BSc (Hons) Computer Science (Including Foundation Year)

If you do not have the right subjects or grades to enrol directly onto our BSc (Hons) Computer Science degree, this course offers an alternative route into degree study with an additional foundation year. This extra introductory year will give you the grounding you need to begin degree-level study. The foundation year focuses on the study of computing and mathematics in order to provide a good numerical background that will support you throughout the remainder of the Computer Science degree. 

This BCS-accredited Computer Science degree has been designed in line with professional standards and is your first step towards a career in secure software development. You’ll work on real problems in readiness for employment, developing key skills that will help you keep pace with this rapidly changing field. If your desire is to become a programmer, then this is the right course for you. You’ll learn about abstraction,complexity, evolutionary change, sharing of common resources, security and concurrency. From system functionality to usability and performance, you’ll also be better placed to solve real-life problems with an understanding of how they affect people’s lives. As a computer scientist, you’ll learn by doing, making use of high-performance computers, and working individually and in teams to produce solutions to tight deadlines, giving you first-hand experience of agile software development.

UCAS Code Study Mode
2017
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
G594 Full-time 4 Years September Treforest A
UCAS Code Study Mode
2018
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
G594 Full-time 4 Years September Treforest A

Foundation Year: Computer Science Degree

  • Foundation Statistics
  • Foundations of Mathematics
  • Software Development Fundamentals
  • Integrated Computing Devices
  • Working Effectively with Computers
  • Web Development Fundamentals
  • Information Systems

Year One: Computer Science degree

  • C++ Programming
  • Computer Systems Concepts
  • Professionalism and Employability
  • Information Management, Assurance and Security
  • Mathematical Tools for Computation

Year Two: Computer Science Degree

  • Data Structures and Algorithms with Object Oriented Programming
  • Secure Software Development
  • Operating Systems Concepts
  • Event Driven and Graphical User Interface Programming
  • Professional Practice and Employability, Team Based Software Development Workshop
  • Supervised Work Experience (Computing) (optional)
  • Study Overseas (Computing) (optional)
  • Computational Mathematics


Year Three: Computer Science Degree

  • Individual Project
  • Computer Networks
  • Robotics and Autonomous Systems
  • Mobile Systems and Applications
  • Parallel and Concurrent Programming
  • Intelligent Systems

Teaching

You will have around 16 hours of teaching in 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 studies, we strongly recommend 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 often leads to job opportunities with your placement employer.

 

Assessment

Types of assessment include examinations, coursework and exercises based on real-life problems.

Accreditations

This Computer Science degree is accredited as meeting the requirements for Chartered Information Technology Professional (CITP) and partially meeting the requirements for Chartered Engineer (CEng). Students who subsequently opt to extend their studies and complete the MComp would be accredited as meeting the requirements for Chartered Information Technology Professional (CITP), CITP Further Learning and fully meeting the requirements for Chartered Engineer (CEng).

Placements

As part of your Computer Science degree, we strongly recommend you spend up to a year working in industry in the UK or abroad. 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 course, 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.

Facilities

Our facilities are at the cutting edge of computer development, meaning you’ll use the latest technologies in high-spec labs. You’ll also find dedicated spaces on campus for computing students, including Windows, Apple Mac, Linux and Networking suites, all with the latest software.

Lecturers

  • Colin Morris
  • Dr Ian Wilson
  • Dr Carl Jones
  • Keith Norris
  • Dr Peter Plassmann
  • Keith Verheyden

Information about our teaching team and their research interests can be found on the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Paradigms (CSAIP) website.

 

Entry criteria detail typical offers but USW considers all applications on an individual basis which means that we could make offers based on qualifications, personal profile and experience. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed may also be acceptable.

Typical A-Level Offer

EE

Typical Welsh BACC Offer

N/A

Typical BTEC Offer

BTEC Extended Diploma Pass Pass Pass or BTEC Diploma Pass Pass

Typical IB Offer

Pass IB Diploma or two IB Certficates at Higher level.

Typical Access to HE Offer

Pass Diploma with 60 credits overall to include 45 level 3 credits all Passes

Additional Requirements

GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 3 GCSEs including Mathematics and English at Grade C or above, or their equivalent but consideration is given to individual circumstances

International Entry Requirements

We also welcome international applications with equivalent qualifications. Please visit the country specific pages on our international website for exact details.

English Requirements

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.

August 2017 - July 2018 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU:  £9000 
  • Full-time International:  £11900 

August 2018 - July 2019 Fees

  • Full-time UK and EU: TBC
  • Full-time International: TBC

Additional Costs

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.

UK and EU students

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

International students

Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU. 

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Admissions statement

Computers are fundamental to many different industries, so you can apply your skills to many fields. Computer programmers and engineers mainly work for large computer companies. Microsoft, IBM, Intel and Hewlett-Packard all rely on an army of computer scientists to produce and maintain their technology. Even within these companies, with Computer Science degree you can work in a broad variety of areas and in a number of jobs. Product development entails designing, building and testing the latest products, so skills in software programming and design are vital.

Our Careers and Employability Service

As a USW Computer Science 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.