BSc (Hons) Education and Computing

  1. UCAS code:
    X2C1
    Duration:
    3yrs Full-time
  2. Typical offer:
    ABB-BBB

Course Overview

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: ABB – BBB at A-level with a minimum or five A*- C grade GCSE passes including Welsh/English Language grade C or above, and Maths Grade B or above.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS are welcome to apply.

AVERAGE EARNINGS: Typical salaries for qualified primary and secondary school teachers are in the region of £22,467-£33,160, depending on experience. Within leadership and managerial roles in education, salaries can significantly exceed this. As a headteacher you could earn as much as £108,282. (DofE)

ACCREDITATION: The curriculum for this programme has been informed by and is aligned to the most recent QAA benchmark statements for Education (2015) and Computing (2016), as well as the ACM 2013 Guidelines for Computer Science Curricula.

Key Features

Why take this course?

  • Computer Science at Swansea was ranked 1st in Wales, 3rd in the UK for overall teaching quality, and 8th in the UK for graduate prospects (Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2016).
  • A unique aspect of the degree is its emphasis on learning in a digital age, affording students opportunities to experiment, assess and reflect on digital learning technologies central to current trends in education theory and practice.
  • The degree structure is flexible, offering a wide-range of specialist modules that allow students to tailor their degree to their future career goals while developing their individual interests.
  • As part of the degree, all students will be given the option of studying towards the Cambridge English CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults), at a substantially reduced cost to students.
  • In years two and three of the degree, students have the opportunity to undertake work placements in organisations such as schools, local authorities, business and charities.  
  • Computer Science is ranked 1st in Wales and 11th in the UK for the quality of its research (The Research Excellence Framework, 2014).
  • The University’s Academic Success Programme offers complementary study skills courses to help students maximise their potential.
  • Education and Computing gives students the chance to view how the subject is taught and is developing in schools.

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Modules

Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

Year 2 (Level 5)

FHEQ 5 Degree / HEDip

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
CS-200Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Introduction to Human-Computer Interaction
CS-250Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Database Systems
CS-253Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Data Representation, Markup Languages and Web Services
CS-270Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Algorithms
EDN200Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Research Methods in Education
Optional Modules

Year 3 (Level 6)

FHEQ 6 Degree / Honours

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
CSC390Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Teaching Computing via a School Placement
EDN307Academic Year20Dissertation in Education
Optional Modules

Description

The BSc (Hons) Education and Computing joint honours degree will enable students to specialise in both subjects, Education and Computing, developing a range and mix of skills and knowledge which will enhance their future career prospects and prepare them for a role in computing education.

The programme is intended for students who wish to develop their knowledge and skills in computing and how this subject applies to education and wider society.

Designed for both UK/EU and international students, our BSc (Hons) Education and Computing programme considers:

  • Education in a wide context, not just within formal primary and secondary school settings, but also Further/Higher Education, social services, local and national government, and education within the community.
  • A wide range of computing skills, including how to program (e.g., C and Java) and analyse a wide range of computing systems, and the fundamental mathematics and theory of computer science. Students will learn about operating systems and networking, computer graphics, compilers, scientific modelling, mathematical abstraction, databases, and advanced and specialised programming. Students will also develop an excellent working knowledge of professional standards in the computing education sector and in industry more widely.

Research Focused: Students will be equipped with a solid grounding in computing, as well as contemporary theories and conceptual models of education as applied to local, national and international practice.  Students will develop the research skills needed to critically evaluate current education practice and policy, and in turn, inform future policy development in a rapidly changing political and social environment.

Enhancing Employability: Employability and study skills are embedded throughout our BSc (Hons) Education and Computing degree, with all students having the opportunity to undertake optional work placement modules in years two and three of the degree. A degree in Education and Computing provides excellent preparation for students wishing to undertake further training in primary, secondary or further education, and for entry to a wide-range of professional careers.

In addition, with our unique emphasis on learning in a digital age, students will be well equipped to utilise cutting edge learning technologies central to current trends in education theory and practice.

According to a recent House of Commons report, up to 12.6 million of the adult UK population lack basic digital skills, and that this skills gap is costing the UK economy an estimated £63 billion a year in lost additional GDP. As computer scientists and research effective educationalists, graduates of our BSc (Hons) Education and Computing degree will be well placed to close this skills gap.

