BSc (Hons) Applied Computer Science

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Learn to design and build computer systems and explore computing technology at ARU Peterborough, in a globally recognised ‘smart city’ with a gigabit network.

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Computing can be amazingly diverse, encompassing computer design, graphics, artificial intelligence, gaming, software engineering, programming, and applications development. Our BSc (Hons) Applied Computer Science degree is designed to offer you a wide choice of career options when you graduate.

Based in our brand new campus at ARU Peterborough, you'll have the latest digital technology at your fingertips, and collaborate with other students on innovative computing projects.

As you study, you can choose to focus on the core elements of computer science, or to specialise in areas such as software development, mobile applications, computer security, cloud computing, network administration and technical support.

Employability is integrated into the curriculum throughout the course, with real-life case studies ('live briefs') being included at each level of the course. This gives you enhanced opportunities to experience real-world professional training as part of your academic course.

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Be the first

Be one of the first students at ARU Peterborough, a brand-new university with a focus on your employability. We’ve developed our courses in collaboration with regional businesses – so you can be sure you’ll graduate with the skills employers need.

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Industry-standard facilities

As part of your Applied Computer Science degree at ARU Peterborough, you’ll have access to top-of-the-range equipment including:

  • Microsoft Imagine Premium’s professional developer and designer tools
  • VMWare IT Academy’s virtualisation software and tools
  • mobile devices for testing and developing mobile applications.

Outstanding student support

Join our student community and:

  • learn from experienced tutors, who'll provide encouragement and feedback
  • benefit from a Personal Development Tutor from day one, who's there to support you throughout your time at university
  • access support, should you need it, with study skills, careers advice, health and wellbeing, and more.


Computing forms the backbone of almost every organisation, and computer science graduates can expect an average salary of £25,000 (Save the Student, 2020).

When you graduate from our BSc (Hons) Applied Computer Science course, you’ll have skills that are in demand in a huge range of industries. You could work in areas such as telecommunications, aerospace, security, financial services, marketing, public service, the creative industries, and teaching.

By choosing particular modules you’ll be able to apply for Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) status after you graduate – a valuable addition to your CV.

Whichever path you choose, you can be sure you're graduating with the skills that industry needs. We work with employers and they help us review what we teach and how we teach it – they can offer hands-on, practical opportunities to learn such as work-based projects.

Our free Employability Service will help you take practical steps to follow your chosen career path, secure jobs and work experience, or even start your own business.

Graduation doesn’t need to be the end of your time with us. You might choose to stay at ARU and study for a Masters degree, such as our MSc Computer Science in Cambridge.

Graduate Capitals

To help you stand out when competing for a job after you graduate, we've developed the ARU Graduate Capitals. This is a set of six attributes, valued by employers and industry, that we integrate into our courses and help you develop, so you’ll have life-long career-skills.

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Do you have a question that we haven't answered so far? Talk to our application experts. You can also ask our Student Ambassadors about life at ARU.

We're here Monday-Thursday 9am-5pm (please note we close at 3.30pm on the first and third Thursday of the month for staff training), and Friday 9am-4.30pm.

Life in Peterborough

Study in the heart of Peterborough, a historic yet thriving city that's a great home for students. ARU Peterborough is easily accessible by public transport, making it ideal for you to live and study locally.

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Foundation year available

This course offers a foundation year – an extra year of study to help you prepare for university, and build your knowledge and skills.