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SCHOOL OF COMPUTING

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WELCOME to th e

SCHOOL OF COMPUTING The computing sector offers some of the most rewarding and varied careers available – and I believe that there is no better stepping-stone to an exciting future in computing than by completing your degree with us. Your interests might lie in the fast-moving fields of computer games programming or web design and development or maybe you’re interested in learning how to write software for safety critical systems. Perhaps you’d really like to develop your technical skills in the area of computer networks and security or forensic computing – or eventually like to play your part in fighting cybercrime. Then again, you may want to equip yourself for a career in pretty much any sector that requires an IT expert. Whatever the case, you’ll find we’ve an industry-leading course for you. Studying at the School of Computing, however, means far more than using the latest technologies and learning from highly knowledgeable lecturers. Our strong links with big names such as Sony, Cisco, Microsoft and Hewlett Packard and cornerstone of practical scholarship help ensure that our vocational courses are always relevant and up-to-date, providing graduates in demand from industry. Many of our courses are accredited by the British Computer Society - The Chartered Institute for IT - and the Institute for the Management of Information Systems (IMIS). Our close links with organisations such as Cisco and our use of industry-leading technologies mean that you can also complete important industry qualifications which will help you to stand out in the job market. While our considerable relationships with industry and commerce provide exciting work placements both in the UK and abroad, that can lead to excellent employment opportunities. Over the following pages, you can read more about the School of Computing. If you would like to know more about our facilities and courses, please visit: www.staffs.ac.uk/schoolofcomputing Tracy Lewis, Head of School

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WELCOME

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School of Computing graduates leave Staffordshire University with the skills, tools and techniques to hit the ground running. Tracy Lewis, Head of School

CONTENTS: Introduction

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Key Facts

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School Overview

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The Staffordshire Graduate

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The Student View

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Open Days

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Courses: At a Glance

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Our Courses

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Funding your Study

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How to Apply

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FIRST AND

KEY FACTS

FOREMOST

We were the very first university to offer a computing degree. That was back in 1965! Since then we’ve stayed ahead of the game – constantly innovating and developing courses that are designed to create the computing professionals of the future.

Here are just a few key reasons why we believe you should study with us. To really find out if we’re right for you, please come along to one of our Open Days. We’d love to meet you.

WORLD-CLASS Our reputation for excellence means that we attract students from around the world. With partner universities as far afield as Malaysia and Hong Kong, we could even arrange for you to study part of your course overseas.

INDUSTRY-RECOGNISED

PROFESSIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

INDUSTRY

PLACEMENTS Every year we place around 200 computing students with leading names in computing, as well as with numerous small-to-mediumsized companies both at home and overseas. A year’s full-time paid work between your second and final years of study, a placement provides real-world expertise and can improve your future employment prospects.

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KEY FACTS

PROFESSIONAL

BODY ACCREDITATION Many of our courses are accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS) - The Chartered Institute for IT. The School will be hosting its 5-yearly re-accreditation visit by BCS in December 2013 for awards with entry from September 2014. We are expecting a successful event, continuing our long-standing history of gaining professional body accreditation. Please ask for further details or updates.

A number of our awards embed industry-recognised, professional qualifications including: Microsoft, Adobe, Oracle, Java, HP Accredited Technical Associate and VMWare – giving you that extra advantage in the workplace. We are also one of only a handful of universities with Cisco Academy Support Centre and Cisco Instructor Training Centre status, enabling us to embed Cisco Certified Networking Associate (CCNA) and Cisco Certified Networking Professional (CCNP) certifications into a number of our courses – amongst the most sought-after professional qualifications in network computing.

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WORK-READY, WORLD-READY

Our Computer Games Programming degree is accredited by Creative Skillset, showing that it is best suited to prepare you for a career in the creative industries.

Study with us and we’ll equip you to become ‘The Staffordshire Graduate’ – a world-ready professional, with the knowledge, attributes, skills and expertise that employers look for.

INDUSTRY-LEADING

FACILITIES Our centre of computing The Octagon building - is a purpose-built facility to rival the best in Europe. With hundreds of individual workstations, specialist equipment and facilities, it provides a first-class working environment and is also home to our research.

OUTSTANDING

SUPPORT Regardless of the computing course you choose, you will be supported by highly qualified and enthusiastic professionals. Many enjoy an international reputation for their research and actively engage with leading names in IT.

BIG NAME PARTNERS

Microsoft, Hewlett Packard, Sony, Cisco… our industrial links include some of the biggest names in the business. Microsoft regularly provides inspiring presentations and workshops. While the University’s IT strategic partner, Hewlett Packard, is helping us develop exciting new courses, such as our brand new award: BSc(Hons) Internet of Things.

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A SCHOOL WITH

A REAL-WORLD

REPUTATION… Over the last 50 years, computers have changed our lives beyond recognition. Computer gaming on laptops, desktops, tablets and smartphones has become a global passion – creating a real demand for talented, imaginative people who can turn a game or app concept into reality. Computer networks and communication are a vital part of everyday life, leading to a huge demand for individuals who can understand, maintain, create and secure sophisticated networks – crucial for organisations needing to protect themselves against cyber attack. While the growing use of IT means that digital devices such as smartphones and tablets are becoming an increasingly important source of forensic evidence. Cloud computing is changing the way we store and access data, bringing with it many challenges. The scientific backbone of social media depends on mobile and web-based technologies whilst well designed and developed web applications continue to provide strategic opportunities to transform the way businesses operate.

COURSES DESIGNED FOR YOUR FUTURE Our facilities include cutting edge resources and industry-standard tools and development kits. Our Computer Games Programming students use cutting-edge PlayStation development kits. Forensic Computing students use industry-standard tools such as Encase. We are constantly looking to innovate and are excited to launch three brand new degrees for September 2014: ‘Cloud Computing’, ‘Information Systems’ and ‘Internet of Things’. The growing use of smart devices and embedded systems around our offices, homes, towns and cities has encouraged us to work collaboratively with the University’s IT strategic partner, Hewlett Packard, to develop the BSc(Hons) Internet of Things award which also includes a study trip to China, as well as student mentoring and some guest speaker sessions by HP staff.

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SCHOOL OVERVIEW

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CREATING THE GRADUATES THAT INDUSTRY NEEDS At the School of Computing, we have built up a global reputation for producing Computing graduates with the technical skills, creative ability and vision to succeed in all of those fields. Being the very first UK university to offer a computing degree, we have constantly updated and innovated to ensure we continue to lead the way in computing education.

INTERCHANGEABLE SKILLS AND HANDS-ON EXPERTISE Whether you choose one of our well-established courses such as Computer/Computing Science, Software Engineering or Business Information Technology, opt for more specialised courses such as Computer Networks and Security, Cyber Security, Forensic Computing, Computer Games Programming, Information Systems or Web Development, or pick a course in a new, emerging area such as Cloud Computing or the Internet of Things, you can be certain of gaining interchangeable skills and hands-on practical experience to prepare you for the workplace. You’ll be taught by supportive, highly experienced academic staff. If relevant to your course, you’ll also be given the opportunity to study for important industry qualifications – qualifications to help you stand out in the job market. We’ll also encourage you to take a year’s paid work placement between your second and final years of study. A great way to gain a really useful real-world education, a placement can go a long way to improve your employment prospects on graduation. Choose the School of Computing at Staffordshire University for your degree and we will work with you to help ensure that when you graduate you are both world and work ready.

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We are proud of our strong graduate employment rate; 71% of our students went into graduate level jobs within 6 months of graduating, earning an average salary of £21,000.* *Source: Staffordshire University ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey 2011 (based on those surveyed and employed within 6 months)

our graduates

make the world what it is.

You’ll find Staffordshire graduates all around the world – in successful careers across business, commerce, industry, media, the arts and the professions.

A FUTURE

Every one of them has left the University fully equipped; not simply with the academic qualifications, skills and experience to hit the ground running in their chosen career, but with a good idea of what’s expected of them in the real world. Study at Staffordshire and we’ll help you to develop the skills and qualities necessary for success in the 21st Century. By working together, we’ll aim to equip you to become ‘The Staffordshire Graduate’ – an individual with the knowledge, personal attributes and expertise that employers look for, and the ability to stand out in the job market. With a thorough understanding of your chosen field, you’ll be a reflective, critical learner with a truly global perspective. Work-ready and highly employable, you’ll also fully understand the importance of being enterprising and entrepreneurial – essential skills whether you go into employment or start your own business. When you graduate from Staffordshire University, you’ll also be in some very good company. Our graduates have gone on to become leading names in industry, successful stage and TV actors, coroners, lawyers and computer games designers. Some have made their name in media, health, HR, science and sport. Others have been employed in the production of Hollywood blockbusters. While others have used the skills and knowledge they gained with us to set up successful companies.