For further information please refer to the ‘Careers and Employability’ section. 

Entry Requirements

  • A-Levels/Welsh Baccalaureate*: ABB – BBB.
  • Access Diploma:  27D, 15M, 3P to include three distinctions in Maths or a related subject
  • BTEC: DDD (depending on subjects taken)
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: 360-375 points
  • International Baccalaureate: 32-33 points

*We welcome applications from Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma students. Requirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute the same non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core Grade.

Please note: We do not accept General Studies.

GCSE profiles need to include a minimum of 5 passes at grade A*-C, including Welsh/English Language at grade C or above, and Maths at grade B or above.

Applicants without a grade C or above in Maths GSCE may still be considered if they fall into one of the following categories:

  • Are re-sitting GCSE Maths
  • Have at least a B in GCSE Statistics
  • Are studying AS or A level Maths, or Statistics, or Physics
  • Are studying an IT/Software/Computing BTEC and expect to obtain at least D*DD or DDD and the BTEC you are following has some Maths component
  • Are expecting to get AAB in 3 A-levels (or136 UCAS Tariff Points) including Computing relevant subjects.

Candidates who already hold qualifications that may be suitable for entry to Higher Education or those offering alternative qualifications should contact study@swansea.ac.uk or call +44 (0) 1792 295111. 

Any offer of a place will be subject to a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

Please note: Students who wish to train to become teachers in Wales following graduation from this course will need GCSEs at grade B or above in English and Mathematics, and also a GCSE at grade B or above in Welsh if they wish to train through the medium of Welsh. They will also need a C grade or above in GCSE Science.

How To Apply

  • Applications for BSc (Hons) Education and Computing must be made through UCAS.
  • Applications will be assessed holistically, taking into account the balance, nature and strength of A-level, AS and GCSE subjects (or equivalent), the personal statement, relevant skills and experience, past achievements, and referee’s comments.
  • The personal statement is crucial and must demonstrate an understanding and commitment to the subject.
  • There is no interview process. Once an offer is made, this will be uploaded on to UCAS track and applicants will be invited to either accept or decline.

Applicants with supporting information which they believe might not be captured on their UCAS application form or with other queries should email: education@swansea.ac.uk

Applications are welcome from students wishing to study on either a full or part-time basis.

Please note: All offers will be conditional, subject to a satisfactory enhanced DBS check. If a satisfactory enhanced DBS check is not submitted in time for enrolment, student will be required to sign a declaration of provisional enrolment. At the start of years two and three, students will also be required to sign an annual declaration confirming that there have been no changes to their DBS status. More information on DBS checks can be found here

International students are able to make applications via OnTrack 

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2017/18 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BSc (Hons) Full-time £9,000 £13,800

Fees for full time Undergraduate UK/EU students may be increased in subsequent years of study by an inflationary amount determined by Welsh Government.

Fees for full time Undergraduate International students will increase by 3% for each subsequent year of study.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

You may face additional costs while at university, including (but not limited to):

  • Parking at the recreation ground and travel to and from campus
  • Photocopying and buying stationery and equipment such as USB sticks
  • A Disclosure and Barring Service Check (DBS) (Price as at Feb 2016, £44)
  • Recommended core texts are stocked in the University library, but students may wish to purchase their own personal copies
  • Library fines
  • Year three dissertation printing and binding (approx. £5)
  • Hire of gowns for graduation ceremonies

Fees and Funding

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to inflationary increases for International students and at the capped fee rate as set by the UK Government for UK/EU students.

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FUNDING: You may be eligible for university funding to help support your study. Find out more about scholarships and bursaries and other opportunities. 

CURRENT STUDENTS can find out more here about fees and funding for standard undergraduate degrees.

Course Structure

This is a modular undergraduate honours degree programme offering 360 credits over three years. Students will take half of their credits in Education, and the other half in Computing. In year one, students will undertake seven compulsory modules. In year two, students will take five compulsory modules and select two optional education modules, and in year three students will have one compulsory module (Teaching Computing via a School Placement) and a core dissertation module, select two optional modules for Education, and select three optional Computer Science modules.     

Students benefit from a varied and well supported programme of study including lectures, seminars, collaborative group work, computer lab sessions, field visits to schools and other educational settings, and online, digital learning.  Independent study and self-directed learning is an integral component of each module.

