Computer Science with Multimedia BSc (Hons)

Course overview

Entry requirements

  • A level entry
    ABB – BBB
  • BTEC
    Extended Diploma: DDM. For more information please see below.
  • International Baccalaureate diploma
    31 points and above, with 5, 5, 5 in Higher Level subjects
  • GCSE
    Maths and English Grade C/4 and above
More information
Apply via UCAS

Key dates

  • Application Deadline
    Tuesday 15th January 2019
  • Application deadline
    15th January
  • Start date
    September

Computer Science at Aston is ranked 4th out of 107 institutions for Graduate Prospects (Complete University Guide 2018)

Accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS)

Opportunity to undertake a placement year

Gain specialist knowledge required to start a successful career in computer science and multimedia

Course summary

This programme will prepare you for a range of career opportunities including website design and development, multimedia information editing and management, e-commerce, media production and more. 

Entry requirements & fees

3 years full-time / 4 years full-time with integrated placement year

 

UCAS Code: G450

 

Please note:

 

GCSE: Maths and English Grade C/4 and above.

 

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and the whole application is reviewed which includes previous and predicted qualifications, any experience, references and motivation.

 

Whilst the grades listed here are our entry requirements, we understand that predicted grades are only an estimate. We will therefore consider applicants with predicted grades of CCC if the application is of a high standard which includes a strong personal statement and academic reference. However, any offer made will not be lower than stated below.

 


More on Admissions Policy

 

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification. Find out more about our English language requirements. For more information about qualifications view our Aston in your country webpage.

Applicants receiving offers are invited to an Applicant Visit Day.

 

Tuition fees:

 

£9,250 (£1,250 during placement year) for UK/EU students (2019/20)                             
£16,350 for Outside EU students (2019/20)
Placement Year: £2,500 for International Students

 

More on fees

 

Typical offer level:

 

A level: ABB-BBB

 

BTEC 

 

  • Extended Diploma and National Extended Diploma (any subject): DDM

  • National Diploma and Diploma (Any subject): DD plus 1 A-Level at grade B or above

  • Foundation or 90 credits Diploma (Any subject): DD plus 2 A-level grade B or above

  • National Extended Certificate or Subsidiary Diploma (Any subject): D plus 2 A-level Grade B or above

 

International Baccalaureate: 31 overall points with 5, 5, 5 in Higher Level subjects

 

Access to Higher Education: Subject related Access with at least 30 Distinctions and 15 Merits at level 3

 

Non-standard qualifications

 

Degree: 

 

Year 1 entry: We may consider applicants for year 1 entry who are undertaking a 1st year degree elsewhere. You must meet the GCSEs and A level (or equivalent) requirements as listed. In order to be considered you will need to submit a UCAS application as we do not accept direct applications and this must include an academic reference.

 

Year 2 entry: Please note that second year transfers are not part of the standard admissions process and is up to the discretion of the admissions team and tutor. Applications are only considered if there is space on that year of the programme. Typically, applicants for second year entry must meet the GCSEs and A level (or equivalent) requirements as listed. Alongside this you must have gained (or be expected to gain) 65% overall and 120 credits  on an equivalent programme at another recognised university. The equivalency of the programme is reviewed by the Admissions Tutor and you will be required to provide an official copy of the programme specification of this. In order to be considered you will need to submit a UCAS application as we do not accept direct applications and this must include an academic reference.

 

Year 3: We will not be able to consider any application for Year 3 

 

The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications.

 

Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable.

 

For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor.

 

Contact

 

EAS Undergraduate Admissions Office
+44 (0)121 204 3400
engineering@aston.ac.uk

Course outline

Media and multimedia technologies have become essential to so many aspects of modern life. Technologies become more sophisticated and the boundaries overlap, blur and disappear. New and exciting ways will be used for communication.

The techniques of a fast growing and highly competitive multimedia industry include website development, still and moving images, audio production, 2-D and 3-D computer animation. Our Computer Science with Multimedia programme is designed to give you insight into the secrets of multimedia technology and the skills that will enable you to develop new and creative ways of using multimedia.

Aston University's Computing Science degrees are accredited for Chartered IT Professional (CITP), the British Computer Society's Chartered qualification. This gives students the right to join the BCS - the principal organisation for IT professionals in the UK - when they graduate.  Accreditation shows that the BCS consider the courses are up to date, are based on benchmarks, and assessed appropriately.

Subject guide and modules

Multimedia is about conveying information as effectively as possible through the integrated use of different media. BSc (Hons) Computer Science with Multimedia at Aston combines the principles of computing with the tools and skills necessary for working with multimedia. The link between multimedia and computier science is emphasised and illustrated throughout the programme.

