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BSc(Hons)

Computer Science

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
2018/19
Course code:
G400
Applications:
UCAS
Level:
Undergraduate
Tariff points:
120
Department:
Computer Science and Creative Technologies
Campus:
Frenchay
Duration:
Three years full-time; four years sandwich
Delivery:
Full-time; sandwich
Programme leader:
Dr Elias Pimenidis
Key fact:
Be at the forefront of the Artificial Intelligence boom and learn from tutors from UWE Bristol's world-class AI research group.

Page last updated 3 November 2017

Introduction

Why study computer science?

Computer science is vital to the economy - in the UK and worldwide.

Online retailing, music, domestic appliances, mobile phones, satellite navigation, logistics services and computer games rely on sophisticated computing.

Information management systems with massive databases are the foundation of large organisations.

These systems all rely on a specialist workforce of computer scientists so there's always a demand for skilled graduates.

Why UWE Bristol?

BSc(Hons) Computer Science shows you how to analyse complex problems, then design and write programs that solve them.

This degree is accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS), allowing you to become an Incorporated Engineer (IEng) or a Chartered Information Technology Professional (CITP).

Develop a solid foundation in object-oriented software development and creating algorithms and data structures. Learn from world-leading artificial intelligence (AI) experts, studying and applying AI in a range of environments.

Learn how to design databases and develop cutting-edge programs - from desktop applications to enterprise systems.

Attend talks from industry professionals and apply your learning through hands-on projects that solve real-world problems.

Choose a placement with an organisation that matches your specialisms and graduate ready to make your mark in an exciting industry.

Where can it take me?

A successful graduate can expect a starting salary of £26,000 to £35,000 as a software developer or engineer, depending on the industry sector.

You could become a software engineer, web and software developer, business analyst, IT project manager or an IT consultant.

Sectors include computing companies, commercial organisations and scientific and industrial research laboratories.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

Accreditations and partnerships:

Structure

Content

The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.

Year one

You will study:

  • Introduction to Object Oriented Systems Development
  • Computer and Network Systems
  • Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
  • Principles of Computing.  

Year two

You will study:

  • Object Oriented Systems Development 2
  • Intelligent Systems
  • Design and Analysis of Data Structures and Algorithms.

Plus one optional module from:

  • Data, Schemas and Applications
  • Software Engineering
  • Internet of Things
  • Operating Systems.

Placement year (if applicable)

If you study on the four year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work or study placement after year two.

Depending on which you choose, you'll either complete a placement learning or learning and development module.

See the Placements and Fees sections for more information.

Final year

You will study:

  • Enterprise Systems Development
  • BioComputation
  • Ethical and Professional Issues in Computing and Digital Media
  • Digital Systems Project.

Plus two optional modules from:

  • Professional Experience, International Experience or Professional Development
  • Requirements Engineering
  • Advanced Databases
  • Cryptography
  • Entrepreneurial Skills
  • Mobile Device Development
  • Advanced Topics in Web Development 2
  • Usability and Interaction Design
  • Internet of Things
  • Operating Systems
  • Cloud Computing
  • Readings in Artificial Intelligence.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

We encourage you to become a proactive, independent learner.

Learn through a mix of face-to-face lectures and tutorials, virtual learning environments, laboratory-based practical work, and independent project work.

Attend regular lectures with senior business people. Past speakers include eminent industry figures such as the former Chair of IBM, Larry Hirst.

To help you apply for graduate work, we arrange for employers to visit and give you advice on CV writing and interview techniques.

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Percentage of time you'll spend in different learning activities, each year: 

YearScheduled learning and teaching studyIndependent studyPlacement study% check
131%69%0%100%
224%76%0%100%
316%84%0%100%

Showcase your work

Demonstrate your inventions at our annual degree show.

Past exhibits include a security application that uses facial recognition to track people in a building and an online pinboard for sharing videos, text and other data.

Assessment

Modules are usually assessed with an exam and two pieces of coursework. However, some are assessed by exam only and others by coursework only. Others use different methods such as in-class tests.

See our full glossary of assessment terms.

