The focus of this degree is on the theoretical foundations of computing. The course encourages a general and abstract understanding of the underlying principles of computing with an emphasis on data structures, algorithms, networks and operating systems. You will study a curriculum designed in conjunction with industry to equip you with the range of skills and strengths that employers demand. You will cover the fundamental areas of computing such as programming, web development, computer architecture, information systems and databases, as well as more specialised areas such as artificial intelligence, computer mathematics and software engineering. In your final year, you will study cutting-edge topics with guidance from research leaders and undertake a large-scale project. Our BSc (Hons) Computer Science, BSc (Hons) Software Engineering and BSc (Hons) Computing degree share a common first year allowing you to transfer between courses after Year 1. Features and benefits of the course: - Accreditation renewal of the degree programme is in progress ahead of 2017 intake (and subsequent years), subject to re-approval by the British Computing Society, the chartered professional body for IT. A BCS accredited degree allows graduates on completion to gain Chartered IT Professional status and become a graduate member of the BCS. - The four year sandwich route gives you the opportunity to spend your third year on industrial placement boosting your employment prospects on graduation. - You will experience what it's like to work as part of a professional team finding solutions to complex problems via group projects. You can also get involved with extracurricular work to further apply your skills, for example, gaming events and the student computing society. - This course is part of a network of computing degrees which share a common first year allowing you to transfer between courses after Year 1 as you develop your areas of interest. - We recently invested £300k in hardware upgrades across the Faculty of Science and Engineering. Our excellent facilities include ten new state-of-the-art teaching laboratories equipped with high-specification PCs and Apple Macs with high performance systems and specialist software tools which work on Windows, Linux and Mac OS. - Teaching and research laboratories have advanced graphics workstations, clusters of graphical processing units and NEC SX61 and SX8 vector supercomputers. Our usability lab captures and analyses human behaviour as we interact with digital content.