Computer Science with Enterprise BSc, 3-4 years

Start date:

2021

Course information

Typical offer ABB

UCAS code G4E0

Institute code L34

Taught by School of Informatics

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+44 (0)116 252 5281
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The computing industry incorporates many small entrepreneurial businesses as well as large multinationals. This unique course will educate you in computer science, business and entrepreneurship, perfectly equipping you for your career. Enterprise skills will help you solve commercial problems using your computing knowledge.

Course description

Course description

Please note, this course is being advertised subject to approval.

The computing industry is one of the largest employers in the UK: either directly employing computer scientists in direct roles, or indirectly using their skills and knowledge within other job sectors. Many small start-up companies develop new products. And many large companies begin as small ones and the latter are the consequence of the entrepreneurial spirit of individuals or small teams.

This course is unique in that it trains you in both computer science and commercial skills, including some of those skills needed for creating a start-up company. It is often important that a computer scientist understands how to take an idea or product to market. For this you will need to understand how an entrepreneur behaves and the planning required to judge whether a product is suitable for market. You will need to research who your competitors are and whether you need to protect your idea with a patent.

Other essential aspects of the course include how to create a business plan, how to gain finance and how to market your product. You will learn how to start up a venture, how to create a culture within a group and how to be a leader. There will be the opportunity for you to work with businesses, meet entrepreneurs and even start up your own enterprise.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

  • A/AS-levels: ABB. Two AS-levels considered in place of one A-level. General Studies accepted. 
  • EPQ with A-levels: BBB + EPQ at grade B.
  • GCSE: Grade B/5 in Maths.
  • Access to HE Diploma: Pass relevant diploma with a minimum of 45 credits at level 3, 30 of which must be at Distinction. 
  • International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 30. Minimum of 4 in HL Maths, or 5 in SL Maths, or 6 in Maths Studies required if grade B/5 not held at GCSE.
  • BTEC Nationals: Extended Diploma with D*D*D*. BTEC must be in IT, Science or Engineering. You will need to complete an IT-based maths test.

Other national and international qualifications considered. If you do not meet the entry requirements for this course, you can apply for the International Foundation Year – Engineering and Technology run by the Global Study Centre. The GSC provides academic support to help you progress to your chosen undergraduate degree at the University of Leicester

Second year entry may be possible with suitable qualifications.

Selection Process

When considering your application, we will look for evidence that you will be able to fulfil the objectives of the course and achieve the standards required. We will take into account a range of factors including previous exam results.

Applicants are not normally interviewed, but an additional assessment test may be required. If you receive an offer you will be invited to visit the Department of Informatics.

English Language Requirements

IELTS 6.0 or equivalent. If your first language is not English, you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. If you do not yet meet our requirements, our English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) offers a range of courses to help you to improve your English to the necessary standard.

International Qualifications

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Fees and funding

Fees and funding

UK and EU Students

Starting in 2021

Tuition fees for 2021/22 are yet to be confirmed. As an indication of what you might pay, the fees for students who started in 2020/21 were:

  • £9,250 in your first year. Tuition fees are subject to government regulations and may change in future years
  • Year in Industry: your fee will be 15% of the full-time tuition fee that applies in that year

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

International Students

Starting in 2021

Tuition fees for 2021/22 are yet to be confirmed. As an indication of what you might pay, the fees for students who started in 2020/21 were:;

  • £21,515 per year
  • Year in Industry: £3,227.25, which is 15% of the full-time tuition fee

Scholarship

Department of Informatics Scholarships are available to international students. The scholarship is a reduction in your tuition fee and is based solely on your academic achievements and any exam results you get before starting your degree. All international applicants will be automatically considered for these scholarships; there is no application form to fill in. However, you must have applied by 31 August in the year you plan to start at Leicester.

Find out more about scholarships and funding.

Careers and employability

Careers and employability

In this unique course, we recognise that it is important you gain experience and develop your skills alongside your academic work. You’ll work with businesses and learn how to set up your own enterprise.

