City College Plymouth

BSc (Hons) Applied Computer Science

We are a College with a national reputation for promoting enterprise, employability and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Study in a friendly, supportive higher education community with dedicated and enthusiastic lecturers delivering courses designed with employers, ensuring that you graduate with industry-relevant skills and knowledge. In 2017, the College was awarded the Teaching Excellence Framework Gold Award for our university-level provision.

Course details

  • Course overview
  • Core modules
    • CITY3111 Individual Project

      The individual project gives students an opportunity to tackle a major applied computing related problem in an approved industrial related topic. Statistical methods applicable to the project will be included at the start of the course of study as well as the ethics involved. Students are expected to spend a minimum of 400 hours of time on their individual project. In addition, regular meetings with an allocated project supervisor will be scheduled for the duration of the individual project.

    • CITY3112 High-Performance Computing

      High Performance computing is prevalent in all sectors (academia, government and industry) in today¿s world of computerisation. Some examples are weather simulation, prediction, and that of the development of sensitive instrumentation systems. This module will provide a grounding in this subject area and an insight into its applications.

    • CITY3113 Project Management

      This module will build understanding of the key themes in project management and the generic methodologies, tools and techniques used in professional practice. Further, it will deliver practical knowledge through professional theory, example and practice of project design, control and change techniques, culminating in a ¿Dragon¿s Den¿ style practical presentation to an Industry panel.

    • CITY3114 Machine Learning and AI

      Modern Society is data-rich and there is a need to make sense of datasets of increasing complexity and size, from a broad spectrum of application areas in industry, healthcare, and academia. This module will introduce both supervised and unsupervised machine learning principles and practical methods for learning from real data. There is scope for applied project work with industry who can provide datasets for students.

    Optional modules
    • CITY3115 Bio-Inspired Computing

      Bio-inspired computational algorithms are increasingly used to solve a variety of problems and in particular they may be applied to scenarios where pattern recognition and intelligence are required. The algorithms themselves have been created from observing biological mechanisms in nature. There is scope for project work with industry and government organisations who can provide annotated datasets for students

    • CITY3116 Advanced Computer Forensics and Security

      Using Open Web Application Security Protocol (OWASP) Top Ten benchmarks, students investigate Cyber Physical Systems and applications in instrumentation and critical infrastructure networks. By their very nature such systems require a different security posture. Students are introduced to the ensuing Security and forensic challenges through theoretical and practical experimentation using raspberry pi and data science mitigation implementations.

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Fees, costs and funding

EU applicants should refer to our dedicated Brexit webpage for details of the implications of the UK’s plans to leave the European Union.

As this course is delivered by one of our partner colleges, please contact the college directly for information on fees and funding.

How to apply

All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). 

UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code. 

To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email

Our partnership with City College Plymouth

The University of Plymouth has developed partnerships with institutions around the world with the sole purpose of making higher education more accessible to those people who need something just a little different.

Our Academic Partnerships enable students to enrol for a degree at a partnership institution closer to home, or engage in distance learning – even when they’re in the middle of the ocean. They are there for those people looking to return to education, or enhance their professional development. Full- or part-time; foundation degree to masters-level – we cater for a huge variety of needs and aspirations.

Many of our partners offer specialist degrees, unique facilities, and smaller class sizes at a competitive price. And as a student of two institutions, you get the best of both worlds; a supportive learning environment as part of a close-knit community, and a university-level qualification awarded by the University of Plymouth. You’ll enjoy not only the facilities and services your partnership institution provides, but also all of the additional support and resources you need from us, and you’ll automatically become a member of our Students’ Union, too.

We are continuing to grow the number of partner institutions and expand our academic community to new locations around the UK and overseas. Why not visit the Academic Partnerships page on our website for a full list of partners and for more details on studying with us?

One of our partners delivers this particular course – so please visit their website for full course details, entry requirements, tuition fees and information on what student life is like there. 

Open days

Partner college open days

This course is run at one of our partner colleges. Open days are held at the college and more details of these can be found on the college website. You'll find contact details below, on this page.

University of Plymouth open days

You are also very welcome to attend a University of Plymouth open day, to get a flavour of the courses you can progress to from a partner college. There will however be limited information on this specific course and college.

Studying with City College Plymouth

Just one-and-a-half miles from the University of Plymouth, we’re one of the largest colleges in the South West, with two main sites linked by shuttle buses, with a dynamic Students’ Union and Student Liaison Team.

Find out more about studying at City College Plymouth