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This blog provides information on a range of college and university IT courses across the UK. We give overviews on Undergraduate, Postgraduate and Foundation Degrees, along with short courses and apprenticeships. Please note that the articles posted are for information purposes only and that we are not affiliated with any of the course providers listed here.

Foundation Degrees

Universities and colleges offer a range of Foundation Degrees which combine academic study with practical work related learning. These courses usually focus on specific industries and lead to recognised qualifications which are relevant to the work.

Post Graduate Degrees

In a highly educated workforce, a Postgraduate degree marks you out from the rest. Your chances of employment are greatly enhanced and salaries often reflect the status acquired.

Short Courses

Short courses are another way of enhancing career prospects and are most effective when targeted towards specific disciplines. Look for a professionally accredited course which will validate your knowledge and skills. Short courses are offered by both academic institutions and commercial enterprises such Paul Brown Associates & QA. A Google search will reveal many such Private Sector providers and the quality of such courses can vary considerably. It is important therefore to look not only at the professional status of the organisation but also testimonials from their trainees.

Apprenticeships

Many Colleges and Universities now offer apprenticeships across a wide range of careers.  An apprenticeship can be an attractive option for some as it enables you to gain a recognised qualification whilst you’re earning.

 

Overview

Full Time – This course is only available full time.

8 Assessed Modules plus an individual project carried out in the department. All modules are compulsory except Formal Specification, Topics in Privacy & Security, Mobile Device Application Development and Evolutionary Computation. You will be able to choose two of these modules.

The MSc is a full-time, one year course for those with some experience or background in software engineering. You will learn up-to-date theory and practice in the core areas of software engineering, and the core methods and tools used in industry. The course also covers model driven engineering, service-oriented architectures, software architectures and user-centred design.

You will gain a thorough understanding of techniques and practices of software management, including measurement and testing. These techniques will allow you to understand the role of software in commercial organisations and you will be able to develop and maintain these large scale systems.

Course Aims

When you graduate, you will be able to apply advanced software engineering techniques to analyse system problems, design solutions, particularly in a commercial context. You will have experience of using state-of-the-art software engineering tool suites (Eclipse, Epsilon). You will also understand the human factors in software engineering, and be able to design systems taking account the needs of users.

Your individual project gives you the chance to specialise in a specific area of software engineering, as you will undertake independent research and apply your results to develop a real solution – an application, tool or technique.

On graduation, you will be equipped to design and maintain large systems in a wide range of industries, or to pursue an academic research career in software engineering.

Learning Outcomes

  • A thorough grounding and practical experience in the use of state-of-the-art techniques for developing software-based systems.
  • An understanding of the principles behind these techniques, so as to make sound judgements during systems and software design.

Attendance

Full-time taught postgraduate courses run for 12 months from the start of the academic year in October.  Students on these courses are expected to be in attendance at York for the full 12 months, except for when the Department is closed. Please contact the Postgraduate Admissions Administrator for more details.

The University of Warwick offers a three-year course in Computer and Management Science (BSc).  This course is in currently undergoing enhancements and updates for information that is being phased out to accommodate new knowledge in the field. Students with a passion for understanding how business is affected by computing on an international level should considered applying for this course of study. Computer and Management Sciences is configured for those students who have an aptitude and an strong desire for technology and passion to develop the professional know-how that is invaluable to top employers in the international community. In this course of study students are provided with a two-year foundation in Computer Science which is substantiated by a year of studies in the world renowned Warwick Business School. Students who graduate from the Computer and Management Sciences program become perennially desired by the worlds most successful and far reaching business and employers. These businesses and employers include providers from financial institutions, and consultant conglomerates. Graduates are sought out for the excellent technical skills and expertise in understanding management practices and the capabilities to understand and adjust well in various business contexts.

Modules in this course of study include:

  • Computer Science
  • Theory of Algorithms
  • Software Engineering
  • Computer Networks
  • Business and Management
  • Among other courses

Entry Requirements

 Entry into this program typically requires 3 A levels, and a typical offer is AAA with an A in Mathematics. The minimum Language requirements for this course is a grade of C in GCSE English or IELTS 6.0. Because all modules and courses are offered from a first principles perspective, this program does not require A-level Computing. Nevertheless, Warwick’s Department of Computer Science encourages applications from prospective students with capabilities and qualifications in Computer Science or Computing. If your qualifications are not listed here please contact the program for more information.

