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BSc(Hons)

Computer Science (with Foundation Year)

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
2018/19
Course code:
G40F
Applications:
UCAS
Level:
Undergraduate
Tariff points:
72
Department:
Computer Science and Creative Technologies
Campus:
Frenchay
Duration:
Four years full-time; five 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 29 September 2017

Introduction

Why study BSc(Hons) Computer Science?

Computer science is vital to the economy, both in the UK and worldwide. Online retailing and 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 vast 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 in a choice of organisations will be available to you.

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

Year zero (foundation year)

You will study:

  • Professional and Communication Skills
  • Maths for Computing
  • Computer Architecture
  • Information Systems Fundamentals
  • Internet Systems
  • Programme Design and Implementation
  • Programming Project.

You usually need to pass your foundation year before going into year one.

  • Professional and Communication Skills
  • Maths for Computing
  • Computer Architecture
  • Information Systems Fundamentals
  • Internet Systems
  • Programming Project
  • Programme Design and Implementation.

The normal expectation is that you must pass all Year zero modules before progressing to Year one.

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

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

Year two

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

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

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

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

Final year

You will study the following compulsory modules:

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

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

  • 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

Students are stimulated and encouraged to become proactive, autonomous learners through a variety of means including face-to-face lectures and tutorials, electronic virtual learning environments, laboratory-based practical work and independent projects.

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

Percentage of time spend in different learning activities, per year.

YearScheduled learning and teaching studyIndependent studyPlacement study% check
032%68%0%100%
131%69%0%100%
224%76%0%100%
316%84%0%100%

Assessment

The most common method of assessment is via examination and two pieces of coursework. However, some modules are assessed by examination only, while others use coursework only or different methods, such as in-class tests.

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

Percentage of time spend in different assessment methods, per year.

YearWritten exam assessmentCoursework assessmentPractical exam assessment% check
031%61%8%100%
144%56%0%100%
250%44%6%100%
318%73%9%100%

Features

Professional accreditation

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

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

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 five year course and then transfer to the four 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: 72
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C/4 or above in English Language and Grade D/4 or above in 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 one A-Level.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; no specific subjects required.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.

Entry requirements

The 'Typical offers' information above is only for full-time students entering the foundation year.

We are happy to consider your application if you have a mixture of A-Levels and BTEC qualifications.

We also welcome applications from highly motivated students who do not meet the usual entrance requirements given above, so we will consider you if you have gained equivalent knowledge and skills from substantial relevant work or other experience.

If you expect to achieve a higher tariff score, you may also be interested in our BSc(Hons) Computer Science course.

UWE Bristol's International College

If you are an international student and do not meet the academic or English language requirements to study this course, you can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.

Please read the general information about entry requirements.

How to apply

Read more about undergraduate applications.

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