Entry Requirements

The average HESA recognised UCAS tariff points for UK/EU undergraduates on entry into Computer Science at Swansea have been:

2010 entry 313 points
2011 entry 357 points
2012 entry 341 points

There are two routes into our department. Our foundation year, which accepts students with lower grade entry and then feeds into any of our main degree programmes, and our main degree programmes.

Offers for our main degree programmes are around ABB at A-level or DDM for BTEC depending on interview and subjects taken. Our MEng programme has one grade higher entry.

Entry offers for our foundation year will be CCD at A-level or MMM at BTEC.

If you want to join our department on our main degrees and are predicted (or you think you will achieve) grades of CCC or higher (MMM in BTEC), then you should apply (and receive one of the above offers). We would very much like to meet you at one of our visit days. We do not require any particular subjects but prior experience of programming (e.g. A level Computing) or mathematics (e.g. AS or A level Mathematics or Physics) are helpful, especially in the first year.

A level Mathematics, or its equivalent, is not a requirement for our degree programmes, with the exception of joint courses with mathematics, physics and electronics. All modern computer science degrees involve discrete mathematics and mathematical logic, on which all forms of computation, programming, and systems design depend. These subjects are usually not included in school and college mathematics curricula. We have substantial experience (and success!) in teaching these essential tools to students who do not have recent mathematical experience. We require a B for GCSE Mathematics (or equivalent) apart from exceptional circumstances listed below.

We exclude General Studies, Key Skills and Royal College of Music exams.

Apart from special circumstances, applicants without a B or higher in GCSE Maths will be rejected. If you apply with a C in GCSE Maths, your application will be considered if you fall into one of these categories:

  • You are resitting GCSE Maths.
  • You have at least a B in GCSE Statistics.
  • You are studying AS or A level Maths.
  • You are studying AS or A level Statistics.
  • You are studying AS or A level Physics.
  • You are studying an IT/Software/Computing BTEC and expect to obtain at least DDM and the BTEC you are following has some maths component.
  • You are expecting to get AAB in 3 A-levels (or 340 UCAS points)

If any of the above cases apply, your application will be considered, and an offer will be made as appropriate. The offer may be higher than our usual offer.

If you do not have any of the above qualifications, please refer to the UCAS Tariff Tables to determine your points equivalent.

Scottish applicants: Please note that we would be looking for BBB in Advanced Highers or AAAA/ABBBB in Highers.