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Swansea University

Computer Science

UCAS Code: G400
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) years full-time 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Computer science
Student score
89% HIGH
% employed or in further study
95% MED
Average graduate salary
£23.5k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level

2 of the A-Levels are to come from the following list of subjects : Biology, Chemistry, Computing,Electronics, Further Mathematics, Mathematics (any variation), Physics, Psychology, Statistics (Economics may replce Psychology)

Scottish Highers
Not Available

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

From BTEC in Computing or Information Technology

International Baccalaureate

To include 5 in HL or 6 in two of Biology, Chemistry, Computing, Electronics, Further Mathematics, Mathematics (any variation), Physics, Psychology, Statistics (Economics may replace Psychology) and 5 in SL English.

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 120-136 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers


Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support

Not available

Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

BSc Computer Science is a broad curiosity-driven (that is, you can choose to specialize without restrictions) degree. This degree leads to a qualification that will enable graduates to enter careers across the broad range of computing specialisms. The BSc in Computer Science is accredited by the British Computer Society. Our student placement scheme is run by IT Wales, an industrial and community programme founded by the Computer Science Department at Swansea in 1993. Our full-time industrial liaison team links the academic expertise and resources in Computer Science to the skills and technical requirements of commerce and industry. This relationship helps ensure that our students have the skills they need. IT Wales is supported by European Union, the Welsh Assembly Government and hundreds of companies. The student placement scheme is so successful, it is now offered throughout Wales; the Computer Science Department at Swansea is the administrative centre. Because of our long experience, our students have a leading role in the scheme and its development. Our friendly staff are committed to a student experience and education of a very high standard and our department has over 40 years of commitment to the best international standards of university education. We have excellent employment prospects in an ever growing and changing computing and ICT industry. Our excellent transferable skills open doors to careers in all sectors of the economy. Our university has a high success rate for graduation, low drop out rate, and excellent student support.


In Year 1 you will learn how to program (in Java), study how computers work, be introduced to Software Engineering, and learn about the fundamental mathematics and theory of Computer Science. Year 1 is common for our Single Honours degree schemes. This is because students studying these schemes need to know the same fundamental things. In Year 2 you will learn about operating systems and networking, computer graphics, databases, compilers, advanced and specialised programming, specification, and some of the more advanced theoretical aspects of Computer Science. You will develop your programming skills (in C and Java), and have the opportunity to attempt advanced tasks. In Year 3 you will undertake a large project, accounting for 25% of the credit for the year, and study a selection of our advanced option modules. These vary, but currently include graphics, advanced programming, human-computer interaction, the internet, artificial intelligence, concurrent systems, hardware and theory.

Swansea University

Singleton Campus

Swansea University offers the right balance of excellent teaching and research, matched by an enviable quality of life. A modern approach to learning is backed by excellent facilities and high standards of teaching. Set in parkland overlooking Swansea Bay on the edge of the breathtaking Gower Peninsula, Swansea surely offers one of the best university locations in the world.

How you'll spend your time

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How you'll be assessed

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What do the numbers say for

The percentages below relate to the general subject area at this uni, not to one course. We show these stats because there isn't enough data about the specific course, or where this is the most detailed info made available to us.

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were taking courses within this subject area about things such as the quality of facilities and teaching - useful to refer to when you're narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether overall satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 94%
Student score 89% HIGH
Able to access IT resources


Staff made the subject interesting


Library resources are satisfactory


Feedback on work has been helpful


Feedback on work has been prompt


Staff are good at explaining things


Staff value students' opinions



Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
15% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
19% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
25% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
357 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
93% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
11% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 95% MED
Average graduate salary £23.5k MED
Graduates who are business, research and administrative professionals


Graduates who are information technology technicians


Graduates who are information technology and telecommunications professionals


Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
There are a lot of computing courses out there, and they vary a lot in content, modules and the way they work with employers, so individual courses can have very different outcomes. This is a course where you really need to get a good grade — employers really pay attention to the class of your degree and a low grade will serious hit your prospects. But you can get a job on pretty much any industry in the country with a computing degree - and organisation with an IT system and a web site needs graduates in this discipline - and many employers report difficulty in finding graduates. So most students do get jobs, and starting salaries are good, particularly in London. If you want to find out more about the prospects for a computer science course at a particular institution, it's a good idea to go on open days and talk to tutors about what previous graduates went on to do.
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