Computing - Liverpool John Moores University

2018 entry

BSc (Hons) Computer Studies HBC

Course fees

Tuition fee type Cost (per annum)
Full time home/EU tuition fee: £9,250 per annum*
Full time international tuition fee: £10,050 Foundation year*
Full-time industrial placement year fee: £1,850 per annum*
International industrial placement year fee: £3,300 per annum*

*The Department for Education (DFE) have recently announced that they intend to freeze tuition fees for the 2018/19 year. This is still subject to parliamentary approval. Once confirmed we will update our web pages accordingly.

Course type

BSc (Hons)

UCAS info

Points required: 88

UCAS code: U5W2

Institute code: L51

Study mode

Five year full time degree course in which the first year is a foundation year. The course also includes a one year industrial placement.

About your course

Level 3 is delivered at Hugh Baird College to provide a focussed transition to an Engineering and Technology degree. The professionally-accredited BSc (Hons) Computer Studies at Liverpool John Moores University is informed by internationally important research and offers you excellent work placement opportunities.


  • Level 3 is delivered at Hugh Baird College to provide a focussed transition to an Engineering and Technology degree
  • Accredited by the British Computer Society – the Chartered Institute for IT
  • Opportunity to undertake a year's paid industrial placement
  • £6 million state-of-the-art teaching facilities with 150 high-performance computers
  • Links with over 450 companies ranging from IBM and Sony Computer Entertainment Europe to Barclays and Merseyside Police
  • International Foundation Year course available offering direct progression onto this degree programme - visit LJMU's International Study Centre to find out more

With the broad range of modules available you are able to get an insight into many areas of IT. A 12 month industrial placement offers invaluable experience and enriches your CV.

Michael Magill, current student

We have taken student placements for the last five years now and have found them to be of a very high calibre. Many have become permanent valued members of our team. We highly value our partnership with Liverpool John Moores University.

Tony Mooney, Lead Senior Business Analyst, Experian

Work-related learning

Translating your academic studies into essential professional experience

A 12-month paid work placement after level 5 gives you the ideal opportunity to put into practice all you have learnt in the first years of your programme and gain new skills as well.

This experience will give you a taste of what it's really like to work in the industry and a head start when you come to negotiate your way around the graduate job market. Past students have completed sandwich placements at companies such as Microsoft, Lilly UK, IBM, Reuters, Sony and Unilever to name just a few.

Support and guidance

Dedicated personal tutor plus study skills support

This is a supportive and friendly Department. If you choose to undertake a year’s work placement, this support will continue as a supervisor will stay in close contact and visit you two or three times at your workplace.

Course details

Graduate with excellent career prospects plus an understanding of both computing and the business environment, with this BSc (Hons) degree.

The Foundation Year is ideal if you have the ability to study for a degree but don't have the qualifications to enter directly onto your chosen honours degree programme. Once you pass the Foundation Year at  Hugh Baird College you will progress directly onto the first year of the honours degree delivered at LJMU.

The business world will always need ICT professionals who can analyse, design and develop computer-based systems. The professionally accredited Computer Studies degree will help you gain key skills in computer information systems design and development. The degree also considers the business environment, which will provide you with excellent career prospects once you graduate.

The Department of Computer Science offers you a vibrant and supportive student experience. You will have access to excellent facilities, including several specialist teaching laboratories with over 400 workstations, hosting the latest software applications. The Department is highly rated for its research in computing and information systems. This research directly informs what you will study on the degree.

The Computer Studies degree programme is designed to combine theory and practice and you will study the following themes: Computer Programming and Problem Solving, Computer Systems Architecture, Internet and Web Technologies, Database Development, Object Oriented Systems Development, Information Systems Analysis and Design, Object Oriented Systems Development, Project Management, Business Systems Analysis, HCI and User Interface Design, Website and E-Commerce Management.

The Department has strong links with a large number of local and national organisations, so you will have plenty of options when you come to choose your third year paid work placement. This placement will give you a taste of what it's really like to work in the industry and a head start when you come to negotiate your way around the graduate job market. Past students have completed sandwich placements at companies such as Microsoft, Lilly UK, IBM, Reuters, Experian and Unilever to name just a few.

What you will study on this degree

Please see guidance on core and option modules for further information on what you will study.


