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93% of UWTSD students at the School of Applied Computing were satisfied with their course – NSS 2017.

The programme educates students in the design, implementation and troubleshooting of Computer Networks within an enterprise infrastructure.

The programme includes material required for the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) qualification.

Students can work towards this internationally recognised qualification alongside their BSc degree.

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Key Facts

Awards: MComp | BSc | HND | HNC
UCAS Code (MComp): 515R
UCAS Code (BSc): 233S
UCAS Code (HND): 121T
UCAS Code (Foundation): H61F
Institution Code: T80
Course Length:
MComp 4 years f/t
BSc 3 years f/t - up to 6 years p/t;
HND 2 years f/t - up to 4 years p/t;
HNC 1 years f/t - up to 3 years p/t;

Location:
Swansea
School/Faculty:
School of Applied Computing
Contact Name:
Dr Kapilan Radhakrishnan
Contact Email:
computing@uwtsd.ac.uk
Language Choice
English  

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  • I have started a fantastic job, a month after graduating, with CGI as a Junior Wintel Engineer. Had it not been for my final year project I doubt I would have managed to land it.

    Robert LeyshonBSc(Hons) Computer Networks, 2015

  • Being part of a CISCO academy we get access to industry standard training and development, and access to CCNA courses including exams and certification. The actual Computer Networks programme is exceptionally practical, we do a lot of lab work and get to understand how to install, configure and troubleshoot networking issues in real environments. This sets you up with globally recognised qualifications but also having that hands-on aspect, it prepared you for employment. With the future being very computer and network orientated i.e. the internet of things, it has become a necessity. Everybody these days have the equipment to get connected but don't necessarily know how to secure themselves, this sort of knowledge is invaluable.

    Simon DownesBSc(Hons) Computer Networks

  • I was more interested in networks than the more traditional Computer Science route. I am doing my final year project on wireless network penetration testing, checking whether a network is secure. Learning about security in virtual machines is a growing field with security becoming massively in demand. Using the CISCO hardware is unique to this University, enabling us to gain skills required for industry, for example, solving the problems that occur while using the actual hardware that you wouldn't experience if you were just using CISCO Packet Tracer (simulation). I would recommend the course because the staff are friendly and supportive and the skills learned are current now and into the future.

    Aaron CowdryBSc(Hons) Computer Networks


This programme aims to provide a thorough knowledge and skills in the specialist area of networking.  Students will use their expertise to design, implement and troubleshoot complex network infrastructures. The School is a Cisco Academy, an Academy Support Centre and an Instructor Training Centre. The School has been delivering Cisco Networking Academy programme since 1999.

The undergraduate programme is blended with Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) curriculum. Cisco is the world’s leading network device manufacturer and the CCNA is a prominent professional qualification in networking industry.

Year 1 modules - MComp/BSc/HND/HNC

  • Academic & Employability Skills 
  • Computational Thinking
  • Computer Architecture and Networks
  • Data Analysis and Visualisation
  • Information Engineering 
  • Introduction to Networks
  • Programming 1

Year 2 modules - MComp/BSc/HND

  • Computer Forensics
  • Cybersecurity
  • Enterprise and Innovation
  • Project Management (not HND)
  • Research Methods (not HND)
  • Routing and Switching Concepts
  • Server Management and Virtualisation
  • Wireless Networks and Simulation
  • Implementation Project (HND only)

Year 3 modules - MComp/BSc

  • Major Project
  • Advanced Cybersecurity
  • Advanced Routing
  • Network and Data Centre Management
  • Wide Area Networks

Year 4 modules - MComp

Integrated Masters: MComp Computer Networks is a four-year fully-funded undergraduate programme, leading to a Masters-level qualification. You would be expected to join employers on a fast track to management by learning specialist skills in: 

  • Data Security (20 credits)
  • Emerging Network Technologies (20 credits)
  • Leadership and Management (20 credits)
  • Group Project (60 credits)

Foundation Year entry is also available. Please see: Foundation Year for Computing and Electronics We also have "Year In Industry" options.

