This is a three-year programme designed to teach you a wide range of aspects of Computer Science. In year 1 you will learn how to program, study how computers work, be introduced to Software Engineering, and learn about the fundamental mathematics and theory of Computer Science. Year 1 is common for our BSc in Computer Science, BSc in Software Engineering and MEng in Computing. It is possible to switch between degrees.
In year 2 you will learn about operating systems and networking, computer graphics, databases, compilers, advanced and specialised programming programming, specification, 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.
In year 3, 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 (see the current modules below).
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 programme has one grade higher entry.
Entry offers for our foundation year will be CCD 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, with the exception of G4GC Mathematics for Computer Science. 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 DDM 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 240 points for G401)
Please refer to the UCAS Tariff Tables to determine your points equivalent if you have other qualifications.
Applicants with grades of CCC or higher are welcome (CDD for G401).
Year 1 (Level 4)
HE Level 4 Degree / HECert
Professional Issues 1: Computers and Society
Professional Issues 2: Software Development
Concepts of Computer Science 1
Concepts of Computer Science 2
Modelling Computing Systems 1
Modelling Computing Systems 2
Year 2 (Level 5)
HE Level 5 Degree / HEDip
Introduction to Human-Computer Interaction
Software Engineering 2
Automata and Formal Language Theory
Year 3 (Level 6)
HE Level 6 Degree / Honours
Students choose 120 credits from the following:
Project Implementation and Dissertation
Project Specification and Development
Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:
Project Implementation and Dissertation
Choose Exactly 80 credits from the following Modules:
NOTE : Some modules will have limited numbers due to space/equipment constraints. Please discuss any questions with the module lecturer.
Writing Mobile Apps
Computer Graphics II:Modelling and Rendering
Concepts of Programming Languages
High Integrity Systems
Web Service Applications
Artificial Intelligence Applications
Web Application Development
Mobile Interaction Design
High-Performance Computing in C/C++
Embedded Systems Design
Design Patterns and Generic Programming
Logic for Computer Science
Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
Modelling and Verification Techniques
Teaching Computing via a School Placement
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.
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