Computer science is an integral part of modern society and particularly in the large companies of the commercial and industrial worlds where the specialist skills of the computer scientist are put to the greatest use. A successful career in the computer industry relies on both sound technical skills and the experience of applying them in the real world. This course has been designed to develop your practical and applied skills and to support you in gaining the experience needed to apply these skills effectively. This will make you highly employable in a wide range of industries.
There will be the opportunity to undertake an industrial placement as part of your course.
This course will provide you with a broad understanding of the field of computing but with a specialisation in programming, and with an appreciation and understanding of the role of theory in analysing algorithms. There are a range of options available that will allow you to undertake detailed study in specialist areas.
You will develop an in-depth understanding of methodical approaches to the analysis, design, development, testing and maintenance of object-oriented systems using the Java language on this course. You will graduate with a range of programming skills and a critical awareness of how to select the appropriate skill for a particular task, taking into account the issues of professionalism and ethics.
On this course, as well as gaining and developing a wide range of computer science knowledge and skills, you have the option to spend a year in industry between the second and third year of the course. This is an excellent opportunity to expand your CV and will give you the opportunity to apply your academic knowledge and interpersonal skills in a real-world environment, and to reflect on your own personal development and career choices. Successful completion of an industrial placement year, which you arrange with our support, will add 'with Professional Experience' to your degree title.
Optional Modules (choose two)
Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.
|GCSE||English Language and Maths at grade C or above|
|UCAS tariff points||280-300 points from a minimum of two A levels or equivalent from maths or a numerate science or a computer- related subject|
|GCE A level||280-300 UCAS Points from a minimum of 2 A-levels from Maths OR a Numerate Science OR a Computer Related Subject|
|BTEC National Diploma||DDM|
|Scottish Highers||300 points|
|Irish Leaving Certificate||300 points|
|International Baccalaureate||30 with 14 in Higher Level subjects|
We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.
There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.
We are looking for applicants with a strong interest in computer science. An attention to detail and a good work ethic are important to this course particularly with industrial placement opportunities.
We positively welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to successfully pursue a programme of study in higher education. Students who do not have formal entry qualifications are required to sit a written assessment which is designed for this purpose. Support in preparing for the written assessment is available from the University. Please contact Andrew Young for further information.
A variety of delivery methods are adopted to achieve the intended learning outcomes. Broadly speaking, these are:
Key skills (for example communication and ICT) are developed throughout the programme.
Assessment methods used and associated weightings vary from module to module.
As a graduate from this course you will be well equipped to work in a range of jobs such as system analyst, systems programmer, system administrator or computer analyst. Previous graduates have found employment with companies such as BNFL, British Aerospace, PricewaterhouseCooper, IBM, ICI, ICL and Riva Software International.
I chose Salford because the course has an excellent reputation and fantastic links with industry. I had the opportunity to work for a year as part of my course which really developed my practical skills and ambition to get the job I wanted once I’d graduated.
I've had an exciting career taking me all over the country working for a large defence company, a small and modern startup providing SMS, and I now work at LateRooms.com as a Principal Software Developer.
The passion and drive nurtured at Salford have helped me become a leader in the local digital community, running several key events in the city. I'm now on the Industrial Steering Committee for the Computer Science department at Salford. Here I advise the University on technology and practices being used in industry to aid the development of the Computer Science courses at Salford, ensuring the course continues to provide cutting-edge skills in industry.
|Type of Study||Fee|
You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.
As a UK/EU student you could be entitled to:
As an International student you could be entitled to:
The Vice-Chancellor's Undergraduate Excellence Scholarship is currently available to international students who achieve ABB at A level (or equivalent).
Start Dates: September
Three years full-time
Four years with industrial placement