Computer Science

BSc (Hons) Single

The study of Computer Science means the acquisition of the knowledge and skills needed to develop software and hardware solutions for many of the new challenges facing today's computer users. The creation of a safe and interesting online environment for commerce, the study of robotics and artificial intelligence, and the operation of networking systems within organisations are just some of the themes we will cover at Chester.

Why study Computer Science at Thornton?

How does a box of electronic components become a sophisticated source of information with enormous impact on businesses and individuals? In this course you explore how computers work, how computer software is developed, how computers communicate with each other, and the ways in which software manipulates, stores and processes data.

Today, there are very few organisations that do not rely on the use of computers for information processing and problem solving. A degree in Computer Science is an excellent foundation for a wide range of computing job roles in business, health, science and the creative industries.


Vendor Qualifications: Our syllabus is closely tied to the main vendor qualifications and you can study for vendor examinations alongside your degree. Qualifications such as CCNA (Cisco) are recognised by potential employers as value added and enhance your employability prospects.

The modules given below are the latest example of the curriculum available on this degree programme.  Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to change from time to time as part of the University‚Äôs commitment to curriculum enhancement.

Year 1 (Level 4) provides a firm foundation:

Single Honours

  • CO4005 Information Analysis and Presentation
  • CO4010 Introduction to User Experience
  • CO4023 Introduction to Computer Systems
  • CO4024 Cisco 1
  • CO4025 Introduction to Programming
  • CO4027 Introduction to Web Based Technologies

Year 2 (Level 5)

Year 2 extends your theoretical knowledge and develops your ability to apply it to real-world problems, continuing the core themes. You undertake a six-week period of work placement with one of our company partners, where you face the challenge of employing your skills in the real world.

  • CO5021 Systems Development
  • CO5022 Database Principles and Practice
  • CO5023 Computer Systems and Networks
  • CO5025 Further Programming and Problem Solving
  • CO5027 Website Production and Development

Work Placement

Plus one of:

  • CO5019 Experiential Learning
  • WB5001 Work Based Learning

Year 3 (Level 6)

By the time you reach Year 3 you may have a particular career path in mind. You are ready, therefore, to choose which themes are most relevant to your future needs.

Single Honours

  • CO6009 Dissertation (40 credits)

And two of:

  • CO6002 Modern Database Management Systems
  • CO6021 Advanced Systems Analysis and Design
  • CO6025 Advanced Programming

Plus two of:

  • CO6001 Managing a Computer Based Organisation
  • CO6011 Technology Enhanced Learning
  • CO6023 Network Infrastructure and Management
  • CO6026 Intelligent Technologies
  • CO6027 Managing a Web Based Environment
  • CO6113 Multimedia Games Programming

Assessment employs a combination of assignments, project work and examinations, varying in balance from module to module. In line with the requirements of industry, all of our modules have been designed from the ground up to incorporate assessment of key skills, as well as subject related skills.

You will be equipped with transferable skills which are valued by employers such as:

  • teamwork and leadership;
  • communication;
  • negotiation and persuasion;
  • time management and organisation;
  • report writing;
  • presenting reasoned arguments;
  • retrieval of information;
  • numeracy;
  • coping with rapid technological changes;
  • commercial awareness.

If you are studying this course on a combined basis you should look at options with both subjects.

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UCAS points: 280 UCAS points from GCE A Levels or equivalent. Typical offer - BCC/BBC. GCSE Maths grade C or above is also required.

BTEC Extended Diploma - DMM

BTEC Diploma -D*D*

Irish/Scottish Highers: B in 4 subjects
International Baccalaureate: 26 points
Access Access to HE Diploma, to include 45 credits at level 3, 30 of which must be at Merit

OCR National Extended Diploma: Merit 2

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma - DMM

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma - D*D*

Extra Information:

Please note that we accept a maximum of 20 UCAS points from GCE AS Levels and that the Welsh Baccalaureate (core) and A Level General Studies will be recognised in our offer. We will also consider a combination of A Levels and BTECs/OCRs

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Arran Collier

Teaching groups were a perfect size and a variety of technologies were used in class to demonstrate the topics being taught."

Computer Science StudentArran Collier