 

Course Fees

Home and  EU Students: £6,000/academic year

International Students:  Band 1: £14,420 Band 2: £18,390

 

Contact Information

Department of Computer Science,
University of Warwick,
Coventry, CV4 7AL
Tel: +44 24 7652 3193
Undergraduate Admissions: ugadmissions@dcs.warwick.ac.uk
General Enquiries: comp-sci@dcs.warwick.ac.uk

To enrol for this course please apply through UCAS (see link under ‘IT Course providers’)

The University of Warwick provides a four year course of study in Computer Science in the BSc/MEng Level. Students with a passion for gaining an understanding of the theory and principles that underpin the disciplines that affects all international work and life. Computer Science at Warwick University gives students the opportunity to gain a foundational understanding and appreciation of the philosophy and application of computer systems, allowing students to gain knowledge that assists them in adapting to the changing, evolving, and developing world of the discipline of Computer Science. The Computer Science course of study at Warwick University has been established for over 25 years and represents a rigorous course of study with interdisciplinary connects to the Mathematics and Engineering fields. Prospective students would be interested to know that this course of study at Warwick University is qualified for a full exemption from the BCS Professional Examination upon completion. Students that graduate from this program can acquire Professional membership after a limited period of time after gaining experience and applied training relevant to the field of Computer Science. Professional Membership in BSC allows the member the privilege of using the MBCS designation and the Chartered Information Systems Practitioners title. Additionally, this BSc Computer Sciences Course of Study is accredited as adding to the requirements of the academic portion for Chartered Engineer Status (CEng). With one additional year of full-time study in Computer Science at Warwick University (or the part time equivalent) is a requirement in pursuit of the CEng accreditation.

Modules in this course of study include:

  • Algorithms
  • Hardware Design
  • Software Engineering
  • Human-Computer Interactions
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Machine Learnings
  • Computer Graphics
  • Sensor Networks
  • High Performance Computing
  • With the option to study for the MEng after 2 years
  • And many more!

 

Entry Requirements

 Entry into this program typically requires 3 A levels, and a typical offer is AAA with an A in Mathematics. The minimum language requirements for this course of study is a grade of C in GCSE English or IELTS 6.0. Because all courses are taught from the perspective of the first principles, A-level Computing is not an entrance requirement for this program. Nevertheless this program, encourages applicants that have capabilities and qualifications in Computer Science and Computing.

 

Course Fees

Home and  EU Students: £6,000/academic year

International Students:  Band 1: £14,420 Band 2: £18,390

 

Contact Information

Department of Computer Science,
University of Warwick,
Coventry, CV4 7AL
Tel: +44 24 7652 3193
Undergraduate Admissions: ugadmissions@dcs.warwick.ac.uk
General Enquiries: comp-sci@dcs.warwick.ac.uk

 

To enrol for this course please apply through UCAS (see link under ‘IT Course providers’)

The University of Warwick offers a three year course of study in Discrete Mathematics (BSc). This course is currently being restructured. Students interested studying the mathematical concepts that lay the groundwork for the field of computer science with a focus on discrete mathematical structure should consider this programme. In this course of study students can look forward to joint instruction with the Warwick Mathematics institute. This sets this course of study apart from other university offerings. Students will have the opportunity explore applications of discrete mathematics in computing in areas such as: search engines, telecoms, algorithms, coding, banking, security, and cryptography. Further, students will have a chance to develop their academic rigor in discrete mathematics from a choice of various combinations of the modules offered in the program.

Modules in this course of study include:

  • Mathematical Analysis
  • Discrete Structures
  • Algorithmic Applications,
  • Software Engineering
  • Optimisation Problems
  • Mathematical Reasoning
  • Algorithmic Thinking
  • Combinatorial Analysis
  • And many more!

 

Entry Requirements

 Entry into this program requires 3 A levels, and a typical offer is A*AA including an A* in Mathematics or Future Mathematics. Students who would like to enrol in this course are also required to have A Levels in Math, Computing, and a C Grade in GCSE. For students who do not have standard qualifications, please note that this course of study does not have a preference for any combination of A-levels. Additional the Department of Computer Science at Warwick invite mature adult students to apply for their program. Employment experiences are considered for entrance into the program. Mature applicants should be proficient in mathematical skills, and should be able to prove their ability to successfully complete a intense course in Discrete Mathematics.  General Studies are not accepted. Additionally two AS levels count for one A level for entrance into this program. Applicants are not required to have any practical programming experience but encourages students to gain experience before starting the program. This course is not offered part time.

