Course Overview

Attendance
UK/EU Fees £6,000 *
International Fees £12,500 *
Duration 4 years

* This £6,000 fee is for the Foundation Year only. All subsequent years will be charged at the full undergraduate rate of £9,250 per year.

Course summary

Communications technology requires knowledge of the interaction of hardware and software in complex networks. This course covers all aspects of computer networks, from the physical transmission of signals, through the protocols required for the safe transmission of data, to the end-to-end services built on the communications backbone. Wired and wireless networks are covered, and special emphasis is placed on the transportation of real-time audio and video media. There is also a strong focus on support and services for wired and wireless communication systems.

The course will give you the understanding, experience and flexibility to work at different levels with networked communication systems, from digital modulation through network architecture, routing and management. Our graduates have gone on to work for organisations such as BT, Cisco, Claranet, Dell, Google Enterprise, Hachette, HP, Huawei Technologies, JVC Europe and Quinix, as well as for smaller private companies.

Westminster is a Cisco Networking Academy and this course allows you to register for CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate) exams. All Cisco-relevant material is covered in core modules throughout the course. You can transfer to the Computer Network Security BSc Honours course at the end of the common first year.

Course structure

The following subjects are indicative of what you will study on this course. 

The Foundation year is available for applicants who do not meet the entry requirements for Credit Level 4 of the BSc/BEng courses.

(Foundation students only)

  • Subject of study include:
  • Computers and Networks
  • Electronics fundamentals
  • Engineering Mathematics
  • Introduction to Communications
  • Problem Solving & Professional Practice
  • Programming

Subjects of study include:

  • Digital Principles
  • Introduction to Networks
  • Mathematics for Computing
  • Networks and Communications
  • Programming Methodology I
  • Programming Methodology II

Credit Level 4

Subjects of study include:

  • Introduction to Network Security
  • Network Software Engineering
  • Network Technologies
  • Networks Simulation
  • Operating Systems & Systems Programming
  • Professional Engineering Practice and Industrial Management
  • Scripting for Engineering
  • Signals and Communication Principles

Credit Level 5

Industrial placement year

You will have the opportunity to take a placement in industry between Years 2 and 3. This gives you practical experience in the workplace and a competitive edge in the job market. It also contributes to your professional development towards Chartered Engineer status.

Subjects of study include:

  • Applied Distributed Systems Programming
  • Enterprise Networks
  • Individual Project
  • Mobile Communication Systems
  • OS and Drivers
  • Security Testing and Implementation

Credit Level 6

Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by the Engineering Council and the British Computer Society (BCS).

This entitles you to become a Chartered Engineer, after a period of experience.

Entry Requirements

Typical Offer

  • A levels – CDD/BB
  • International Baccalaureate – 24 points
  • Edexcel BTEC Level 3cExtended Diploma/Diploma – MMP/DM
  • Advanced Diploma - Grade D in a relevant subject eg IT or Engineering, and a relevant ASL at Grade D
  • Access to HE Diploma - Pass with 45 credits at Level 3 with a minimum of 18 Level 3 credits at Merit or Distinction
  • GCSE Maths and English at Grade C or above or equivalent grades in Key Skills (please note that Functional Skills qualifications are not accepted).

View more information about our entry requirements and the application process

Typical Offer

  • International Baccalaureate – 24 points

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Careers

Our graduates are versatile engineers who are equipped with skills to design, support, problem-solve and maintain network systems of high quality and reliability.

Typically students on this degree are working at different levels with networked communication systems as network designers, network managers or network engineers in small and large size companies in charge of setting up, developing, managing and maintaining network systems.

Companies that are involved with our courses, including industrial placements, are :

  • Intel
  • Broadcom
  • GE Aviation Systems Ltd.
  • Smardtv
  • BBC
  • Cisco
  • IBM UK Ltd.
  • Catapult Satellite Applications
  • Spirent
  • NHS
  • Schneider Electric
  • STFC
  • TfL
  • Network Rail
  • ESA
  • Edwards and Siemens

Our Career Development Centre has just been shortlisted for the Best University Careers Service in the National Undergraduate Employability Awards for 2017.

With a growing network of over 3,000 employers around the world and a team of experienced careers consultants, we are here to help you succeed.

In 2015–16, we helped over 1,500 students find work placements across a range of sectors, with 250 employers attending 14 on-campus skills and careers fairs.

As a Westminster student, you’ll have access to our services throughout your studies and after you graduate.

We can help you:

  • find work placements related to your course
  • find part-time/vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience
  • find international opportunities to enhance your employability
  • market yourself effectively to employers
  • write better CVs and application forms
  • develop your interview and enterprise skills
  • plan your career with our careers consultants
  • meet employers and explore your career options at our employer fairs, careers presentations and networking events throughout the year

Find out more about the Career Development Centre.

Fees and Funding

UK and EU tuition fee: £6,000 (this £6,000 fee is for the foundation year only. all subsequent years will be charged at the full undergraduate rate of £9,250 per year.)

The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

Funding

As well as tuition fee loans, there is a range of funding available to help you fund your studies.

Find out about undergraduate student funding options.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

International tuition fee: £12,500 (this £6,000 fee is for the foundation year only. all subsequent years will be charged at the full undergraduate rate of £9,250 per year.)

The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

International student funding

Find out about funding for international students.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

Find out more

Course Location

Our Cavendish Campus in the heart of London is home to the Faculty of Science and Technology. With first-class facilities, the campus houses subject areas ranging from biosciences to electronic engineering. For more details, visit our Cavendish Campus page.

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