  • You will learn new and interesting ways to combine text, still and moving images, sound and computer animation into software applications and make them accessible through the Internet, CD, DVD and broadcast media.
  • You will also acquire knowledge and understanding of the scientific principles that underpin the presentation, representation and communication of information in its various forms for multimedia systems.
  • You will learn new approaches to integrating computing into the environment, enabling people to interact with computers more naturally than ever before, for example when on the move.
  • The BSc (Hons) Computer Science with Multimedia programme incorporates a significant amount of practical and project work. This provides great opportunities for putting the taught ideas into practice and leads to a deeper understanding of the subject.
  • As a graduate in BSc (Hons) Computer Science with Multimedia, you will be ready for a rewarding career as a technical professional. You will be adaptable to a wide range of opportunities in the design and application of information communication systems based on multimedia, Internet and computer software technologies.

Year 1

  • Information Systems and Databases
  • Computational Reasoning and Communication 
  • Introduction to Computer Systems
  • Internet Computing 
  • Mathematics for Computing Professionals 
  • Java Programming Foundations (CS) 
  • Java Program Development
  • Computer Systems Organisation

Year 2

  • Team Project (CS) 
  • Software Engineering 
  • Multimedia Software and Applications 
  • Computer Graphics
  • Professional and Social Aspects of Computing 
  • Human-Computer Interaction 
  • Data Structures and Algorithms with Java 
  • Introduction to Artificial Intelligence 
  • Internet Applications and Techniques  

Year 3 - Optional placement year

  • EAS Study Placement Year 
  • EAS Industrial Placement Year 
  • EAS Study/Work Placement Year 

Final Year

Core modules:

  • Computer Animation 
  • Individual Project
  • Information Security 
  • Multimedia Information Retrieval 
  • Image and Video Processing 
  • Interaction Design
  • Game Development 

Optional modules:

  • Operating Systems 
  • Mobile Design and Development 
  • Enterprise Application Technology 
  • Geographic Information Systems 
  • Testing and Reliable Software Engineering
  • Multi Agent Systems 
  • Software Project Management 
  • Data Mining 
  • Enterprise Computing Strategies 
  • Advanced Database Systems 
  • Computational Intelligence 
Learning, teaching & assessment

You will benefit from our range of teaching methods and learning styles including: lectures, seminars and small group discussions, lab exercises and practical classes, computer-aided learning, individual and group projects.

Assessment is by a combination of written exams, projects and coursework. The proportion of each varies according to the modules chosen but examinations typically comprise around 75% and continuous assessment around 25%. 

 

Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by the British Computer Society:  BCS: The Chartered Institute for IT for the purposes of Chartered IT Professional (CITP) qualification.

Placement year

The multimedia industry needs students and Graduates who can rise to the technological challenges it faces. Our 4-year sandwich programme incorporates twelve months of paid professional experience. Your placement will give you practical experience in a real work environment and is an excellent way to improve your CV.

Well-paid placements for sandwich students are available each year with companies large and small, local and nationwide. Computer Science at Aston has maintained strong links with industry for many years and our students have a good reputation with placement employers. Our experienced staff will help you find a suitable placement and support you during your placement year. Our current and recent placement employers include companies in the UK and abroad such as: BNFL, ConocoPhillips, GSK, Kraft, Alfa Laval, Thames Water, AMEC and 3M.

Further information can be found here.

Find out more about placement years at Aston.

Career prospects

BSc (Hons) Computer Science with Multimedia has numerous application areas, including entertainment, education, commerce, engineering, medicine and scientific research. Multimedia is a fast growing field and experts in it are in high demand. There is a need for people with the right technical and software development skills to work hand in hand with creative designers to deliver high quality multimedia productions. Career opportunities exist in areas such as website design and development, multimedia information editing and management, the Internet and e-commerce. Potential employers include broadcast organisations, media production companies, website designers and indeed any company that maintains a significant web presence.

Facilities and equipment

Amongst the most advanced in British Higher Education, Aston University recently invested £4m in a major upgrade of its campus IT network. The facilities specifically provided for our computing students include a 100-seat PC teaching lab with AV projection facilities and three other labs containing Pentium PCs and multimedia capable iMacs. Additional labs provide high performance workstations reserved for project work and specialist teaching.

Our Programming Support Office is available to help you with computer programming modules.

All our computers are connected by means of an ethernet network, which in turn interconnects with the rest of the University and provides direct connections to the internet. Some of our dedicated computing laboratories are open to our students 24 hours a day.

Contact Us

EAS Undergraduate Admissions Office

+44 (0)121 204 3400

ugadmissions@aston.ac.uk

How would you describe the teaching and student support at Aston?

The teaching is excellent and the support from teachers can get you through any troubling situations.

David Mycroft

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