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THE GRADUATE OUR STAFFORDSHIRE COURSES

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Staffordshire University didn’t simply have a good reputation for computing and the facilities to match; it’s a great University for a lot of fields with lecturers that help you achieve your best. I graduated with great employability skills and the technical knowledge to secure my internship with the world leading data solutions company Teradata at their London offices. The degree from Staffordshire University has helped me in my role and allowed me to progress throughout with my early career – I am now on my fourth promotion in just three years. I now work as a Technical Solutions Consultant with Teradata, who have global brands including Apple, Cisco and Ebay among their clients. Liam Coates, BSc(Hons) Applied Information Technology Staffordshire graduates are enjoying success in all walks of life. To view their stories visit www.staffs.ac.uk/ourgraduates

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The University did a lot in terms of putting students in touch with potential employers. The CEO of the company that I’m going to work for, Hedgehog Security, was invited over to judge the projects at GradEx, the annual graduate exhibition. That put me in contact with him, and I ended up getting offered a job in ethical hacking. I’ll be trained up for six months, and then I’ll be going out to companies that hire us to break into their systems. They can then identify vulnerabilities in their security and patch them up. Hannah Sharp, BSc(Hons) Digital Forensics (2013) Now, Ethical Hacker at Hedgehog Security

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THE GRADUATE OUR STAFFORDSHIRE COURSES

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The skills to help you succeed. Nowadays, it’s more important than ever to ensure that the university you choose equips you for success in the world of work.

Employability, Enterprise and Entrepreneurship are the key skills of a Staffordshire Graduate. Employability

As a Staffordshire Graduate you will: Have an understanding of the forefront of knowledge in your chosen field

We will help you develop the talents, knowledge and personal attributes necessary to be more likely to gain employment, have the capability to be effective in the workplace and successful in your chosen career.

Be prepared to be work-ready and employable, and understand the importance of being enterprising and entrepreneurial Enterprise

Have an understanding of global issues and of their place in a globalised economy Be an effective communicator and presenter and be able to interact appropriately and confidently with a range of colleagues Have developed the skills of independence of thought and, where appropriate, social interaction through teamwork Have the ability to carry out inquiry-based learning and critical analysis Be a problem solver and creator of opportunities Be technologically, digitally and information literate Be able to apply Staffordshire Graduate attributes to a range of life experiences – to facilitate life-long learning and life-long success

Being enterprising involves having the skills and ability to identify opportunities and even find new solutions to old problems. With enterprising skills, you will be creative in your approach and understand both risk-taking and innovation. Employers value enterprising people.

Entrepreneurship Being entrepreneurial often involves calling on enterprising skills to create new businesses and ideas and bring them to market. Being entrepreneurial also involves thinking and behaving in a way that enables you to come up with new methods of doing things well and having the foresight to change career direction.

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…the best place in the country to study computer networking.

“The Computer Networks and Security course at Staffordshire University offers an excellent structured programme, giving students a thorough fundamental knowledge of computer systems before progressing into advanced networking up to the CCNP level, all while offering flexibility in the optional modules. The University’s superbly maintained Cisco labs allowed me to study the core Cisco routing and switching path, as well as security and wireless networking outside of scheduled classes. Furthermore, the University has a fully maintained rack of networking equipment that can be accessed via the Internet 24/7, enabling students to practise on live kit whenever and wherever they are. Thanks to the University’s close ties with big name companies, during my placement year I had the opportunity to live and work abroad with Cisco Systems at their European HQ in Brussels - working in one of of the largest Cisco labs in the world. This gave me invaluable real-world experience of working with today’s modern networks. This excellent course, coupled with the knowledge, friendly and approachable staff, makes Staffordshire University the best place in the country to study computer networking.” Robert Wilson, BSc(Hons) Computer Networks and Security

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STUDENT VIEW

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… without my degree I wouldn’t be where I am today.

“I graduated in 2011 with a first in Computing Science, joining Capula shortly afterwards as a Graduate Engineer. I am now Junior Project Manager and have been working on a multi-million-pound project to replace the SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) systems for a major water company. I chose Staffordshire University because it had a strong reputation with employers. The companies I’ve worked with believe that the University’s graduates have more practical knowledge than others, having been taught the core concepts and given the ability to apply those concepts to real word-situations. My degree gave me a firm understanding of the Software Development lifecycle, as well as numerous languages and technologies. The motivating lectures, coupled with the ability to tailor my module choices to my target career, put me in a strong position when applying for jobs. I knew I wanted to manage IT projects and strove to find a company that could provide me with progression into project management. Since joining Capula in August 2011, I haven’t looked back. The skills Staffordshire University gave me, both technical and social, enabled me to challenge for leadership from the start, and by November I was leading a team of 30 engineers. I have no doubt that without my degree I wouldn’t be where I am today. I am 24 years’ old and leading a technical team consisting of people from graduate age to near retirement, many of whom I have recruited. My job is challenging and hard work, but I enjoy it and I’m good at it, so thanks Staffordshire University!”

Rebecca Milgate, BSc(Hons) Computing Science

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COME

SEE US

FOR YOURSELF

The only way to find out if university really is the place for you, is to come and see us in person. Why not bring your family and friends too – you’ll all be made to feel very welcome.

So book a place on one of our Open Days during 2013 Saturday 19 October 2013 Saturday 16 November 2013 We’ve packed lots of information and activities into our Open Days so that you’ll get a real feel for what life here is like. As well as a tour of the campus, you can check out the Students’ Union, library and IT suites, take a look at our sporting facilities and see the halls of residence where you may be living. You’ll get the chance to meet expert lecturers, see live demonstrations of lab and studio sessions, chat to current students and attend a presentation relevant to your chosen subject area. It’s also an opportunity to gather lots of practical hints and tips. There’ll be workshops on managing your student finances and ways to fund your study, plus useful advice on how to write a strong personal statement. You’ll go away with a much better idea of everything Staffordshire University has to offer. And, most importantly, you’ll be fully equipped to make one of the most important decisions of your life. Learn more about our Open Days or book your place at: www.staffs.ac.uk/opendays

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OPEN DAYS

To find out more visit www.staffs.ac.uk/undergraduate t: 01782 294400 e: enquiries@staffs.ac.uk


COURSE LIST

Here’s a list of our current undergraduate courses. Specific course information is available online or you can request information to be sent to you by visiting www.staffs.ac.uk/prospectus or call our Enquiry Team on 01782 294400.

2014 Course Title

UCAS UCAS Code Offer

APPLIED COMPUTING BSc(Hons)

G409

280

BUSINESS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY BSc(Hons)

G562

CLOUD COMPUTING BSc(Hons)

Location

Fee

Page

Stoke

£8,620

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280

Stoke

£8,620

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6Y41

280

Stafford

£8,620

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COMPUTER GAMES PROGRAMMING BSc(Hons)

GGK6

280

Stafford

£8,620

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COMPUTER NETWORKS AND SECURITY BSc(Hons)

G425

280

Stafford

£8,620

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COMPUTER SCIENCE BSc(Hons)

G401

280

Stafford

£8,620

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FOUNDATION YEAR IN COMPUTING BSc(Hons)

G023

80

Stafford

£8,620

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COMPUTING HND

7J43

120

Stafford

£8,620

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COMPUTING SCIENCE BSc(Hons)

G400

280

Stafford

£8,620

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CYBER SECURITY BSc(Hons)

I200

280

Stafford

£8,620

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FORENSIC COMPUTING BSc(Hons)

FG44

280

Stafford

£8,620

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INFORMATION SYSTEMS BSc(Hons)

G506

280

Stafford

£8,620

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INTERNET OF THINGS BSc(Hons)

I160

280

Stafford

£9,000

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NETWORK COMPUTING BSc(Hons)

G422

280

Stafford

£8,620

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SOFTWARE ENGINEERING BSc(Hons)

G600

280

Stafford

£8,620

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WEB DESIGN BSc(Hons)

G497

280

Stafford

£8,620

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WEB DEVELOPMENT BSc(Hons)

G523

280

Stafford

£8,620

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WEB PROGRAMMING BSc(Hons)

G626

280

Stafford

£8,620

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The fees listed within this document are for 2014/15 entry.

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BSc(Hons) APPLIED COMPUTING UCAS code: G409

Key Facts School:

Computing

Location: Stoke

Duration:

3 years full-time 4 years full-time with a placement year Available as a Top-up from HND

Fee:

£8,620

Entry Requirements:

Typical UCAS offer: 280 A levels: BBC or CCC plus C at AS or 40 points from other qualifications at Level 3. BTEC: DMM or MMM plus 40 points from other qualifications at Level 3. All applicants need GCSE minimum grade C Mathematics and English Language, or a recognised equivalent. Detailed entry requirements can be found on each of our online course pages or by visiting www.staffs.ac.uk/ ugentryrequirements

Accreditation:

At a glance

Course outline

The Applied Computing degree will provide you with skills which will allow you to specialise in a number of different areas. You will learn how to analyse, design and develop web applications using a variety of tools and techniques (eg html5, ccs, javascript, C#) and also develop mobile applications (android). You will be able to apply your knowledge to develop efficient databases (e.g. sqi) and networks (CISCO). You will be given help choosing an appropriate individual project which will enhance the skills you need to achieve your own career goals. In the final year you will be given the opportunity to research a contemporary area in the computing field to give you cutting edge knowledge to enter the workplace.

