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FdSc/BSc (Hons) in Applied Computing

Course Overview

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
    • PHP/MySQL
    • Java Scripting
    • CSS
    • HTML
  • 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?

This course is licensed by the University of Bath. For more information, please see the Licensed Programmes Infomation.

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 info@bathcollege.ac.uk.

 

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

8 reviews for FdSc/BSc (Hons) in Applied Computing

  1. lewis.hack@hotmail.co.uk


    5 out of 5

    I recently completed my 6 month probation as a graduate software developer at Intergraph.
    I passed my performance review today, meaning that I am now a full-fledged Intergraph employee.
    I thought I’d let you know how I was getting on in the real world, and that I am having an amazing time in my dream job as a programmer. I wanted to say how thankful I am for everything that you did for me during my time at the college – all the advice you gave, even though I didn’t heed by all of it, definitely helped me get to the position I am in today, and for that I am grateful.
    In my first 6 months as a professional programmer I have learned a great deal, and continue to develop the skills that I originally gained from my degree.

  2. paul.jackson@bathcollege.ac.uk


    5 out of 5

    Excellent course, really enjoyed it.

  3. curryj@bathcollege.ac.uk


    5 out of 5

    A fantastic course if you’re unsure where you want to go in I.T.
    I started this course knowing I wanted to work in I.T but I was unsure as to what sector. This course offers you everything from Web Design to Cyber Security, Networking, Programming and much more.
    Coming back as a mature student in my 30’s I was so out of sync with the education system that I was actually scared of the road that lay ahead of me, I was full of doubt as to whether I would be able to accomplish this degree as academic writing was something I had never tried before, but here I am fast approaching the end of my second year without the need for a single extension or nervous breakdown. All of the lectures on this course are very helpful and have a wealth of knowledge to teach the students. I highly recommend this course to anyone looking into a career in I.T. Date of course: 2011 to 2014

  4. curryj@bathcollege.ac.uk


    5 out of 5

    I came to this course looking for a comprehensive learning experience that makes me into an employable person and gives me the starting foundations to make it in a successful line of work. You will get as much out of the course as you put in!

  5. curryj@bathcollege.ac.uk


    5 out of 5

    This is a good course to give an all round experience in computing. I came into the course not knowing a lot about computing and my skills have developed ten fold. This course also offers experience working with clients and work based learning to develop skills such as communication and team work which, when looking for work after the course, will be a massive benefit. Date of course: 2011 – 2014

  6. curryj@bathcollege.ac.uk


    5 out of 5

    A fairly laid back course that covers a wide variety of IT modules, none of which require any previous knowledge to be successful in. The course teaches you to learn on the job providing a good foundation for any following career. The mix of practical skills learnt and written work to complete should suit most who have an interest in some area around computing!

  7. curryj@bathcollege.ac.uk


    5 out of 5

    I enrolled on the course in September 2012 after having an informal meeting with one of the tutors. The course is broken up quite nicely with many subjects generating ideas that then become of significant use in others. This interconnection is not just limited to subjects but is expanded upon with the lecturers’ knowledge. They encompass all the facets that are needed for all the subject matter. The course itself begins quite slowly but this allowed me to develop some of the crucial skills I needed.

  8. curryj@bathcollege.ac.uk


    5 out of 5

    I have finished my degree studying BSc Applied Computing. I am delighted to say that this degree has helped me achieve my first job in the computing industry. I got offered the job the same day my degree ended. I will now be working for WebcreationsUK! A very exciting opportunity, all thanks to this course!!

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