BSc (Hons) Artificial Intelligence with Computer Science (Including Foundation Year)

If you don't have the right grades to enrol directly onto our BSc (Hons) Artificial Intelligence with Computer Science degree, this course offers an alternative route 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 degree.

The Artificial Intelligence with Computer Science degree will enable you to provide solutions to real-world problems that require the acquisition and representation of information, knowledge and intelligence within computerised processes, which form the basis for intelligent computer systems powered by Artificial Intelligence.

The development of the Artificial Intelligence with Computer Science degree is rooted in the knowledge and experience of Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence (CSAIP) research unit members, their experiences with collaborative projects spanning over twenty years and feedback from past and present students relating to their educational experience and preferences associated with delivery of Artificial Intelligence.

This course is subject to validation.

UCAS Code Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
G801 Full-time 4 Years September Treforest A

Foundation Year: Artificial Intelligence with Computer Science Degree

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

The Artificial Intelligence with Computer Science degree is structured around six main themes, or pillars, that are developed through year of study, specifically:

Mainstream programming tailored to producing software solutions that encompass artificial intelligence and their foundations:

Year 1: Introduction to Programming 
Year 2: Agent Based Systems 
Year 3: Robotics and Autonomous Systems 

Logic programming and machine learning approaches rooted in the understanding and application of methods, tools and packages appropriate to a general audience:

Year 1: Logic Programming and Knowledge Representation 
Year 2: Intelligent Decision Support Systems 
Year 3: Machine Learning and Natural Intelligence 

Information system and database development that ultimately leads to the application of Data Science techniques for the mining of information:

Year 1: Information Management, Assurance and Security 
Year 2: Database Development 
Year 3: Data Mining 

Computer System Concepts that address hardware, software, operating systems and networking:

Year 1: Computer System Concepts 
Year 2: Operating System Concepts 
Year 3: Computer Networks 

Project work that allow for the development of management, planning, development and review of solutions developed in teams and individually: 

Year 1: Immersive Learning Team Project 
Year 2: Professional Practice and Employability Team Project 
Year 3: Individual Project 

Mathematical foundations for computational intelligence and computer science:

Year 1: Mathematical Tools for Computation 
Year 2: Computational Mathematics 

Subject to Validation 


This undergraduate computing course is delivered in a traditional format.  

Full-time students will typically spend 12 hours in classes and 24 hours outside of classes each week.

If you choose to study part-time, this is reduced to around six hours each week. You will study through lectures, tutorials, practical sessions, seminars and projects. 

You will need to spend a significant amount of time working independently, reading and preparing for assessments.

Assessment is primarily by coursework, varying from a research-style paper or essay to practical assignments. You will also work on a significant research project of your own choice, where strong independent thinking, critical analysis and project management skills will be important. 


Assessment is primarily by coursework, varying from a research-style paper or essay to practical assignments to presentations and team based project work.

You will also work on a significant research project of your own choice, where strong independent thinking, critical analysis and project management skills will be important.


Practice is so important in gaining understanding of applied techniques, which is why we have a range of high specification computer laboratories including workrooms dedicated to our masters’ students.

These facilitate a learning environment where you can work individually or in groups and as they are located close to the staff offices.


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

GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 3 GCSEs including Mathematics and English at Grade C/Grade 4 or above, or their equivalent but consideration is given to individual circumstances

Typical A-Level Offer


Typical Welsh BACC Offer


Typical BTEC Offer

BTEC Extended Diploma Pass Pass Pass or BTEC Diploma Pass Pass

Typical IB Offer

Pass the International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 32 UCAS tariff points from Higher Levels

Typical Access to HE Offer

Pass the Access to HE Diploma

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 2020 - July 2021 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. 

Admissions statement

Erasmus opportunities for attendance at summer schools in Advanced Computer Vision and Machine Learning.

Partners: TEI of Crete, University of Patras, University of Burgundy, Cyprus University of Technology, University of South Wales, Polytechnic Institute of Porto, University of Salento.

Possible career options include: Artificial Intelligence, Competitive Intelligence, Business Intelligence, Threat Intelligence, Cyber Intelligence, Computational Intelligence, Customer Intelligence and Marketing Intelligence account for 8% of vacancies according to Jobswatch IT UK over the past six months. These roles require particular skillsets and their share of the market has increased. Example job titles include Machine Learning Engineer, Artificial Intelligence Engineer and Business Intelligence Data Engineer.