Year 1 (Core) • Computer Systems Fundamentals • Successful Study with Quantitative Tool for Computing OR Successful Study with Elementary Quantitative Methods • Applied Software Development Life Cycles • Digital Application Development

We invite guest lecturers, some of whom are former graduates from the award, to give you a real awareness of the computing industry. We will help you to acquire employability skills such as communication and team working, etc as part of our Staffordshire Graduate commitment and you will be able to undertake a placement to enhance your CV. Some of our recent placement students have been to large companies such as HP or Caterpillar and others have secured employment with smaller companies; your placement could even be overseas. If a placement is not an option for you, then this award allows you to do a miniplacement (either during the break between Year 2 and Year 3 or part-time during Year 3). One of our recent graduates is at present working on the government’s Real Time System for Cap Gemini as a Research Analyst, and another student secured a graduate training opportunity with Network Rail. The award could also prepare you for a role in web and mobile development but many of our students also go on to undertake teacher training or complete Master’s degrees.

Year 1 (Options) • Business Information Systems in Organisations • Digital Interaction Design Year 2 (Core) • Application Design and Development C# • Mobile Technology Systems • Project Proposal and Professionalism • Network Computer Systems Year 2 (Options) • Strategic Information Systems Management • Digital Interaction Design • Database Administration and Management Optional placement year in industry Year 3 (Core) • Collaborative Group Project • Contemporary Issues in IT • Final Year Project Year 3 (Options) Option modules include: • Enterprise Client-Server Development with PHP • Enterprise Client-Server Development with JSP • Design of Corporate Communication Systems • Enterprise Data Interchange with XML • Work Experience

BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT accreditation being sought for September 2014 entry onwards

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BSc(Hons) BUSINESS INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY UCAS code: G562

At a glance

Course outline

In today’s competitive business world, IT plays a major role in exploiting commercial potential. Your graduate destination from this course is likely to be at a management level within an IT department, developing IT systems and servicing the needs of a number of business departments. You may take up a career in IT system development, IT systems analysis and design or IT network management.

Year 1 (Core) • Computer System Fundamentals • Business Information Systems in Organisations • Successful Study with Quantitative Tool for Computing* • Applied Software Development Life Cycles • Digital Application Development

During the first year you will be introduced to business and computing concepts, tools and techniques, Year 2 covers the development of IT systems for business, analysis, design and development of web based solutions, networks and professional issues in computing. An optional one-year placement period can be integrated into your award or you may choose to undertake a shorter work experience module that develops your ability to apply your knowledge of data analysis in a business context. In the final year, you will concentrate on the strategic role of IT, including critical problems in using IT and the use of IT for innovation and entrepreneurship. You will also undertake a major project that will allow you to simulate the application of IT in a business situation. There will be an opportunity to choose from a range of options in order to tailor your studies to your particular interests.

Key Facts School:

Computing

Location: Stoke

*Students without Maths A-C are given a gentler introduction into the mathematics needed in the course by studying the module Success Study with Elementary Quantitative Methods. Quantitative Tool for Computing is then taken in Year 2.

Duration:

Year 2 (Core) • Application Design and Development with PHP • Network Computer Systems • Strategic Information Systems Management • Project Proposal and Professionalism

£8,620

Year 2 (Options) Option modules include: • Digital Interaction Design • Database Administration and Management • Any 15 credit module offered by Business School • Mathematics Options (including spreadsheets) Optional placement year in industry Year 3 (Core) • Project • Contemporary Issues in IT • Collaborative Group Project Year 3 (Options) • Enterprise Client Server Development with PHP • Enterprise Data Interchange with XML • Design of Corporate Communications Systems • Any 15 credit module offered by Business School • Mathematics Options (including spreadsheets)

3 years full-time 4 years full-time with a placement year

Fee:

Entry Requirements:

Typical UCAS offer: 280 A levels: BBC or CCC plus C at AS or 40 points from other qualifications at Level 3. BTEC: DMM or MMM plus 40 points from other qualifications at Level 3. All applicants need GCSE minimum grade C Mathematics and English Language, or a recognised equivalent. Detailed entry requirements can be found on each of our online course pages or by visiting www.staffs.ac.uk/ ugentryrequirements

Accreditation:

BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT accreditation being sought for September 2014 entry onwards

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BSc(Hons) CLOUD COMPUTING UCAS code: 6Y41

Key Facts School:

Computing

Location: Stafford

Duration:

3 years full-time 4 years full-time with a placement year

Fee:

£8,620

Entry Requirements:

Typical UCAS offer: 280 A levels: BBC or CCC plus C at AS or 40 points from other qualifications at Level 3. BTEC: DMM or MMM plus 40 points from other qualifications at Level 3. All applicants need GCSE minimum grade C Mathematics and English Language, or a recognised equivalent. Detailed entry requirements can be found on each of our online course pages or by visiting www.staffs.ac.uk/ ugentryrequirements

Accreditation:

BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT accreditation being sought for September 2014 entry onwards

At a glance Cloud Computing is a term which is increasingly used in relation to the computing needs of both the industry and the general public, you can regularly see advertisements about working in the cloud. This Cloud Computing allows access to virtualised resources from anywhere on the planet through the network infrastructure. The cloud networks can provide companies with a large number of resources from CPU time through to running the software within this environment. The benefit to companies is the reduced cost of IT which is always trying to be achieved within the context of the increased importance placed upon the infrastructure. In addition it is the flexibility offered in relation to pay as you go services, using cloud infrastructure you can request access to more resources than normal on a temporary basis. This is an alternative from having computing servers located within your company which are only needed on a short term basis the rest of the time they sit idle. On this award you will be looking at the cloud technology not only to understand how this operates and the effects upon a commercial organisation, but also the supporting technologies. You will be looking at network communications from the deep academic understanding through to the practical aspects of generating the data through the use of virtual machines and configuring commercial grade equipment to best manage the information efficiently. On graduation, you will have a good understanding of virtualisation, Cloud Computing and network communications being qualified to support the infrastructure. In the first year, you will study modules which are intended to provide general computing knowledge and skills. Additionally though we want our students to be increasing your skills set from day one as such you will also study the entire Cisco Certified Network Associate academy certification. In addition to this we will look at the beginnings of virtualisation within the practical context of using VMware. The following years will see you deepen and extend your technical knowledge of networking and virtualisation within the context of cloud computing. We will embed into the course the certifications of CCNP and CCNA security in addition to the knowledge of VMware certifications.

These will prepare you for the widely accepted industry CCNA Routing and Switching, CCNA Security and CCNP certifications in addition to the VMware VSphere. On the Cloud Computing award our students are encouraged towards carrying out a one year relevant industrial placement. Within this award you could carry out a placement in the field of network communications or within the virtualisation context. These range from small enterprises through to large companies such as Cisco and Thomson Reuters in the UK. In addition we are very keen for our students to gain the best experience and have also placed students in Cisco’s European Headquarters in Brussels and at CERN. We want each of our students to have the life skills which will make them successful beyond the time that they are with us and want them to gain the valuable industry experience which can simply not be taught in the lab.

Course outline Year 1 (Core) • Fundamentals of Computer Networks • Hardware and Computer Systems • Data storage and Software Development • Maths for Computing • Introduction to Virtualisation Year 2 (Core) • Network Security • Routing and Switching • Virtual Computing • Professional Skills for Networking Optional placement year in industry Year 3 (Core) • Final Year Project • Converged Networks • Future Technologies • Troubleshooting a Converged IP Based Network

As part of your course, you will participate in the CISCO and VMware Academy Programmes.

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BSc(Hons) COMPUTER GAMES PROGRAMMING UCAS code: GGK6

At a glance

Course outline

Computer Games Programming is a highly technical computing course for students who are passionate about software development for games.

