Computing

Computing with a Year in Industry - BSc (Hons)

Overview

This exciting programme offers a solid base of computing skills, enabling graduates to pursue a wide range of careers spanning programmer to systems analyst, software developer to computer scientist. You have the opportunity to put your skills into practice on a paid year in industry placement.

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. This degree looks at computer science and its application to real world computer and information systems. 

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. You then have the opportunity to apply your learning in a paid role during your year in industry.

During the 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.

Kent student Anamika talks about her course

Year in industry

Your year in industry takes place between your second and final year, giving you invaluable work experience. You earn a salary and there may be the possibility of a job with the same company after graduation.

We have a dedicated Placement Team to guide you through the whole process and support you on your placement. The School has strong links with industry in Kent, nationally and internationally.

In previous years, students have worked in a range of large and small organisations including well-known names such as: 

  • IBM
  • Intel
  • Thomson Reuters.

It is possible to take this degree as a three-year programme, without a year in industry. For details, see Computing.

Extra activities

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. 

Professional networks

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

Student profiles

There are dedicated placement officers who help you when you apply for your year in industry. The?University has great contacts with different companies.

Entry requirements

Home/EU students

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. 

Please note that meeting this typical offer/minimum requirement does not guarantee an offer being made. Please also see our general entry requirements.

New GCSE grades

If you’ve taken exams under the new GCSE grading system, please see our conversion table to convert your GCSE grades.

  • Certificate

    A level

    ABB-BBC

  • Certificate

    GCSE

    Mathematics grade 4/C

  • Certificate

    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.

  • Certificate

    BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (formerly BTEC National Diploma)

    Distinction, Distinction, Merit - Distinction, Merit, Merit

  • Certificate

    International Baccalaureate

    34 points overall or 14 points at HL including HL or SL Maths at 4 or SL Maths Studies at 5 

International students

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. 

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Course structure

Duration: 4 years full-time

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.

Stage 1

You take the following compulsory modules:

CO320 - Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming

CO322 - Foundations of Computing 1

CO323 - Databases and the Web

CO328 - Human Computer Interaction

CO520 - Further Object-Oriented Programming

Stage 2

You take the following compulsory modules:

CO532 - Database Systems

CO539 - Web Development

CO528 - Introduction to Intelligent Systems

CO518 - Algorithms, Correctness and Efficiency

CO557 - Computer Systems

CO559 - Software Development

CO558 - Introduction to Cyber Security

CO639 - Electronic Commerce

Year in industry

You spend a year working in an industrial or commercial environment between Stages 2 and 3. Our students go to a wide range of companies, including:

  • IBM
  • Intel
  • Thomson Reuters.

They have also been to overseas employers in locations including Amsterdam, Hong Kong and the US.

The year in industry forms an integral part of your degree and constitutes 10% of your final grade. Assessment comprises an employer evaluation, a reflective report and a logbook/portfolio.

Although it is your responsibility to find a suitable placement, the School of Computing’s dedicated Placement Team will help to identify suitable opportunities, assist with your application and prepare you for interviews.

To automatically progress onto the year in industry, you must pass Stage 2 at the first attempt. If you fail, you must pass the first resit opportunity in the August of the same year. Students who do not obtain a work placement will have their registration changed to the equivalent three-year programme without a year in industry.

Stage 3

You choose one of the following:

CO600 - Group Project

CO620 - Research Project

CO650 IT Consultancy Project*

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

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.

Fees

The 2021/22 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 undergraduates for 2020/21 entry are £9,250:

  • Home full-time £9250
  • International full-time £20500

For details of when and how to pay fees and charges, please see our Student Finance Guide.

Full-time tuition fees for Home undergraduates in 2020 were £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.* 

EU students

Kent is supporting its EU students as the UK leaves the EU with a special EU fee offered for students joining in 2021 for the duration of their programmes. EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for home fee status, undergraduate, postgraduate and advanced learner financial support from Student Finance England for courses starting in academic year 2021/22. It will not affect students starting courses in academic year 2020/21, nor those EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals benefitting from Citizens’ Rights under the EU Withdrawal Agreement, EEA EFTA Separation Agreement or Swiss Citizens’ Rights Agreement respectively. It will also not apply to Irish nationals living in the UK and Ireland whose right to study and to access benefits and services will be preserved on a reciprocal basis for UK and Irish nationals under the Common Travel Area arrangement.

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.

