BSc Computer Science with Digital Technology Partnership - Degree Apprenticeship with Vodafone

Start date
September. Deferred entry is not accepted.
Duration
4 years
UCAS code
G403
Course Type
Undergraduate, Single Honours
Fees

N/A. No tuition fees are payable.

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Our unique BSc Computer Science with Digital Partnership Degree Apprenticeship with Vodafone will enable you to gain valuable work experience with a global technology company alongside learning the fundamentals of computer science, preparing you for a successful career once you graduate.

Our programme is one of a kind and allows you to both study and work at the same time, spending your first and second year at University, whilst undertaking placements with Vodafone outside of term-time. Your whole third year will be spent working for the company, before returning to University for your fourth year.  All your tuition fees are fully funded by Vodafone and you will also receive a competitive salary throughout your four years on the course. Upon graduation you will be offered a job by Vodafone providing you meet their performance criteria.

The transition to University level learning can be difficult and that is why in your first year we ensure you study the key components of computer science to ensure you have a firm foundation in the principles of algorithms, AI, software engineering and relevant maths. You will also learn Java and functional programming alongside business-related subjects to compliment your placements. During your summer vacation, you will spend 10 weeks at Vodafone, placed with our Technology and Digital teams. 

During your second year your programming repertoire will be broadened by exposure to the C programming language and you will be taught professional software engineering techniques and apply them to develop a large team project in Java such as a multiplayer networked game.

Your third year will be spent in industry working for Vodafone. During your industry experience placements, you will play an active and valued role within Vodafone’s Technology and Digital team. You will be equipped with the opportunity to apply your learning in a challenging but fully supported environment, challenging not only yourself, but challenging innovation and transformation at the heart of Vodafone. Alongside developing your technical skills through your placements with Vodafone, you will develop an agile way of working, plus advance your interpersonal skills, to mature not only what you do, but how you do it. 

Your fourth year enables you to tailor your degree to suit your interests and strengths with a wide range of modules to choose from and an individual project, this includes writing a large piece of software or doing a major piece of research, and brings together all of the computer science skills you have acquired.

Applicants who meet the academic requirements for Computer Science degrees who are not offered an apprenticeship position will be made an offer of a place for our G400 BSc Computer Science programme

Why study BSc Computer Science with Digital Technology Partnership - Degree Apprenticeship with Vodafone at Birmingham?

  • Friendly and sociable department, where staff and students harness great relationships
  • Flexible module choices throughout your degree allow you to tailor your education to suit your interests and strengths
  • State-of-the-art facilities which include: research labs for Medical Imaging, Intelligent Robotics, HCI and security; Computer Science reference library; Robotics teaching labs and exclusive computing labs just computer science students
  • Gain valuable work experience with placements outside of term time and your third year spent working at Vodafone
  • Earn a salary while you learn and have your tuition fees fully paid for by Vodafone

Modules

Year 1

In your first year you gain a firm foundation in programming, plus the principles of data structures and algorithms; artificial intelligence; and relevant logic and mathematics. Our main teaching language is Java, a language widely used in enterprise systems, but you will also learn functional programming, which is a style of programming with a deep connection to logic. You will also spend a third of your time on business-related subjects.

During your summer vacation, you will spend 10 weeks at Vodafone, placed with our Technology and Digital teams.  Your role will enable you to put in to practise your learnings from Year 1, plus gain additional experience and learning on-the-job, working alongside Vodafone’s top professionals. 

Core modules

  • Mathematical Foundations of Computer Science - 20 credits
  • Artificial Intelligence 1 - 20 credits
  • Logic and Computation - 20 credits
  • Data Structures and Algorithms - 20 credits
  • Object Oriented Programming - 20 credits
  • Full Stack Application Development - 20 credits

Year 2

In your second year you move on to study enabling technologies and their application. You will learn about a wide range of subjects from the mathematics for modelling and decision making which underpins much of modern machine learning, to systems-level programming, networks, and cyber security. Your programming repertoire will be broadened by exposure to the C programming language plus further functional programming. You will also be taught professional software engineering techniques and apply them to develop a large team project in Java such as a multiplayer networked game.

