This Computing degree will prepare you to work in a variety of exciting roles developing software and systems. It has a strong practical element and you will gain expertise in how to develop information systems and manage software projects. We’ve worked closely with industry and professional bodies to ensure that what you learn is relevant to what you’ll do when you graduate, and your skills will meet the standards that employers expect.
The Computer Applications Development degree builds on a foundation of ‘core computing’ and introduces you to software development, web development, information engineering, computer architecture and operating systems. You’ll develop more focused skills to develop the kinds of system most modern organisations use, for example, using mobile and desktop client software to access complex data sets using web services. Computer systems are fundamental to many industries, so you can apply your skills in many fields. Companies of all sizes need project managers, software developers, information managers, web application developers, and more. This Computing degree offers you a thorough grounding in the skills needed to open up a flexible career in computing.
You will have around 16 hours of lectures, tutorials and practical sessions every week. You also need to spend four hours per week, per module on your coursework, general reading and other preparation. As part of your computing degree, we strongly recommend that you spend up to a year working in industry in the UK or abroad. This means you can gain new skills and boost your career prospects, and it can often lead to job opportunities with your placement employer.
Assessment includes examinations, coursework and problem-based exercises taught using real-life scenarios.
As well as an opportunity to use your knowledge in the real world, work experience will boost your CV and can even lead directly to employment. You could spend up to a year working in industry as part of your computing degree, either in the UK or abroad. You can also take part in live projects and taster weeks, or choose a shorter three-month placement. Recent placements include E-Finity, IBM, Fujitsu, GCHQ, and the Welsh Government.
Our computing facilities are at the cutting edge of computer development, meaning you’ll use the latest technologies in high-spec labs. You’ll find dedicated spaces on campus for computing students, including Windows, Apple Mac, Linux and Networking suites, all with the latest software.
The entry criteria below shows the qualification range within which the University will make offers. Most offers we make are at the top of the range, but we take all aspects of an application into consideration and applicants receive a personalised offer. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed here may also be acceptable.
BCC - CDD (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).
Pass the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Diploma with Grade C/D in the Skills Challenge Certificate and BC - CD at A Level (this is equivalent to 104-80 UCAS tariff points).
BTEC Extended Diploma Distinction Merit Merit - Merit Merit Pass (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points).
Pass the International Baccalaureate Diploma with higher grades of between 655-445 (this is equivalent to 112-80 UCAS tariff points)
Pass the Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits overall – the credits should equate to between 106-80 UCAS tariff points (examples below)
45 Level 3 credits equating to 15 Distinctions, 24 Merits and 6 Passes (106 UCAS Tariff Points)
45 Level 3 credits equating to 12 Distinctions, 6 Merits and 27 Passes (80 UCAS Tariff Points)
GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSEs including Mathematics and English at Grade C or above, or their equivalent but consideration is given to individual circumstances
We also welcome international applications with equivalent qualifications. Please visit the country specific pages on our international website for exact details.
In general, international applicants will need to have achieved an overall IELTS grade of 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component.
However, if you have previously studied through the medium of English IELTS might not be required, but please visit the country specific page on our international website for exact details. If your country is not featured please contact us.
Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.
Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.
Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year one of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly.
Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU.
Computer systems are fundamental to many industries, so you can apply your skills in many fields. In addition to writing the business logic, a developer has to merge a variety of technologies to make it work. Companies of all sizes need project managers, software developers, information managers, web application developers, and more. This means the demand for highly trained professionals continues to grow. The Computer Applications Development course offers a thorough grounding in the necessary skills to open up a flexible career in computing. So, you’ll be able to work in a broad variety of business sectors and in a number of different roles.
As a USW computing student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.
This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.
Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.