Level 3 

  • Mathematics
  • Physics – Particles, Fields and Electricity
  • Physics – Mechanics, Materials and Waves
  • Engineering and Technology Practice
  • Algorithms and Computing
  • Programming
   
Level 4   
  • Introduction to Programming
  • Computer Systems
  • Fundamentals of Information Systems
  • Data Modelling
  • Personal and Professional Development
  • Internet and Web Technologies
  • Problem Solving for Information Systems   
Level 5     
  • Database Development
  • Project Management n Information Systems Analysis and Design
  • Research Skills
  • Professional Issues
  • Object Oriented Software Development in Advanced Web Development


Sandwich degree: 
  • Year-long placement
       
Level 6
  • Business Systems Analysis
  • User Experience Design Project
  • Advanced Topics in Information Systems
  • Website and E-Commerce Management



Further guidance on modules

The information listed in the section entitled ‘What you will study’ is an overview of the academic content of the programme that will take the form of either core or option modules. Modules are designated as core or option in accordance with professional body requirements and internal Academic Framework review, so may be subject to change. Students will be required to undertake modules that the University designates as core and will have a choice of designated option modules. Additionally, option modules may be offered subject to meeting minimum student numbers.

Please see the programme specification document for further details on this course.

Programme specification document (PDF)

Teaching and learning

Excellent facilities and learning resources

You will begin the course with an intensive induction and for the first year at Hugh Baird College, spend approximately 16 hours a week in the class room, supported by weekly personal tutorials.

You will then spend approximately 15 hours per week in the classroom. Independent study is a fundamental element of the course and accounts for about 70% or 35 hours of your weekly study time.

Teaching is mostly via lectures with more informal lab sessions and small-group tutorials to reinforce ideas discussed in the lectures and to give you a chance to develop ideas with staff and other students.

Your lecturers

Expert tuition and support

We are proud of our academic staff's high quality teaching standards and approachability. Informal staff-student relationships are excellent. If you decide to study here, you will be joining a relaxed and friendly team in which staff are committed not only to their students’ welfare but also to ensuring that courses are continually developed to meet the needs of employers.

Staff at Hugh Baird College are highly qualified, and have a wealth of experience in supporting students from diverse backgrounds in developing the skills required for study at higher levels.

Assessment and feedback

Assessment varies depending on the modules you choose

You will be assessed by a combination of coursework and exams plus an independent final year project which contributes substantially to your final mark. Your tutors will give prompt and constructive feedback via Canvas (our virtual learning environment), face-to-face or in writing. This will help you to identify your strengths as well as the areas where you may need to put in more work.

Entry requirements

Please choose your qualifications below to view requirements

Application and selection


​We are looking for students who are keen to learn new skills and develop those they already possess. We want students with the ability to: be creative with ideas and concepts, moderate their creativity with logic, be enthusiastic and thirsty for knowledge, communicate effectively and confidently and understand and adapt to a wide range of issues connected with the subject. It is also important that students are able to manage time and tasks effectively as an individual and as part of a team, use appropriate sources to find and organise information and select and critically evaluate information in order to analyse problems
If you would like to develop these skills further, have a strong interest in this subject area and want to work effectively within it, then this is the course for you!  International applications will be considered in line with UK qualifications.


GCSE and equivalents

  • Applicants must have obtained grade 4 or grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics GCSE or: • NVQ Level 2  Functional skills in Maths and English Writing and or Reading • Skills for Life Level 2 in Numeracy/English • Higher Diploma in Maths/ English • Key Skills Level 2 in English/ Maths • NVQ Level 2 Functional skills in Maths and English Writing and or Reading • Skills for Life Level 2 in Numeracy/English • Higher Diploma in Maths/ English • Functional skills level 2 in Maths/ English

A Levels

  • Minimum number of A Levels required: 1
  • Is general studies acceptable? Yes
  • Are AS level awards acceptable? Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • Average A Level offer: CCD
  • Maximum AS Level points accepted: 20

BTEC qualifications

  • BTEC certificate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • 90 credit diploma: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications
  • Diploma (QCF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Diploma subjects / grades required: DD if studied on its own or to the total of 88 UCAS points when combined with other qualifications
  • Extended diploma (QCF): Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Extended diploma subjects / grades required: MMM if studied on its own or to the total of 88 UCAS points when combined with other qualifications

Access to Higher Education Diploma

  • Access to Higher Education Diploma acceptability: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications

International Baccalaureate

  • International Baccalaureate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Additional information: 88 UCAS tariff Points

Welsh awards

  • Welsh Baccalaureate: Acceptable only when combined with other qualifications

Irish awards

  • Irish Leaving Certificate: Acceptable on its own and combined with other qualifications
  • Grades / subjects required: 88 UCAS points from a minimum of 5 subjects

Additional entry requirement information


​Please contact the University if you have any questions regarding the relevance of your qualifications.


