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Year of Entry 2019/20
BSc (Honours)

Computer Networks with Foundation Year

Course in clearing
Full-time Computing

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


Places available in clearing

Apply for a place on this course starting in 2019. Call us on now 0330 024 6390.

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Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home/EU: £9,250 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
International: £13,250 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? 48 UCAS points through Clearing
What is the UCAS code? A021
When do I start? September 2019
Placement available? Yes

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 faculty 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.


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

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City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

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Howard Street
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S1 1WB

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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

GCSE Maths and GCSE English at grade C or 4.

48 UCAS points, including 24 points from one A level or equivalent, or an alternative qualification such as an Access course.

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

The modules for 2019/20 may vary to those given below, which are for academic year 2018/19

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 And Routing Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
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: Lan Switching And Wide Area Networks Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
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

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Placement Year Credits: -

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Advanced Network Design Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Enterprise Applications Management Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Network Management Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Project (Computer Systems And Networks) Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Advanced Penetration Testing Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Foreign Language Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Management Of It Services & Security Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Programming "Things" Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Fees and funding

Home/EU students

Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2019/20 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 students starting full-time study in 2019/20 is £13,250 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.

Additional costs for Computing courses (PDF)

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