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Computing (Computer Systems Engineering) HND

Computer systems play an integral role in society. From small scale systems to large companies, this industry is key for making devices interact and enabling people to communicate fast and securely.

This programme gives you a technical understanding of computer systems and the skills you will need in order to design and develop microprocessors and operating systems in industry. On successful completion, you will be highly skilled at working with computer systems and networks including their design, construction, development and operation. You will have opportunities to reinforce your theoretical knowledge through practical work in our computer facilities.

During your first year you will study common modules with all Computing students, giving you flexibility and choice when you specialise for your second year. These modules will cover fundamental computing principles including computer systems, databases, software engineering, problem solving, programming and web development.

In your second year, you will be able to follow a specialist pathway to focus on operating and embedded systems, network planning and development, digital signal processing and embedded real time systems as well as the design and development of microprocessor systems. Designing, programming and optimising graphics for 2D platforms is another area that you will be able to explore. You will work on a group project around software engineering to produce an innovative solution to a real world challenge.

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Two years full-time. Part-time available.

Standard entry requirements apply. A typical offer is around 64 UCAS points, grades DEE at A level, or MPP at BTEC. You will also be expected to have achieved GCSE Mathematics (or equivalent) at grade C or above.

English Language requirements: All international and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements: IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 5.5 in all bands for study at undergraduate level. For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

For more information on how to make an application, please visit our How to Apply page.

If you are an international student and would like information on making an application, please see our How to Apply - international students page.