Will I be interviewed?

No interview required (UCAS application form only)

IELTS

6.0 (minimum 5.5 each component)

Can this course be deferred?

Yes

Is a DBS check required?

No

Is RPL accepted on this programme?

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Applications for RPL will not be accepted on this programme.

International requirements

Please Note: All international qualifications are subject to a qualification equivalency check via NARIC.

Finance and fees

Find out more about the student funding that you may be eligible for from either LJMU or the government. This section will give you information about grants and loans as well as targeted support for students with children, adult dependants or those with a disability.

Please note that the amount of money you will receive as a student is dependent on where in the UK you normally live (i.e. England, Wales, Northern Ireland or Scotland).

LJMU scholarships

LJMU's scholarships are open to all new full-time Home and EU undergraduates that are liable to pay tuition fees. These awards are not income assessed, they are based on excellence. If successful, you will be awarded a scholarship for each year of your course subject to satisfactory progress. Scholarships are worth between £1,000 and £10,000 per year. The money you receive doesn’t have to be paid back.

LJMU bursary

The LJMU bursary is automatically paid to eligible students – you do not need to apply for it. The annual bursary is £500, which works out at £1,500 over a three year degree.

LJMU bursaries are means-tested and you don’t have to pay them back; they are intended to help you meet some of the costs associated with being a student.

Tuition fees

In 2018 LJMU will charge Home and EU students a tuition fee of £9,250* for the majority of its full time undergraduate programmes and £6,935* per year for part time courses. You will be charged a fee for each year of your course. The University reserves the right to increase fees up to the maximum permitted by law or government policy in the second and subsequent years of your course. Generally, these fee increases are linked to RPIX inflation (Retail Price Index excluding mortgage interest payments).

*Subject to parliamentary approval.

The important thing to remember is that you don't have to pay your tuition fees upfront - subject to meeting eligibility criteria, you can take out a tuition fee loan for each year of your course.

You can also take out a maintenance or living cost loan for each year of your course to cover your living expenses, such as rent and food.

You don’t start repaying your student loans until after you’ve left university and start earning at least £21,000.** Please note that the Department for Education who govern student support for students from England have recently announced it intends to increase this threshold to £25,000. This remains subject to parliamentary approval and we will update our website once further information is confirmed.

For more information on eligibility and tuition fee loans, go to: 

www.gov.uk/studentfinance

LJMU is committed to ensuring that students understand the full cost of studying at the University. Your tuition fee will cover or contribute to, as appropriate, expenses associated with your core modules, including:

  • safety equipment, such as lab coats and goggles
  • uniforms for nurses, paramedics and other professional placements
  • UK field trips and other educational visits
  • student exchanges
  • DBS checks (Disclosure and Barring Service – formerly CRB)
  • Professional sector regulatory body membership

** Repayment threshold for students normally resident in England and Wales.

Living expenses (maintenance) loan

In addition to your tuition fees, eligible full-time undergraduate students can also apply for a maintenance loan to cover your living costs. If you’re eligible, you can take out a loan for each year of your course.

The amount you’ll receive will depend on where in the UK you normally live and your household income. This money will be paid into your bank or building society account in three instalments and it’s up to you to budget for your living costs.

The government has stated that it intends to introduce a pro rata maintenance loan for part time students from England from the 2018/19 academic year.

For more information on student loans, go to: www.gov.uk/studentfinance

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Paying back your student loans

You only start repaying your student loans the April after you have graduated or left university and start earning £21,000* or above. Repayments are based on a percentage of your salary not how much you have borrowed from the Student Loans Company. Repayments are currently set at 9% of any income over the threshold (which is currently set at £21,000).* Please note that the Department for Education who govern student support for students from England have recently announced it intends to increase this threshold to £25,000.  This remains subject to parliamentary approval and we will update our website once further information is released.

*Repayment threshold for students normally resident in England and Wales.

Career prospects

You will enjoy varied career opportunities both in the UK and overseas

Virtually every organisation relies on computer technology and ICT to a varying degree, so Computer Studies graduates will always be highly employable across all organisations and economic sectors.