Core modules

  • Software Engineering and Professional Practice - 20 credits
  • Systems Programming in C/C++ - 20 credits
  • Functional Programming - 20 credits
  • Security and Networks - 20 credits
  • Team Project - 20 credits
  • Artificial Intelligence 2 - 20 credits

Year 3 (at Vodafone)

In your third year you will undertake a full year in industry with Vodafone.

Year 4

In your final year you have freedom of choice to specialise in particular areas of computer science. The choice available covers computer graphics, computer security and verification, theoretical computer science, human-computer interaction, artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotics, computer vision, and teaching computer science. You also spend one-third of your time on a final degree project. This includes writing a large piece of software or doing a major piece of research, and brings together all of the computer science skills you have acquired.

Core modules

  • Computer Science Project - 40 credits

Optional modules

You are able to choose from a range of optional 20 credit modules, depending on your area of interest, examples listed below. Please note there will be a compulsory Business School module in the final year - details to be confirmed.

  • Computer Graphics - 20 credits
  • Security of Real-World Systems - 20 credits
  • Theoretical Foundations for Security - 20 credits
  • Human-Computer Interaction - 20 credits
  • Complex Adaptive Systems - 20 credits
  • Programming Language Principles, Design and Implementation - 20 credits
  • Advanced Networking - 20 credits
  • Machine Learning and Intelligent Data Analysis - 20 credits
  • Intelligent Robotics - 20 credits
  • Computer-Aided Verification - 20 credits
  • Computer Vision and Imaging - 20 credits
  • Language and Cognition - 20 credits
  • Individual Study - 20 credits

Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. Unless indicated otherwise, the modules listed for this programme are for students starting in 2020. On rare occasions, we may need to make unexpected changes to core modules; in this event we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.

Fees

Applicants admitted to this programme will be simultaneously employed as apprentices by Vodafone. No fees are payable.

Applicants not selected for an apprenticeship position but who meet the academic requirements for our standard BSc Computer Science programme (G400) will be offered a place for G400. Standard fees will be payable.

How To Apply

Apply through the UCAS website using code G403.

You will also be required to complete a supplementary application form which will be sent to those applicants who meet our academic requirements. Suitable applicants will also be invited to an assessment day, which gives you the opportunity to find out more about the programme and the placements with Vodafone. You will also get the chance to tour our campus, meet our students, academic staff and colleagues from Vodafone.

The assessment days will be jointly delivered by Vodafone and Birmingham and take place between October – March at the University of Birmingham. You will receive the offer via UCAS.

Please note deferred entry is not accepted.

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Standard offer

International Requirements



Number of A levels required:
3
Typical offer:
AAA
Required subjects and grades:
Grade A in A Level Mathematics. If you are taking any reformed science A levels, which include Biology, Chemistry and Physics taught from 2015, you must pass the practical element.

General Studies or Critical Thinking are not accepted.
Deferred entry is not accepted.

International Baccalaureate Diploma: 

6, 6, 6 required at Higher Level (including 6 in Mathematics), with a minimum of 32 points overall. We also require 5 in Standard Level English. 

BTEC 

BTEC Extended Diploma/Diploma qualifications will only be considered if accompanied by A Level Mathematics
Grades: D*D* plus A Level Maths at grade A.

BTEC Subsidiary Diploma will be considered in combination with Grades AA in two A levels including Mathematics.
Grades: D* plus Grade A in A Level Mathematics and Grade in another acceptable A Level.

 Typical offer grades are for guidance only, other qualifications are considered – learn more about entry requirements.

Supplementary Application Form and Assessment Centre

You will also be required to complete a supplementary application form which will be sent to those applicants who meet our academic requirements. Suitable applicants will also be invited to an assessment day, which gives you the opportunity to find out more about the programme and the placements with Vodafone. You will also get the chance to tour our campus, meet our students, academic staff and colleagues from Vodafone.