Percentage of time you'll spend on different assessment methods, each year: 

YearWritten exam assessmentCoursework assessmentPractical exam assessment% check
144%56%0%100%
250%44%6%100%
318%73%9%100%

Features

Professional accreditation

This degree is accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS) - the IT industry's professional body.

This course is also accredited by the Engineering Council as it fully meets the academic requirements for you to become an Incorporated Engineer (IEng) or a Chartered Information Technology Professional (CITP).

It partially meets the requirements for you to become a Chartered Engineer (CEng) or register as a Chartered Scientist (CSci).

Placements

Students who get work experience tend to graduate with better degrees. Experience also hones your skills, industry knowledge and professional network, making you highly employable on graduation.

Our students have worked for companies ranging from dynamic start-ups to medium size organisations like Gamma Telecom and large corporations like Microsoft, IBM and GCHQ.

Placements are varied, with opportunities to work on projects involving data visualisation and analytics; products in the pharmaceutical, chemical, insurance and energy sectors; pure research in areas such as semantic nets; or AI applications in the aerospace industry.

You'll get help to find your placement and support throughout from department staff and our award-winning careers service.

Fieldwork

We arrange field trips to inspire you and help you see computer science applied in industry.

Go on a guided tour of Bletchley Park, where Turing and his colleagues helped break Germany's Enigma code during World War 2.

Visit CERN in Geneva, where the Higgs boson was detected for the first time using the Large Hadron Collider and other pioneering equipment.

Study facilities

Our industry standard facilities will help you develop practical skills and bring ideas to life.

Access over 500 workstations in UWE Bristol's 24-hour computing laboratories. Create and test software in Windows, Linux and Unix operating systems on our dedicated servers.

Collaborate with classmates and develop strategies and presentations in our well-equipped studios, designed to reflect a real-world development environment.

A mix of traditional and creative learning environments will enable you to learn essential knowledge and real-world skills, standing you in good stead for your professional career.

Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.

Careers

Careers / Further study

As a graduate, you'll be able to go into a range of computing jobs.

Computing companies, commercial organisations and scientific and industrial research laboratories need your skills to solve demanding problems created by new technology.

Jobs are available throughout the development process. These include software engineer, web and software developer to business analyst, IT project manager and IT consultant roles.

There are also careers in technical support for sophisticated computing systems and their advanced applications.

Get inspired

Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.

We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.

Visit our employability pages to learn more about careers, employers and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

Fees

Full time course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee12750
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1594
Offshore-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Offshore-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit) 1156

Full time course with placement year

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year9250
Home/EU-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
Home/EU-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1156
Home/EU-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year8094
International-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee12750
International-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year12750
International-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1594
International-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1594
International-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year11156
Offshore-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Offshore-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year9250
Offshore-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
Offshore-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1156
Offshore-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year8094

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year150

Supplementary fee information

Your overall entitlement to funding is based on how long the course is that you're registered on. Standard funding is allocated based on the standard number of years that your course lasts, plus one additional year.

You'll apply for funding each year that you study and Student Finance will take into account how long the course is in each year that you apply. So if you register for the four year course and then transfer to the three year course, the number of years you can apply for funding will change. Student Finance will reassess your funding based on how many years you have been in study, not just those years for which you received student finance.

Always seek advice before taking any action that may have implications for your funding.

Learn more about funding.

Additional costs

This refers to items you could need during your studies that aren't covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, textbooks, travel, clothing, software or printing.

Learn more about costs.

Entry

Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 120
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C/4 or above in English Language and Mathematics, or equivalent. Please note the University does not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required. You can include points from A-Level General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) towards overall tariff. You must have at least two A-Levels.
  • Specific subjects: No prior knowledge of programming required.
  • Relevant subjects: Any science or technology subject.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; to include 30 level 3 credits at merit.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.

Entry requirements

You don't need any prior knowledge of programming.

If you don't meet the entry requirements of this course, you may be able to apply for Foundation Year entry into this or related degree courses.

Read more about undergraduate entry requirements.

UWE Bristol's International College
If you don't meet the academic or English language requirements to study this course, you can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.

How to apply

Read more about undergraduate applications.

For further information

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