CareerSmart programme

All students in their first year of study will have an opportunity to engage with the CareerSmart programme as an integral part of a core module of study. Once you have completed this, a wide range of other career-related provision and services will be available to support your development throughout your studies.

The new CareerSmart e-learning tool will introduce you to the steps involved in making informed choices about your career. It will enable you to consider your strengths and development areas, your career motivators, the options available to you and the necessary steps to take to achieve your career goals.

Professional accreditation / links

This course is accredited by the British Computer Society.

Foundation year fees

If you are studying on a foundation year of a degree programme you will be charged a reduced fee for your 1st year only. This means you will only pay £10,050 tuition fees for the first (foundation) year of your course.

After your first year, your annual tuition fees will increase to the standard tuition fee charged for our undergraduate courses (£13,250/£14,000).

International Scholarships

Studying at LJMU offers international students excellent value for money and the opportunity to secure an internationally-respected qualification plus outstanding career prospects.

LJMU offers scholarships for international students. The provision and range of these scholarships can change from year to year so it is important that you always check the website for the most up-to-date information. The University also accepts a range of external funding, should you be awarded a scholarship or sponsorship from elsewhere.

English language qualifications

All international applicants must have an internationally recognised English language qualification, such as IELTS (International English Language Testing Service). Your English language qualification must have been certified within the last two years for verification purposes. LJMU will accept other UKVI-recognised English language tests providing you attain the appropriate level.

This table summarises the minimum scores required by LJMU, although specific course requirements may differ depending on the programme you want to study.

For course-specific English Language requirements, click the Entry requirements tab above.

To find out what qualifications are applicable in your country, please visit the international pages.


Type of Programme IELTS Pearson
International Foundation Programme 4.5 50-57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
Undergraduate degrees 6.0 50-57 (Min. 51 in each component for UKVI Purposes)
MPharm 7.0 Not accepted

English language support to improve IELTS

If your English language level does not meet the required entry requirements for your course you may still be offered a place on the condition that you successfully complete an English for Undergraduate Study course at LJMU’s International Study Centre.

Please contact the International Study Centre and talk to one of our multi-lingual Student Enrolment Advisers or email: international@ljmu.ac.uk for more details.

Tuition fee deposits

International students are liable to pay a minimum deposit of 50% of their tuition fees before their CAS can be issued. The outstanding balance must be paid in full within 4 months of the given enrolment date.

Living Costs

When you apply for your visa or entry clearance, you will need to provide evidence of having enough money to support yourself for the duration of your programme and to pay for all of your living expenses. The good news is that the cost of living in Liverpool is one of the lowest in England, which means your money will go even further, allowing you to enjoy your student experience to the full.

In addition to academic fees, you must budget for living costs such as accommodation, food, clothing, books, local travel and entertainment. UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) states that students studying outside London must have £1,015 per month for a maximum of nine months to cover their living costs.

We estimate that a single student living in LJMU-approved accommodation is likely to need an average of £5,000 to cover just their rent for a full academic year.

Academic Technology Approval Scheme Certificate (ATAS)

If you have applied to study an Enhanced Undergraduate Degree (such as an MEng) course at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate.

You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website: www.fco.gov.uk/en/about-us/what-we-do/services-we-deliver/atas/who-atas/

Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for guidance. It is important to note that, if required, an ATAS certificate must be obtained before your Confirmation of Acceptance of Studies can be released to you.

Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)

Before you can apply for permission to enter or remain in the UK under Tier 4 you will require a valid Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies or CAS. LJMU will only assign a CAS once you have satisfied the conditions of any offer made to you and you satisfy the University’s obligations as a Tier 4 Sponsor. For more details, visit the international students section.

Your visa application

As soon as you have received an offer of a place at LJMU you should contact the Entry Clearance Office at the British Embassy, British High Commission or Consular Office in your own country to check whether you need a visa for entry into Britain. You are advised to do this as soon as you can as the visa application process can take a long time.

Please Note: To obtain an Entry Visa you should go to the British Embassy or High Commission in your own country, and present the following documents:

  • Passport
  • A valid LJMU Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)
  • Evidence of financial support for the programme
  • Two recent photographs of yourself (passport-size)
  • All relevant educational diplomas and certificates (as stated in your CAS)
  • A declaration of your intent to return home on completion of your course of study

The University may make changes to a programme of study or module where such changes are deemed to be beneficial to students, are minor in nature and unlikely to impact negatively upon students or become necessary due to circumstances beyond the control of the University.
Further guidance on programme changes

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