BSc(Hons) Computing (with Foundation Year)

Entry year
Course code
Tariff points
Computer Science and Creative Technologies
Four years full-time
Full-time; sandwich
Programme leader
Dr David Wyatt

Please note we are no longer offering this course to new applicants. If you would like information about our alternative course, please visit the BSc(Hons) Computer Science (with Foundation Year) course page.

Page last updated 3 August 2020


Learn how to solve everyday problems using computing through practical hands-on projects so you're industry-ready as soon as you graduate.

Accreditations and partnerships:

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

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.

This course is supported by UWE Bristol's engineering and computing partner employers.

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



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:

  • Computational Thinking and Practice
  • Information Practitioner Foundations
  • Creative Technology Studies
  • Web Foundations.

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 the Professional Experience module.

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:

  • 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.

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Approximate percentage of time you'll spend in different learning activities*:

YearScheduled learning and teaching studyIndependent studyPlacement study

*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year

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.


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.

Approximate percentage of marks awarded by each assessment method*:

YearWritten exam assessmentCoursework assessmentPractical exam assessment

*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year


Professional accreditation

This degree is accredited by the Engineering Council.


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.


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 / 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.


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.


Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 72
  • GCSE: Grade C/4 in English Literature or Language and Grade D/4 in Mathematics, or equivalent. We do not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificate in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as alternatives to GCSEs.
  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required. Please list the units you are taking in your application. For further advice on acceptable units please email us.
  • Access: No specific subjects required.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.

Entry requirements

If you exceed the entry requirements you may be eligible for BSc(Hons) Computing.

Read more about entry requirements.

How to apply

Read more about undergraduate applications.

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