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The course

UCAS code
Q2P4
Duration
Up to 4 years
Location
Edinburgh
Delivery type
Full-time

Contact

Overview

This course combines the rigorous studies of the BSc (Hons) Computer Systems with a year of work placement in level 4. Good performance means 12 months experience of working in an organisation in the computing sector. The Diploma in Industrial Training is gained through successful completion of the work placement. The work placement helps you to develop specific work-related skills, giving you the opportunity to apply and build upon the theory you’ve learned. This course is well suited for students looking for a sound foundation in contemporary computing, complemented by the professional skills needed to design, deploy and manage robust systems in diverse organisations, from SMEs to large corporations as well as undertaking a year in industry.

Detailed course information

Course content

Detailed course guide

Year 1

You will study three courses on programming in Java, interactive systems, web design and databases, computer systems, and an elective of your choice.

Year 2

You will study interaction design, web programming, data structures and algorithms, programming languages, software design and database management systems, and two electives of your choice.

Year 3

You will study software engineering, computer network security, artificial intelligence and intelligent agents, operating systems and concurrency, language processors, professional development and two electives. You will also take part in a major group project with an industrial orientation.

Year 4

12 month work placement.

Year 5

You will study five advanced courses drawn from a wide range of our research and technical specialisms. You will also conduct a substantial individual project, on a topic of your choice or suggested by an academic, lasting the whole year.

More in-depth information on the content of the courses listed above, how they are assessed and the learning outcomes can be accessed via our current student portal.

Unistats course data

Employability

Work and study

This is what our BSc (Hons) Computer Systems and Diploma in Industrial Training students are doing six months after graduating:

  • 76% are working
  • 9.5% are studying
  • 5% are working and studying.

Managerial/professional position

  • 85% of those working are in a professional/managerial position six months after graduating.

Salary

  • The average salary of students six months after graduating: £25000
  • The average UK salary of students six months after graduating from a similar course: £23000

Jobs

These are the most common jobs students go into six months after graduating:

  • Information technology and telecommunications professionals
  • Science, engineering and technology associate professionals
  • Sales occupations
  • Engineering professionals
  • Managers, directors and senior officials
  • Business, research and administrative professionals
  • Business and public service associate professionals
  • Administrative occupations
  • Customer service occupations
  • Elementary occupations

Entry requirements

Year 1

  • Highers ABBB
  • A-Levels BBB
  • Int. Baccalaureate 28 points
  • BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF) Level 3 at DDM

Year 2

  • Advanced Highers BBB including Computing or Scottish Baccalaureate
  • A-Levels ABB including Computing
  • Int. Baccalaureate 30 points including Computing at Higher Level 6.
  • HNC in a relevant subject area with A in graded unit.
  • BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF) Level 3 at DDM including sufficient Computing

Year 3

  • HND in a relevant subject area with A in group award graded unit will be considered.

Additional information

  • Those entering at Year 2 are expected to be proficient in a high-level programming language; Java is our preference.
  • To find out about the difference between the 3 and 4 year honours courses, please watch our video to help you decide which route is best for your qualifications and experience so far.
  • We welcome applicants without a formal qualification in computing. Some prior experience in the subject is useful. We recommend Scottish Higher / A-Level Computing or equivalent, for Level 1 entry.
  • BTEC We also accept the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF) at D in place of one A-Level, however it cannot replace a subject specific requirement unless relevant
  • HNC/HND Relevant HNC and HND qualifications are accepted; please contact the Admissions Tutor for further details.

Fees

Tuition fees for 2019 entry (by residency status)
Status* Scotland / EU** England / Northern Ireland / Wales*** International
Fee Paid by SAAS £9,250 £18,480

* Your residency 'status' is usually defined as the country where you have been ordinarily resident for the three years before the start of your course. Find out more about tuition fees.

** European Union countries (not including England, Northern Ireland or Wales).

*** 'Rest of the UK' (RUK) students entering at Level 1 receive a fee waiver of one year's tuition fee. Normally this will be the final year, or a year during which students study abroad (either at a partnership institution, or at one of Heriot-Watt's overseas campuses).

Additional fee information

Students with Scotland or Non-UK EU fee status pay £910 for the placement year instead of the standard fees. Students with England, Northern Ireland, Wales or Overseas fee status pay £1300 for the placement year instead of the standard fees.

Scholarships and bursaries

Featured scholarships

Bursaries for students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales starting undergraduate degree courses in 2018

In addition to government maintenance loans and grants towards the costs of fees and living costs, we are offering generous financial support to attract and support eligible students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales:

View our full range of undergraduate scholarships.