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Computing, Networking and Games Technology

Undergraduate Pathway in Computing

Birmingham City University’s School of Computing and Digital Technology has been recognised internationally for its extensive industry partnerships. It is also one of the leading academies for Microsoft and Cisco Systems.

Take part in Innovation Fest: an annual festival attended by employers, designed to foster entrepreneurship and position first-year students as future world-changers.

Access high-end facilities and equipment, including industry-standard software, professional sound studios, and dedicated computer games labs.


  • Two semesters


  • September
  • January

Entry Points

  • Foundation or International Year One

Progression Degrees

BSc (Hons) Business Information Technology

This degree will equip you with the knowledge and skills to bridge the gap between IT and Business and drive digital transformation, innovation and growth. You will develop a strategic mindset to address global challenges, learning how to leverage technology to meet business needs.

Find out more: BSc (Hons) Business Information Technology

BSc (Hons) Computer Networks and Security

This degree delivers the latest in computing, network and security technologies, with the chance for you to gain additional accreditation from the following:

  • Cisco
  • Juniper
  • Huawei
  • Palo Alto
  • The Linux Professional Institute.

Find out more: BSc (Hons) Computer Networks and Security

BSc (Hons) Computer Games Technology

During this degree, you will learn the technical expertise required to develop computer games, focusing on:

  • 2D and 3D graphics rendering
  • Physics
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Human-computer interaction.

BCU’s dedicated lab features high-performance PCs with dual monitors and cutting-edge GPUs, Sony PlayStation, Nintendo Switch and XBox development kits.

Find out more: BSc (Hons) Computer Games Technology

BSc (Hons) Computer Science

You will explore the fundamental concepts of computer science, including:

  • Computer programming
  • Data structures and algorithms
  • Information systems
  • Computer networks
  • Computer architecture.

You will also get creative with technology as part of the annual Innovation Fest – an event attended by industry professionals.

Find out more: BSc (Hons) Computer Science

BSc (Hons) Computing and Information Technology

This multidisciplinary degree will help you develop the strategic mindset to address challenges that global businesses face in maintaining their digital infrastructure. You will have access to virtual learning environments, business intelligence laboratories, and the support of experts in the field.

Find out more: BSc (Hons) Computing and Information Technology

BSc (Hons) Digital Forensics

Digital forensics plays a critical role in the world of modern criminal and corporate investigations. This degree will prepare you for a career in the digital forensics, cyber security, law enforcement and wider corporate sectors. The University’s dedicated Digital Forensics Laboratory hosts industry-standard digital forensics software and tools.

Find out more: BSc (Hons) Digital Forensics

The Student Experience | Computing

Programme Details

Foundation Modules

Interactive Learning Skills and Communication

Throughout this module, you will learn the academic skills needed for success at a UK university, such as:

  • Time management
  • Public speaking techniques
  • Appropriate language styles
  • Professional communication and presentation
  • Researching and referencing techniques.

Business Studies

You will learn to define what a business is and its functions in relation to the different types of business costs. You will also be introduced to marketing, the marketing mix and product life cycle.

ICT Skills

This module will introduce you to the concepts of ICT skills, including applications and reporting mechanisms.

Numerical Techniques 1

This module will introduce you to basic mathematics and mathematical applications – including equations, algebraic problems and trigonometry.

Numerical Techniques 2

This module covers a variety of numerical techniques associated with basic number theory, including:

  • Cartesian coordinates
  • Indices
  • Logarithms
  • Polynomial, quadratic and simultaneous equations
  • Geometric progressions.

Physics 1

This module defines the basic laws of physics. You will learn how to describe the fundamentals of mechanics and thermofluid mechanics.

Design Concepts

This module will introduce you to design, the importance of design and the fundamentals of technical drawing.

Programming Techniques

This module covers the fundamentals of programming, how it is used, and how it contributes to the engineering process and solves engineering problems. You will also learn about the purpose and processes of object-orientated programming, as well as gaining an introductory understanding of Java.

International Year One Modules

You will be studying BCU modules together with direct BCU students. For information on the modules, check the BCU course page for your chosen degree.

In addition to the BCU modules, you will study Interactive Learning Skills and Communication with BCUIC.

Career Prospects

  • Applications Developer
  • Cyber Security Analyst
  • Forensic Computer Analyst
  • Games Designer
  • IT Consultant

Industry-standard Facilities

Birmingham City School of Computing and Digital Technology is based on BCU’s City Centre Campus – in Millennium Point (home to the city’s Thinktank) and the new £70 million STEAMhouse. Take a look at where you will be studying and the facilities available to you.

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