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BSc(Hons)

Computer Science

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
2017/18
Course code:
G400
Applications:
UCAS
Level:
Undergraduate
Tariff points:
128
Department:
Computer Science and Creative Technologies
Campus:
Frenchay
Duration:
Three years full-time; four years sandwich
Delivery:
Full-time; sandwich
Programme leader:
Stewart Green
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 24 March 2017

Introduction

Why study BSc(Hons) Computer Science?

Computer science is vital to the economy - in the UK and worldwide. Online retailing, computer based products such as games, music, domestic appliances, mobile phones, satellite navigation and logistics services rely on sophisticated computing. Management information systems underpinned by massive databases are the foundation of large organisations. These all rely on complex computer systems created by a highly skilled workforce. As a result, there is high demand for computer scientists who can apply technology to solve complex problems.

Why study our course?

On this course, you will learn how to analyse complex problems, then design and write programs that solve them. You will develop a solid foundation in object-oriented software development and the design and analysis of algorithms and data structures. Learning from world-leading Artificial Intelligence (AI) experts, you will study and apply AI in a range of environments. As a result, you will be able to design databases and develop cutting-edge programs - from desktop applications to enterprise systems.

Real world experience

You will hear from visiting industry professionals and apply learning through hands-on projects solving real world problems. Depending on where you want to specialise, work placements are available in a choice of organisations.

Where it can take you

Careers range from software engineers, web and software developers, to business analysts, IT project managers and IT consultants. Sectors include state-of-the-art computing companies, commercial organisations and scientific and industrial research laboratories.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

Accreditations and partnerships:

Structure

Content

The course is organised around three years of taught material. You will have the option to undertake a placement year before embarking on the final year of your degree.

Year one

You will focus on the foundational skills and knowledge that you will use as you progress through the course. 

You will study the following compulsory modules:

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

You will also be introduced to the relationship between computers and systems, and those who use them. Core techniques of computer science will be introduced.

Year two

You will build on your first year subjects, as well as developing new skills by studying the following compulsory modules:

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

In addition, you will study one of the following optional modules:

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

Final year

In your final year, you will study the following compulsory modules:

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

In addition, you will study two of the following optional modules:

  • Professional Experience or 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

You will be stimulated by the course and encouraged to become a proactive, autonomous learner through a variety of means. These will include face-to-face lectures and tutorials, electronic virtual learning environments, laboratory-based practical work and independent project work.

For more details, see our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Assessment

The most common way for modules to be assessed is by an examination and two pieces of coursework. However, some are assessed via examination only, while others are assessed through coursework alone or different methods such as in-class tests.

For more details, see our full glossary of assessment terms.

Features

Professional accreditation

This degree is accredited by the British Computer Society - the IT industry's professional body. It fully meets the academic requirements for an Incorporated Engineer (IEng) and partially meets the academic requirements for a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

The course is also accredited as meeting the educational requirements for Chartered Information Technology Professional (CITP) and partially fulfilling the educational requirements for Chartered Scientist (CSci) registration.

Placements

Students who undertake a work placement are more likely to graduate with a better degree and obtain higher quality and better paid work on graduation. So, as well as helping hone your professional skills, industry knowledge and networking skills, a placement will make you highly employable on graduation.

Our students have worked for a wide variety of companies, ranging from dynamic start-ups to medium size organisations like Gamma Telecom and large corporations such as Microsoft, IBM and GCHQ. Placements are varied, with opportunities to work on projects such as 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.

Fieldwork

Throughout your course, we will arrange field trips to inspire you and enable you to see computer science applied in industry.

On one field trip, you will go on a guided tour of Bletchley Park, where Turing and his colleagues helped break Germany's Enigma code during World War 2.

On another, you can attend a guided tour of CERN in Geneva, where the Higgs boson was detected for the first time using the Large Hadron Collider and other pioneering equipment.

Study facilities

This course will help you develop practical skills and bring ideas to life in our state-of-the-art facilities, where you will:

  • create and test software, using our dedicated servers with Windows, Linux and Unix based operating systems
  • collaborate and discuss ideas in our lab, which is designed to emulate a real-world software development environment.

Our Department has its own IT Helpdesk. We also have over 500 workstations in our teaching laboratories as well as a large open-access laboratory with PC and Unix based machines.

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE has to offer.

Learn from industry

We arrange regular visits from Industry professionals so you can learn about best practice, recruitment and key industry issues.

Showcase your work

Our students regularly showcase their inventions at UWE Bristol's annual plan + make degree show. Past exhibits include a security application, which uses facial recognition to track people in a building, and an online pinboard for sharing videos, text and other data.

Careers

Careers / Further study

On graduation, you can go into a wide range of computing jobs. Computer scientists are in demand for state-of-the-art computing companies applying the latest technologies and techniques to highly complex problem areas. Commercial organisations and scientific and industrial research laboratories need these skills to solve demanding computing problems created by new technology.

Jobs are available at all stages of the development process - from software engineers, web and software developers, to business analysts, IT project managers and IT consultants. There are also careers in technical support for sophisticated computing systems and their advanced applications.

Award-winning Careers Service

Our award-winning careers service helps you develop your employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity plus support for entrepreneurial activity, and access to employer events.

Creating employable students

UWE Bristol places strong emphasis on employability and skills development at every level. Through work placements, volunteering, study abroad and initiatives nurturing talent and innovation, you will have opportunities to gain valuable real world experience, allowing you to graduate with diverse career opportunities and a competitive place in the job market.

Visit our Employability pages to find out about careers, employers, real world experience 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) Fee12250
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1531
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) Fee12250
International-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year12250
International-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1531
International-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1531
International-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year10719
Offshore-Sandwich Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
Offshore-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Offshore-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year9250
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

The additional costs listed are those you could reasonably expect to incur during your studies and are for items not covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, text books, travel, clothing, software or printing.

Further information about fees and funding.

Entry

Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 128
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C or above, or Grade 4 under newly reformed GCSE grading, 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. Points from General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) can be included towards the overall tariff. You must have a minimum of two A-Levels.
  • Specific subjects: No prior knowledge of programming required.
  • Relevant subjects: Any Science or Technology subject.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: In addition to the BTEC Diploma, a GCSE Grade C, or Grade 4 under newly reformed GCSE grading, or above in one of the following subjects: Business and Communication Systems; Computing; Design and Technology; Electronics; Engineering; IT; ICT; Technology.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; to include 30 level 3 credits at merit.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.

Entry requirements

No prior knowledge of programming is required.

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

Please read the general information about entry requirements.

UWE Bristol's International College

International students who do not meet the academic or English language requirements to study this course can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.

How to apply

UCAS Extra: We welcome applications through UCAS Extra for this programme from 25 February until 4 July 2017. Responses to UCAS Extra applications will be given within 14 working days.

Please see the general information about applications.

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