Many of our modules feature external speakers who are able to give first-hand accounts of how the latest computing innovations are used in industry.

You will work on a project commissioned by a real client and gain an insight into the practices of design, implementation and professional project management. You will be taught how to specify, design and develop software systems, gaining the technical skills and insights that employers value very highly.

Graduate destinations

Graduates from the Department of Informatics have gone on to many different careers, whether working for large companies, such as Accenture, BAE systems, Bloomberg and LogicaCMG, or for small, innovative start-ups. You may go on to apply your knowledge directly as a software engineer or systems analyst – or you may apply your IT skills and problem-solving abilities in a related field such as finance, marketing or general business.

Career Development Service


Get career-ready at Leicester with guidance from our award-winning Career Development Service. We're here to give you a lifetime offer of support, even after graduation. Our team of specialist careers advisers and mentors will help you every step of the way. From supporting you with CVs and interviews, to volunteering opportunities and placements, we're here to help you reach your professional goals.

Related courses

Related courses

Course structure

Year 1

Year 1

Modules

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year 2

Year 2

Core modules

Option modules

Choose one option module from:

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Year in Industry (optional)

Year in Industry (optional)

NB. A year spent on an industrial placement still incurs a tuition fee, but this is much lower than for a normal year at Leicester. See our Fees and Funding section for details.

You will undertake a programme of training and practical experience that is agreed between the sponsoring company and the University. A member of staff will be individually assigned to you as your industrial placement tutor, who will be in regular contact with you throughout your placement and will visit the sponsoring company.

A year in industry is a great opportunity which can give you first-hand experience of working in a computer science-related career while also enhancing your employability skills and allowing you to network with people in industry.

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Final Year

Final Year

Your final year is an opportunity to specialise in the areas of computing that interest you. The third year project is a chance to follow your own interests in depth, with one-to-one supervision.

Core modules

Option modules

Choose two option modules from:

You must choose at least one of the modules marked *.

Then choose one option module from:

Plus your Entrepreneurial Project

Modules shown represent choices available to current students. The range of modules available and the content of any individual module may change in future years.

Why Leicester?

Job prospects are excellent: 97% of our informatics students are employed (or studying for a Masters degree) six months after graduating. (DLHE)

Our School operates an Open Door policy, meaning you can access support when you need it.

In your second-year group project you will get the experience of working in a software development team and delivering a solution to a real client.

You will have 24-hour access to general-purpose labs, containing fully-networked Windows/Linux dual-boot PCs, and wireless access for laptops.

Computer Science at Leicester

Hawwa particularly liked that her course was hands-on and practical rather than just theory-based.

Teaching and learning

Teaching includes lectures and lab classes together with tutorials and small group student support hours. Lectures include innovative software demonstrations and videos as well as more traditional slide presentations alongside worked examples.

State-of-the-art web-based materials, automated feedback and marking systems, on-line tests and electronic coursework submission all provide an excellent modern learning environment. Apart from project work, which is assessed by coursework only, most modules are assessed partly by coursework and partly by exam.

You will be assigned your own personal tutor who can provide advice about not just academic matters but also welfare concerns and careers development. You can see your personal tutor at any time by appointment or during office hours.

Independent learning

When not attending lectures, seminars or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for exams. To help with your independent learning, you can access the Library and our social study spaces in halls of residence.

Your contact hours will depend on the option modules you select. You can see details of the contact hours on individual module pages.

Academic support

Our Student Learning Development Team provides help in the following areas:

  • study and exam skills
  • academic writing
  • presentations
  • dissertations
  • numerical data skills
  • referencing sources

Our AccessAbility Centre offers support and practical help for students with dyslexia or other specific learning difficulties, including physical, mental health or mobility difficulties, deafness, or visual impairment.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. PhD research students who have undertaken teacher training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is informed by the research we do. You can learn more about our staff by visiting our staff profiles.

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