BSc Computer Science (with Integrated Foundation) G401

2016 Clearing and Adjustment Availability

We have places available for Clearing and Adjustment applicants for 2016.  Visit our Clearing and Adjustment pages for up to date information on vacancies and to apply.

Course Overview

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The BSc Computer Science with Foundation Year degree is intended for students who do not have the appropriate qualifications to directly start the three-year BSc in Computer Science. The foundation year includes a wide range of relevant content that both prepare students for the BSc in Computer Science, as well as enabling them to experience other subjects in Science at Swansea.

The foundation year will enable you to learn the key scientific, mathematical and engineering concepts that are essential for a future career in Computer Science.

In your first semester, you will learn how to program. You will also study mathematics relevant to Computer Science, and key skills as well as topics from environmental science and physics. In your second semester, you will study more advanced concepts in Computer Science that will give you a broad overview of different aspects of the subject. You will also learn how to analyse and present data, as well as study topics from bioscience and geography.

Key Features

  • Teaching quality – 3rd in the UK for teaching quality [Times & Sunday Times University Guide 2016]
  • Student satisfaction  - SECOND in the UK for student satisfaction with 98% (National Student Survey 2015)
  • Star academic Professor Harold Thimbleby – passion is designing computer systems so people can rely on them for their lives as in intensive care in hospitals.  His book ‘Press On’ won the American Publishers’ Association best book award in computer science. 
  • Star academic Professor Matt Jones – Wolfson Research Merit fellow – passion is empowering rural digital communities in the developing world and in the UK

Modules

Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

Year 0 (Level 3)

Year 1 (Level 4)

Year 2 (Level 5)

Year 3 (Level 6)

HE Level 6 Degree / Honours

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
CSP354Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)15Computer Science Project Specification and Development
Optional Modules

Description

  • Excellent employment prospects.
  • According to the 2016 Times Good University Guide, Computer Science at Swansea is 7th overall for Computer Science in the UK and 1st in Wales [ 2016 Times League Table ].
  • According to the 2016 Guardian University Guide, Computer Science at Swansea is 11th in the UK overall and 1st in Wales.
  • Ranked 11th in the UK for research and 1st in Wales. [ Research Excellence Framework ]
  • 80% of the research activity assessed as world-leading or internationally-excellent.
  • A state-of-the-art education.
  • Friendly staff, committed to the highest standards.
  • 2nd for "Student Satisfaction", 2015 National Student Survey. [  2015 NSS Results ]
  • Our industrial programme IT Wales that arranges employment placements.
  • A university with high success rate, low drop-out rate, and excellent student support.
  • Whatuni University of the year 2014.

Entry Requirements

Offers for our main degree programmes are around ABB-BBB at A-level or DDD for BTEC depending on interview and 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 MMM at BTEC.

We exclude General Studies, Key Skills and some other exams.

A level Mathematics is not a requirement for our degrees. All modern computer science degrees involve discrete mathematics and mathematical logic, on which all forms of computation, programming, and systems design depend. We have substantial experience (and success!) in teaching these essential tools to students who do not have recent mathematical experience. 

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, or Statistics, or Physics.
  • You 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, (or MMM for G401).
  • You are expecting to get AAB in 3 A-levels (or 340 UCAS points), (or 260 points for G401)

Please refer to the UCAS Tariff Tables to determine your points equivalent if you have other qualifications.

 

International students:  please visit our International pages for information on entry requirements for your country. Contact international-science@swansea.ac.uk

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 2016/17 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BSc (Hons) Full-time £9,000 £14,350

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3% for International students and at the capped fee rate as set by the UK Government for UK/EU students.

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

"Studying at Swansea University has been a fantastic experience. The course brings together the theoretical background necessary to grasp a sound knowledge of Computer Science, as well as practical topics that can be applied directly to the industry. This ideal balance has allowed me to consider all options without being restricted; from further education, to work in almost any career. The course is taught by lecturers from a wide variety of backgrounds that bring their own personal ‘flavour’ to every lecture; which has provided an engaging and exciting learning experience".

Marc Dragon, BSc Computer Science

Read our student profiles.

Facilities

The Department is well equipped for undergraduate 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 five fully networked laboratories: three, 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. We are also part of the MSDNAA which entitles students to download most Microsoft Software freely for their own academic use (including the latest Windows OS, Visual Studio, SQL server).

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 with Foundation Year is accredited by the British Computer Society, and provides exemption from their membership exams.

Enrolment

Welcome to new and returning students.

You will find information regarding Departmental Enrolment and Induction events, along with enrolment instructions here.