Year 1 (Core) • Fundamentals of Game and Graphical System Development • Introduction to Software Development • Professional and Business Skills • Fundamentals of Computing and Mathematics

We are one of the very few games programming courses in the country to have gained Creative Skillset accreditation. We have designed our course around the Creative Skillset core syllabus for Computer Games (Technical Path) with input from industry experts, and constantly update it. You will learn several programming languages including C++, the industry standard, Java and C#, as well as the software engineering skills needed to develop large, efficient programs. You will start developing a portfolio from your very first semester, create games individually and in groups, and study game artificial intelligence and physics, computer graphics using DirectX and OpenGL,and network programming for multiplayer game development. Our well-equipped labs enable you to develop for multiple platforms including PS3, Xbox360, phones, tablets and PCs. We are a member of the PlayStation®3 Academic Development Programme run by Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE), which provides access to professional development hardware and software tools for both staff and students. Most students opt for the sandwich version of this award, where you undertake a year’s placement in industry, gaining valuable software development and employability skills. In your final year, you can choose to specialise in Artificial Intelligence, Graphics and Real-Time Rendering, Multiplayer Games, or Mobile Games. You will undertake a group game development project that simulates game industry working practices. You will also do an individual final year project, which could involve developing a complete game, or researching and implementing an advanced topic in game development.

Year 2 (Core) • Further Games and Graphics Concepts • Concurrent Network Applications • Technical Games Production • Further Mathematics and Algorithmics Year 2 (Options) • Artificial Intelligence for Games • Task-based Software Engineering Optional placement year in industry Year 3 (Core) • Final Year Project • Low-Level Games Programming • Group Game Development Project and Work-based Simulation Year 3 (Options) • Multiplayer Game Programming • Applications of Artificial Intelligence in Games • Mobile Games Development • Advanced Graphics and Real-Time Rendering

Key Facts School:

Computing

Location: Stafford

Duration:

3 years full-time 4 years full-time with a placement year

Fee:

£8,620

Entry Requirements:

Typical UCAS offer: 280 A levels: BBC or CCC plus C at AS or 40 points from other qualifications at Level 3. BTEC: DMM or MMM plus 40 points from other qualifications at Level 3. All applicants need GCSE minimum grade C Mathematics and English Language, or a recognised equivalent. Detailed entry requirements can be found on each of our online course pages or by visiting www.staffs.ac.uk/ ugentryrequirements

Accreditation: Creative SkillSet

BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT accreditation being sought for September 2014 entry onwards

This course has been running since 2004 and our graduates can be found at top games companies such as Blitz, Codemasters, and Rockstar Games as well as in smaller studios and working as independent developers. The broad grounding in computing and cutting-edge technical skills developed by this course will also enable you to pursue a more traditional computing career.

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BSc(Hons) COMPUTER NETWORKS AND SECURITY UCAS code: G425

Key Facts School:

Computing

Location: Stafford

Duration:

4 years full-time with a placement year 3 years full-time

Fee:

£8,620

Entry Requirements: Typical UCAS offer: 280 A levels: BBC or CCC plus C at AS or 40 points from other qualifications at Level 3. BTEC: DMM or MMM plus 40 points from other qualifications at Level 3.

All applicants need GCSE minimum grade C Mathematics and English Language, or a recognised equivalent. Detailed entry requirements can be found on each of our online course pages or by visiting www.staffs.ac.uk/ ugentryrequirements

Accreditation:

BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT accreditation being sought for September 2014 entry onwards

At a glance Today’s organisations depend on their information networks for mission-critical operations and look for highly trained networking professionals to keep them resilient and operational. The security of computer networks comes from the protection against the malicious external attacker through to the curious internal employee. The threats towards networks is ever changing and the way that data is used also effects with the usage of the Internet which has little regulation or control. The way that companies now operate means that increasing amounts of legitimate information will be coming into your network from outside sources, this could be other companies linking with you or remote workers attached. The security policies which are developed will need to be able to evaluate and allow the genuine traffic in while controlling the malicious users. Security is a vital concern for modern organisations, given the wide range of threats and the cost to companies of breaches in that security. This course will provide the knowledge and lifelong learning skills necessary to support and manage both networks and security systems in organisations, in addition to using approved methods to test this. In the first year, you will study modules which are intended to provide general computing knowledge and skills. Additionally though we want our students to be increasing your skills set from day one as such you will also study the entire Cisco Certified Network Associate academy certification. The following years will see you deepen and extend your technical knowledge of networking to cover CCNA Security and Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP). You will cover all aspects of network implementation and management, using a variety of technologies.

life skills which will make them sucessful beyond the time that they are with us and want them to gain the valuable industry experience which can simply not be taught in a lab.

Course outline Year 1 (Core) • Fundamentals of Computer Networks • Hardware and Computer Systems • Introduction to Security Technologies • Maths for Computing • Data Storage and software Development Year 2 (Core) • Network Security • Routing and Switching • Ethical Hacking • Professional Skills for Networking Optional placement year in industry Year 3 (Core) • Project • Troubleshooting a converged IP Based Network • Advanced Software Security • Advanced Network Security

As part of your course, you will participate in the CISCO Networking Academy Programme and will prepare for the widely accepted industry CCNA Routing and Switching, CCNA Security and CCNP certifications. On the networking awards our students are encouraged towards carrying out a one year relevant industrial placement. These range from small enterprises through to large companies such as Cisco and Thomson Reuters in the UK. In addition we are very keen for our students to gain the best experience and have also placed students in Europe at Cisco HQ Brussels and CERN. We want each of our students to have the

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To find out more visit www.staffs.ac.uk/undergraduate t: 01782 294400 e: enquiries@staffs.ac.uk


BSc(Hons) COMPUTER SCIENCE UCAS code: G401

At a glance

Course outline

On graduating in Computer Science, you can pursue a career as a computer programmer, computer systems specialist or embedded system engineer. Recent graduates have taken up positions as system engineers, systems programmers and technical consultants.

Year 1 (Core) • Hardware and Computer Systems • Introduction to Analysis and Design • Introduction to Software Developments • Maths for Computing

Computer Science is the study of computers, their physical components (hardware), the operating system that allows programs to run and the software that controls what a computer does. You will learn how these work together and how they interface with the world outside the computer and you will learn how to build and control computer systems. Depending on the area in which you specialise, you will be able to study computer networks, intelligent controllers for production lines, real-time systems and many other topics. You will gain a firm foundation in computing topics such as computer architecture, operating systems, networks, procedural and objectoriented programming, algorithms, systems analysis and design, and mathematics. If you enrol on the sandwich degree, you will spend your third year on a placement, applying your knowledge in the workplace and gaining handson experience. The final year introduces you to advanced subjects such as real-time systems, safety critical systems, distributed computer systems. In your final year, you will complete a major project, which includes the development of a substantial computing artefact. The area of software development for low level and embedded systems is a growing area of computing that demands good technical skills at both programming, but also understanding hardware and software systems and their interaction.

Year 1 (Options) • Dynamic Data Interchange • Introduction to Security Technologies • Introduction to Virtualisation • Social Media for Business Year 2 (Core) • Advanced Programming Languages for Computer Systems • Professional Computing • Systems Programming with C++ Year 2 (Options) • Biometrics • Engineering Software Applications • Building Web Applications • Enterprise Software Applications Optional placement year in industry Year 3 (Core) • Project • Real Time and Safety Critical Systems • Interface and Distributed Computing Techniques Year 3 (Options) • Further Biometrics • Emerging Technologies Research

Key Facts School:

Computing

Location: Stafford

Duration:

3 years full-time 4 years full-time with a placement year

Fee:

£8,620

Entry Requirements: Typical UCAS offer: 280 A levels: BBC or CCC plus C at AS or 40 points from other qualifications at Level 3. BTEC: DMM or MMM plus 40 points from other qualifications at Level 3.

All applicants need GCSE minimum grade C Mathematics and English Language, or a recognised equivalent. Detailed entry requirements can be found on each of our online course pages or by visiting www.staffs.ac.uk/ ugentryrequirements

Accreditation:

BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT accreditation being sought for September 2014 entry onwards

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BSc(Hons) FOUNDATION YEAR IN COMPUTING UCAS code: G023

Key Facts School:

Computing

Location: Stafford

Duration:

1 year full-time

Fee:

At a glance

Course outline

This programme of study has been developed for applicants who may not have achieved the entry criteria required to join one of the main undergraduate awards offered within the School of Computing. It has also been designed for applicants who may not have been involved with mainstream education for some time and who would find the study helpful to boost confidence. Successful completion of this Foundation Year programme provides an entry route onto your chosen degree programme.

Foundation Year (Core) • Introduction to Professional and Academic Skills • Introduction to Web Technologies and Database Systems • Introductory Mathematics • Introduction to Software Development and Computer Systems

£8,620

Entry Requirements:

Typical UCAS offer: 80 A levels: Minimum of one ‘A’ Level or BTEC National Award. Applications without formal qualifications will be considered on an individual basis. Detailed entry requirements can be found on each of our online course pages or by visiting www.staffs.ac.uk/ ugentryrequirements

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OUR COURSES

To prepare you for entry into the first year (Level 4) of your chosen degree programme by: • • • • • • • • •

Providing a foundation level and understanding of Computing Science and its application and relevance to the modern world. Providing a revision and foundation course in basic mathematics that is considered vital for a student to successfully start one of the computing degree programmes. Providing an introductory course that is both relevant and up to date such that you will be able to seamlessly transfer to one of the main degree awards within the School of Computing. Providing staff that are expert within their field of teaching and are committed to guiding your through your studies. Generating the study culture and skills required in order to pursue successful completion of one of the undergraduate awards within the School of Computing including self directed learning and team building. Encouraging and assisting students to fully engage with their studies such that they are able to achieve as high as possible set of results that would be expected. Providing opportunities to engage with the development of practical solutions that are based upon the various theoretical aspects of the various topics and modules. Providing an enriching experience for students that supports and facilitates personal, academic and professional development throughout the course of study that will form part of the foundations to enable and encourage lifelong learning. Encouraging a sense of belonging to the University’s academic community.