For international students without UK qualifications, the offers made by this program are in cooperation with the information listed by UCAS. Students are encouraged to visit this page to decide if they should apply and then have their current institution provide this programme with pertinent information as to how student are qualified for this programmer.

 

Course Fees

Home and  EU Students: £6,000/academic year

International Students:  Band 1: £14,420 Band 2: £18,390

Contact Information

Department of Computer Science

University of Warwick

Coventry, CV4 7AL

Tel: +44 24 7652 3193

Admissions: ugadmissions@dcs.warwick.ac.uk

General Enquiries: comp-sci@dcs.warwick.ac.uk

 

To enrol for this course please apply through UCAS (see link under ‘IT Course providers’)

Birmingham City University offers a postgraduate program of student in Computer Science at the full-time (13 month) and part-time (29) study, that takes place over three semesters. Students interested in obtaining comprehensive knowledge and appropriate skills in a plethora of topics pertaining to advanced computing sciences should consider applying for this course. Students will be trained in the central theme of the programme which is the development of the innovative and novel application of mobile and distributed computer networks and systems. Along with this central theme the programme also give students to opportunity to gain information and issues in data mining, software development, and web science.

Students interested in gaining a strong research foundation along with computing skill and expertise should consider inquiring about this program. For working students this programme is attractive due to the part-time option, and the entry requirements which allow potential students that have expertise in the area of study to submit proof of that expertise or knowledge for acceptance review. Additionally the modules in this programme of study are reinforced by over £2 million of from CISCO systems. This equipment is used to support the laboratory-based work and research that is carried out in this programmed of study. This programme consists of eight course modules with an additional module that culminate the programme with the Master’s Project.

 

Modules in this postgraduate programme of study including

  • Semester 1
  • Professional Skills and Research Methods 15 Credits
  • Advanced Software Engineering 15 Credits
  • Network Technology 15 Credits
  • Web Science 15 Credits
  • Semester 2
  •  Technology Entrepreneurship 15 Credits
  • Service Architecture 15 Credits
  • Mobile Software Development 15 Credits
  • Data Systems Integration 15 Credits
  • Semester 3
  • Master’s Project 60 Credits

 

Entry Requirements

Entry into this program generally requires candidates to hold a minimum of a  Second Class Honours degree or its equivalent in a discipline Related to Computer Science. Potential candidates may also be considered if they do not have the minimum qualifications, but can prove that they have necessary combination of skills, education, or expertise to be successful in the programme through graduation.

 

Course Fees

Home and EU students – £6,500 / academic year
International students –  £10,500 / academic year

 

Contact Information

Home and EU Students: +44 (0)121 331 5595

Non-EU Students: +44 (0)121 331 6714

 

To enrol for this course please apply through UCAS (see link under ‘IT Course providers’)

Birmingham City University offers a postgraduate programme of study in Data networks and Security (PgCert, PgDip, Msc). This programme of study is offered in two formats. Students can attend this programme part time for 29 months, or full time for 13 months. This programme is three semesters totalling 180 credits. Students will gain research as well as professional skills within the first year of their programme that works towards completion of Master’s project. Students interested in learning the foreknowledge and capabilities needed to  work as a specialist in the area of network management and security should consider this program. This programme of study will help students achieve their goals of being successful in the industry by having the skills needed to meet the demand for engineering administrators and experts who are able to craft, put into place, and provide oversight for secure network systems in various business environments. Additionally, students interested in attending a programme of study where the Faculty house a Cisco Academy learning center (CATC) should also consider this programme. Upon completion and with hard work in the programme, graduates can look forward to joining the ranks prior cohorts that now work at companies such as Fujitsu, IBM, JP Morgan Chase, Siemens, Ericsson, Hewlett Packard, and Nokia.

 

Modules in this postgraduate programme include:

  • Professional Skills and Research Methods 15 Credits
  • Network Technology 15 Credits
  • Design of Scalable Networking Systems (Double Module) 30 Credits
  • Network Security 15 Credits
  • Advanced Firewall Systems 15 Credits
  • Management and Optimisation of Networking Systems (Double Module) 30 Credits
  • Master’s Project 60 Credits

 

Entry Requirements

Entry into this program generally requires candidates to hold a minimum of a  Second Class Honours degree or its equivalent in a discipline Related to Data Networks and Security. Potential candidates may also be considered if they do not have the minimum qualifications, but can prove that they have necessary combination of skills, education, or expertise to be successful in the programme through graduation.

