Computer Networking BSc (Hons)





About the course

From the office and the high street to your home and the car you drive, computer networks are everywhere, helping us live more productive lives.

They are at the heart of information systems and as they proliferate, there is a growing need for people with an understanding of their benefits and how they work.

This course focuses on the technical aspects of network design, installation, configuration, maintenance and management, and the application of contemporary technologies.            

The Computer Networking BSc (Hons) degree will help you discover a deeper understanding of network design and how they work.

It will provide you with the knowledge and expertise to make a career in this growing sector.



Computer Networking - BSc (Hons) - University Square Campus, Luton

  • Apply Via - UCAS
  • Course level - Undergraduate
  • UCAS Code - G420
  • Campus Location - University Square Campus, Luton
  • Start dates - Feb,Oct
  • Duration - 3 Years
  • Attendance - Full time | Part-time day
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Computer Networking with Professional Practice Year - BSc (Hons)

  • This course has the option to be taken over four years which includes a year placement in industry. Undertaking a year in industry has many benefits. You gain practical experience and build your CV, as well as being a great opportunity to sample a profession and network with potential future employers.

    There is no tuition fee for the placement year enabling you to gain an extra year of experience for free.

    *Only available to UK/EU students.

Computer Networking with Foundation Year - BSc (Hons)

  • Our degrees with a Foundation year provides a supportive way for you to work towards a degree level qualification.

    In the Foundation year you will study three days per week. The focus will be on academic writing skills and numeracy, plus subject-specific content to fully prepare you for entry to an Undergraduate degree.

    There is a £500 Foundation Year Bursary available to UK students starting September 2017.

    More information about Computer Networking with foundation year

Computer Networking with International Year Zero - BSc (Hons)

  • *International Year Zero (IYZ) is the first stage of a four-year International Incorporated Bachelor's degree. IYZ is designed to help you gain extra skills in your subject area, as well as English language, before you continue to year one of your undergraduate degree course.

    IYZ is delivered by London Bedfordshire International College in partnership with the University of Bedfordshire.

    Find out more about International Year Zero

    *IYZ is only available to international students





Why choose this course?

  • Learn the highly sought-after skills needed to design, implement, install, configure, maintain and manage the latest state-of-the-art networks
  • Study core computing and information systems
  • Develop your ability to manage the needs of a wide range of clients and businesses, both large and small
  • Gain advanced knowledge on a course that is focused on employment and establishing a rewarding career
  • Explore the subject using a carefully structured mix of theory and practice
  • Challenge yourself in our dedicated test network laboratory using the latest industry-standard programmes
  • Benefit from a course that prepares you for a number of professional certification programmes



Unit Information – What Will I Learn?

Year 1
  • Introduction to Software Development
  • Principles of Programming
  • Computer Systems Structure
  • Fundamentals of Computer Studies
Year 2
  • Networking
  • Wireless Communications and Networking
  • Computer Security and Countermeasures
  • Network Technologies
Year 3
  • Research Methodologies and Emerging Technologies
  • Advanced Networking
  • Social and Professional Project Management
  • Undergraduate Project



Discover the School of Computer Science and Technology

Welcome to the School of Computer Science and Technology. We educate tomorrow’s scientists and engineers and actively engage in research that informs our teaching. We are committed to quality learning, teaching and research to benefit our students, academics as well as the wider community. Our staff and students come from all parts of the world. Get inspired and choose the right course for you!  If you need more information, please feel free to get in touch - we would be very happy to answer all your questions.


Head of School: Dr Danni Novacovic

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How will I be assessed?

The majority of units are assessed through coursework, group and individual projects, portfolios, essays, presentations or exams. As part of a project, you will also produce artefacts in the area of your specialism.

Constant feedback and advice from a supervisory or unit team will be provided to support you in your work.

Year 1
  • Written exams = 14%
  • Coursework = 58%
  • Practical exams = 28%
Year 2
  • Written exams = 33%
  • Coursework = 47%
  • Practical exams = 20%
Year 3
  • Written exams = 18%
  • Coursework = 82%
  • Practical exams = 0%

Entry requirements

  • We will consider you as an individual and take into account all elements of your application, not just your qualifications. We are looking for breadth and depth in your current studies and enthusiasm for the subject you wish to study.

    UCAS has introduced a new tariff for courses starting from September 2017. This means the points you will be asked for are different to previous years but the grades you receive have not changed.

  • At least 80 points with 64 points from 2 A level passes at C or above
  • At least 80 points with 64 from Merit Merit in two BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas or one BTEC Diploma
  • At least 80 points with Merit Merit Pass in the BTEC Extended Diploma
  • A completed Access to Higher Education Diploma
  • Equivalent qualifications such as Irish Leaving Certificate, OCR Nationals, International Baccalaureate and CACHE Level 3 awards.


  • For more clarification about your qualifications in the new tariff see the UCAS tariff calculator

    Contact the Admissions Team for additional guidance on whether the qualifications you currently hold or are taking would be suitable for entry.

