Sheffield Hallam University
Computing (Smart Technologies) BSc
Sheffield Hallam University

Course modalities offered

Key Course Facts

Course Description

  • Learn the skills you need to develop for smart devices

  • Develop an understanding of the Internet-of-Things and interconnected devices

  • Exploit cloud technologies that support smart applications and systems

Rapid technological advancements are fundamentally altering the way we live, work, and relate to one another. This revolution is characterised by a fusion of technologies that is blurring the lines between physical and digital. The course prepares you for the development, design, and implementation of contemporary technologies taking on board the dynamic factors that characterise the modern world. The many facets of Smart Technologies, from both software and hardware perspectives, are considered as part of your learning.

How you learn

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

This course is focused on helping you to develop strong practical and applied skills to develop and exploit smart applications. It develops your knowledge and judgement as to how and when to use appropriate tools and technologies.

Problem-based Learning allows for the introduction, development and implementation of advanced technologies focusing on real-life data, problems, and situations. This exposed you early to conditions that you will face when they graduate and enter the job market.

The course includes an optional placement year in industry.

You learn through

  • lectures

  • lab sessions

  • tutorials

  • individual guided studies

  • teamwork and group-based learning

  • practice-based applied learning

Applied learning Work placements

You will have the opportunity to arrange a year-long work placement in between your second and third years. This gives you a real-world experience to prepare you for your future career, apply what you have learnt and learn new industry-based skills and processes.

A specialist college placement team helps you through the process of getting a placement and provides support while you are on placement. Although a placement year is not mandatory, the department has a strong track record in finding placements for many of our students.

Live projects

All years of your study are designed with applied learning in mind using industry-based and industry-inspired projects.

The course includes professional projects that challenge you to solve real work problems with an external client where possible, while developing team and project management skills. These projects allow you to practise more than just your technical computing skills. By working with real companies, you can apply the project management techniques and technical skills you have learned and test your interpersonal and time management skills.

In the final year, you undertake an individual project on an IT topic of your choice. Under the guidance of a supervisor, you will demonstrate the technical skills and professional competencies developed throughout the course, culminating in an academic dissertation.

What You Will Learn

Programme content: As a student of Computing (Smart Technologies), BSc you will study the following course modules.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4

Coursework Exams Practicals

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Minimum Required UCAS Tariff

This must include at least 64 points from two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. For example: BBC at A Level. DMM in BTEC Extended Diploma. A combination of qualifications, which may include AS Levels, EPQ and general studies

Qualification requirements

Access - an Access to HE Diploma with at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2. At least 15 level 3 credits must be at merit grade or above, from a QAA-recognised Access to HE course, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate.

Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 at the point of enrolment.

English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic) 6 If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or equivalent.
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Tuition Fees Computing (Smart Technologies) BSc

England UK £9250 year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 year 1
Scotland £9250 year 1
Wales £9250 year 1
Ireland £9250 year 1
EU £14415 year 1
International £14415 year 1

Additional fee information

Our tuition fees for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2022/2023 are regulated by the UK government and are yet to be confirmed. For an indication, our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2021/22 is £9,250 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2022/23 is £14,415 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

Average student cost of living in the UK

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, 2024

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)

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About Sheffield Hallam University

Founded in 1969, Sheffield Hallam University is located in the city of Sheffield, in the Yorkshire and the Humber region of England. Sheffield is the UK's fifth largest urban centre, 60% of which consists of vibrant green spaces such as city parks, gardens and countryside. SHU prides itself on the important position it occupies in Sheffield as a pillar of the local economy, workforce, and infrastructure. This is reflected in the fact that almost half of this university’s enrolled students are from low-income backgrounds.

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