BSc Computer Science (with Integrated Foundation) G401

Course Overview

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The BSc Computer Science with Foundation Year degree at Swansea University is ideally suited to 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 will prepare you for the BSc in Computer Science, as well as enabling you to experience other subjects in Science at Swansea.

As a student on this course you will learn the key scientific, mathematical and engineering concepts that are essential for a future career in computer science, and explore a range of topics which typically include environmental science through to advanced concepts in computer science.

Once you have progressed on to one of our three-year degree schemes, you will be able to choose from a range of modules such as computer graphics, modelling computer systems, software engineering, writing mobile apps and data visualisation.

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!


Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

Year 0 (Level 3)

Entry Level 3 / Year 0
Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
CS-000Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Mathematical Skills for Computer Science
CS-001Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Fundamental Mathematics Skills for Natural Scientists.
CS-081Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Computational Problem Solving
CS-099Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Computers Unplugged
CSC009Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Technologies for Information Presentation
CSC061Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Introduction to Programming
CSC079Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Fundamentals of Robotics
MA-006Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Fundamental Mathematics

Year 1 (Level 4)

FHEQ 4 Degree / HECert
Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
CS-110Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Programming 1
CS-115Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Programming 2
CS-130Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Professional Issues 1: Computers and Society
CS-135Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Professional Issues 2: Software Development
CS-150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Concepts of Computer Science 1
CS-155Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Concepts of Computer Science 2
CS-170Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Modelling Computing Systems 1
CS-175Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Modelling Computing Systems 2

Year 2 (Level 5)

FHEQ 5 Degree / HEDip
Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
CS-200Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Introduction to Human-Computer Interaction
CS-205Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Declarative Programming
CS-210Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Concurrency
CS-230Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Software Engineering
CS-250Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Database Systems
CS-255Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Computer Graphics
CS-270Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Algorithms
CS-275Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Automata and Formal Language Theory

Year 3 (Level 6)

FHEQ 6 Degree / Honours

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

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

Choose Exactly 15 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
CSP302Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)15Computer Science Project Dissertation
CSP344Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)15Computer Science Project Implementation and Dissertation

Choose Exactly 90 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
AR-501Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Enterprise and Creativity: Entrepreneurship in practice
AR-701Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Enterprise and Creativity: Entrepreneurship in Practice
CSC306Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Writing Mobile Apps
CSC309Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)15Invention and Innovation in Computing
CSC313Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15High Integrity Systems
CSC318Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Cryptography and IT-Security
CSC327Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Visual Analytics
CSC337Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Data Visualisation
CSC345Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Big Data and Machine Learning
CSC348Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Web Application Development
CSC349Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15User Experience
CSC364Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Software Testing
CSC368Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Embedded System Design
CSC371Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Advanced Object Oriented Programming
CSC375Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Logic for Computer Science
CSC385Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)15Modelling and Verification Techniques
CSC390Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Teaching Computing via a School Placement


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.

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

Tuition Fees

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

UK/EU International
BSc (Hons) Full-time £9,000 £15,250

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

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.

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

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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.

In addition, the department has:

  • Maker Lab – A dedicated space for building new things, equipped with 3d printer, laser cutters along with many other tools.
  • Cyber-physical systems lab – A dedicated lab for designing and running embedded systems and robotic devices.
  • Security Lab – A lab full of facilities to support penetration testing, network security and mobile application security.

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.


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

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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.

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

International Students

If you are an international student please find more information about our Foundation Year here.