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BSc(Hons)

Computing (with Foundation Year)

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
2018/19
Course code:
I10F
Applications:
UCAS
Level:
Undergraduate
Tariff points:
72
Department:
Computer Science and Creative Technologies
Campus:
Frenchay
Duration:
Four years full-time
Delivery:
Full-time; sandwich
Key fact:
Learn how to solve everyday problems using computing through practical hands-on projects so you’re industry-ready as soon as you graduate.

Page last updated 29 September 2017

Introduction

Why study computing?

Information technology is integral to our lives. It helps 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.

Employment for computing professionals is forecast to grow at almost twice the UK average through to 2020, so you'll be highly sought after as a graduate. 

Why UWE Bristol?

BSc(Hons) Computing teaches you how to assess practical problems and develop computer software to solve them.

Learn hands-on techniques for programming, system design and system administration. Explore computer and network systems, web programming, software engineering and programming using C, C++ and Java.

Develop an awareness of ethical and professional issues, and learn valuable entrepreneurial skills.

Gain the technical skills to design, develop, and maintain software such as internet systems, databases, computer networks and embedded systems.

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

Hear from visiting industry professionals and apply learning through hands-on projects that solve real-world problems.

Work a placement year in an organisation related to your specialisms and graduate with the experience you need to succeed.

Where can it take me?

As a graduate, you'll be able to analyse and model computing applications in a range of areas.

Careers include software engineering, web and software development, embedded systems, systems design and administration, 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:

Structure

Content

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

Foundation year (year zero)

You will study:

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

You normally need to pass all modules in your foundation year before going into year one.

Year one

You will study:

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

Year two

You will study:

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

Placement year (if applicable)

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

You'll take a Professional Experience module during your placement year, which contributes to level three module credits.

See the Placements and Fees sections for more information.

Final year

You will study:

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

Plus two optional modules from:

  • Professional Experience, International Experience or 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

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. 

Discover a broad spectrum of computing disciplines and choose your specialisms in the second year.

Attend regular lectures with senior business people and industry professionals so you can learn about best practice, recruitment and key industry issues.

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.

Showcase your work

Demonstrate your inventions at our annual degree show.

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

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%
132%68%0%100%
225%75%0%100%
316%84%0%100%

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.

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

YearWritten exam assessmentCoursework assessmentPractical exam assessment% check
031%61%8%100%
131%61%13%100%
244%56%0%100%
319%72%9%100%

Features

Professional accreditation

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

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).

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.

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

Our organisational partners provide placements for students, along with companies from all over the world.

Past students have worked for dynamic start-ups and 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 for local specialised businesses.

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 using C, Java and C++ on dedicated servers with Windows, Linux and Unix operating systems.

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

Develop your web design skills at free Adobe workshops in our multimedia labs.

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 analyse, design and develop computing applications in a range of areas.

This course leads to career opportunities in systems design and administration, web and software development, software engineering, embedded systems and secondary school education.

There are also roles available 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.

Watch Benson talk about his experience of being snapped up by cloud computing company Tequila after his studies.

Fees

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

Additional costs are for 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 is only for full-time students entering the foundation year.

We are happy to consider applicants with a mixture of A levels and BTEC qualifications.

We welcome applications from highly motivated students who don't meet the usual entrance requirements given above, but who have gained equivalent knowledge and skills from substantial relevant work or other experience.

Students who expect to achieve a higher tariff score may also be interested in our BSc(Hons) Computing course.

Read more about undergraduate entry requirements.

How to apply

Read more about undergraduate applications.

For further information

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