    T: +44 (0)1582 743500
    E: admission@beds.ac.uk

  • As a general guide, to apply for a place on an undergraduate course (BA/BSc) at the University you need to have completed your high school education and have the required English qualification.

    We have students from all the European Union member countries so we are quick to make decisions on most qualifications. See your country page for more details

  • Check Your Country page to confirm that your local qualifications are suitable or contact your International Admissions Team

How will this course enhance my career prospects?

You will gain valuable skills for a career within Computer Networking as well as those relevant for a career in the wider world of IT and business.

The final year unit ‘Social and Professional Project Management’ requires you to work in a team so as to apply a current project management methodology that embraces all of these knowledge areas in an integrated way while going through the stages of planning, execution and project control. You will work as part of a team, take responsibility and make autonomous decisions that impact on the project team performance.

The final year project fosters independent and autonomous study. You learn to take up the responsibility of conducting your project, typically derived from your own ideas, in collaboration with a dedicated member of the teaching staff as project supervisor.

Professional placements

We value real-world experience to prepare you for life beyond university, which is why we’ve forged connections with thousands of companies locally, nationally and internationally. Through our placements, you can gain that all-important practical experience whilst you complete your course.

From volunteering, internships and placements, through to a fee free year in industry, we offer a whole host of opportunities to enhance your employability. Discover more



Go Global

Whether you want to learn a new language, build networks, simply have the travel bug, or want to develop new skills and life experiences, our Go Global programme offers the opportunity to broaden your horizons, enhance your CV, and gain a truly international experience, all at the same time as studying towards your undergraduate degree. The Go Global programme is open to students from the UK and EU.

Travel to exciting destinations, including:

  • China
  • Vietnam
  • India
  • New York
  • Malaysia and Singapore

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.

Go Europe

Our International students meanwhile, can make the most of trips to a series of exciting European destinations. From France and Belgium, to Holland and Germany, there are plenty of places to visit, network and broaden your knowledge of the global market place, by seeing and experiencing it for yourself, first-hand.

At the University of Bedfordshire we ensure that your experience here is cultural, as well as academic. That’s why a whole host of opportunities are opened up to you, providing you with that all important experience to make you stand out from the crowd when it comes to getting graduates jobs.



Fees and Funding

  • The full-time undergraduate tuition fee is £9,250 per year. The part-time undergraduate tuition fee is charged pro-rata to £6,160. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees. You can also apply for a maintenance loan from the Government to help cover your living costs.

    See www.gov.uk/student-finance

    The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

    See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

  • The full-time undergraduate tuition fee is £9,250 per year. The part-time undergraduate tuition fee is charged pro-rata to £6,160. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees.

    See www.gov.uk/student-finance

    The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

    See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

  • The full-time tuition fee is £11,500 per year A prompt payment discount is available if you pay the full Year 1 fee before or at registration. There are also special scholarships available.

    See www.beds.ac.uk/intfees

    The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Facilities

Our flagship £34m Campus Centre is funky and functional. It brings together all our student services, social and learning spaces, and a 240-seat lecture theatre under one roof.

The Campus Centre building is connected to the rest of the University and the first floor acts as a one-stop shop for all students services.

Designed for work as well as play, the Campus Centre incorporates relaxed learning zones with Wi-Fi access.

It also features the Students' Union support services and executive offices alongside places to eat

Accommodation at Luton

Our contemporary en-suite accommodation features 852 fully-furnished flats, just part of our accommodation offering of more than 1,500 study rooms.

This exciting new facility includes:

  • state-of-the-art IT and AV equipment
  • informal and quiet learning spaces
  • two Harvard-style lecture theatres
  • a student lounge and cafe

Luton campus is home to the following departments:

  • Business
  • Media, Art and Design
  • Science
  • Computing
  • Law
  • Psychology
  • Social Sciences

Whatever degree you choose the facilities will be first class:

  • New facilities in the Computing and Media departments
  • Business facilities including pioneering Business Pods and a Law Moot Court
  • Dedicated laboratories for psychology, sport and exercise science, biomedical science and forensics
  • Multi-camera HDTV and radio studios
  • Art and design studios

Town centre location

The Luton campus is right in the centre of town next to a large shopping mall and within easy walking distance of the student halls, train and bus stations.

Directions to Luton campus

Luton is the largest town in Bedfordshire and is approximately 50km north of London.

It has excellent transport links to the rest of the UK and Europe, and central London is only a 30-minute train journey away.

Luton is has excellent transport links to other cities such as Manchester, Leeds and Milton Keynes. London Luton Airport is located just 2.5km from the Luton campus.

We have invested heavily into our computing and electrical engineering laboratories which are the envy of many other institutions. Our specialist teaching rooms include:

  • Robotics lab
  • Electronics workshop
  • Graphical and games development labs
  • iMac suite
  • Test networks
  • Computer security and forensic analysis lab
  • Analogue and digital electronic design labs
  • Telecommunications lab

How to Apply

  • Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

    We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

    Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.

    All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

    If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS

  • EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form

  • International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country

    You can also apply online

    Find out more about how to apply

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