education Diploma and may also be required to obtain a proportion of the total level 3 credits and/or credits in particular subjects at merit grade or above.
|BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (formerly BTEC National Diploma)||
Distinction, Distinction, Merit
34 points overall or 14 points at HL including HL or SL Maths at 4 or SL Maths Studies at 5
The University welcomes applications from international students. Our international recruitment team can guide you on entry requirements. See our International Student website for further information about entry requirements for your country.
However, please note that international fee-paying students cannot undertake a part-time programme due to visa restrictions.
If you need to increase your level of qualification ready for undergraduate study, we offer a number of International Foundation Programmes.
Meet our staff in your country
For more advice about applying to Kent, you can meet our staff at a range of international events.
English Language Requirements
Please see our English language entry requirements web page.
Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of 'pre-sessional' courses in English for Academic Purposes. You attend these courses before starting your degree programme.
General entry requirements
Please also see our general entry requirements.
The 2020/21 annual tuition fees have not yet been set by the UK Government. As a guide the 2019/20 fees for this programme are below:
For details of when and how to pay fees and charges, please see our Student Finance Guide.
The 2020/21 annual tuition fees for UK undergraduate courses have not yet been set by the UK Government. As a guide only full-time tuition fees for Home and EU undergraduates for 2019/20 entry are £9,250.
For students continuing on this programme, fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.*
Your fee status
The University will assess your fee status as part of the application process. If you are uncertain about your fee status you may wish to seek advice from UKCISA before applying.
General additional costs
Kent offers generous financial support schemes to assist eligible undergraduate students during their studies. See our funding page for more details.
You may be eligible for government finance to help pay for the costs of studying. See the Government's student finance website.
Scholarships are available for excellence in academic performance, sport and music and are awarded on merit. For further information on the range of awards available and to make an application see our scholarships website.
The Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence
At Kent we recognise, encourage and reward excellence. We have created the Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence.
The scholarship will be awarded to any applicant who achieves a minimum of AAA over three A levels, or the equivalent qualifications (including BTEC and IB) as specified on our scholarships pages.
The scholarship is also extended to those who achieve AAB at A level (or specified equivalents) where one of the subjects is either mathematics or a modern foreign language. Please review the eligibility criteria.