To find out more visit www.staffs.ac.uk/undergraduate t: 01782 294400 e: enquiries@staffs.ac.uk


HND COMPUTING UCAS code: 7J43

At a glance

Course outline

On graduating from this award in HND Computing you will be a highly developed problem solver able to apply a wide range of focused skills that combine with appropriate tools and techniques knowledge to solve multiple computing design and implementation problems. The award nurtures a strong underpinning of key fundamental computing subjects that include: a sound knowledge of information systems, databases, programming, enterprise technologies, web concepts, and programming languages.

Year 1 (Core) • Fundamentals of Computing and Mathematics • Programming Concepts • Personal and Professional Skills • Web Technologies

Each of these areas studied will enable you as a student to start from the key computing building blocks and components and gradually refine upwards to develop and increase your knowledge as you progress through to your second year. Throughout the two years you will develop both dynamic and complex applications to solve real world business problems forming a reasoned understanding of the importance of an engineered design process and the importance of client input within the development process. In your second and final year you are given the opportunity to identify from your previous studies an area on which to base a dissertation project giving you the chance not only to specialise further in depth but also to select an area of computing that is really interesting to you.

Key Facts School:

Computing

Location:

Year 2 (Core) • Networking Fundamentals • Systems Analysis and Databases • HND Project

Stafford

Year 2 (Options) • Information Systems • Computing • Computer Science

Fee:

Duration:

2 years full-time

£8,620

Entry Requirements:

Typical UCAS offer: 120 points (100 points from at least one Advanced GCE/ VCE, 20 points from Key Skills, AS or other units). All applicants need GCSE minimum grade C mathematics and English Language or a recognised equivalent.Detailed entry requirements can be found on each of our online course pages or by visiting www.staffs.ac.uk/ ugentryrequirements

Apart from equipping and preparing you to be work ready related to computing at the end of the award you will also find it supports and facilitates your personal, academic and professional skills as well. There is also the possibility to Top-up to a BSc degree if you so wish.

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BSc(Hons) COMPUTING SCIENCE UCAS code: G400

Key Facts School:

Computing

Location: Stafford

Duration:

3 years full-time 4 years full-time with a placement year Available as a Top-up from HND

Fee:

£8,620

Entry Requirements:

Typical UCAS offer: 280 A levels: BBC or CCC plus C at AS or 40 points from other qualifications at Level 3. BTEC: DMM or MMM plus 40 points from other qualifications at Level 3. All applicants need GCSE minimum grade C Mathematics and English Language, or a recognised equivalent. Detailed entry requirements can be found on each of our online course pages or by visiting www.staffs.ac.uk/ ugentryrequirements

Accreditation:

BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT accreditation being sought for September 2014 entry onwards

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At a glance

Course outline

A Computing Science degree gives you the flexibility to study a wide variety of computing topics and but also allows you to specialise. Recent graduates have gone on to become software developers, web developers, systems analysts, IT technicians, network analysts, database analysts, MIS support, project managers and computer engineers – the whole range of computing related occupations.

Year 1 (Core) • Introduction to Software Development • Fundamentals of Computing and Mathematics

Take this course and you will study a combination of core modules which are specified by the University and you will choose other modules to create your own degree pathway. In the first year, you will study core modules which will give you a firm foundation in areas such as computer systems and architecture, programming and systems analysis and design. Option modules give you the basis to make informed decisions about progression and specialisation. In the second year you will study a combination of core and option modules and will start to develop your specialist areas. Some students choose to specialise in one area, such as networking or web development, other students study several topics to create a wider range of skills. The decision is yours. Enrol on the sandwich degree and your third year will be spent on a placement, applying your knowledge in the workplace and gaining handson experience. In the final year, you will study modules covering advanced computing topics and complete a major project.

Year 1 (Options) Pathway Modules You will choose the rest of your modules to reflect your own interests and career aims. You can choose from a wide range of topics, which include Networking, Web and Multimedia, Games Programming, Computer Forensics and Software Engineering. Year 2 (Core) • Professional Computing • Enterprise Application Development Year 2 (Options) Pathway Modules In the second year you develop your specialist interests in the field of computing and select modules to support your career aims. You choose 2 or more modules (depending on the modules you choose) from a list of approved modules in the following areas: Networking, Web and Multimedia, Games Programming, Computer Forensics and Software Engineering. Optional placement year in industry Year 3 (Core) • You will complete the Final Year Project in which you design, develop, test and evaluate a software solution to a problem. Emerging Technologies Research - this module allows you to explore cutting edge technologies in the field of computing. Year 3 (Options) Pathway Modules You will choose two modules to reflect your own interests and career aims. One of these modules will be selected from a smaller list of award options which have been chosen to help you with the final year project. You will select the other module from a wide range of topics, building on the specialist skills you have developed in your first and second years.

To find out more visit www.staffs.ac.uk/undergraduate t: 01782 294400 e: enquiries@staffs.ac.uk


BSc(Hons) CYBER SECURITY UCAS code: I200

At a glance

Course outline

Cyber Security is an important and growing area of work for computing professionals. Any organisation that has a computer network or uses the Internet has a potential security risk and will need people with specialised skills to help protect their systems and data. You may also find yourself working for a specialist consultancy firm that provides such a service to smaller organisations.

Year 1 (Core) • Hardware and Computer Systems • Fundamentals of Computer Networks • Introduction to Security Technologies • Maths for Computing • Data Storage and Software Development

Computer systems store, process and communicate a wide variety of data. Much of this data is private and improper access to it can result in significant costs to an organisation or the person that owns the data. Securing computer systems against malicious attack or even against inadvertent damage is vital to any computer system. This course gives you the knowledge and skills to enable you to prevent attacks and inadvertent damage to computer systems. The first year provides a general grounding in computing skills and introduces you to the fundamental aspects of computer security. You will gain technical skills in both computer networks and computer systems that you will build on in later years. In the following years, you will develop technical skills in network security, and hacking attacks and defences as well as in biometrics and biometric based security systems. In the final year, cryptography and malicious software are covered in some detail. Practical work in the specialist modules and the final year project will involve the development of appropriate security software. As part of studying network security you will cover the CISCO networking syllabus for Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Routing and Switching and then the follow on CCNA Security syllabus. You will have an opportunity to take the industry-standard EC-Council Ethical Hacker Certification. We have placement students in a variety of organisations, including GCHQ, Police High Tech Crime Units, Cyber Security and Digital Forensic businesses.

Year 2 (Core) • Network Security • Biometrics in a Security Environment • Ethical Hacking • Advanced Programming Languages for Computer Systems Optional placement year in industry Year 3 (Core) • Project • Research Methods for Computing • Advanced Software Security • Further Biometrics

Key Facts School:

Computing

Location: Stafford

Duration:

3 years full-time 4 years full-time with a placement year

Fee:

£8,620

Entry Requirements:

Typical UCAS offer: 280 A levels: BBC or CCC plus C at AS or 40 points from other qualifications at Level 3. BTEC: DMM or MMM plus 40 points from other qualifications at Level 3. All applicants need GCSE minimum grade C Mathematics and English Language, or a recognised equivalent. Detailed entry requirements can be found on each of our online course pages or by visiting www.staffs.ac.uk/ ugentryrequirements

Accreditation:

BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT accreditation being sought for September 2014 entry onwards

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BSc(Hons) FORENSIC COMPUTING UCAS code: FI41

Key Facts School:

Computing

Location: Stafford

Duration:

3 years full-time 4 years full-time with a placement year

Fee:

£8,620

Entry Requirements:

Typical UCAS offer: 280 A levels: BBC or CCC plus C at AS or 40 points from other qualifications at Level 3. BTEC: DMM or MMM plus 40 points from other qualifications at Level 3. All applicants need GCSE minimum grade C Mathematics and English Language, or a recognised equivalent. Detailed entry requirements can be found on each of our online course pages or by visiting www.staffs.ac.uk/ ugentryrequirements

Accreditation:

BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT accreditation being sought for September 2014 entry onwards

At a glance As computers are an intrinsic part of normal life, they are also important as a tool in criminal activity. Hence, they can provide a vital source of evidence. This award provides a solid grounding in the skills you need to follow a career in forensic investigation of computer systems and related areas of security. The same skills that enable you to track down evidence also equip you with the abilities necessary to help organisations and individuals recover data/information that may have been lost or corrupted as a result of accidental or malicious activity. You can not only detect criminal activity but also help to save people from the consequences of such activity. The first year provides a general grounding in fundamental computing skills and introduces you to the use of standard software tools (e.g. Encase) whose use in forensic investigation is recognised by UK courts. In the following years, you will deepen your knowledge and skills required for the investigation, evidence gathering and forensic analysis of that evidence from computer systems (including mobile devices), as well as understanding the legal context and the role of expert witness testimony. Related areas of computer security are studied to provide a fuller context to your forensic computing studies. You will also extend your underpinning knowledge of computer networks and the hardware and system software of computer systems. The need for forensic investigation and analysis is growing. You will have opportunities to work for private companies who specialise in forensic work, with the Police, or in security-related industries. You will have an opportunity to take industrystandard certifications in EnCase mobile device forensics and (XRY). You may also have an opportunity to take the EC-Council Ethical Hacker Certification.

