Want to work in the world of technology? If so, you’ve picked an exciting and ground-breaking field. Technology is only becoming increasingly more influential, integral and important in our lives and computing is the fastest moving and most exciting technology subject you can study, with a wide range of career opportunities available to you as a graduate. Wondering which computing degree course is best for you? Let us help…
Did you know that of the world’s largest companies*, the top three are tech companies? These are: Apple, Alphabet Inc (Google’s parent company) and Microsoft, with Facebook not far behind, taking the sixth spot. This is testament to the impact of technology and computing in our lives today.
Want to start your computing journey? Well, there are an excellent range of computing degree courses available to you at BCU. If you’re confused on which one you should choose to study, we’re here to help. We’ve split our BCU Computing courses into three main computing areas and explain how each course could benefit you…
Browse through our Computing courses
1. Computer Science and Programming
Research informing practice.
Our Computer Science and Programming degrees will instil you with the knowledge needed to create exciting and useful things. Not so long ago, there were no smart phones and self-driving cars were just a dream. Yet, today, we are 3D printing prosthetic limbs, meaning all sectors are thriving with new careers related to computing and tech. These jobs are going unfulfilled due to shortfall in the number of graduates with the relevant skill set – but you could fill this gap. These degrees will give you the ability to solve problems and translate solutions to code, as well as the ability to explain problems to technical and non-technical audiences.
- Computer Science: A fantastic all-round course, covering a broad range of subjects such as cyber-security, artificial intelligence, and mobile app development. You could take a variety of career paths with this degree, the possibilities are endless, but if you’re in need of some examples you could go into something like software engineering or security consultancy. 93% of graduates from this course are in employment or further study within 6 months (DHLE 2016/17.)
- Computer and Data Science: This newly introduced course will help you build solid skills in computer programming and software engineering. It will also help you understand and apply modern scientific methods in Data Science, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence to real world problems. You could explore a career as a data scientist, machine learning engineer, software engineer or computer scientist.
- Computer Forensics: This course is aimed at computer and network investigation. You’ll learn about ethical hacking, mobile device forensics, system security and much more. You’ll also be glad to know that 100% of students are satisfied with this course (NSS, 2018). As a graduate, you could become a forensic analyst, network analyst or a network specialist, to name a few.
- Computer Games Technology: This is a computer science programme built to equip you specifically with graphics and video animation skills. You’ll discover more about things like CGI modelling and animation, 3D games programming and development, as well as mobile and network games. BCU has dedicated computer games lab as well as strong ties with the companies in the games industry, such as Microsoft, Sony and many local independent studios. Some career options available to you would be: games development, graphics and video systems, software engineering and consultancy.
2. Secure Computer Networks
Who said hacking is unethical?
Did you know that there is currently a lack of network, network security and cyber-security engineers? Taking on one of our computer networks courses, means you can gain skills that will be highly sought after by the time you graduate, with cyber security and information security being big areas of opportunity. You’ll understand exactly how the internet works, as well as how to build, manage and secure large networks. You’ll also have opportunities to acquire industry certifications while studying with us. Upon graduating, you could work anywhere and for anyone. All companies and businesses have networks, meaning there is opportunity all around you…
- Computer Networks: This is a broad based networks programme, that will enable you to explore topics such as: wireless network technologies, software defined networks and cloud infrastructure. Student success is high, with 100% of our Computer Networks graduates in employment or further study within 6 months (DHLE 2016/17).Your skills will be essential when entering the world of work. You could potentially become a network manager, network engineer or network architect.
- Computer Networks and Security: This programme is geared towards the security of networks – extremely important in today’s world. You’ll explore fundamentals such as systems security, advanced networking systems and information security. Learn how to hack and get paid for it: ethical hacking and information security skills are in high demand. After graduating you could become a network security specialist, network engineer or security consultant.
- Cyber Security: This course has an emphasis on cyber-crime and law. You’ll get to learn more about security breaches and incidents. You’ll be equipped to succeed in meeting the cyber security challenges facing modern organisations in the 21st century. Upon graduation you could progress into a career as a cyber-security engineer, network administrator, and cyber security analyst or network security architect.
3. Information and Web Technology
Focused applied solutions.
Studying an information and web technology course will equip you to tackle business problems with efficient tech solutions. At BCU we believe innovation is key in order to come up with 21st century solutions for now and beyond. We’ll also teach you how to understand data and translate it into valuable information so it can be communicated within businesses, to both technical and non-technical audiences. You’ll learn to get under the skin of business structures and how to engineer business processes using technology, for optimum transformation. You could potentially end up working for some of the world’s most powerful corporations.
- Business Information Technology**: This programme is based around enterprise systems that enable businesses. You’ll discover more about business information systems and modelling, application design and development, as well as IT innovation. Success rates are excellent on this course, with 94% of graduates in employment or further study within 6 months (DHLE 2016/17). You could end up as a Business analyst, systems analyst or consultant.
- Computing and Information Technology: This is an IT specialist course aimed at innovators. You’ll discover more about cloud services, technology deployment and innovation, as well as distributed enterprise architectures. Upon graduating you could explore careers in IT consultancy, IT administration or pre-post sales engineering. The course has also been designed in line with the requirements of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) to ensure it remains fresh and relevant.
- Digital Media Computing: This course is centred around web technology. You’ll learn about things like cloud based web services, and you’ll master video production technology and web application development. See yourself as a web developer, website designer or even in product management and marketing? This versatile course is for you.
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Our courses are all practice-led, giving you the chance to use incredible industry-standard facilities that will prepare you for the real working world. We also help to ensure you are an employable graduate, offering excellent expertise and support. Plus, we’re pretty flexible… most of our courses have the same first year, which means you have the option to transfer before second year if you think a different Computing course seems more suited to you. Explore all of our Computing courses in more depth to find which one is best for you.
* By Market Capitalisation, FXSSI Jan 2018
** Course title previously named: “Business Information Systems”