What are the entry requirements for the BSc?
The normal entry requirement for the BSc Computing courses is a total of 300 UCAS tariff points (to include BCC at 'A' level). For the BSc Financial Engineering course, you will require a minimum of 320 UCAS tariff points including grades BB at 'A' level and a minimum grade B in 'A' level Mathematics.
What if I don't get the grades?
Don't despair! If you fall short of the conditions for entry then you may still be accepted on the course subject to availability of places or may be offered a change of course. The best thing to do is contact the Faculty of Computing and Engineering Admissions Office immediately and supply them with a copy of your results. In addition 'Advice Days' are organized after the results are available at which you can discuss options with an Admissions Tutor.
Do I need to own a PC?
It is not essential for you to own your own computer - a wide range of computing facilities are provided by the Faculty in dedicated PC laboratories and by the University itself in a number of 'open access' laboratories. However, having your own PC provides you with the opportunity to work from home (e.g. in the evenings).
What kind of job can I expect to get after graduating?
The BSc degrees prepare students for a range of jobs after graduating, e.g. in technical support, web site development, software development, systems design, programming and network management.
How many hours can I work on a part-time job?
We recognise that many students may need to work to supplement their income / student loan etc. The University recommends a maximum of 10-12 hours per week. However, you will need to ensure that any part-time work does not interfere with your study and that all assignments associated with your course are completed on time.
How many days per week must I attend?
You will typically have classes timetabled for each day of the week (Monday to Friday). This will be a mixture of lectures and laboratory sessions. There will probably be a significant amount of 'free' time in your timetable - you are expected to use this time for independent study, e.g. to go over lecture notes, prepare for laboratory classes or do some background reading.
What does Coleraine (campus) have to offer? What's the social life like at Coleraine?
The Coleraine campus is sited to the north of Coleraine overlooking the river Bann on over 300 acres of land, some of which is beautifully landscaped in gardens, while other parts are used for sports fields etc. There are excellent up-to-date, custom-built facilities for teaching, learning and research. This is supported by extensive residential, catering, sporting and cultural facilities, including the Riverside Theatre, the third-largest professional built theatre in N. Ireland. Coleraine itself is situated near the north coast of Northern Ireland close to Portstewart and Portrush with the three towns making up what is know as the 'Triangle Area'. A wide range of clubs and societies are organised within the university (primarily by the Students' Union) and new members are always welcome. In addition, a number of local 'night spots' around the Portstewart / Portrush area are regularly frequented by students (study permitting!).
How much will I need to spend on books?
Many of the modules you will study may require the purchase of a (required) textbook. There would be some copies of these books (on short loan) in the library together with other books from the recommended reading list. However, if a book is required reading for a module it is advisable to have your own copy. In addition, a significant amount of the support material in lectures is provided on module websites and can be downloaded for viewing / printing. Module textbooks typically cost £30-£40 and you will study three modules per semester. (Second hand copies of textbooks are sometimes available from previous students).
What topics will I be studying?
You will study a wide range of computing topics throughout the duration of your degree. Details of the various modules on our undergraduate courses can be found here.
How up-to-date are the Computing courses offered at Coleraine?
All the courses offered are modern and up-to-date. They were completely revised in 2007 and are reviewed annually to ensure that recent computing developments are reflected in the modules of study. For example, due to the huge growth in the computer games market a computer games course was recently introduced to teach students the software technologies and techniques required in games development. In addition, the BSc (Hons) courses are accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS) and successful graduates thus gain exemption from some of the BCS professional examinations (should you wish to join this orgainisation).
What accommodation is offered to first years on the Coleraine campus?
Students who make the University of Ulster their CF choice through UCAS are guaranteed an offer of a room in Halls of Residences if they complete and return the application form by the appropriate date. Full details can be found at: http://www.ulster.ac.uk/accommodation/ccampus.html
Will the University guarantee me a placement?
The University cannot guarantee a placement. However, the faculty does provide help for students in finding a placement job. In particular, a placement portal is provided where potential employers can view student CVs and similarly students can view jobs which have been posted by employers. Students are expected to actively engage in the placement process.
Will I learn to program? What languages are used?
What computing facilities are available?
The faculty provides a number of PC laboratories which are used primarily for timetabled classes associated with modules of study. Students can also use these labs when they are free during the day and during most evenings. In addition the university provides a number of 'open access' laboratories.
What sporting facilities are provided on the Coleraine campus?
The sport and recreation facilities at Coleraine accommodate a wide range of activities. Full details of facilities, membership charges, opening hours, classes etc. can be found at http://www.ulster.ac.uk/sportscentre/coleraine