This British Computer Society (BCS) accredited degree scheme is designed to produce suitably equipped graduates to work in the rapidly expanding software industry within the UK. The programme includes the fundamental concepts and principles of networks, routing, switching, WAN technologies and protocols.

Through our industrial links we have also developed a programme structure to provide students with the latest skills along with an appreciation of the demands of industry. This course contributes fully to the academic requirements for graduates to register for the status of Chartered IT Professional (CITP).

Applicants to this programme are numerate and logically-minded, and it is likely that they will have previously studied engineering, science, maths or information and communication technology. Such students will seek more specialised, networking, security, and wireless networking skills.

They learn, in-depth, a range of routing, switching, network security and WAN technologies to develop sophisticated and complex network infrastructures. Graduates would seek positions as system administrators, network administrators, network associate, etc.

The School of Applied Computing aims to produce graduates that help shape the future of network infrastructures. The course content is contemporary and shaped for employability through close links with local and national employers.

Students are assessed through a combination of laboratory based practicals, assignments, presentations, projects and examinations. Module assessment is often by assignment, or assignment and examination. The final mark for some modules may include one or more pieces of course work set and completed during the module. Project work is assessed by written report and presentation.

Students are encouraged to use our links with Software Alliance Wales and Go Wales to work on commercial schemes for their Major Project module. Go Wales provides the opportunity of paid work placements with local businesses.

MComp Computing (Computer Networks and Security) - UCAS CODE: 515R

120 UCAS tariff points (previously 300) to include:

Two C grades at A-Level/AVCE; or 
BTEC National Diploma grades Merit, Pass, Pass; or 
BTEC National Certificate grades Merit, Merit; or 
NVQ Level 3 - Pass

Subjects at Advanced Level should include Computing, ICT, Maths, Science or similar.
GCSE Maths Grade 4 (previously C) or above is preferred.

BSc Computer Networks - UCAS CODE: 233S

104 UCAS tariff points (previously 260) to include:

Two C grades at A-Level/AVCE; or
BTEC National Diploma grades Pass, Pass, Pass; or
BTEC National Certificate grades Merit, Pass; or
NVQ Level 3 - Pass

Please note that subjects at Advanced Level should/may include ICT, Computing, Maths, Physics or similar.
GCSE Maths Grade 4 (previously C) or above is preferred.

HND Computer Networks - UCAS CODE: 121T

48 UCAS tariff points (previously 120) to include:

A C grade at A-Level/AVCE; BTEC National Diploma/Certificate/Award - Pass; NVQ Level 3 - Pass.

Subjects at Advanced Level should include Maths, ICT, Physics or similar.
GCSE Maths Grade 4 (previously C) or above is preferred.

HNC Computer Networks - UCAS CODE: 012H

40 UCAS tariff points (previously 100) 

Grades are important; however, our offers are not solely based on academic results. We are interested in creative people that demonstrate a strong commitment to their chosen subject area and therefore we welcome applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds. To assess student suitability for their chosen course we normally arrange interviews for all applicants at which your skills, achievements and life experience will be considered as well as your qualifications. 

Typical International Baccalaureate Offer:

Please contact the computing@uwtsd.ac.uk for more information.

Other:

Applications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome. Please contact computing@uwtsd.ac.uk for more information.

Foundation Year in STEM - UCAS CODE: H61F

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The programme emphasises four key themes within Computer Networking: routing and switching, emerging network technologies, network design, and security.

Graduates will be able to undertake a range of tasks associated with networking in organisations, and will be capable developing sophisticated solutions to networking problems.

It is anticipated that graduates in the field of computer networks (CN) would be able to find employment in a number of different areas of CN, including routing and switching, network design, and security.

It is expected that graduates would seek positions such as:

  • Network Administrators
  • Network Associates
  • Network Engineers
  • System Administrator

Here are some profiles of graduates from this programme and where they are now:

For all graduate testimonials, please see here:

Graduate Testimonials

It is possible to complete this programme of study without any additional costs.

Students may wish to purchase materials for modules, such as Major Project but this is not a requirement and will have no bearing on the final grade. 

Successful completion of the Programme offers the eligibility for registration by the British Computer Society (BCS) of Chartered IT Professional (CITP) full status.