Birkbeck, University of London
Computing/Information Technology/Web Development FdSc
Birkbeck, University of London

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Key Course Facts

Course Description

This Foundation Degree in Computing/Information Technology/Web Development has a common first year for all three pathways covering programming, web development, database development, mathematics, information systems and teamwork skills. In subsequent years, the Computing pathway covers computer networking, programming and algorithms; the Information Technology pathway covers PHP web programming and e-business; and the Web Development pathway covers web development using current web standards and open source technologies.

Programming and mark-up languages include: HTML, XML, CSS, Python, Java, JavaScript, jQuery, PHP.

You will benefit from Birkbeck's unique, flexible study. Students are drawn from the most culturally diverse city in the UK and have a wide range of cultural, social and economic backgrounds.

Highlights

  • The Department of Computer Science and Information Systems at Birkbeck is one of the longest-established computing departments in the UK; we celebrate our 65th anniversary in 2022. We provide a stimulating teaching and research environment for both part-time and full-time students.

  • In the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF), more than 75% of our research outputs in Computer Science were ranked world-leading or internationally excellent.

  • Our lecturers are leading researchers in their fields, drawn from both the academic and professional world.

  • The Department has its own dedicated network with the College. We also have four state-of-the-art computing laboratories, with over 100 workstations. They are equipped with a wide range of cutting-edge production software and tools.

Salary

Salary of all UK Graduates of Computing and Information Technology

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £25932 £23265 £26977
25-75 percentile range £20739 - £31466 £17115 - £30780 £19729 - £35862

What You Will Learn

Programme content: As a student of Computing/Information Technology/Web Development, FdSc you will study the following course modules.

Modules

Jobs & Career Perspectives

15 months after graduation, graduates of this course were asked about what they do and, if they are working, about their current job and their perspectives.

Assessment is determined by the nature of the materials and skills of each module within the programme. Assessment methods will include: written and/or oral examination; written coursework; presentation-based coursework; group-based coursework; in-class quiz/test; and the creation of a portfolio.

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Minimum Required UCAS Tariff

The UCAS tariff score is applicable to you if you have recently studied a qualification that has a UCAS tariff equivalence. UCAS provides a tariff calculator for you to work out what your qualification is worth within the UCAS tariff.

Qualification requirements

We welcome applicants without traditional entry qualifications as we base decisions on our own assessment of qualifications, knowledge and previous work experience. We may waive formal entry requirements based on judgement of academic potential.

Requirements for international students / English requirements

IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)

    • 6.5
    • Mphil / PhD

If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-
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Visa Requirements for International Students

Visa requirement

All international students (including citizens from EU countries) intending to study this or any other academic programme for more than 6 months in the UK require a Student Visa.

International students younger than 18 years require a special Child Student Visa. Exceptions from this general rule may apply to holders of other UK work visas, British National Overseas visa, family member visa and recognised refugees or asylum seekers.

Permission to work while studying

Birkbeck College, University of London is listed by the UK government as an institution licensed to sponsor migrant students.

Student visa holders from licensed institutions are entitled to work during their full-time bachelor's, master's or Phd studies for
- 20h/week during the term
- Full-time outside term time (e.g. vacations, work placements, once course ended)

After completion of a bachelor's or master's programme of at least 12 months Student Visa holders of licensed institutions can convert their visa into a Graduate Visa which entitles graduates to work for 2 years in the UK.

Costs

Tuition Fees Computing/Information Technology/Web Development FdSc

England UK £7820 year 1
Northern Ireland £7820 year 1
Scotland £7820 year 1
Wales £7820 year 1
International £14560 year 1

Additional fee information

Students are charged a tuition fee in each year of their programme. Tuition fees for students continuing on their programme in following years may be subject to annual inflationary increases.

Average student cost of living in London

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
  
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

How to apply

Application deadline:

January 1, 2023

This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.

Possible Entry Points:

  • year 1 (Default entry point)

University Rankings

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About Birkbeck, University of London

Birkbeck, University of London (BBK) was established in 1823, and takes a different stance towards admissions than many other universities. Applicants are encouraged by BKK to apply even if they don’t possess the traditional qualifications normally required, as applications here are also considered based on an assessment of your knowledge on the subject, and any work experience you might have. Being located in the very centre of London, students will have all the advantages of the city’s public transport connections, as well as the chance to live in such a diverse and vibrant city with all that it offers.

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Where is this programme taught

Birkbeck College - Bloomsbury Campus
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Main Site - Malet Street
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