FdSc/BSc (Hons) in Applied Computing
This is a licensed University of Bath programme of study delivered by Bath College.
This Applied Computing programme is designed to prepare students for a variety of careers across the IT industry through the provision of specialised units such as cyber security, games programming and app development. It equips students with practical and professional abilities in specific areas, as well as providing a broad range of analysis, design and implementation skills. The modules are closely linked to the needs of the industry with many opportunities to develop your skills through work based projects.
Who is the course aimed at?
This course is suitable for anyone wishing to develop their skills in this vocational area, people who have been out of education for some time, those who may not have achieved their potential in earlier education and students progressing from A levels or BTEC diplomas.
This course is particularly suited to those wishing to return to employment or looking to change career direction.
What are the entry requirements?
Applications are welcome from candidates:
- With a level 3 qualification such as a National Award / Certificate / Diploma, Progression / Advanced Diploma, GCE A-level, Access to Higher Education Course, or a work-based course such as NVQ 3 or Advanced Apprenticeship. Where these qualifications are recognised on the UCAS tariff, candidates should normally have achieved a minimum of old tariff 240 points new tariff 96 points* or 3 A levels at C and for BTEC Extended Diploma
MMM *For the Progression / Advanced Diploma, 96 UCAS tariff points must be gained from the principal learning element of the qualification.
- Without formal qualifications, but who have relevant work/life experience and are able to demonstrate that they possess the necessary skills and drive to succeed on the course
All applicants will normally also require at least four full GCSE passes (at grade C or above), including maths and English language or their level 2 equivalents. Applications are subject to interview. Where English is not the applicant’s first language an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all areas or equivalent qualification will normally be required. or TOEFL score of 580 (paper-based) or 237 (computer-based) or equivalent qualification, will normally be required.
What qualifications will I gain?
FdSc Computing (2yrs) Applied Computing, and for those eligible to progress to the final year (3rd yr) – BSc (Hons) Applied Computing. (Students need to achieve an overall average of 55% in their Foundation Degree in order to progress to the Honours Year).
Who is the awarding body?University of Bath
Who will be my tutor?
There are a number of lecturers currently teaching on the programme, the structure is made up of: Learning Coordinator, Course leader, tutors/lectures and other subject specialists.
Lyall Clarey BSc (Hons), HND, MBCS, CITP, DTLLS, MSET, QTLS, IEEE, obtained a first class BSc (Hons) is a Chartered IT Engineer and member of the British Computer Society and IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers). He is a specialist in knowledge engineering. Lyall worked on and assisted with the early programming of supermarket stock control and computerised ordering systems (Grocery Manager 1.1). He carries out consultancy on IT management for SMES, commercial web design and network management.
How will I learn?
There will be a mix of Lectures, seminars, workshops, group work, guest speakers, trips and online learning.
The course also uses a dedicated hardware and a networking lab, as well as a number of general purpose IT suites. The computer software and hardware is ever-changing, reflecting the nature of the industry. Students will have access to a large range of software at no cost via the colleges Microsoft Web store. The software currently in use includes:
Visual Studio 2015 (C#, C++. Visual Basic, Xamarin App development), Unity (Games development platform), Web Development package (PHP/MySQL, Java Scripting, CSS, HTML), Microsoft Office, Java (Eclipse), Adobe Creative Suite, Map Info (GIS), Unreal, FPS Creator and Artemis (Games), Cura – 3D printing, Blender.
How will I be assessed?
The majority of assessments are coursework, but there are some presentations and exams. The exams are open book. Our exams aim to test your understanding, not your memory. For example the hardware exam consists of building a computer from a pile of parts (and then finding the faults when we break it). The programming exam consists of finding the errors in a series of programs.
What can I do after this course?
Our graduates acquire expert skills in Computing and IT – 85% of BSc (Hons) students are working in the computer industry within six months of leaving the course (based on 2012–2016 destination data). Students progress into careers in IT support, development, databases and networking, data and analytics for social media, Web Design and also onto further training such as teacher training or post graduate studies (MSc).
What facilities are available?
The course is largely based in the undergraduate centre in the Roper Building. With state of the art computer rooms and a dedicated undergraduate drop in room. The new computer facilities in the undergraduate centre used by the course have been noted as outstanding by the external examiners. The course also uses a dedicated hardware and a networking lab, as well as a number of general purpose IT suites. All computers are under 3 yrs. old and reflect the continually changing environment of available hardware. The software used is ever-changing, reflecting the nature of the industry. Students will have access to a large range of software at no cost via the colleges Microsoft Web store. The software currently in use includes:
- Visual Studio 2015 (C#, C++. Visual Basic, Xamarin App development)
- Unity (Games development platform)
- Web Development package
- Java Scripting
- MS Office 2016
- Java (Eclipse)
- Adobe Creative Suite
- Map Info (GIS)
- Unreal, FPS Creator and Artemis (Games)
- Cura – 3D printing, Blender
- Large range of open source software
The library is an important part of any HE course. It has approximately 1,000 books on computing and related subjects, including many e-books. The library also provides electronic access to millions of articles via electronic databases. There are also banks of computers available for use, as well as designated rooms for students to meet and organise their own studies.
What organisations does the College work with on this course?
Which department is this course in?Department of Technology
Where will I need to go on my first day?On your first day, please report to the Reception in Roper Building.
Where can I find out more information?
For advice or more details Lyall Clarey (Course Leader) Lyall.Clarey@bathcollege.ac.uk.
Alternatively, please telephone 01225 312191 or email email@example.com.
You may also visit our Student Advice Centre in the Roper Building Reception.
How do I apply?
Please apply for this course on the UCAS website.
UCAS code: G401
Institution code: B21