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BSc (Honours) Computer Networks

Future-proof your career by learning to build, design and engineer computer network systems in our cutting-edge labs.

Course length 3-4 Year(s)
Location City Campus
UCAS G420 Course code

Course description

What you study
Computer networks are a fundamental part of our experience, from home to work, small to large business, in social networks and the devices we use. We need well designed and supported systems that operate securely, efficiently and cost effectively.

This course prepares you for work in this networked world, giving you the skills to thrive in a global environment. You become a networking specialist ready for a career as a developer, designer, manager or administrator of complex networked systems.

Your studies include subjects such as • network fundamentals and routing (CCNA 1 and 2) • computer and information security • LAN and WAN design (CCNA 3 and 4) • network server management and configuration • advanced networking design (leading to CCDA) • network management • enterprise applications management.

You also study more general computing subjects such as • computer and systems architecture • programming • web applications development • database administrational and security • professionalism and project based learning.

These areas of study offer you a broad range of skills to enhance your employability. You also choose optional modules in your final year such as • web security • management of IT services and security.

Specialist equipment and dedicated labs
Your lectures and practical sessions take place in our dedicated networking laboratories. These laboratories are constantly being renewed and currently contain wireless, voice, router, switch, firewall, and virtualisation technology of the sort used by most companies.

Specialist equipment in our labs includes
• multiple wireless and wired infrastructure hardware
• dedicated network security, design and management software
• licensed enterprise network virtualisation software
• Cisco modelling labs
• cloud computing server capability

Gain vital industry experience
In your third year you get the chance to apply what you learn during a one-year work placement in industry with companies such as • Ask4 • BMW Manufacturing • BT • Cisco • Citrix • HSBC • IBM • Microsoft • Plusnet • Walt Disney.

Specialist internships specifically offered nationwide by Cisco in 2015-16 were filled by students from this course. Our excellent placement students allow us to build on our relationship with Cisco.

Gain external networking qualifications
During your final year you expand your knowledge of cloud, technical management and network design, which ensures your learning is as up to date as possible. Alongside networking qualifications such as CCNA, you have the opportunity to build on your capability to take other external qualifications such as Certified Cisco Design Associate.

Professional recognition

This course is seeking accreditation by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT.

Entry requirements

2017 entry requirements

GCSE English language and mathematics at grade C or grade 4 or above, plus one of the following

• 96 UCAS points from at least two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. We accept AS levels. We accept General studies


• 80 UCAS points from three A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. We accept General studies.

New UCAS tariff points system for courses starting from September 2017. This is significantly different to the current points system and uses an alternative method of calculation. You can find information about these changes on the UCAS website and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

• 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 must have 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.

International and European entry qualifications

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.

Course structure

Four years full-time (including one year work placement) or three years full-time

Typical modules may include

Year one modules

• network fundamentals and routing (CCNA 1 and 2) • introduction to computer and information security • computer systems and architecture • introduction to programming • professionalism and communications skills

Year two modules

• LAN and WAN design (CCNA 3 and 4) • web applications development • network server management and configuration • project based learning • database administration and security

Year three

• optional placement year

Final year core modules

• network management • advanced network design (leading to CCDA) • enterprise applications management • final year project

Final year options

Include • web security • management of IT services and security • foreign languages

  • written reports
  • lab based practical structured walkthroughs
  • groupwork
  • online phase tests
  • presentations
  • paper based exams


Our previous graduates have found careers as • network managers • network specialists • solution specialists • IT project managers • systems support • systems administrators.

They work for global companies such as • HSBC • Cisco • BT • HP • Plusnet • Deutsche Bank • Eli Lilly • GCHQ • NHS Trusts and government departments.

We have an established reputation with employers and many contact us directly to recruit networking graduates.


Home / EU student

We do not charge course fees during a placement year.

Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)

For the course fee and further information on scholarships and bursaries please visit our fees and funding pages.

International student

We do not charge course fees during a placement year.

2016/17 academic year

Typically £12,250 a year

2017/18 academic year

Typically £12,750 a year

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 information

How to apply

You apply for this course through UCAS.

Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and student Regulations.

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