 

Course Fees

Home and EU students – £9000 / academic year
International students –  £13,000 / academic year

 

Contact Information

Home and EU Students: +44 (0)121 331 5595

Non-EU Students: +44 (0)121 331 6714

 

To enrol for this course please apply through UCAS (see link under ‘IT Course providers’)

Birmingham City University provides a 13-29 month (full-time or part-time) MSc postgraduate programme of study  in Business Intelligence. This course is offered in the Faculty of Technology, Engineering & the Environment. Rated as an up-and-coming program in the Guardian University Guide and moving up 41 places in the ranks, the Business Intelligence programme of study at Birmingham City University surpasses other universities in the Midlands  such as Conventry, Keele, and Aston.

Additionally, this graduate programme of study boasts a 93% student satisfaction rate. The university staff and professors have structured this programme of study to give you, the prospective student, the chance to learn rich information concerning the field of Business intelligence from the perspective of computing. Students interested in focusing on the field of business intelligence from a strong computing lens by learning to use software in use by current international business giants such as SAS, IBM, Oracle, and Microsoft may be interested in apply for this programme. Additionally, specialist level mathematic skills are not a prerequisite qualification to enter this programme of study. For those who have an interest in computing and business and are interested in fine tuning their professional and career goals in a new developing field, this programme may be the right choice.

 

Modules in this course of study include:

  • Professional Skills and Research Methods (15 Credits)
  • Data Analysis (15 Credits)
  • Databases for Enterprise (15 Credits)
  • Business Intelligence (15 Credits)
  • Technology Entrepreneurship (15 Credits)
  • Data Mining (Credits)
  • Advanced Databases (15 Credits)
  • Applied Advanced Statistics (15 Credits)
  • and your Master’s project (60 Credits)

 

Entry Requirements

 Entry into this programme normally requires a Second Class Honors degree of a degree of equal value in a relevant area related to Business intelligence. Nevertheless, this programme’s faculty and staff will review your application for candidacy if you do not have those qualification but can prove that you have the education, skills, or experiences, to surpass expectations and do well in the programme, and move on to graduation.

 

Course Fees

Home and EU students – £6900 / 13 months
International students –  £14,200 /13 months

 

Contact Information

School of Computing, Telecommunications and Networks
Faculty of Technology, Engineering and the Environment
Birmingham City University
Millennium Point
Curzon Street
Birmingham
B4 7XG

Tel: +44 (0)121 331 5400
Email: enquiries@tee.bcu.ac.uk

 

To enrol for this course please apply through UCAS (see link under ‘IT Course providers’)

Birmingham City University offers a postgraduate, 13-29 month (full time or part time), MSc degree programme in Digital Broadcast Technology. Faculty from the Technology Engineering & the Environment department provide instruction in this programme of study. Potential students interested in how broadcast technologies have become integrated with the world wide web, gaming, and other virtual environments should considered applying to this program. To maintain the UK’s expert knowledge in the area of digital broadcast technology, this program offers to capitalise on industry knowledge in order to remain committed to the changing and evolving nature of this field. As, such faculty and staff are committed to high standards in content delivery and student learning in the digital Broadcast Media Programme.

Students in this programme will have exclusive access to the partnerships and relationships that this programme has developed in the business world in various professional fields. This programmed is structured to make sure that students are able to gain the proper knowledge and craft their technical and theoretical understandings of the field by focusing on professional and applicable skills that relate directly to the industry and relevant jobs. The programme ecompasses five  themes around which modules are set: Web Technologies, Media Distribution Architectures, Production, and Media Technology Formats and Research Methods.

Modules in this postgraduate programme of study include a combination of the following from each theme:

  • Theme 1: Web Technologies

-Network Technologies (10 credits)

  • Theme 2: Media Distribution Architectures

-Networks Technologies (20 credits)

-Media Solutions and Architecture (20 Credits)

  • Theme 3: Production

– Production Technologies (10 Credits)

– Workflow Methods (20 Credits)

  • Theme 4: Media Technology Formats

-Media Acquisition and Presentation (10 credits)

-Compression Encoding (20 Credits)

  • Theme 5: Research Methods

-Research Methods (10 credits)

  • Masters Project (60 credits)

Program total credits equal 180.

Entry Requirements

 Entry into this program normally requires prospective students to hold a Second Class Honours degree or its equivalent in a related discipline to Digital Broadcast Technology. Nevertheless, prospective students can also submit materials for candidacy if they can prove that they have the appropriate combination of skills, education, and experience to complete this programme of study with success. International students should enquire on the website or using the contact information below for specific details for each country.