Here at Staffordshire University we have formed a student led “Digital Forensics & Cyber Security” Research Group. This group gives students the opportunity to develop research skills, useful for their assignments and final year project, to propose and carry out small research projects and to publish work in journals and conferences. We encourage student entrepreneurship with, where feasible and practicable, business start-ups during the placement year and the marketing of any artefact developed from their final year project.

Course outline Year 1 (Core) • Hardware and Computer Systems • Introduction to Digital Investigation • Introduction to Security Technologies • Maths for Computing • Data Storage and Software Development Year 2 (Core) • Digital Forensics – Tools (30 Credits) • Digital Forensics – Systems (30 Credits) • Biometrics in a Security Environment (30 credits) Year 2 (Options) • Ethical Hacking • Advanced Programming Languages for Computer Systems Optional placement year in industry Year 3 (Core) • Project • Research Methods for Computing • International Aspects of Digital Forensics • Further Biometrics

We have placement students in a variety of organisations, including GCHQ, Police High Tech Crime Units, Cyber Security and Digital Forensic businesses.

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To find out more visit www.staffs.ac.uk/undergraduate t: 01782 294400 e: enquiries@staffs.ac.uk


BSc(Hons) INFORMATION SYSTEMS UCAS code: G506

At a glance

Course outline

Typical employment would range from Business and Systems Analysts, to Database Developers and Database Administrators, Project Managers and Team Leaders. This award is aimed at those who design and use technology to solve business problems, rather than those who would build the solutions. The course encourages you to be a good communicator and to deal with staff at all levels.

Year 1 (Core) • Structured Systems Analysis and Design • Open Source Database Programming • Dynamic Data Interchange • Social Media for Business - HCI and Usability • Fundamentals of Computing and Mathematics

A graduate of this award will understand how data, information and knowledge are essential to the functioning of organisations, both in the public and the private sector. They should have well developed problem solving skills, be innovative, and be well placed to apply for graduate positions within Information Systems or IT departments. Long term aspirations should include the management and deployment of ICT at strategic levels within any organisation. The management of information plays an increasingly important role in society. This course recognises the need for people and technology to work in harmony so it introduces you to the psychology of systems, information processing and business and management processes. You are also provided with a sound knowledge of systems analysis and design methods, database management systems and commercial applications. Throughout the course, there is an emphasis on how information is developed, controlled, delivered and used in commercial and business.

Year 2 (Core) • Project and Risk Management - Soft and Agile Methods • Enterprise Application Development • E-Business Management • Professional Computing for Information Systems • Knowledge Management in Organisations Optional placement year in industry Year 3 (Core) • Final year Project • Information Systems Strategy and Management • Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining • Enterprise Data

Key Facts School:

Computing

Location: Stafford

Duration:

3 years full-time 4 years full-time with a placement year

Fee:

£8,620

Entry Requirements:

Typical UCAS offer: 280 A levels: BBC or CCC plus C at AS or 40 points from other qualifications at Level 3. BTEC: DMM or MMM plus 40 points from other qualifications at Level 3. All applicants need GCSE minimum grade C Mathematics and English Language, or a recognised equivalent.Detailed entry requirements can be found on each of our online course pages or by visiting www.staffs.ac.uk/ ugentryrequirements

Accreditation:

BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT accreditation being sought for September 2014 entry onwards

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BSc(Hons) INTERNET OF THINGS in Partnership with Hewlett Packard

UCAS code: I160

Key Facts School:

Computing

Location: Stafford

Duration:

3 years full-time 4 years full-time with a placement year

We live in an increasingly connected world. The traditional internet is just the beginning. At the moment many devices have microprocessors or digital sensors built into them (from household goods like washing machines, cameras, TVs, to cars, point of sale systems, to door entry systems, building heating systems...the list goes on). Some of these devices are already connected by networks. In the future most, if not all, such devices will be inter-connected via the internet. It really will be an ‘internet of things’. By 2020 it is predicted that there will be 31 billion things connected to the internet, but most of these will not be computers, tablets or even mobile phones, but ordinary devices.

Fee:

£9,000

Entry Requirements:

Typical UCAS offer: 280 A levels: BBC or CCC plus C at AS or 40 points from other qualifications at Level 3. BTEC: DMM or MMM plus 40 points from other qualifications at Level 3. All applicants need GCSE minimum grade C Mathematics and English Language, or a recognised equivalent. Detailed entry requirements can be found on each of our online course pages or by visiting www.staffs.ac.uk/ ugentryrequirements

Accreditation:

BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT accreditation being sought for September 2014 entry onwards

Partnership:

Hewlett-Packard

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At a glance

OUR COURSES

These devices, the systems and infrastructure they use, and the applications to process the data – all need developing and maintaining, and the central part of that, is the embedded software, networks and applications that you could be developing. This award has been developed in partnership with Hewlett-Packard. HP is one of the world’s largest IT companies with operations in more than 170 countries and HP has research expertise in the Internet of Things. HP will support the award in a number of different ways that will include the mentoring of students by HP staff and providing guest speakers. The Internet of Things is being heavily pushed forward in China by the Chinese Government, and this award will include a study trip to China at the end of the second year to find out more about what is happening there at first hand. This will involve activities and presentations from at least one Hewlett-Packard centre in China and will also involve meeting and working on joint projects with Chinese students who would also be studying the Internet of Things at a partner University in China. The cost of the study trip (flights, airport transfers, accommodation and travel in China) is included in the course fees. Students will be responsible for their own visa, valid passport, food and drink. The award will cover the necessary knowledge and skills to allow you to participate and contribute to the development of this exciting new area of computing. The future of much of computing IS the internet of things. As part of your study we will cover syllabi of important industry certifications

wherever possible, such as parts of Cisco CCNA. We will also cover the HP Accredited Technology Associate (ATA). These will provide added recognition of the commercial relevance of what you will study and your prospects for employment following the course. We have specialist laboratory facilities that support embedded systems, computer networks, etc., that will be used on the award. This is an innovative award in what may be the most important area of computing to develop since the original development of the internet itself. This is your opportunity to be involved NOW.

Course outline Year 1 (Core) • Software Development • Computer Networks, Network Interfacing and Communications • Computer hardware and system software • Introduction to internet of things and cloud computing concepts • The business context for the internet of things • Systems analysis and database systems • Mathematics for technical computing Year 2 • Professional skills • Enterprise and commercial project development • Low level and embedded systems • Interfacing techniques • Sensors and signal processing • Mobile and wireless data communications • Security for the internet of things Optional placement year in industry Year 3 (Core) • Final Year project • Distributed systems and advanced interfacing • Real-time, safety-critical and embedded systems • Internet of things application development • Integrating internet of things into product development • Ad hoc and smart sensor based networks

To find out more visit www.staffs.ac.uk/undergraduate t: 01782 294400 e: enquiries@staffs.ac.uk


BSc(Hons) NETWORK COMPUTING UCAS code: G422

Key Facts

At a glance Today’s organisations depend on their information networks for mission-critical operations and look for highly trained networking professionals to keep them running at maximum performance. The users of these networks will always require their data to be available when needed. Increasing arrays of devices are connected to a common network connection and are expected to give optimal performance. The variety of devices has also now given an additional factor beyond simply moving large amounts of data to how it gets there. Devices such IP Telephones will commonly be connected to the same physical infrastructure as a printer, but the network needs to be configured to understand how to handle the different traffic types.

On the networking awards our students are encouraged towards carrying out a one year relevant industrial placement. These range from small enterprises through to large companies such as Cisco and Thomson Reuters in the UK. In addition we are very keen for our students to gain the best experience and have also placed students in Europe at Cisco HQ Brussels and CERN. We want each of our students to have the life skills which will make them successful beyond the time that they are with us and want them to gain the valuable industry experience which can simply not be taught in a lab.

