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Please note there are no vacancies on this course for September 2017

About this course

Entry year:
Course code:
Tariff points:
Computer Science and Creative Technologies
Four years sandwich; three years full-time.
Full-time; sandwich
Programme leader:
Dr Rong Yang
Key fact:
You will learn how to solve everyday problems using computing and apply this through practical hands-on projects so you are industry-ready as soon as you graduate.

Page last updated 17 August 2017


Why study BSc(Hons) Computing?

Information technology is now integral to our lives. It can help us build economies, make scientific breakthroughs and transform organisations. This requires professionals with a solid understanding of computing and how best to apply it to practical problems. As a result, employment for computing professionals is forecast to grow at almost twice the UK average through to 2020. 

Why study our course?

On this course you will learn the fundamentals of computing, how to apply these to practical problems and how to develop computer software to solve these. You will learn hands-on techniques for programming, system design and system administration. You will learn about computer and network systems, web programming, software engineering and programming using C, C++ and Java. You will also develop an awareness of ethical and professional issues, and learn valuable entrepreneurial skills.

Real world experience

Accredited by the British Computer Society and supported by UWE's engineering and computing partner employers, the course is rooted in industry. 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

On graduation, you will be able to analyse and model computing applications in a range of areas. Careers include software engineers, web and software developers, embedded systems, systems designers and administrators and secondary school teaching. There are also careers in technical support for sophisticated computing systems and their advanced applications.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

Accreditations and partnerships:



This course covers the broad spectrum of computing disciplines. It is structured to allow you to select a choice of options from the second year.

Year one

The first year of the course concentrates on the foundation and basic skills that will be used at the subsequent levels. You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Introduction to Databases
  • Web Programming
  • Programming in C
  • Principles of Computing.

Year two

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Data, Schema and Applications
  • Internet of Things
  • Operating Systems
  • C++ Development
  • Software Engineering.

There is also an optional placement year. A unique option module, Professional Experience, can be taken during the placement year which contributes to the credits of level three modules.

Final year

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Computing Project
  • Ethical and Professional Issues in Computing and Digital Media
  • Requirements Engineering
  • Advanced Databases.

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

  • Professional Experience
  • International Experience
  • Professional Development
  • Cryptography
  • Advanced Topics in Web-development
  • Mobile Device Development
  • Entrepreneurial Skills
  • Technical Writing and Editing.

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.


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.


Professional accreditation

This degree is accredited by the British Computer Society - the Chartered Institute for IT on behalf of the Engineering Council. It fully meets the academic requirements for an Incorporated Engineer (IEng) and partially meets the academic requirements for a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

It is also accredited as initially meeting the educational requirements for Chartered Information Technology Professional (CITP).


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

Our organisational partners often provide placements for students, as well as a host of companies from all over the world. Past students have worked for companies ranging from dynamic start-ups to large corporations such as Intel, the MOD (Ministry of Defence) and CERN. Others have taken up teaching placements in secondary schools, or gone to work with their family businesses.


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

There will also be a chance to go on a guided tour of Bletchley Park, where Turing and his colleagues helped break the German's Enigma code during World War two. You can also take the opportunity to attend a guided tour of CERN in Geneva, where the Higg's boson was detected through the use of 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:

  • collaborate and discuss ideas in our lab, which is designed to emulate a real-world software development environment
  • create and test software using C, Java and C++ on dedicated servers with Windows, Linux and Unix based operating systems
  • develop your web design skills at free Adobe workshops in our multimedia labs
  • access UWE Bristol's extensive online library and resources with free software, tools and industry journals.

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 proprietary network, enabling music streaming, and a computer hardware simulator for teaching secondary school students about computer architecture.


Careers / Further study

On graduation, you will be able to analyse and model computing applications in a range of areas. You will also develop the technical skills to design, develop, and maintain software including Internet systems, databases, computer networks and embedded systems.

This course can lead to career opportunities in areas such as systems design and administration, web and software development, software engineering, embedded systems and secondary school education. There are also careers available in technical support for sophisticated computing systems and their advanced applications.

Award-winning Careers Service

Our award-winning careers service will help 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.

Be inspired

Watch the film about Benson's experience of being snapped up by London-based cloud computing company, Tequila, after studying Computer Science at UWE Bristol.


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-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

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.


Students starting this course in September 2017 should follow this link to view their joining instructions.

We automatically send a message via your Welcome website plus an email to notify you once your joining instructions are available. It is important that you regularly check your Welcome website for new messages about your Registration and Enrolment. If you have not received the email please contact our Applicant Experience Team by email at so we may check that we have the correct address.

For more information about joining the University, please see our New Students pages.

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.
  • Relevant subjects: Any Science or Technology subject.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: In addition to the BTEC Diploma, 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.

How to apply

Please see the general information about applications.

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