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Computer Science BSc (Hons)

Studying Computer Science will provide you with fundamental practical, technical, cognitive and creative skills that have real world value. The focus of this programme is on your future employability. You will study the fundamentals of computer science, working on practical exercises and activities that will help you understand and develop computer software.

UCAS course code
York St John University
Course fees
2018 - 2019: Home & EU students: £9,250 per annum, International (non EU) students: £12,500 per annum
3 years full-time | Part-time options available on request
Start date
September 2018
Art, Design and Computer Science

Course overview

In a world where computation devices are becoming ever more central to political, economic and social cohesion it is logical that the activities of computer scientists will come to play an ever increasing role in defining the society of tomorrow. With this comes the recognition that technical decisions regarding software and hardware development are also ethical, political and philosophical decisions since the deployment of both hardware and software plays an increasing role in dictating how we interface with and understand ourselves both individually and as a society.

Computer Science at York St John University is committed to developing employable graduates with technical, professional and entrepreneurial skills that contemporary organisations need to contend with this new emerging reality. The focus of this programme is on graduates with good degrees and skills relevant to future employability. The programme is designed for those who want to develop systems that meet real world needs. The computer science programme will provide students with a rigorous education in core computational skills including: computational; artificial intelligence and Human Computer Interaction. With this, students are also taught foundation design principals to enhance their ability to carry projects through from conception to realisation.

Dr Justin McKeown - Subject Director, Computer Science

Course structure

In Computer Science we believe in teaching on a human scale. We therefore purposefully keep our class sizes small. Our largest class sizes are in the region of 30 students, though some can be as small as 5 students for specialist activity.  We have comparatively high contact hours, meaning that our students see a lot of the academic and technical staff associated with their programme of study. We do this because we know that the quality of interaction between staff and students can have a defining effect on the students ability to learn and grow in their chosen field. Our graduates are our best advertisement and therefore we want them to have the best opportunity to explore the field of computer science and realise their true potential. Computer Science at York St John is a nurturing community and we welcome those curious about us to come and find out more.

The focus of this programme is on your future employability. You will therefore learn to develop software systems that meet real business and organisational needs. You will study the fundamentals of computer science, working on practical exercises and activities that will help you understand and develop computer software. The work placement module will give you the opportunity to use these skills in a professional environment. You will learn about networks, usability and contemporary system development techniques. Your final year will focus on a final year project, whilst studying advanced topics such as distributed systems and how to manage the development of a large software system.

Level 1

Level 1 gives you the fundamental core knowledge required for your development as a computer scientist, providing you with a broad range of opportunities to develop core subject knowledge in the areas of programming, mathematics, software engineering and the critical discourses surrounding developments in the field of computer science. You will become familiar with common computer science terminology, and well-versed in discipline specific technical practices, methodologies and theories. Teaching at this level comprises of a range of immersive learning experiences such as lecturers, seminars, workshops, teaching laboratories, Supported Open Learning (SOL), guest talks and trips.

Modules may include:

  • Computer System Fundamentals
  • Introduction to Programming
  • Software Engineering & Multimedia
  • Mathematics for Computer Science
  • Technology in Context

Level 2

Level 2 will enable you to further develop your subject knowledge through modules in networking, databases and mobile application development. You will undertake a professional project allowing you to apply your skills in a ‘live’ setting, working for an established company or undertaking a self-initiated, possibly collaborative, entrepreneurial project. This opportunity will enable you to apply and test the knowledge you’ve acquired so far through your degree, affirming your learning through real world experience. At level 2 you will also undertake the Philosophies of Technology module which will enhance your knowledge of current relevant subject discourses and qualitative and quantitative research methods, preparing you for your Page 5 of 6 major project at level 2. Teaching at this level incorporates all the previous modes at level 1, but with an emphasis on more self-directed and group project based work.

Modules may include:

  • Data & Information Management
  • Mobile Application Development
  • Network Infrastructure & Management
  • Software Engineering
  • Professional Practice

Level 3

Level 3 includes advanced modules in your field, allowing you to specialise and accent your learning via a choice of optional modules, for example: Cybercrime Security, Artificial Intelligence, Advanced Web Development, Data Visualisation and iOS Game Development. The specific optional modules offered each year will vary based on student numbers and available resources, thus not all listed modules may be available each year. Accompanying this you will undertake a major year-long independent research project of your own design, agreed by and supported by an academic supervisor. This project may be in any existing or emerging field of computer science research. You are encouraged to consolidate technical learning and professional research interests through this major project. Teaching and learning at level 3 again incorporates the modes of delivery and activity encountered at levels 1 and 2, however, the emphasis at level 3 is on independent self-directed work that responds to learning within and across modules.

Modules may include:

  • Internet of Things
  • Advanced Web Development
  • Cybercrime Security
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Science Project

Programme specification

Further information on this course is available in the programme specification. Please note that the programme specification relates to course content that is currently being studied by students at the University. For new programmes, the programme specification will be made available online prior to the start of the course.

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Entry requirements


The minimum entry requirements for this course are:

96 - 112 UCAS Tariff points

3 GCSEs at grade C or above (or equivalent) including English Language and Maths

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Fees and funding

To study for an undergraduate degree with us, you will need to pay tuition fees for your course. How much you pay will depend on whether you're a UK & EU student or an international (non-EU) student. Tuition fees are charged for each year of your course.

Find out more about funding for Foundation Year and/or Placement Year by visiting the Funding Advice pages of our website.

York St John offer special reductions to students graduating from York St John University Undergraduate degrees in 2018 and continuing directly onto Postgraduate study. Find out more about discounts and scholarships.

There may also be some additional costs to take into account throughout your studies, including the cost of accommodation.


Tuition fees

UK & EU 2018 / 19

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2018 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE Primary and Secondary and UG Health Programme degrees is £9,250 per year for UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

Fees & Funding

Overseas 2018 / 19

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2018 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE degrees is £12,500 per year for international students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

International Fees & Funding

Additional costs and financial support

Course-related costs

Whilst studying for your degree, there may be additional costs related to your course. This may include purchasing personal equipment, stationery and books.

Accommodation and living costs

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Study abroad

For more information on tuition fee reductions and additional costs for studying abroad, please visit our study abroad webpages.

Financial help and support

Help and advice on funding your studies at York St John is available through our Money Advice service.

International students

We welcome international students from all over the world at York St John University and have a vibrant international community. You can find out more on our International Pages about how you can study with us and what it’s like to live and learn in York, one of the UK’s most historic cities.

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