Staff offer opportunities for one-to-one support on academic matters and students are assigned a personal tutor from each academic department to provide personal, academic, and professional support.

Assessment: Students will be assessed through coursework including essays, presentations (poster and oral), written reports, reflective blogs, personalised learning records, research proposals, video blogs, programming assignments, and problem sheets. Students are also required to complete an 8,000 word empirically based research dissertation in the final year. Examinations will form a small component of the degree. These multiple forms of assessment will be used to meet the diverse learning styles and previous educational experiences of students.

Please note that students choosing to study towards the Cambridge English Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) will also have to undertake an examination as part of the qualification.  

 

International Students

We welcome applications from non-UK students and consider a wide range of international qualifications. For details visit our country specific guide.

English Language Requirements: IELTS 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each component) or an equivalent approved English Language test or qualification.

International applicants can find out more about how to apply here.

For further information email chhsinternational@swansea.ac.uk

Careers

The Department of Computer Science in Swansea University has an excellent employability record:

  • 100% of 2013/2014 graduates in professional level job or study (DLHE 2013/14)
  • 8th in the UK for graduate prospects (Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2016)

The ability to think rationally and to process data clearly and accurately are highly valued by employers. A Report by the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee, “Digital skills crisis” (June 2016) reflects on the problems with computer science education, noting that the UK is failing to recruit computer science teachers, and that 93% of tech companies find the digital skills gap affecting their commercial operations as they struggle to recruit into technical jobs. Consequently, graduates of our BSc (Hons) Education and Computing degree will be exceptionally well placed to fill close the digital skills gap in tech companies, and will be highly sought after in the education sector.

A degree in Education and Computing provides an excellent foundation for many types of careers, including:

early years teaching, play therapy and education administration
community development work
education research
local authority roles
learning mentoring and community education welfare
education publishing
software development and analysis
IT consultancy
database administration
IT engineering
education departments in museums, galleries and theatres, local and national government and in social services.

Graduates may also choose to pursue further training in primary, secondary or further education (e.g., primary PGCE, Post Compulsory Education and Training), or undertake a Masters course or PhD in Education, Computer Science or a related social science, to further enhance their professional skills, knowledge and experience.

Please note: Achievement of this qualification alone does not confer Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

CMALT Scheme

Swansea University is working in partnership with the Association for Learning Technology (ALT) to provide an opportunity for education students to achieve recognition through the ALT Certified Membership scheme (CMALT). Swansea University is the first higher education institution to incorporate an accreditation route to CMALT on an undergraduate education programme. Certified Members of ALT include learning technology practitioners, teachers and researchers from across the educational and commercial sectors. CMALT is nationally recognised and increasingly valued by employers and professionals, and provides an excellent opportunity to gain recognition for learning technology skills and experience, develop transferable skills, which can be applied cross all educational sectors and industry, and increase the impact of your professional record or CV.

For further information about this scheme then please contact Sam May (Digital Education Track Lead).

 

Employability

In connection with the Swansea Employability Academy (SEA) and University’s Career and Employability Service, students will be supported to undertake the SEA Bronze award in year one of their studies.

Students will also have the opportunity to undertake optional employability modules, which include work placements in organisations such as schools, local authorities, business and charities. On completion of these modules, students are awarded the Silver and Gold SEA Awards respectively. In addition, through our programme of field visits, and by completing the final year research based dissertation, students will also be supported to achieve the Platinum Level of the SEA Award. Completion of the SEA award will be recorded on students Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR). 

As part of the degree, all students will have the option of studying towards the Cambridge English Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA), at a substantially reduced cost.  The CELTA is useful for those hoping to start a career in English language teaching abroad or in the UK and is recognised world-wide as basic training for employment in English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teaching.

Information on ways to gain international experience while at Swansea University is available here on our international opportunities webpages.

Accommodation

Accommodation in residences is designated for new first year students. Here are your Swansea University accommodation options.

To make sure you get a room in residence in your first year, click here to read the Swansea University accommodation guarantee.

Global Opportunities

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Short and Summer Programmes are a great way to gain international experience in addition to your degree. The College of Human and Health Sciences runs a number of summer programmes for students with opportunities to visit ChinaThailand and Vietnam.