Computer Science BSc

Do you enjoy programming, or are you convinced you would? Do you want to know how to talk to customers and clients, understand their needs, and be able to specify, design, build and test the software they need? How to work by yourself and also in teams? And do you want to know more about the scientific and theoretical foundations of the subject?

If you want to do all these things, and also learn about the principles of coding, underpinning mathematics, mathematical models of computation, operating systems and networks, and professional skills, Leicester’s Computer Science programme is for you!

Course details

Computer science is more than just knowing how to program. It’s about studying the core foundations of computing, managing real-world projects and preparing yourself to enter a field that’s constantly shaping the future.
  • Mode of study: 3-4 days  a week
  • Intake: Intakes: September
  • Course length: 3-4 years
  • Course fee: 9250 per year
  • Location: Leicester campus

University of Leicester

Course overview

Programming is fun! You no doubt have a phone, laptop, tablet and so on; your car may have a navigation system, park itself, and have surround-space scanners; and you may be able to control your heating from a mobile. All of these cool devices work using program code. At the heart of coding such systems are state-of-the-art technologies including Android, C++, Haskell, Java, JavaScript, Python, PHP, Prolog and R, and programme development environments such as Eclipse. At Leicester you will be taught to program in a selection of these languages, and have opportunities to learn others in project work. Programming will not only include mobile and web applications and technologies, but also new styles of programming such as functional and logic-based languages.


Entry requirements

A/AS-levels: ABB. Two AS-levels considered in place of one A-level. General Studies accepted.

EPQ with A-levels: BBB + EPQ at grade B.

GCSE: Grade B/5 in Maths.

Access to HE Diploma: Pass relevant diploma with a minimum of 45 credits at level 3, 30 of which must be at Distinction.

International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 30. Minimum of 4 in HL Maths, or 5 in SL Maths, or 6 in Maths Studies required if grade B/5 not held at GCSE.

BTEC Nationals: Extended Diploma with D*D*D*. BTEC must be in IT, Science or Engineering.

T Levels: Distinction in either: Digital Production, Design and Development (with an Occupational Specialism in Software development technician), or Digital Business Services


Many of our modules feature external speakers who are able to give first-hand accounts of how the latest computing innovations are used in industry.

You will work on a project commissioned by a real client and gain an insight into the practices of design, implementation and professional project management. You will be taught how to specify, design and develop software systems, gaining the technical skills and insights that employers value very highly.

Graduate destinations
Graduates from the Department of Informatics have gone on to many different careers, whether working for large companies, such as Accenture, BAE systems, Bloomberg and LogicaCMG, or for small, innovative start-ups. You may go on to apply your knowledge directly as a software engineer or systems analyst – or you may apply your IT skills and problem-solving abilities in a related field such as finance, marketing or general business.


At the very beginning of your course you’ll take the short, non-credit bearing Academic and Study Skills.

  • Computing Fundamentals
  • Programming Fundamentals
  • Mathematics Fundamentals
  • Computer Architecture
  • Introduction to Object Oriented Programming
  • Requirements Engineering and Professional Practice
  • Algorithms, Data Structures and Advanced Programming
  • Foundations of Computation

Core modules

  • Software Architecture and System Development (double module)
  • Software Engineering Project (double module)
  • Operating Systems and Networks
  • Databases and Domain Modelling
  • User Interface Design and Evaluation

Option modules
Choose one option module from:

  • Data Analytics
  • Entertainment Technology
  • Foundations of Artificial Intelligence

Core modules

  • Computer Science Project (double module)
  • Computers, Society and Professionalism

Option modules
Choose two option modules from:

  • Computational Intelligence and Software Engineering
  • Software Measurement and Quality Assurance
  • Mobile and Web Applications
  • C++ Programming
  • Internet and Cloud Computing

Then choose two option modules from:

  • Analysis of Algorithms
  • Big Data and Predictive Analytics
  • Foundations of Cybersecurity
  • Technology Management
  • Emerging Technologies
  • Functional Programming
  • AI for Space