BSc (Hons) Computer Science

Technology has revolutionised the way we live, build, work, shop, learn and even access medical  care. On this forward-looking degree, you’ll get hands-on skills across a range of topics including coding, algorithms, database and software development, cyber security, networks and social, legal and ethical aspects of IT.

Our students have a track record for securing high-quality placements and jobs at large companies such as Microsoft, IBM, Oracle, Cisco, Intel, Apple, Nvidia and many more. From year one, we support you to find and prepare for a placement year at a leading company.

Course details

Distinguish yourself with a degree that is accredited by, and entitles membership to, the BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT.
  • Mode of study: 3-4 days  a week
  • Intake: Intakes: September
  • Course length: 3-4 years
  • Course fee: 9250 per year
  • Location: Plymouth campus
University of Plymouth

Course overview

You will study advances in new technologies such as artificial intelligence, automation, virtual reality and smart devices for our homes. You can enhance your CV with a work placement with well-known brands and industry leaders such as the  BBC, the Met Office, Microsoft, the National Physical Laboratory or Nestlé to open up a wide range of career possibilities. Through large individual and group projects, you will graduate with a large portfolio of evidence for potential employers.

Our practical focus means that you will create tangible assets, which showcase your technical skill and innovative mind-set.


Entry requirements

UCAS tariff

120 – 128

Applicants exceeding our entry requirements may be eligible for an offer under our Computing Excellence Scheme.

GCSE:English C/4 and mathematics grade B/5. If you have a grade C/4 in mathematics please contact admissions team.

A levels: A typical offer is 112-120 points from minimum of 2 A levels in any subject. Excluding general studies.
International Baccalaureate:27-30 overall
18 Unit BTEC National Diploma/QCF Extended Diploma: DMM-DDM – science related subjects: IT, Humanities, Engineering, Software Development, IT Practitioners, Business, Computing, Science (GCSE English C/4 and mathematics grade B/5. If you have a grade C/4 in mathematics please contact admissions team).


Even without completing an optional placement year, there may be opportunities to make a difference to real businesses by creating useful applications or by providing consultancy for clients.

Keeping pace with emerging and evolving technologies is one of our biggest challenges. Artificial intelligence, virtual and augmented reality, blockchain, robots and drones, the list goes on. New and optimised technologies and systems will continue to shape a modern and progressive society.

Our aim is to set you up with the skills and mindset to thrive in your career, even if your job doesn’t exist yet.


Note: All modules are indicative and based on the current academic session. Course information is correct at the time of publication and is subject to review. Exact modules may, therefore, vary for your intake in order to keep content current. If there are changes to your course we will, where reasonable, take steps to inform you as appropriate.

  • Stage 1 Computing Placement Preparation (BPIE111)
  • Software Engineering 1 (COMP1000)
  • Computer Systems (COMP1001)
  • Cyber Security & Networks (COMP1002)
  • Algorithms, Data Structures and Mathematics (COMP1003)
  • Computing Practice (COMP1004)
  • Stage 2 Computing Placement Preparation (BPIE211)
  • Software Engineering 2 (COMP2000)
  • Information Management & Retrieval (COMP2001)
  • Artificial Intelligence (COMP2002)
  • Computing Group Project (COMP2003)
  • Embedded Programming and the Internet of Things (COMP2008)

Core modules

  • Computing Project (COMP3000)

Optional modules

  • Parallel Computing (COMP3001)
  • Alternative Paradigms (COMP3002)
  • Machine Learning (COMP3003)
  • Advanced Computing and Networking Infrastructures (COMP3004)
    Full-Stack Development (COMP3006)
  • HCI, Usability and Visualization (COMP3007)
    Big Data Analytics (COMP3008)
  • Security Operations & Incident Management (COMP3010)
  • Ethical Hacking (COMP3011)
  • Digital Forensics & Malware Analysis (COMP3012)
  • Games Graphics Pipelines (COMP3015)
  • Immersive Game Technologies (COMP3016)
  • Computing Project Management (COMP3017)