These complex converged networks require qualified networking experts which are in short supply and high demand. The networking knowledge and skills you will gain on this course can be used to support and manage information networks in any organisation. You will be looking at network communication from the deep academic understanding through to the practical aspects of generating the data and configuring commercial grade equipment to best manage the information efficiently. On graduation, you will be qualified to support any type of computer network.

Year 1 (Core) • Fundamentals of Computer Networks (30 Credits) • Hardware and Computer Systems (30 Credits) • Maths for Computing (15 Credits) • Data Storage and Software Development (30 credits)

In the first year, you will study modules which are intended to provide general computing knowledge and skills, but will also cover the first stages of Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) networking syllabus. The following years will see you deepen and extend your technical knowledge of networking to cover CCNA and Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP). You will cover all aspects of network implementation and management, using a variety of technologies. As part of your award, you will participate and will prepare for the widely accepted industry CCNA Routing and Switching, CCNA Security and CCNP.

School:

Computing

Location: Stafford

Duration:

4 years full-time with a placement year 3 years full-time

Fee:

£8,620

Course outline

Year 1 (Options) • Introduction to Security Technologies • Introduction to Virtualisation Year 2 (Core) • Network Security • Routing and Switching • Mobile Computing and Wireless • Professional Skills for Networking Optional placement year in industry Year 3 (Core) • Project • Troubleshooting a converged IP Based Network • Converged Networks • Future Technologies

Entry Requirements:

Typical UCAS offer: 280 A levels: BBC or CCC plus C at AS or 40 points from other qualifications at Level 3. BTEC: DMM or MMM plus 40 points from other qualifications at Level 3. All applicants need GCSE minimum grade C Mathematics and English Language, or a recognised equivalent. Detailed entry requirements can be found on each of our online course pages or by visiting www.staffs.ac.uk/ ugentryrequirements

Accreditation:

BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT accreditation being sought for September 2014 entry onwards

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BSc(Hons) SOFTWARE ENGINEERING UCAS code: G600

Key Facts School:

Computing

Location: Stafford

Duration:

3 years full-time 4 years full-time with a placement year

Fee:

£8,620

Entry Requirements:

Typical UCAS offer: 280 A levels: BBC or CCC plus C at AS or 40 points from other qualifications at Level 3. BTEC: DMM or MMM plus 40 points from other qualifications at Level 3. All applicants need GCSE minimum grade C Mathematics and English Language, or a recognised equivalent. Detailed entry requirements can be found on each of our online course pages or by visiting www.staffs.ac.uk/ ugentryrequirements

Accreditation:

BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT accreditation being sought for September 2014 entry onwards

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At a glance

Course outline

Software engineers develop programs in all areas of the computing industry – from business systems to computer games to mobile applications. Typical job titles of recent graduates include Application Programmer, Software Engineer and Systems Developer.

Year 1 (Core) • Application modelling • Fundamentals of Computing and Mathematics • Introduction to Software Development • Skills for Computing Professionals

Software Engineering focuses on creating software to solve real-world problems. A software engineer analyses problems, identifies innovative solutions, and creates and tests well-engineered software systems to implement the solutions. On this course, you will develop mastery of the tools, techniques, and programming languages that a software engineer employs within the context of professionally-managed software development projects. This course begins by laying a solid foundation in general computing and Software Engineering. You will begin to build expertise in Software Engineering by studying application modelling, programming – both procedural and objectoriented – and design patterns. You will go on to develop academic and professional skills while implementing all kinds of application: concurrent, object-oriented, task-based, mobile (Android & iOS), and web. You will gain experience of Java, C++, and C# as well as learning about managing software development projects, designing and developing relational databases.

Year 2 (Core) • Concurrent Network Applications • Engineering Software Applications • Object-oriented Application Engineering • Task-based Software Engineering • Web & Mobile Application Development Optional placement year in industry Year 3 (Core) • Engineering and Integrating Robust, Large-scale Systems • Engineering Enterprise Applications • Software Engineering for Mobile Devices • Final Year Project

By undertaking the highly-recommended sandwich option, you will spend a year in paid industrial placement, which may be overseas, and can include self-employment. You will apply your knowledge from the first two years of this course, and gain invaluable, relevant experience. Your studies and practical work in the final year will enhance your expertise in Software Engineering. You will be able to demonstrate your mastery of Software Engineering by professionally undertaking a substantial final year project.

To find out more visit www.staffs.ac.uk/undergraduate t: 01782 294400 e: enquiries@staffs.ac.uk


BSc(Hons) WEB DESIGN UCAS code: G497

At a glance

Course outline

Web designers learn how to create interfaces, which allow a person to interact with an application to achieve their goal. This skill is becoming increasingly important for industry and commerce, so students can gain careers in web design, web development, user requirements analysis and user experience. As Staffordshire University is a member of the Microsoft IT Academy students will have access to a number of Microsoft certifications whilst on the course.

Year 1 (Core) • Introduction to Programming • Fundamentals of Computing and Mathematics • Web Concepts • Skills for Computing Professionals

Front end web design is becoming increasingly essential in attracting people to a web site, and making a web site more useable and accessible. Web design is also becoming more important as a multitude of devices, from desktop to mobile, games devices and TV can view web applications. The area of web standards is becoming more prominent in order to facilitate responsive design. On studying this degree, you will become a specialist in design principles, web standards and techniques to enable web applications, desktop applications and mobile applications to be made available to as wide an audience as possible. You will also gain a solid foundation in computing, so that they can communicate and interact with other professionals. Upon graduating with a Web Design degree, you can gain careers in web design, web development, user requirements analysis and user experience. As Staffordshire University is a member of the Microsoft IT Academy students will have access to a number of Microsoft certifications whilst on the course. All the web awards at Staffordshire University have a strong emphasis on web standards. This course provides you with a solid foundation in web design principles, including: web page design and development, web standards, HTML, CSS, and Javascript. You will learn about responsive and adaptive web development, including developing for a range of devices such as smart phones and tablets. You will study cutting edge web design concepts and visual trends, graphical communication and design aesthetics, media on the web, accessibility, usability, and user experience. All students will also study business issues, and social media to enable them to complete a portfolio and web project. During the final year of your degree you will produce a large project showcasing your skills in an area of your own interest related to web design.

Key Facts School:

Computing

Location:

Year 2 (Core) • Web Group Project • Visual Web Design • Methods and Tools for Enhancing User Experience • Digital Media and the Web

Stafford

Optional placement year in industry

Fee:

Year 3 (Core) • Dissertation Project • Ubiquitous Computing • Real World Web Design • Design for Mobile Devices

Duration:

3 years full-time 4 years full-time with a placement year

£8,620

Entry Requirements:

Typical UCAS offer: 280 A levels: BBC or CCC plus C at AS or 40 points from other qualifications at Level 3. BTEC: DMM or MMM plus 40 points from other qualifications at Level 3. All applicants need GCSE minimum grade C Mathematics and English Language, or a recognised equivalent. Detailed entry requirements can be found on each of our online course pages or by visiting www.staffs.ac.uk/ ugentryrequirements

Accreditation:

BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT accreditation being sought for September 2014 entry onwards

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BSc(Hons) WEB DEVELOPMENT UCAS code: G523

Key Facts School:

Computing

Location: Stafford

Duration:

3 years full-time 4 years full-time with a placement year Available as a Top-up from HND

Fee:

£8,620

Entry Requirements:

Typical UCAS offer: 280 A levels: BBC or CCC plus C at AS or 40 points from other qualifications at Level 3. BTEC: DMM or MMM plus 40 points from other qualifications at Level 3. All applicants need GCSE minimum grade C Mathematics and English Language, or a recognised equivalent. Detailed entry requirements can be found on each of our online course pages or by visiting www.staffs.ac.uk/ ugentryrequirements

Accreditation:

BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT accreditation being sought for September 2014 entry onwards

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Course outline

In choosing this award you will be signing up to a rapidly developing area of computing with good employment opportunities, with most sectors of industry investing in web-based applications and systems. Web based technologies are also used for developing mobile applications, mobile gaming, and desktop applications. Job titles can include Web Developer, Web Programmer and Web Designer, along with many careers in the computing field. As Staffordshire University is a member of the Microsoft IT Academy students will have access to a number of Microsoft certifications whilst on the course.

Year 1 (Core) • Introduction to Programming • Fundamentals of Computing and Mathematics • Web Concepts • Skills for Computing Professionals

Computing applications all increasingly rely on the use of web technologies. Students studying Web Development will have the opportunity to gain knowledge in subjects of both web design and web programming areas. This award is most suitable for students who on graduating would like to start up their own business or be employed within a company requiring several web based development skills. The course provides you with a solid foundation in web development, including: web page design and development, web standards, HTML, CSS, and Javascript. You will learn about responsive and adaptive web development, including developing for a range of devices such as smart phones and tablets. Students studying this award have the flexibility to take modules from the web programming and design strands. On the design strand you can study web design concepts and visual trends, graphical communication and design aesthetics, media on the web, accessibility, usability, and user experience. The programming strand can include programming in web languages such as PHP and ASP.NET, further study of Javascript, and mobile web and application development. All students will also study business issues, and social media to enable them to complete a portfolio and web project. During the final year of your degree you will produce a large project showcasing your skills in an area of your own interest related to web development.

