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BSc (Honours) Computing

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Year of Entry 2023/24
BSc (Honours)


Full-time Computing

Learn how to code, configure and integrate applications, databases and systems architectures which form the pillars of modern technology in today’s world.

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What is the fee? Home: See fees section below
International/EU: £15,860 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
How long will I study? 3 / 4 Years
Where will I study? City Campus
What are the entry requirements? 112 UCAS Points
What is the UCAS code? G504
When do I start? September 2023
Placement year available? Yes


100% of our graduates are in work or further study fifteen months after graduating (2019/20 Graduate Outcomes Survey).

Course summary

  • Learn how different areas of computing are connected and build on each other. 
  • Program and configure a variety of technologies and information systems. 
  • Use cloud technologies to design and deploy cloud-based systems.

Alongside the technical aspects of this course, you will be applying your knowledge in a wide variety of real-world projects. Her, you will learn how to translate designs into working systems for target audiences  applying appropriate project management techniques and methods to deliver applications and computing systems. You will also develop an ability to assess the impact of technology on society and the natural world.

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How you learn

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All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

The combination of teaching methods applied across the course will allow you to develop a range of skills through practical implementation, problem-solving activities and teamwork. With these you’ll take an active approach to learning and self-development. 

You’ll learn programming skills, database design, hardware, software architectures and cloud computing. You’ll put your technical skills into practice by working on real client projects – preparing you to work on application and system development in the real world. While working on group projects, you’ll deploy industry standard techniques and approaches towards project management. 


You learn through

  • lectures
  • hands-on lab sessions and tutorials
  • regular feedback
  • teamwork and group-based learning
  • practice-based applied learning
  • discussions
  • self-study

You will be supported in your learning journey towards highly skilled, graduate level employment through a number of key areas. These include

  • access to our unique student support triangle to help with your personal, academic and career development
  • access to our Skills Centre with one to ones, webinars and online resources, where you can get help with planning and structuring your assignments
  • industry-specific employability activities such as live projects, learning in simulated environments and networking opportunities

Course leaders and tutors

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Lynne Dawson
Senior Lecturer

I have worked at Sheffield Hallam for sixteen years, and I teach across all levels of the BSc Computing route. My main area of expertise is IT Service Management (ba … Read more

Applied learning

Work placements

You’ll have the opportunity to arrange a year-long work placement in between your second and third years. This gives you valuable work experience to prepare you for your future career. Previous students have worked with companies such as South Yorkshire Transport Executive, Barnsley Hospital NHS, Framatome GmbH and ETAS LTD. You’ll be supported by placement tutors and a placement team through the process of successfully getting a placement, and while you’re on placement.

In your final year you’ll undertake an individual project on an IT topic of your choice. Under the guidance of a supervisor, you’ll demonstrate the technical skills and professional competencies you’ve developed – culminating in an academic dissertation.

Live projects

One of the project highlights in your second year is working as part of a team to design and deliver a prototype for a real-life industry client. This gives you valuable experience that supports your learning across the various stages of the project development lifecycle. Working with real companies allows you to enhance your interpersonal, time management and technical skills – further contributing to your career readiness. 

Students have worked on live projects from local companies such as Lifft Slings, Nigelle de Crete, The Sheffield Cats Shelter and Bawtry Natural Health – working on websites to meet the needs of these businesses. 


Networking opportunities

Employers and industry practitioners are an influential part of the design, content and teaching of the course. The employability of the course is supported by the involvement of employers through the live projects we provide. You’ll also have opportunities to build networks through careers fairs, workshops and dedicated employability advisers.

Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in

  • project management
  • web development
  • database design and development
  • systems analyst
  • business consultant
  • project architect
  • application development
  • aesigning and deploying cloud-based solutions

Previous graduates of this course have gone on to work for

  • HSBC
  • Royal Hallamshire Hospital
  • CSE Global
  • Xerox
  • Eli Lily
  • Pirelli Tyres
Course news

The Lovelace Colloquium, named after the first computer programmer Ada Lovelace, celebrates women in IT and offers an excellent programme of panels, lectures and competitions for female students. Sheffield Hallam hosted the event in 2016.


This course is accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional and partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus through a structured mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions as well as access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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Equipment and facilities

On this course you work with:

  • cloud computing technologies, including access to major cloud vendors (e.g. Microsoft Azure)
  • industry-standard web and database technologies and servers (e.g. HTML, CSS, C#, PHP, SQL, Python, React JS)
  • data visualisation software
  • software application development environments, tools and frameworks (e.g Linux, Microsoft Visual Studio, Django
  • project and software management applications (e.g Trello and Github)

We’ve invested over £100m in new facilities to help you study how and when you want. This means 24-hour libraries and study spaces designed by our students.

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Entry requirements

All students

UCAS points

  • 112

This must include at least 64 points from two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. For example:

  • BBC at A Level.
  • DMM 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.


  • English Language or 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.

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.

We welcome applications from people of any age. We may be flexible in our normal offer if you can show a commitment to succeed and have the relevant skills and experience. This must show that you will benefit from and finish the course successfully.

Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 or over 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'.


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 will be able to complete a placement year as part of this course. See the modules table below for further information.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Computer Technology For Business Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Databases And Web Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Information Systems Credits: 20 Assessment: Exam
Module: Integrated Computing Projects Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Programming For Computing Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Database Admin And Data Sources Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Professional Computing Project Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Project Planning And Service Support Credits: 20 Assessment: Exam
Module: System Architectures And Design Principles Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Smart Technologies Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Web Analytics And Search Engine Optimisation Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Web Application Design And Implementation Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 3

Optional modules
Module Credits
Module: Placement Year Credits: -

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Advanced Data Management Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Devops Management Credits: 20 Assessment: Exam
Module: Project (Computing) Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Advanced Web Applications Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Applied Business Intelligence Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Cloud Computing Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Designing Cloud-Based Systems Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Knowledge Management Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: New Technologies Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Service Design Credits: 20 Assessment: Exam

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fees for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2023/2024 are regulated by the UK government and are yet to be confirmed. For an indication, our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2022/2023 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 2023/24 is £15,860 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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