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Cloud Computing - BSc (Hons), HND, HNC, Foundation Entry

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The Cloud Computing course focuses on the design, implementation, testing and maintenance of high-quality information systems and data-driven applications.

You will learn database design, creation, administration and the development of data-driven applications. Additionally, you will use statistical methods to analyse and visualise data, develop skills in data mining and the use of data centre technologies.

The focus of this course is on acquiring and using the expertise required to create solutions to large and complex problems; the expertise and skills you develop from engineering network solutions as part of a team is highly regarded by employers.

PATHWAY OPTIONS AND HOW TO APPLY

BSc (Hons) | 3 Year Degree Programme (Levels 4 to 6)
UCAS Code: CC01
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Note: For Digital Degree Apprenticeships, contact apprenticeships@uwtsd.ac.uk. For other part-time study, contact computing@uwtsd.ac.uk.

BSc (Hons) | 4 Year Degree Programme (Levels 3 to 6)
UCAS Code: CC08
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HND | 2 Year Programme (Levels 4 to 5)
UCAS Code: CC05
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HNC | 1 Year Programme (Level 3)
UCAS Code: CC06
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STEM  Science Technology Engineering & Mathematics (Computing Stream)
1 Year Foundation Programme (Level 3 to 4)
UCAS Code: SCT1
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Full-time applicants who wish to start in September should apply through UCAS. Part-time applicants should apply through the University.


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Contact Email: computing@uwtsd.ac.uk
Contact Name: Gordon Dickers


Tuition Fees 2021/22:
Home (Full-time): £9,000 per year
Overseas (Full-time): £13,500 per year

Reasons to choose this course

  • Established industrial links.
  • British Computer Society (BCS) accredited course with Chartered IT Professional (CITP) status.
  • Provides you with the latest skills along with an appreciation of the demands of industry.
  • Student learn, in-depth, a range of programming concepts, data analysis and mining technique and network skills to develop sophisticated and complex information systems solutions.

What you will learn

Course Overview

Cloud Computing is a specialisation of computer networking that is concerned with the management of large data in data centres, virtualisation and the provision of cloud services.

Applicants to this programme would typically be technically minded and they may have previously studied engineering, computing or the sciences.

This programme is designed for students interested in computer networks but specialising in areas such as virtualisation and the computer systems used in data centres that support cloud based services.

They would also be interested in databases and developing an understanding of managing and analysing big data, and implementing cloud services.

Applicants for this programme will be interested in computer networking and networked application development and are likely to have some web programming experience.

Students will study a balance of modules around the themes of data storage technologies and cloud based services including both the provision and consumption of those services.

Large scale data is stored in data centres and with networked services provided using virtualisation technologies, while “big data” requires a number of different application specific approaches for storage and analysis.

Graduates will also be able to implement services to provide this data for manipulation and analysis by a variety of applications they will also be able to develop.

Graduates of this programme would be expected to seek employment as data analysts, application developers, data centre engineers, etc.

Module Topics

Foundation Year (Cert HE STEM)

  • Academic Skills (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Analysing and Solving Problems (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Integrating Project (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Introduction to Computer Programming (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Introduction to Computer Systems (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Introduction to Mathematics and Science (20 credits; compulsory).

Year One – Level 4 (HNC, HND & BSc)

  • Computer Architecture and Operating Systems (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Data Analysis and Visualisation (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Introduction to Web and Database Concepts (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Learning in the Digital Era (20 credits; compulsory; Graduate Attributes Framework module)
  • Networks and Cyber Security Essentials (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Software Development (20 credits; compulsory).

Year Two – Level 5 (HND & BSc)

  • Advanced Networking (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Changemakers: Creativity and Value Creation (20 credits; compulsory; Graduate Attributes Framework module)
  • Cloud Computing Architecture (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Data Security and Compliance (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Network Operating Systems and Services (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Network Programmability (20 credits; compulsory).

Year Three – Level 6 (BSc)

  • Advanced Cyber Security (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Cloud Computing Administration (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Emerging Trends (20 credits; compulsory / optional (DDA) / optional (PT))
  • Independent Project (40 credits; compulsory; Graduate Attributes Framework module)
  • Industrial Based Research (20 credits; optional (DDA) / optional (PT))
  • Switching, Routing and Wireless (20 credits; compulsory).
Assessment

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

Students are assessed through a combination of worksheets, practicals, 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 coursework 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. Year In Industry option is also available.

Final Year Project Exhibitions

Key Information

Entry Criteria

BSc (Hons) Cloud Computing - 3 Years Full-Time, Up to 6 Years Part-Time
UCAS code: CC01

104 UCAS tariff points 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 C or above is preferred.

Note: For Digital Degree Apprenticeships, contact apprenticeships@uwtsd.ac.uk. For other part-time study, contact computing@uwtsd.ac.uk 

For Foundation Year entry, see below


HND Cloud Computing - 2 Years Full-Time, 4 Years Part-Time
UCAS code: CC05

48 UCAS tariff points


HNC Cloud Computing - 1 Year Full-Time, 2 Years Part-Time
UCAS Code: CC06

40 UCAS tariff points

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.


Foundation Year entry:

BSc (Hons) | 4 Year Programme with Foundation Entry (Levels 3 to 6)
UCAS Code: CC08 Apply via UCAS

STEM  Science Technology Engineering & Mathematics (Computing Stream) 
1 Year Foundation Programme (Level 3 to 4)
UCAS Code: SCT1 Apply via UCAS

See also Foundation Year for Computing and Electronics

Career Opportunities

Our graduates have excellent employment prospects in the computing, teaching, lecturing and ICT industry, as well as in other areas of the economy.

Recent statistics show that the vast majority are following their chosen career paths within six months of graduating.

Additional Costs

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

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

Student Quotes

Yohannes Zerzghi 
“I chose to attend  UWTSD School of Applied Computing for several factors. One of the main factors is that the university has very helpful and supportive staff. Also, its academic principles fulfil the current demands of the computing industry.”

Matthew Cooze 
"UWTSD has a high score for student satisfaction and number of employed after graduation. I would like to go on and study for a Masters."

Helen Frey 
"Computers have become an integral part of ever-day life. Studying computing is both challenging and rewarding. I am over the moon with my results and I couldn't have done it without such amazing lecturers.”

Bursary / Scholarship Information

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study.  To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit our Scholarships and Bursaries section.