The assessment days will be jointly delivered by Vodafone and Birmingham and take place between October – March at the University of Birmingham. Applicants must successfully pass the day before an offer can be made. You will receive the offer via UCAS.

International Students

This programme is only available to EEA nationals due to funding regulations. Non-EEA nationals may apply for any of our other Computer Science programmes.

...to finally get it working is the best feeling in the world.

You will benefit greatly from an overhauled and re-designed curriculum in order to give you the chance to really dig deeper into your subjects of interest

How you will learn

You will be taught using a combination of lectures, labs and tutorials with lecturers available to provide additional help throughout your degree.

How you will be assessed

Each module is assessed independently with all containing some components of continuous assessment. Some modules are completely assessed by coursework. Assessment methods include end-of-year examinations in May and June, written assignments, oral and poster presentations, computer-based tests, marked exercises, and laboratory and project reports. Feedback is an essential part of learning and the way we help to shape your success.

We use a wide range of methods, such as written feedback on your assessments, class feedback sessions and discussions with your tutor.

Your personal tutor

We know that starting university can be daunting, and is a big step into a new way of living and learning, that’s why from the beginning of your time with us you will be assigned a Personal Tutor who will remain with you throughout your studies and support your academic progress, developing your transferable skills and any welfare issues.

Seminars and tutorials

Small-group tutorials/personal tutorials run alongside our lectures, addressing any individual problems you may have and allowing you to consolidate and discuss lecture material with your tutor and fellow students. 

Self-study is an essential part of the programme and requires self motivation and enthusiasm for your subject. It also allows you to pursue your own lines of enquiry and become an independent thinker.

Lecturers and world-leading researchers

Being taught and challenged in a range of ways and by a range of people helps to not only broaden your knowledge but to allow you to build your network and discover your interests. Allowing you to meet and learn from different leaders in their fields is key to the course, that’s why during your studies you will be taught by a mixture of professors, doctors and postgraduates, offering you a rich diversity of academic knowledge and experience.

Resources and facilities

We know that life as a student can be busy and that juggling work and a social life can be hard. That’s why our purpose built multi-million-pound building offers 24-hour swipe access for all our students to access our state-of-the-art facilities whenever they need to.

We encourage group work and face-to-face interaction with your fellow students and academics, that’s why there are plenty of student areas in the building and collaborative student and staff spaces.

Contact Hours

Depending on the programme, the modules you select, and the number of optional help sessions you choose to take part in, each week you will have between:

Year 1: 15 and 25 hours of lectures, labs and tutorials, with lecturers available to provide additional help outside those hours. During your first year it is important that you have a smooth transition into University. You will be able to talk to your tutors about this and discuss if there are particular areas where you need support.
Year 2: 13 and 22 hours of lectures, labs and tutorials, with lecturers available to provide additional help outside thos hours.
Year 3: 9 and 20 hours of lectures, labs and tutorials, with lecturers available to provide additional help outside those hours.
Year 4 - MEng programmes only: 7 and 18 hours of lectures, labs and tutorials, with lecturers available to provide additional help outside those hours.

Please note the above data is based on the most common module selections for the each year group and does not include hours for self-study. This data does not include modules taken during a Study Abroad.

Vodafone will offer you a graduate job at the end of the degree programme providing you meet their performance criteria.

Industry Experience Placements

During your industry experience placements, you will play an active and valued role within Vodafone’s Technology and Digital team. You will be equipped with the opportunity to apply your learning in a challenging but fully supported environment, challenging not only yourself, but challenging innovation and transformation at the heart of Vodafone.

You will be fully supported when on placement with Vodafone, you will have a dedicated people manager, and mentor, plus further development, and will still be able to access all of the University support systems too.

Alongside developing your technical skills through your placements with Vodafone, you will develop an agile way of working, plus advance your interpersonal skills, to really mature not only what you do, but how you do it.  Become a key contributor and influencer to Vodafone’s Digital Transformational journey.