Computer Science (with a year in Industry) (BSc (Hons))

Swansea University

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The award
BSc (Hons)

How long you will study
4 years

Domestic course fees
GBP 9000 per year

How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
GBP 14800 per year

All study options

About Computer Science (with a year in Industry) at Swansea University

Course Overview

This is a four-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 the fundamental mathematics and theory of Computer Science.

In year 2 you'll learn about operating systems and networking, computer graphics, databases, compilers, advanced and specialised programming specifications, and some of the more advanced theoretical aspects. You will develop your programming skills (in C and Java), and undertake advanced tasks. You will also receive support throughout the year from our placements team to help you prepare and secure a paid industrial placement.

In year 3, subject to application you will undertake a paid Industrial placement with a sector relevant company.

In year 4, you will undertake a large project, accounting for 25% of the credit for the year, and study a selection of our advanced option modules.

Key features

  • We are top in the UK for career prospects [Guardian University Guide 2018]
  • 5th in the UK overall [Guardian University Guide 2018]
  • Top 5 in the UK for student satisfaction with 94%. Top in Wales [National Student Survey 2017]
  • We are in the UK Top 10 for teaching quality [Times & Sunday Times University Guide 2017]
  • 12th in the UK overall and Top in Wales [Times & Sunday Times University Guide 2017]
  • 92% in graduate employment or further study six months after leaving University [HESA data 2014/15]
  • UK TOP 20 for Research Excellence [Research Excellence Framework 2014]
  • Our Project Fair allows students to present their work to local industry
  • Strong links with industry
  • £31m Computational Foundry for computer and mathematical sciences will provide the most up-to-date and high quality teaching facilities featuring world-leading experimental set-ups, devices and prototypes to accelerate innovation and ensure students will be ready for exciting and successful careers.  (From September 2018)
  • Top University in Wales [Times & Sunday Times University Guide 2017]

Course description

The BSc in Computer Science with a Year in industry is a four-year programme designed to teach you a wide range of aspects of Computer Science. The programme shares the same teaching path as the BSc. in Computer Science and offers the opportunity for you to take an industrial placement year to further expand your understanding of the sector, and further develop and apply the skills you have been taught.

Preparation for the placement begins in the first year where support and guidance is provided to help you secure an appropriate salaried post. Furthermore Swansea University has developed strategic relationships with key employers who provide industrial placement opportunities for our students. These providers work closely with the department throughout your programme of study, giving you the opportunity to develop and grow a strong and meaningful relationship with sector specific businesses, and ultimately strengthen your employment prospects and greatly enhance your CV.

Career prospects

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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Notes about fees for this course

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

UK/EU International BSc (Hons) Full-time (with a year in Industry) £9,000 £14,800

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.

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.

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 may be rejected. If you apply with a C/5 in GCSE Maths, your application will be considered if 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.

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