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Computer Science (with Foundation Year)

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
Foundation Year: City of Bristol, Ashley Down Centre and Years 1 to 3: Frenchay
Four years full-time; five years sandwich
Full-time; sandwich
Programme leader:
Dr 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 17 August 2017


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.

During the first year of this course, you'll study in City of Bristol College's advanced IT and computing laboratories. You can access UWE Bristol's Frenchay campus and all the facilities and accommodation available to our students. From the second year of your course onwards you will be based at UWE Bristol's Frenchay campus.

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:



You will spend your initial year at City of Bristol College, where studies focus on Programming, Mathematics, Computer Architecture, Internet Systems and Professional and Communication skills. You will also complete a programming project.

In the following year of the course, you will be based at UWE Bristol's Frenchay campus.

You have the option to undertake a placement year before embarking on the final year of your degree.

Foundation year (Year zero)

You will study the Foundation year alongside students from our other Computer Science and Creative Technologies courses, and therefore may be able to transfer to a course in one of these areas at the end of it. Transfer into the Creative Music Technology course is subject to an audition.

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • 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 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

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.


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.


Professional accreditation

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


Students who complete 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 networking skills, a placement will make 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 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.


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

One field trip option involves a guided tour of Bletchley Park, where Turing and his colleagues helped break Germany's Enigma code during World War two.

On another, there is an opportunity to 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

During your initial year, you will study at City of Bristol College's Ashley Down campus, which has extensive computing and IT labs equipped with the latest industry standard software. During this year, you will have access to all the facilities and accommodation available to all UWE Bristol students.

During the following year of your course, you will develop practical skills and bring ideas to life in our state-of-the-art facilities. This will involve:

  • creating and testing software, using our dedicated servers with Windows, Linux and Unix based operating systems
  • collaborating and discussing ideas in our lab, which is designed to emulate a real-world software development environment.

Our department has its own IT Helpdesk. We 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 Bristol has to offer.

Learn from industry

We arrange regular visits from industry professionals to help you 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 / Further study

On graduation, you will be qualified for 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 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.


Indicative Additional Costs

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

Full time course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU - Full Time - Module Fee (15 Credit) - (Foundation Year)938
Home/EU - Sandwich - Annual (Per Year) Fee - (Foundation Year)7500
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 - Sandwich - Annual (Per Year) Fee - (Foundation Year)7500
Offshore - Sandwich - Module Fee (15 Credit) - (Foundation Year)938
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) Fee - (Foundation Year)7500
Home/EU - Sandwich - Module Fee (15 Credit) - (Foundation Year)938
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) Fee - (Foundation Year)7500
Offshore - Sandwich - Module Fee (15 Credit) - (Foundation Year)938
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

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.

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

Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 72
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C or above, or Grade 4 under newly reformed GCSE grading, in English Language and Grade D or above, or Grade 4 under newly reformed GCSE grading, 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. Points from General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) can be included towards overall tariff. You must have a minimum of 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

Please see the general information about applications.

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