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Year of Entry 2021/22
BSc (Honours)

Computer Networks with Foundation Year

Full-time Computing

Gain a degree in computer networks, with an initial foundation year to prepare for the course.


Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home: £9,250 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
International/EU: £13,995 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
How long will I study? 4/5 Years
Where will I study? City Campus
What are the entry requirements? 80 UCAS Points
What is the UCAS code? A021
When do I start? September 2021
Placement year available? Yes

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Course summary

  • Prepare for the degree with an extra foundation year at the start.
  • Become a highly motivated and competent specialist with a substantial theoretical and practical skillset.
  • Gain the skills to design a computer network infrastructure, administer, manage and maintain computer network systems which meet the needs of organisations.

Computer networks provide the supporting infrastructure for the global internet. National and international businesses as well as home users need computer networks to function securely, efficiently and cost effectively.

You will learn the theory and technical skills to be able to graduate as a network engineering specialist, ready for a career as a developer, designer, manager or administrator of these highly complex networked systems.

How you learn

The course is suitable if you don’t meet the entry requirements for our BSc (Hons) Computer Networks course, or you want extra preparation before starting degree-level study. You share the first year with other computing foundation year students, then move on to the degree.

Case study and problem solving activities, often in groups, allow you to deepen your understanding through an active learning approach.

Problem solving is a key component of many activities and you are encouraged to be a reflective learner in preparation for life long learning.

You are closely supported and monitored by module leaders and the course team to ensure the required skills are developed. You learn through

  • lectures
  • tutorials
  • practical lab sessions

In the foundation year, you’ll build on your existing knowledge and experience — developing useful academic, computing and IT skills in preparation for undergraduate study. You’ll benefit from innovative course content that allows you to access and use cutting-edge technology. Throughout, you’ll reflect on your progress, and build valuable communication and interpersonal skills.

Course leaders and tutors

Matthew Love
Matthew Love
Principal Lecturer & Quality Lead

My own skills have developed in line with the changes in technologies, from microprocessor programming, though team building of software, multimedia technologies, sy … Read more

Applied learning

Work placements

You will have the opportunity to arrange a year-long work placement in between your third and fourth years. This gives you a real-world experience to prepare you for your future career.

You are supported by placement tutors, and a college placement team through the process of successfully getting a placement and then while on placement.

Networking opportunities

Throughout the final year there are numerous opportunities for you to engage with career management, career fairs and workshops, employer presentations, visits, and professional advisors.

Opportunities for further study and professional certifications like CCNA and/or CCNA security are available as well as opportunities to engage in research and funded projects after graduation.

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Future careers

This course prepares you for a career as a

  • applications support analyst
  • business consultant
  • data storage manager
  • information security manager
  • infrastructure engineer
  • IT engineer
  • IT solutions analyst
  • network engineer
  • sales
  • support specialist
  • security analyst
  • service desk analyst
  • software developer
  • software engineer
  • system administrator
  • technical support engineer
  • web developer

with many now working in senior management roles or as directors of their own companies.

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus through a structured mix of online lessons and face-to-face teaching with access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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Equipment and facilities

On this course you will work with

  • industry standard specialist computing packages, tools and hardware
  • a specialist networking lab for use in formal laboratory exercises and for individual project work

Entry requirements

All students

UCAS points

  • 80

This must include at least one A level or equivalent BTEC qualifications. For example:

  • CDD at A Level.
  • MMP in BTEC Extended Diploma.
  • A combination of qualifications, which may include AS levels, EPQ and general studies

You can find information on making sense of UCAS tariff points here and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

GCSE

  • English Language or English Literature at grade C or 4
  • Maths at grade C or 4

• Access - an Access to HE Diploma with at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2. At least 15 level 3 credits must be at merit grade or above from a QAA-recognised Access to HE course, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate.

We may also accept you, if you have limited qualifications but can show evidence of ability and a genuine commitment to studying the subject.

Some applicants may be invited to attend an informal interview with the course leader to ensure that the programme is suitable for themselves and their aspirations.

UK students may be able to claim financial support for the course.

If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or equivalent. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 at the point of enrolment.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Modules

Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

You can take an optional placement in year three.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Computing Projects Credits: 120

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Computer Systems And Architecture Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Introduction To Computer And Information Security Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Network Fundamentals Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Practical
Module: Professionalism And Employability Skills Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Programming For Computing Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 3

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Database Administration And Security Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Enterprise Networks Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Practical
Module: Network Server Management And Configuration Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Project Based Learning Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Web Application Development Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 4

Optional modules
Module Credits
Module: Placement Year Credits: -

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Enterprise Applications Management Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Network Design And Management Credits: 20 Assessment: Exam
Practical
Module: Network Security Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Project (Network, Cyber And Forensics) Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Advanced Web Applications Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Data Storage Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Offensive Forensics Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2021/22 is £9,250 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2021/22 is £13,995 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

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