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Swansea University

Computer Science with a Foundation Year

UCAS Code: G401

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

C,C,C-C,C,D

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 replace Psychology).

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

30

To include 5 in HL or 6 in SL Mathematics and 4 in HL or 5 in SL English

Minimum of 390 points overall to include a minimum of 3 B1 passes in Higher/Honours paper (including Maths)

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DMM

From BTEC Computing or Information Technology

Requirements are for A Levels where you can substitute the same non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core Grade

UCAS Tariff

88-96

We’ve calculated how many Ucas points you’ll need for this course.

80%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

4years

Full-time | 2018

Subject

Computer science

Computer Science plays a key role in virtually every aspect of modern life, and this four-year programme, designed for those who do not have the appropriate qualifications to start the three-year BSc Computer Science, will give you the knowledge, experience and expertise for a wide range of careers in this exciting and rapidly developing field.We are excellent for career prospects in Computer Science, with 93% of our graduates in graduate employment or further study six months after leaving University (DHLE Survey 2017), in rewarding careers such as software engineering, big data and data science, security analysis, mobile and emerging technologies.You will be taught in our new 31m Computational Foundry, a world class centre with state-of-the-art facilities for teaching and research, as well as networking and meeting spaces, which bring students, academics and industry together. The Foundry provides a regional hub to further build our already excellent relationships with global tech companies and local industry, and you will be able to present your work to employers at our Project Fair.The foundation year covers the key scientific, mathematical and engineering concepts to prepare you for the BSc in Computer Science, as well as giving you experience of other science subjects. On the degree itself you will learn how to identify solutions to problems and measure their efficiency, analyse and assess systems and design new ones. You will be able to learn about computer graphics, modelling computer systems, software engineering, writing mobile apps, data visualisation and some of the more advanced theoretical aspects of Computer Science.You will be able to develop your programming skills (in C and Java), and tackle advanced tasks, both individually and in groups, helping you to gain and develop valuable transferable skills, including team working, communication, presentation and problem-solving.Teaching is informed by our world class research, and our team of leading academics includes Professor Matt Jones, Wolfson Research Merit fellow, whose passion is empowering rural digital communities in the developing world and in the UK; and Professor Harold Thimbleby, who designs dependable systems to accommodate human error, especially in healthcare. My studies at Swansea have made me well-prepared for my job at 4C Consulting London which is a leading Platinum Sales Force Partner that specialises in building cloud applications. I believe that I would not have landed this job if not for the experience I have gained from my time in Swansea. More specifically, the degree content related fairly closely with the concepts that I practise now.- Genalyn Estrada, Developer, 4C Consulting, London

Modules

Year 0: you will learn how to program as well as study maths relevant to Computer Science, along with more advanced concepts (eg how data is presented) and how to analyse and present data. Year 1: you will learn how to program, study how computers work, be introduced to Software Engineering, and learn about the fundamental maths and theory of Computer Science. Year 1 is common for our Single Honours degree schemes as students studying these schemes need to know the same basic things. Year 2: you will learn about operating systems and networking, computer graphics, databases, compilers, advanced and specialised programming, specification, and some advanced theoretical aspects of Computer Science. You will develop programming skills, and have the opportunity to attempt advanced tasks. Year 3 includes a project, and a selection of options, currently: graphics, advanced programming, human-computer interaction, the internet, artificial intelligence, concurrent systems, hardware and theory.

The Uni


Course location:

Bay Campus

Department:

Computer Science

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

89%
high
Computer science

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Computer science

Teaching and learning

79%
Staff make the subject interesting
90%
Staff are good at explaining things
75%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
93%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

85%
Library resources
78%
IT resources
90%
Course specific equipment and facilities
83%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

80%
UK students
20%
International students
87%
Male students
13%
Female students
73%
2:1 or above
8%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Computer science

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£23,000
med
Average annual salary
99%
high
Employed or in further education
88%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

77%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
5%
Information technology technicians
5%
Other elementary services occupations
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

This is a newly-classified subject area for this kind of data, so we don’t currently have very much information to display or analyse yet. The subject is linked to important and growing computing industries, and over time we can expect more students to study them — there could be opportunities that open up for graduates in these subjects as the economy develops over the next few years.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Computer science

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£24k

£24k

£28k

£28k

£28k

£28k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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