Year 2 (Core) • Web Group Project Year 2 (Options) Options include • Visual Web Design • Methods and Tools for Enhancing User Experience • Digital Media and the Web • Programming with HTML APIs • Server Side Scripting • Mobile Application Development with Web Technologies • Web Applications and the Cloud Optional placement year in industry Year 3 (Core) • Dissertation Project Year 3 (Options) Options include • Ubiquitous Computing • Real World Web Design • Design for Mobile Devices • Mobile Application Development • Distributed Web Application • Enterprise Web Applications

To find out more visit www.staffs.ac.uk/undergraduate t: 01782 294400 e: enquiries@staffs.ac.uk


BSc(Hons) WEB PROGRAMMING UCAS code: G626

At a glance

Course outline

Graduate from this award and you will be able to join most areas of computer programming with ease. Job titles include Web Programmer, Mobile Application Developer, and Software Programmer. As Staffordshire University is a member of the Microsoft IT Academy students will have access to a number of Microsoft certifications whilst on the course.

Year 1 (Core) • Introduction to Programming • Fundamentals of Computing and Mathematics • Web Concepts • Skills For Computing Professionals

Traditional programming techniques are being used increasingly in developing web applications. If you study this degree, you will become specialist in programming web applications, and you could also apply those programming skills to most areas of computing. You will fundamentally be involved in programming applications using web technologies – both back-end web applications and client side code using advanced JavaScript and the latest HTML APIs. You will create web, desktop, and mobile applications using web languages. You will also study native mobile application development as an extension to your skills in Web Programming This course provides a solid foundation in computing, especially programming. You will specialise in current web programming approaches, such as PHP, ASP.NET, and Javascript, as well as native desktop and mobile application programming. During the final year of your degree you will produce a large project showcasing your skills in an area of your own interest related to web programming.

Key Facts School:

Computing

Location:

Year 2 (Core) • Web Group Project • Programming with HTML APIs • Server Side Scripting • Mobile Application Development with Web Technologies • Web Applications and The Cloud

Stafford

Optional placement year in industry

£8,620

Year 3 (Core) • Dissertation Project • Mobile Application Development • Distributed Web Applications • Enterprise Web Applications

Duration:

3 years full-time 4 years full-time with a placement year

Fee:

Entry Requirements:

Typical UCAS offer: 280 A levels: BBC or CCC plus C at AS or 40 points from other qualifications at Level 3. BTEC: DMM or MMM plus 40 points from other qualifications at Level 3. All applicants need GCSE minimum grade C Mathematics and English Language, or a recognised equivalent. Detailed entry requirements can be found on each of our online course pages or by visiting www.staffs.ac.uk/ ugentryrequirements

Accreditation:

BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT accreditation being sought for September 2014 entry onwards

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Funding YOUR

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FUNDING YOUR STUDY

STUDY To find out more visit www.staffs.ac.uk/undergraduate t: 01782 294400 e: enquiries@staffs.ac.uk


With a low cost of living and a very competitive fees structure – it pays to study at Staffordshire University. The most common way to fund your undergraduate study is with a student loan. This is a loan from the Government that covers your tuition fees. It means you don’t have to pay anything to the University up front. And in fact, you don’t have to pay anything back until you’ve graduated and are earning over £21,000.

Tuition fees Everything we do at Staffordshire University is built around the needs and ambitions of our students, so we have developed a fair fees structure that reflects the teaching and support costs of delivering a first-class educational experience for everyone. For our latest fees information and to see how much your course will cost, visit: www.staffs.ac.uk/feesandfunding

Government loans and grants A student loan covers the cost of tuition. But other financial support may be available to help with the costs of living while you study. Government grants of up to £3,250 may be available to students from families with incomes below £42,600. You may also be eligible for a maintenance loan from the Government. Find out more at: www.direct.gov.uk/studentfinance

Part-time study If you would prefer to study part-time, you could be eligible for a part-time tuition fee loan. To find out more, please visit Student Loans England. More information about all support available can be found at: www.staffs.ac.uk/feesandfunding Download our “Guide to Funding Your Study” at: www.staffs.ac.uk/feesandfunding

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Applying for full-time Full-time undergraduates should apply through UCAS, the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service. Visit: www.ucas.com To complete your UCAS application you’ll need the correct UCAS course code for each course you’re applying for, as well as the campus code where applicable. You’ll find these on our website, in the course information, or on the UCAS site. You’ll also need an Institution Code. The Institution Code for Staffordshire University is S72. Contact Enquiries Team, Customer Contact Centre, Cadman, College Road, Stoke-on-Trent t: +44 (0)1782 294400 e: enquiries@staffs.ac.uk

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HOW TO APPLY

To find out more visit www.staffs.ac.uk/undergraduate t: 01782 294400 e: enquiries@staffs.ac.uk


WHEN TO APPLY The closing date for all UCAS applications is 15 January. If you miss this deadline don’t panic, call us on 01782 294400.

DEFERRED ENTRY If you wish to defer entry to your chosen course for one year we’ll still welcome your application

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT? After we’ve considered your application, UCAS will notify you of our decision. If you’re successful, we’ll also invite you to visit us and attend one of our Visit Days. In some cases, you may be invited to attend an interview before we decide whether to offer you a place.

AFTER RECEIVING YOUR RESULTS However confident you are about achieving the results you need, things don’t always go to plan. Prepare for all eventualities. If you don’t meet the precise conditions of the offer we made you, don’t worry. It may still be possible for us to offer you a place on your chosen course. Contact us for advice as soon as you can.

CLEARING The UCAS clearing process gives students an additional opportunity to find a place. Most universities prefer to consider students who made an application first time round.

UCAS EXTRA This is the opportunity to apply for another course if you have used all five choices and not secured a place. UCAS Extra runs from the end of February until the end of June.

OTHER COURSES Application forms for part-time and other courses can be obtained by calling us on: 01782 294400.

APPLYING FOR PART-TIME You need to complete an application form for the part-time course of your choice. You can apply online by completing the part-time application form, visit www.staffs.ac.uk/parttimeform or complete a paper application form, which can be obtained from the Customer Contact Centre.

ENROLMENT Enrolment for full-time and part-time courses usually takes place in September, with teaching starting soon after. As some courses do vary, please check out the enrolment times for your particular course. Don’t worry, when you apply you will be given all the details so you will know where to go, at what time and on what day.

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STUDENT

Success

Students from Staffordshire University stand head and shoulders above those of other institutions. They arrive fully prepared and able – both for their placement year and upon graduation. They also have a solid understanding of our company and of our placement and graduate schemes. I would fully recommend Staffordshire University for the quality and professionalism of its graduates and for the high levels of guidance those graduates receive. Claire Halket, Recruitment Manager, Synectics Solutions

I was pleased to have been awarded the ‘Jim Lucking Memorial prize’ by the North Staffordshire branch of the BCS. The prize is awarded to the student with the highest marks on the first year of an award within the Computing award schemes. Dan Kitchen, BSc(Hons) Computer Science

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I attended several open days and considered many of the leading computing-specialist universities, but the reputation and employment prospects that a BCS-accredited degree from Staffordshire University would give me is why I selected it to enhance my career. At the Staffordshire open day, the staff were friendly, helpful and, importantly, showed their experience in industry, as well as their wealth of academic knowledge in several different fields of computing. I knew the open door policy of the lecturers and the annually upgraded IT facilities would prove invaluable in creating and growing my abilities as a software engineer. The focus on commercial experience for me was further developed through a placement at Logica’s Space & Defence division in Surrey, where I worked using several programming languages with teams of up to 130 people. This gave me my initial industry experience and, if I wished, a guaranteed job upon graduation. Throughout my course, specialist staff and personal tutors encouraged self-learning and research that stretched my knowledge, in order to develop the skills that have put me where I am today. After completing my undergraduate studies, the degree gave me the rare chance to enter the world of work through a Staffordshire University-led Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP). This involved working closely with the University’s enterprise team and Blackroc Technology, a specialist hardware development company that wanted to expand by creating its own software platform. The KTP provided the opportunity of undertaking an MRes Computing Science with a focus on Augmented Reality. The experience gained here gave me the privilege to move up to Codeweavers, Staffordshire, for the development of industry-leading finance calculators and data capture software for the car finance industry. Jonathan Willis, First-class BSc(Hons) Software Engineering, now an experienced developer at Codeweavers

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