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Computing (Web Development) - BSc (Hons), HND, HNC, Foundation Entry

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Software development, web development and cloud computing are emphasised on this programme. As a graduate, you will be skilled and knowledgeable in the technical aspects of web development and cloud computing. Your employment opportunities would be found either in small and medium-sized enterprises as web developers or working within a cloud infrastructure at the enterprise level.

Develop your understanding of key aspects of a range of concepts, principles and techniques associated with web application development, web service development and cloud computing, while you learn to analyse technologies applied to the solution of problems that can also be deployed to the cloud to meet real-world requirements.

The computing department has well-developed links with industry, which feed valuable high-level practical content into the programme. The inclusion of up-to-date content such as Node.js, Docker and REST Web Services gives student the opportunity to understand and apply the theoretical concepts studied in real contexts. The benefit for you is that such practical, real-world application will enhance your skills, and hence your employability, without sacrificing academic rigour.

Industrial links include DVLA, Digital Health and Care Wales, Sony, S8080, Circle IT and Tevel Cyber Corps.

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Computing (Web Development)

BSc (Hons) | 3 Year Degree Programme (Levels 4 to 6)
UCAS Code: 979S
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BSc (Hons) | 4 Year Programme with Foundation Entry (Levels 3 to 6)
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HND | 2 Year Programme (Levels 4 to 5)
UCAS Code: 923T
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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 2023/24:
Home (Full-time): £9,000 per year
Overseas (Full-time): £13,500 per year

Why choose this course?

  1. The programme structure was developed in conjunction with industry leading companies and accredited by the British Computer Society as meeting industry needs
  2. Highly trained staff constantly update the programme to reflect the exciting dynamic rapidly developing nature of web development in today’s business environment.
  3. Hands-on experience of the latest web development technologies, software frameworks, languages, and databases are embedded throughout the programme with particular emphasis given to the application of theory through practice. A broad range of languages and technologies is introduced to enable graduates to fill numerous software development roles.
  4. Students develop an understanding of the professional software engineering professional practices required to implement complex web applications. They will also develop the skills to deploy appropriate technologies and principles in fields including Web Services and Big Data.
  5. Graduates of this programme will possess the technical skills to adapt and thrive in a cutting edge fast moving industry with significant employment opportunities for software engineers.

What you will learn

Course Overview

In the first year, you will study a broad range of subjects common to several courses within the Computing Portfolio. These provide the underpinning required for later years and allow flexibility to transfer across pathways in your first year of study.

During your second year, you will study modules that provide a greater depth for your chosen programme. In the final year, you will undertake a major project which provides a focus for your studies.

The programme has been designed specifically to provide students with the skills required to work with the latest technologies and apply current concepts in areas as diverse as social media, Internet development and e-commerce.

Graduates will develop skills that include: web design, server-side programming, client-side scripting and database development. Along with an appreciation of the important concepts of software design, usability and database administration.

Module Topics

Foundation Year

  • 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)

  • Changemakers: Creativity and Value Creation (20 credits; compulsory; Graduate Attributes Framework module)
  • Data Security and Compliance (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Databases and Application Development (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Network Operating Systems and Services (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Object Oriented Programming and Algorithms (20 credits; compulsory
  • Web and Mobile Technologies (20 credits; compulsory).

Year Three – Level 6 (BSc)

  • Cloud-Based Web Services (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Emerging Trends (20 credits; compulsory / optional (PT))
  • Independent Project (40 credits; compulsory; Graduate Attributes Framework module)
  • Industrial Based Research (20 credits; optional (PT))
  • Software Engineering Principles and Practice (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Usability Engineering (20 credits; compulsory).

The School of Applied Computing aims to produce graduates that help shape the future of software engineering. 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.

Graduate Attributes Framework

This Framework aims to develop your professional skills and competence alongside your academic subject knowledge. You’ll study up to 40 credits per level throughout your programme from the Graduate Attributes Framework.

The Graduate Attribute modules are designed to enable you to develop, and evidence, a range of career-focused skills related to your subject area. These skills include digital competency, research and project management, as well as such personal competencies as communication, creativity, self-reflection, resilience and problem-solving. 

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Professional Accreditations

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

Key Information

Entry Criteria

BSc (Hons) Computing (Web Development) - 3 Years Full-Time - UCAS CODE: 979S

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

Subjects at Advanced Level should include ICT, Computing, Maths, Physics or similar.

GCSE Maths Grade 4 (previously C) or above is preferred.

Note: For part-time study, contact computing@uwtsd.ac.uk 

For Foundation Year entry, see below

HND Computing (Web Development) - 2 Years Full-Time - UCAS CODE: 923T

48 UCAS tariff points (previously 120) to include:

  • A C grade at A-Level/AVCE; or
  • BTEC National Diploma/Certificate/Award - Pass; or
  • 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 Computing (Web Development) - 1 Year Full-Time - UCAS CODE: 753H

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 computing@uwtsd.ac.uk for more information.

Foundation Entry:

BSc (Hons) | 4 Year Programme with Foundation Entry (Levels 3 to 6)
UCAS Code: CWD1 Apply via UCAS

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

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.

Graduates from this course have gained employment in the field of web design, web development and similar computing disciplines.

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

For all graduate testimonials, please see here:
Graduate Testimonials 

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. 

Student Quotes

Daniel Tucker BSc (Hons) Web Development

"When I was in college I liked the way websites looked and I was curious about how they were built. I enjoyed the HTML work within the BTEC and I have enjoyed learning more advanced code such as PHP, C#, JavaScript and CSS.

My final year project is to research the effectiveness of using a PHP framework, as a scaffold, to teach third-year students software design patterns. Finding common, tried and tested solutions to reoccurring problems within the code.

By using these design patterns it helps the system to become more flexible, allowing you to add or edit the code without breaking any of its functionality. This has been adopted by many professionals, causing it to be a required skill across the web development industry."

Neil Page BSc Web Development, Online Manager, for Cruise Nation

"I’ve always been pretty addicted to all things web-related, so to be able to work within this industry every day is very really satisfying. I use HTML, CSS and Javascript/jQuery on a daily basis which I learned during the course."

Adam Packer BSc (Hons) Web Development

"I did two years as a Graphic Designer in the industry before enrolling on this course, there was a need to learn development languages, such as PHP, JavaScript as well as HTML and CSS.

There is a shortage of web developers and it is an industry that is ever-growing. The University organised an internship with S8080 where I work every Friday using the Drupal System (content management system) creating a small-scale project for the industry.

This has enabled me to gain practical experience of how a design agency works and the intricacies of working as part of a team. For my final year project, I am researching test driven development which looks at the ways in which tests can drive the design of software.

Every piece of code has a test associated with it, to check it's functional and meets the requirements of the user. Identifying and writing the test before the code aims to increase the quality of software. Prominent web companies are now considering switching to this approach."

Richard Martin BSc (Hons) Web Development

"I am already working as a front-end designer and developer with Quantarc, and estates management software company who work with the public and education sector. I had an HND in interactive media but I didn't have the back end knowledge to further my career.

I needed to learn C# which is the predominant language taught on the Web Development course, along with SQL and database management. The course has lived up to expectations teaching the skills I required for industry."

Bursary / Scholarship Information

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