Academy Review: University of Worcester


The University of Worcester is located in Worcester, Worcestershire, United Kingdom. The university was granted full university status in 2005, but its origins date back to the late mid 20th century when it was established as an institution for teacher training. The university’s main campus is right at the city's heart. It is also worth mentioning that Worcester is typically voted in the top 10 safest cities in the UK.

The university also has a unique building called “The Hive”. It’s a joint university and public library and is the first of its kind in the UK.

The Computing Department at the University of Worcester offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programs related to computer science and information technology. The courses cover different specializations, including software development, cybersecurity, data science, and more. And here are some breaking news - The University of Worcester is building a brand new Cybersecurity Lab, which will be available for the Computing students.

Famous Alumni

  • Roma Agrawal - a structural engineer known for her work on the Shard in London, one of the tallest buildings in the United Kingdom.
  • Lorna Arnold - a prominent historian and author who specialized in the history of the atomic bomb and its development.
  • Helen Skelton - a television presenter known for her work on various BBC programmes, including Blue Peter and Countrylife.

Some Computing department alumni include:

  • Chris Giddins - alumnus who gained prominence in the field of software development and technology entrepreneurship. Adam Lewis - computing graduate who is a software engineer and developer.

Location

Worcester is located approximately 120 miles from London directly. The train journey from Worcester usually takes approximately 2 - 2,5 hours, whereas a car journey may vary from 2,5-3,5 hours.

Worcester City is perfectly suited for students as the university’s main campus is right in the heart of the city.

Here are some places to visit and things to do in Worcester:

  • River Severn - the River Severn runs through Worcester, offering picturesque riverside walks and opportunities for relaxation by the river.
  • Visit the Art Gallery and Museum - the museum has a variety of artworks and historical artifacts related to Worcester’s history and culture.
  • Here are some cafes/ restaurants to go to in Worcester - Wayland's Yard, Benedicto's, Hand in Glove, and many others.

Worcester hosts many cultural events throughout the year. For example, Worcester Festival that takes place every year in August, has various attractions, such as live performances, workshops, exhibitions, and family activities. Worcester Music Festival - a celebration of local and independent music.

Worcester Student Union also organizes many different events for students. SU encourages students to join Clubs and Societies to meet other like-minded students.

Computing Study Programs

A significant advantage for students lies in the small class sizes, that facilitates an intimate and focused environment. The largest computer lab has 40 seats, which is a smaller number than most universities have. The seating is also arranged in small circles, which allows students to form small groups and build connections outside the classroom. It is also worth mentioning that students have 24/7 access to the computer labs.

Computing study programs have a certain level of flexibility at the University of Worcester. This university gives students the opportunity to modify modules and develop skills in any area of computing.

BSc Computing

This computing degree teaches the skills employers want - and you can develop them in a range of computing areas, tailoring your choice of modules to suit your interests and ambitions. Anything from web design, programming and information systems to games development and drone technology.

Why to choose this program?

  • This drone module is the first of its kind in the UK. Here you can learn about drone technology, legislation, and safety, while learning how drones are used in industry.
  • Friendly, sociable team of students and lecturers - for example, the Gaming Society runs regular gaming sessions on campus and arranges field trips to games events.

During this program you will have compulsory modules throughout the 3 years of studying and also optional modules.

Here are listed all the compulsory modules that will be taught throughout this program:

  • Foundations of Computing,
  • Introduction to OO Programming,
  • Web Technologies,
  • Systems Analysis and Design,
  • Nature of Computing,
  • Computing Project

All the rest of the modules will be flexible and you will be able to choose from many options. Some of the modules include:

  • Creative Computing,
  • Data Mining,
  • Consultancy and Research Methods,
  • Mobile Application Development,
  • Digital Content Systems and E-commerce,
  • Social Commerce,
  • Managing Cyber Risks,
  • Business Intelligence and Analysis,
  • Applied Software Engineering

BSc (Hons) Cyber Security

The Cyber Security undergraduate degree at the University of Worcester provides opportunities to learn and explore new skills required to protect organizations against cyber threats. Throughout the course, you will explore a range of cybersecurity technologies and solutions, including computer security, distributed systems, computer forensics, and ethical hacking.

Why to choose this program?

  • Optional one-year industry work placement,
  • Benefit from dedicated teaching laboratories

During this program you will only have compulsory modules, including:

  • Introduction to OO Programming,
  • Operating Systems,
  • IT Systems Fundamental,
  • Mobile Application Development,
  • Managing Cyber Risks,
  • Internet of Things

BSc (Hons) Data Science

On this degree students will learn the skills they need to have a career in this exciting field, from the basics of Computing, Programming and Coding for Web and Mobile, along with Data Mining, Information Systems, Mathematical and Statistical methods, and other techniques that are needed in a data-driven environment.

Why to choose this program?

  • Some modules have opportunities to gain professional qualifications alongside your final degree,
  • Work placement opportunities with numerous companies such as Bosch, IBM and Clearview,
  • Additional modules featuring mini-projects in mathematical modelling and data analysis

You will only have compulsory modules, such as:

  • Web Technologies,
  • Statistics,
  • Mobile Application Development,
  • Advanced Machine Learning,
  • Natural Language Processing,
  • Distributed Systems

Entry Requirements

The acceptance rate at the University of Worcester is 81%.

The entry requirements for BSc (Hons) Computer Science, BSc (Hons) Data Science and BSc (Hons) Cyber Security are similar and can be found below.

96 UCAS Points (for example, CCC at A Level) and Grade C/4 in GCSE English and Mathematics.

Here on the university’s website you will be able to find the entry requirements.

For other regions in the world, please refer to this page on the university’s website.

Admissions Calendar

Please see the UCAS Calendar for submitting the application.

October: UCAS opens

January: UCAS application deadline

May/June:

  • Decisions usually come back from universities for January applications.
  • You should reply to your offers.

July: you should send your final diploma results. If accepted, you will receive a CAS letter (Confirmation of Studies) from the university, and you can now apply for a visa. Do not postpone your visa application; it can take longer than expected!

Cybernews Academy Note: this plan has been devised based on the dates of school graduations in Europe. If you receive a school leaving certificate in your country earlier, we recommend proceeding with these steps as soon as possible.

Here are some things that you will need to prepare when applying for a Bachelor's program:

  • ID,
  • Contact information,
  • Migration information (international students only) ,
  • Grade transcript (or diploma if you have graduated secondary school),
  • Personal statement and a reference.,
  • Consider any relevant experience (courses/ training) supporting your application.