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[A] Why choose this Course

1 Internationally recognised qualification
  The British higher education system and university degrees are recognised as being amongst the best in the world and so are highly sought after. The University of Chester recently celebrated its175th anniversary, making it one of the oldest higher education institutions in the UK. High rankings in student satisfaction ,reflect its commitment to excellence in education
2 Subject Knowledge and skills obtained
  How does a box of electronic components [a computer] become a sophisticated source of information with enormous impact on businesses and individuals?

In this course you explore: how computers work, how computer software is developed, how computers communicate with each other, the ways in which software manipulates, stores and processes data ,the creation of a safe and interesting online environment for commerce, the study of robotics and artificial intelligence, and the operation of networking systems within organisations are just some of the themes we will cover.
3 Career opportunities in this field
  Today, there are very few organisations that do not rely on the use of computers for information processing and problem solving. The study of Computer Science means the acquisition of the knowledge and skills needed to develop software and hardware solutions for many of the new challenges facing today's computer users A degree in Computer Science is an excellent foundation for a wide range of computing job roles in web site design, app development, database design and system development. The technology sector in the UK is booming - offering many opportunities for qualified and skilled programmers, designers and developers.

Examples include:

Web Site Developer
Web Developers plan, create and code web pages, using both non-technical and technical skills to produce websites that fit the customer's requirements.

They are involved in the technical and graphical aspects of pages, producing not just the look of the website but determining how it works as well. Web Developers might also be responsible for the maintenance of an existing site.

Application Developer
App Developers translate software requirements into workable programming code and maintain and develop programs for use in business. Most will specialise in a specific development field - such as mobile phone applications, accounting software, office suites or graphics software - and will have in-depth knowledge of at least one computer language.

Applications, or 'apps', can be written for a particular system, such as Windows, Apple or Android, or across numerous platforms, including computers and mobile devices.

Database Administrator
A DBA is responsible for the performance, integrity and security of a database. They will also be involved in the planning and development of the database as well as troubleshooting any issues on behalf of the users. A DBA makes sure that databases have the following qualities:

  • data remains consistent across the database;
  • data is clearly defined;
  • users access data concurrently, in a form that suits their needs;
  • there is provision for data security and recovery control (all data is retrievable in an emergency).

Games Developer
Games developers are involved in the creation and production of games for personal computers, games consoles, social/online games, arcade games, tablets, mobile phones and other hand held devices. Their work involves either design (including art and animation) or programming.

Games development is a fast-moving, multi-billion pound industry. The making of a game from concept to finished product can take up to three years and involve teams of up to 200 professionals.
4 Career opportunities in other fields
  A degree in Computer Science is an excellent foundation for a wide range of computing job roles in business, health, science and the creative industries.

Information Systems Manager
Information systems managers oversee the development, maintenance and functioning organizations' computer technology systems. These systems include networks, databases, hardware and software. Information systems managers often supervise other IT department employees, and many specialize in computer systems management or project management.

Business Analyst

The business analyst role is often seen as a communication bridge between IT and the business stakeholders. Business analysts must be great verbal and written communicators, tactful diplomats, problem solvers, thinkers and analysers - with the ability to engage with stakeholders to understand and respond to their needs in rapidly changing business environments. This can often involve dealing with very senior stakeholders and can often involve challenging and questioning to ensure that value for money is achieved from IT developments.
5 Own business opportunities
  The world of computing is full of small business start-ups and one-person companies. Web site design, database design, network maintenance and games programming are all activities that can be carried out on a small scale. Opportunities for enterprise are endless.

Selling through e-commerce and e-business sites such as Ebay or Amazon Market Place may also be carried out on a small scale by single person companies
6 Professional membership opportunities
  Chester degrees are currently awaiting BCS accreditation, which will ensure students have the right skills for a career in the computing profession.
7 Further study opportunities
  Postgraduate study opportunities include MSc Information Systems and MBA IT at KCB. Students may also go on to take MPhil, DPhil and PhD degrees in the UK and elsewhere.

[B] Course content, assessment and awards

The Course is divided into 3 parts with 6 subjects or modules in each part as the table below explains

1 Data Analysis Experiential Learning Dissertation / Project
2 Investigation & Research Systems Development
3 Multimedia Authoring 1 Database Principles & Practice Modern Database Management Systems
4 Introduction to Computer Systems Computer Systems and Networks Network Infrastructure and Management
5 Introduction to Programming Further Programming and Problem Solving Advanced Programming
6 Introduction to Web based technologies Website Production and Development Managing a Web based environment

The subjects are assessed by a combination of coursework and examinations with exams mostly used for the Accounting and IT subjects and coursework for the others and for which in each subject the pass mark is 40%

If the student

  • Only completes the first 6 subjects/modules or Part 1 they will be awarded a University Certificate of Higher Education in Computer science
  • Only completes the first 12 subjects/modules or Parts 1 and2 they will be awarded a University Diploma of Higher Education in Computer science
  • Completes all 18 subjects or parts 1 ,2 and 3 they will be awarded a University Degree ie a BSC Hons in Computer science The Class of the degree though will depend upon the average of the marks obtained in the final part 3 of the course

[C] Course start dates and duration

The typical applicant will have achieved one of the following;

UCAS points: 280 UCAS points from GCE A Levels or equivalent. Typical offer - BCC/BBC
BTEC: BTEC Extended Diploma - DMM BTEC Diploma -D*D*
Irish/Scottish Highers: B in 4 subjects
International Baccalaureate: 26 points
Access Access to HE Diploma to include 15 level 3 credits at Distinction and 15 level 3 credits at Merit
OCR: OCR National Extended Diploma: Merit 2 OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma - DMM OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma - D*D*
Extra Information: Please note that we accept a maximum of 20 UCAS points from GCE AS Levels and that the Welsh Baccalaureate (core) and A Level General Studies will be recognised in our offer. We will also consider a combination of A Levels and BTECs/OCRs. GCSE Maths grade C or above is also required.

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