BSc Computer Science with a year abroad G40C

Course Overview

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The BSc Computer Science with a Year Abroad degree at Swansea University is a four-year scheme designed to teach you a wide range of aspects of Computer Science.

As a BSc Computer Science with a Year Abroad student, you will have the opportunity 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 develop your programming skills (in C and Java), and have the opportunity to attempt advanced tasks, both individually and in groups. You will also have the opportunity to spend a year abroad at one of our partner institutions and experience a different culture and language.

In the final year of your studies, 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 from year to year.

Key Features

With a recent investment of £31m in a state-of-the-art Computational Foundry for computer and mathematical sciences, there are many good reasons to study a Computer Science degree at Swansea University. We are proud to be top in the UK for career prospects (Guardian University Guide 2018) and have consistently high student satisfaction scores (top in Wales / 94% National Student Survey 2017). We are also top 10 in the UK for teaching quality (Times & Sunday Times University Guide 2017) and have strong links with industry - our Project Fair allows our students to present their work to local businesses!

Description

BSc Computer Science is a broad curiosity-driven (that is, you can choose to specialise 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.

Students will get the opportunity to spend a year abroad at one of our partner institutions. This is a marvellous opportunity to experience a different culture and, depending on the destination, to develop valuable language skills. Find out more about studying abroad: http://www.swansea.ac.uk/international/opportunities/

Entry Requirements

Offers for our main degree programmes are around AAB-BBB at A-level or DDD for BTEC depending on subjects taken. Our MEng and MSci programmes have one grade higher entry. Entry offers for our foundation year will be CCC at A-level or DMM at BTEC. We exclude General Studies, Key Skills and reject or make higher offers to some subject combinations.

A-level students: If you are studying Maths, Computer Science or Physics, your 2 other A levels can be in any subject.

If you are not studying Maths, Computer Science or Physics, 2 of your A-levels should come from the following list of subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Electronics, Psychology (Economics may replace Psychology). We will consider other subject combinations, but students must demonstrate an aptitude for maths and a proven track record of academic achievement in your chosen subjects.

BTEC students: BTEC extended diploma must be either Computing or Information Technology.

Applicants without a grade 6/grade B or higher in GCSE Maths will be rejected unless you are re-sitting GCSE Maths, or studying AS or A level Maths (any variation), or Physics. GCSE Maths-Numeracy is not accepted to replace GCSE Maths in our entry requirement. Applicants without a grade 4/C in GCSE English will be rejected unless they are re-sitting the subject.

How To Apply

  • All applications for full-time undergraduate degrees must be made through UCAS. Further information is available on the UCAS website.
  • For UK applicants, please apply online at www.ucas.ac.uk
  • For International students, please click here

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2018/19 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BSc (Hons) Full-time

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.

During a sandwich year (e.g. year in industry, year abroad or placement year) a lower fee will apply. For more information visit our tuition fees page.

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

The tuition fees do not cover the costs of purchasing books or stationery, printing, thesis binding or photocopying costs.

There are no mandatory additional costs specified for this course.

International Entry Requirements

International students:  please visit our International pages for information on entry requirements for your country:  Africa, South Asia, East Asia, Europe and Russia, Middle East, North America, South America, South East Asia.  If your country is not listed within these regions, please contact international-science@swansea.ac.uk

Teaching and assessment

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, laboratory work, seminars and tutorials.

You will be assessed by a combination of written examinations, coursework, and a project in your final level.

Student profiles

“I really enjoyed my time at Swansea University. Even though I knew nothing about computer science when I started, the lecturers were very helpful as were my classmates. The lecturers were also very approachable and it felt more like friend-to-friend conversations as opposed to teacher/student. I'd advise all students to make the most of their time off in the summer and get some experience through internships or similar jobs. I did this and it led to me receiving a few job offers before I'd even finished university."

Casey Denner, MEng Computing

Read our student profiles.

Facilities

The Department is well equipped for teaching, and is continually upgrading its laboratories to ensure equipment is up-to-date – equipment is never more than three years old, and rarely more than two. Currently, students use three fully networked laboratories: one, running Windows; another running Linux; and a project laboratory, containing specialised equipment. These laboratories support a wide range of software, including the programming languages Java, C# and the .net framework, C, C++, Haskell and Prolog among many; integrated programme development environments such as Visual Studio and Netbeans; the widely-used Microsoft Office package; web access tools; and many special purpose software tools including graphical rendering and image manipulation tools; expert system production tools; concurrent system modelling tools; World Wide Web authoring tools; and databases.

As part of our expansion, we are building the Computational Foundry on our Bay Campus for computer and mathematical sciences. This development is exciting news for Swansea Mathematics who are part of the vibrant and growing community of world-class research leaders drawn from computer and mathematical sciences.

Careers

The importance of gaining valuable core skills and life experience whilst at University has never been so critical.  As computer scientists in training you will be taught a full range of core skills and practises by leading experts that will enable you to successfully pursue a career within computing.

Every year we survey our recent graduates to ascertain their employment status. The data is more commonly known as the Graduate Destinations survey and is reported to HESA (the Higher Education Statistics Authority).

HESA data collected in January 2013 about our 2012 graduates showed that 100% of Swansea's Computer Science graduates were in full-time employment or further study within six months of graduation. Computer Science at Swansea is 7th in the UK for "Graduate Prospects", the 2014 Times Good University Guide.

Some example job titles from the surveys are:

  • Flex Programmer: CBSMSoftware
  • Engineer: General Dynamics UK
  • Computer analyst: Hewlett Packard
  • Senior Software Developer: Information Processing Ltd.
  • Systems Developer: Itchen College
  • IT Engineer: LRN Security
  • IT Engineer: New Directions
  • Software developer: Persuasive Image
  • Web Developer: Time Etc Ltd.
  • Developer: Tinopolis
  • Software Developer: VSI Thinking
  • Systems analyst: Wall Colmonoy
  • Database Administrator: We Predict Ltd
  • Software Engineer: Motorola Solutions
  • Change Coordinator: Logica
  • Software Developer/Engineer: NS Technology
  • Workflow Developer: Irwin Mitchell
  • IT Developer: Crimsan Consultants
  • Consultant: Crimsan Consultants
  • Programmer: Evil Twin Artworks
  • Software Developer: BMJ Group
  • Graduate software engineer BT

 Find out more about employability

Research

The Department submitted all 22 of its research-active staff for RAE 2008.

25% of our submitted research was assessed as world-leading quality.

More than 75% of our submitted publications were assessed as world-leading or internationally excellent.

Only 12 other UK Computer Science departments achieved a higher percentage of world-leading research.

Find out more

Accreditation

The BSc in Computer Science is accredited by the British Computer Society, and allows graduates to join immediately as professional members.