Additional costs

General additional costs

Find out more about accommodation and living costs, plus general additional costs that you may pay when studying at Kent.

Funding

University funding

Kent offers generous financial support schemes to assist eligible undergraduate students during their studies. See our funding page for more details. 

Government funding

You may be eligible for government finance to help pay for the costs of studying. See the Government's student finance website.

Scholarships

General scholarships

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.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

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.

Overall workload

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.

Academic support

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.

Teaching staff

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

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. You must pass stage two to go on your year in industry.

The year in industry forms an integral part of your degree and constitutes 10% of your final grade. Assessment comprises an employer evaluation, a reflective report and a logbook/portfolio.

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. 

Contact Hours

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.

Programme aims

The programme aims to:

  • provide a programme which will attract and meet the needs of those contemplating a career involving a significant element of information technology and those motivated primarily by intellectual interests in applied computing  
  • provide a sound knowledge and systematic understanding of the principles of applied computing 
  • provide generally applicable skills that will be of lasting value in a constantly changing field
  • offer a range of modules covering the foundations of information technology
  • offer a range of options to enable students to study selected areas of information technology in depth
  • provide teaching which is informed by current research and scholarship and which requires students to engage with aspects of work at the frontiers of knowledge
  • develop general critical, analytical and problem solving skills that can be applied in a wide range of different applied computing settings.

 

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

You gain knowledge and understanding of:

  • hardware: the major functional components of a computer system
  • software: programming languages and practice; tools and packages; computer applications; structuring of data and information
  • communications and interaction: basic computer communication network concepts; 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, including many or all of the following: the management of people, operations management, finance, marketing and organisational strategy
  • aspects of the core subject areas from the perspective of a commercial or industrial organisation.

Intellectual skills

You gain intellectual skills in:

  • modelling: knowledge and understanding in the modelling and design of computer-based systems in a way that demonstrates comprehension of the trade-off involved in design choices
  • reflection and communication: presenting teaching/learning intellectual skills are developed through the teaching and learning programme outlined below. Students develop critical reflection by verbal and written discussion of key themes introduced in the core modules. Project work succinctly to a range of audiences rational and reasoned arguments
  • requirements: identifying and analysing criteria and specifications appropriate to specific problems and planning strategies for their solution
  • criteria evaluation and testing: analysinge 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: recognising and being 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, to a more limited extent, unstructured problems
  • applying some of the intellectual skills specified for the programme from the perspective of a commercial or industrial organisation.

Subject-specific skills

You gain subject-specific skills in:

  • design and implementation: specifying, designing and implementing computer-based systems
  • evaluation: evaluating systems in terms of general quality attributes and possible trade-offs presented within the given problem
  • information management: applying the principles of effective information management, information organisation, and information retrieval skills to information of various kinds
  • tools: deploying effectively the tools used for the construction and documentation of software, with particular emphasis on understanding the whole process involved in using computers to solve practical problems
  • applying some of the subject-specific skills specified for the programme from the perspective of a commercial or industrial organisation.

Transferable skills

You gain transferable skills in:

  • communication: making succinct 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). Effective use of general IT facilities
  • self-management: managing one’s own learning and development including time management and organisational skills.

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.

Independent rankings

Computer Science at Kent scored 90% overall in The Complete University Guide 2021.

For graduate prospects, Computer Science at Kent scored 92% in The Times Good University Guide 2020, The Guardian University Guide 2020 and The Complete University Guide 2021.

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).

Careers

Graduate destinations

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
  • consultancy
  • networking
  • web design and e-commerce
  • finance and insurance
  • commerce
  • engineering
  • education
  • government
  • healthcare. 

Recent graduates have gone on to develop successful careers at leading companies such as:

  • BAE Systems
  • Cisco 
  • IBM
  • The Walt Disney Company
  • Citigroup 
  • BT.

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.

Work experience

You can gain commercial experience working as a student consultant within the Kent IT Consultancy. 

Career-enhancing skills

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.

Professional recognition

This degree has full Chartered IT Professional (CITP) accreditation from the BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT. 

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Full-time applicants

Full-time applicants (including international applicants) should apply through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) system. If you need help or advice on your application, you should speak with your careers adviser or contact UCAS Customer Contact Centre. 

The institution code number for the University of Kent is K24, and the code name is KENT.

Application deadlines

See the UCAS website for an outline of the UCAS process and application deadlines. 

If you are applying for courses based at Medway, you should add the campus code K in Section 3(d).

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