Computing at Brighton

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Got questions before you start at Brighton?

We’ve put together some of the most frequently asked questions from our recent Computing, Engineering and Mathematics online Q&A.

Computing questions

Is there a specific programming language that would be worth sinking time into learning over the summer before starting the Computer Science BSc(Hons)?

Java is one of the main languages used for programming in the first year so anyone starting could look into that over the summer. C#, CSS and HTML would also be useful to know a bit about.

Which programming languages should future students learn for Business Computing and Cyber Security?

C# is the programming language for Business Computing.

Is it possible to switch to a different computer science course during the first year?

Yes, it’s possible, depending on the course you’re doing and if the modules you’re studying are related.

I’m looking to study computer science in 2021, can you give me some more detail about work placements on the course?

The work placement is one year within a company, after your second year. There are lots of job opportunities. Brighton has a lot of tech companies near-by, as well as London being only an hour by train. IBM, McClaren, EA are some of the company’s students have been on placement with.

Would it be wise to purchase a laptop?

There are computers you can use at university, in the labs and in the library so it’s ok to not have a laptop. It’s useful to have one, but not something you absolutely need.

How many modules are there in the first year of Computer Science with AI?

The first year of the course has six modules: two are a semester-long, and you work on four of them over the year.

How much of the software engineering course would be course work and how much is based on exams?

It’s roughly a 50-50 split. Some modules are assessed based on coursework, some are assessed on exams and coursework and some just exams.


General questions

What are Brighton’s plans for the near future? Will we start in September regardless, doing our work over video chats/the internet? Or will start dates be pushed back?

We’re open for applications for September 2020. We hope to start the autumn term as planned, but will follow government and PHE guidance. We have a dedicated Covid-19 planning team who are monitoring the national situation and contingency planning to ensure that students continue to enjoy quality teaching and learning. We understand this is an unusual time for everyone. For further information please refer to our website FAQs here:

Does that mean we may have to stay living at home?

We are planning for the accommodation to start as normal, but it’s a little unknown. I would suggested you still put your application for accommodation in so you are in the system and we can keep you updated.

If you would normally need accommodation in Brighton then please ensure you apply for it by the deadline of 30 June.

How do I go about having support in university as I currently have a Disabled Students Allowance (DSA), and have a Needs Assessment Report (NAR)?

The important thing to remember is that we are here to support you. Our disability team will be able to help you through the process. What they will need is the correct evidence of either a medical certificate or educational report about what your disability it so they can ensure you have the right help and support in place.

You can find out more on our website here, too:

Is it possible to get any other scholarships and financial help except student finance for international students?

If you are an international fee paying student (so non-EU) you can apply for a £2500 international scholarship on our website:

You may wish to check this out about your fees:

How does the student fees for the year work? And how do I go about paying my tuition so I have to pay it in full or have all the money for the first year of the course before I start the course?

As an international student, you need to pay your deposit prior to starting to secure your CAS for the Tier 4 visa (if you need one). And then you can either pay for the full year or arrange with the fees team to pay it in instalments throughout the year. More information can be found here:

Or, if you are self-funding then you would arrange the payment details when you enrol in September. They you can pay in full or pay the first-year fees over six months starting in November. If you are an international student then your deposit will be taken off your total fees.

Stephanie Thomson • May 14, 2020

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