 

Course Fees

Home and EU students – £8,200 / 13 months
International students –  £14,200 / 13 months

 

Contact Information

Prospective students from the UK or EU: +44 (0)121 331 5595.

Prospective students from non-EU countries: +44 (0)121 331 6714.

To enrol for this course please apply through UCAS (see link under ‘IT Course providers’)

Birmingham City University Offers a postgraduate MSc degree in Data Networks and Security with a Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) curriculum. Students in this programme have exclusive access to an intensive three month course to gain their certificate with Cisco. The Faculty of Technology, Engineering & Environment also houses Cisco Academy Training Center, through which this certification programme is provided.

Student who are interested in a programme that has been designed in concert with the industry leader CISCO should considered this programme. Students who are also interested in a programme that is recognised both nationally and internationally for the excellent caliber of instruction and research intensive provision should consider this programme. In this programme students will enjoy the strong links that have been forged with industry leaders such as SAS, Apple, SAP, Xbox, Intel, NEC, and Samsung. Upon graduation students will have the opportunity to become employed with some of these employers, and the programmed staff and faculty consider this to be one of the main outcomes of a students’ programme in Data and Networks Security with Birmingham City University.

 

Modules in this postgraduate porgramme of of study include a combination of the following:

  • Professional Skills and Research Methods (15 Credits)
  • Network Technology (15 Credits)
  • Design of Scalable Networking Systems (Double Module) (30 Credits)
  • Network Security (15 Credits)
  • Advanced Firewall Systems (15 Credits)
  • Management and Optimisation of Network Systems (Double Module) (30 Credits)
  • Master’s Project (60 Credits)

 

Entry Requirements

 Entry into this program normally requires a Second Class Honours degree or its equal in a field that is relevant to the Data Networks and Security programme. However, prospective student candidates may also be reviewed for the programme if they can prove that they have the adequate combination of skills, experience and education to be successful in the programme of study.

 

Course Fees

Home and EU students – £8,500 / academic year
International students –  £14,600 / academic year

 

Contact Information

Home and EU Students: +44 (0)121 331 5595

Non-EU Countries: +44 (0)121 331 6714

To enrol for this course please apply through UCAS (see link under ‘IT Course providers’)

Birmingham City University provides a 24-28 month MSc degree in International Project Management- Distance Learning at the postgraduate level. Professional candidates who wish to return to university-level training while maintaining their professional roles may consider applying for this programme. This postgraduate programme is structured to offer professional students the knowledge needed to be competitive in the globalized nature of project management in the 21st century. Project management is now synonymous with global business management, entrepreneurship, and large-scale negotiations in many industries. The International Project Management degree (MSc) at Birmingham City University provides the distance education platform needed to apply knowledge learned to the work place and sharpen skills learned in professional roles. Students who are in control of their professional careers and professional goals may benefit from a programme that they can tailor to meet specific professional goals. Graduates from this programme can look forward to a richer understanding of cross-cultural professional customs and global industry knowledge that will produce viable skills across national business boundaries.

Areas of study in this programme of study include:

  • Project Management Methods (30 Credits)
  • Global Operations & Process Management (15 Credits)
  • International Business & Information Strategy (15 Credits)
  • Developing Resource Capability (30 Credits)
  • Research Methods & Professional Development (15 Credits)
  • International Project & Process Management (30 Credits)
  • Msc Dissertation Project (45 Credits)

 

Entry Requirements

Entry into this program requires an honours degree in a subject that is related to a management subject in some manner. This honours degree must carry at least a 2:2 classification. Alternatively, candidates may offer portfolio work that demonstrates industry experience that correlates to the programme in attempting to apply for this course.

Additionally  this course is structured specifically for persons with previous knowledge of professional management. Candidates with experience with technology, operations and processes in industry are encouraged to apply, if they wish to sharpen their expertise and stimulate their intellectual thought processes. Each student will have the opportunity to partake in a self-reflexive learning experience that will assist each person in developing and honing the areas of knowledge and expertise that they are involved in, while also allowing students to grow as the market and industry grows globally.

 

Course Fees

Home and EU students – £585 / 15-credit module
International students –  £975 / 15-credit module

 

Contact Information

For UK or EU prospective students: +44 (0)121 331 5595

For Non-EU Countries: +44 (0) 121 331 6714

 

To enrol for this course please apply through UCAS (see link under ‘IT Course providers’)