Computing

Computer Science - BSc (Hons)

with a Year in Industry

From the rise of AI to the advent of the internet of things, Computer Science offers you excellent employment prospects and well-paid careers to play your part in the innovations of tomorrow’s world. In this course, you learn the fundamentals of computer science as well as giving you the opportunity to specialise in an area of your choice.

Overview

Our courses are taught by leading researchers who are experts in their fields. The wide-ranging expertise of our teaching staff means you have the chance to explore a large choice of subjects, from artificial intelligence and computer security to parallel systems and mobile computing.

The School of Computing is also home to authors of leading textbooks and are we famed for our cutting-edge research in specialist areas such as cyber security and artificial intelligence.

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

Our degree programme

Our course focuses on the technical aspects of computer science. You learn:

  • how to code in several languages, starting with the Java programming language, which is widely used in industry across a range of applications including mobile devices
  • how to build on programming skills by putting into practice the principles and techniques that underpin the algorithms and systems shaping our world today, from artificial intelligence, computer security, network technology, software engineering, to human-computer interaction
  • how to develop software in a variety of ways, from small-scale exercises to a major software project

By taking a broad range of compulsory modules in your first and second years, our flexible programme allows you to select from a variety of options in your final year of study, so it's ideal if you want to keep your options open.

You can also gain experience in teaching with our Computing in the Classroom module. This gives you the opportunity to apply your knowledge in a school setting.

Kent student Rebecca 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.

Our students go to a wide range of companies including:

  • Accenture
  • BT
  • GSK
  • IBM
  • Kent Police
  • Microsoft
  • Morgan Stanley
  • The Walt Disney Company.

You have the option to take this programme as a three-year degree, without the year in industry. For details, see Computer Science.

Study resources

Facilities to support the study of Computer Science include The Shed, the School of Computing's Makerspace, which houses:

  • 3D printers
  • laser-cutting facilities
  • development equipment, including Oculus Rift and Raspberry Pi.

Students also have exclusive access to a computer room and common room, and we run a peer-mentoring scheme.

Extra activities

Computer Science students often take part in TinkerSoc, a student-run 'tinkering' society which meets in 'The Shed', our collaborative workspace. TinkerSoc welcomes all students who like making things.

Whether a member of TinkerSoc or not, you can spend time in The Shed, making, exploring and sharing. In this informal environment you can build physical devices for your coursework, as well as develop your own interests and hobbies.

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. We also host the BCS local branch events on campus.

Professional network

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 successful year in industry programmes have allowed us to build up excellent relationships with leading companies such as BAE Systems, Citigroup and The Walt Disney Company.

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.

Accreditation

Full CITP and partial CEng accreditation from BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT.

Flexible tariff

You are more than your grades

At Kent we look at your circumstances as a whole before deciding whether to make you an offer to study here. Find out more about how we offer flexibility and support before and during your degree.

Entry requirements

Please also see our general entry requirements.

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    A level

    ABB-BBC

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    Mathematics grade 4/C

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    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.

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    Distinction, Distinction, Merit - Distinction, Merit, Merit

  • medal-empty International Baccalaureate

    34 points overall or 15 points at HL including Mathematics 5 at HL or SL, or Mathematics Studies 6 at SL

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    Pass all components of the University of Kent International Foundation Programme with a 50% overall average including 50% in Programming and 50% in LZ013 Maths and Statistics (irrespective of whether GCSE Maths or equivalent has been obtained in pre-foundation studies).

International students should visit our International Student website for further specific information. International fee-paying students who require a Student visa cannot study part-time due to visa restrictions.

English Language Requirements

Please see our English language entry requirements web page.

If you need to improve your English language standard as a condition of your offer, you can attend one of our pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes before starting your degree programme. You attend these courses before starting your degree programme.