ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: ABB - BBB at A-level with a minimum or five A*- C grade GCSE passes including Welsh/English Language grade C or above, and Maths Grade B or above.
INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS are welcome to apply.
AVERAGE EARNINGS: Typical salaries for qualified primary and secondary school teachers are in the region of £22,467-£33,160, depending on experience. Within leadership and managerial roles in education, salaries can significantly exceed this. As a headteacher you could earn as much as £108,282. (DofE)
ACCREDITATION: The curriculum for this programme has been informed by and is aligned to the most recent QAA benchmark statements for Education (2015) and Computing (2016), as well as the ACM 2013 Guidelines for Computer Science Curricula.
Why take this course?
- Computer Science at Swansea was ranked 1st in Wales, 3rd in the UK for overall teaching quality, and 8th in the UK for graduate prospects (Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2016).
- A unique aspect of the degree is its emphasis on learning in a digital age, affording students opportunities to experiment, assess and reflect on digital learning technologies central to current trends in education theory and practice.
- The degree structure is flexible, offering a wide-range of specialist modules that allow students to tailor their degree to their future career goals while developing their individual interests.
- As part of the degree, all students will be given the option of studying towards the Cambridge English CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults), at a substantially reduced cost to students.
- In years two and three of the degree, students have the opportunity to undertake work placements in organisations such as schools, local authorities, business and charities.
- Computer Science is ranked 1st in Wales and 11th in the UK for the quality of its research (The Research Excellence Framework, 2014).
- The University's Academic Success Programme offers complementary study skills courses to help students maximise their potential.
- Education and Computing gives students the chance to view how the subject is taught and is developing in schools.
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The BSc (Hons) Education and Computing joint honours degree will enable students to specialise in both subjects, Education and Computing, developing a range and mix of skills and knowledge which will enhance their future career prospects and prepare them for a role in computing education.
The programme is intended for students who wish to develop their knowledge and skills in computing and how this subject applies to education and wider society.
Designed for both UK/EU and international students, our BSc (Hons) Education and Computing programme considers:
- Education in a wide context, not just within formal primary and secondary school settings, but also Further/Higher Education, social services, local and national government, and education within the community.
- A wide range of computing skills, including how to program (e.g., C and Java) and analyse a wide range of computing systems, and the fundamental mathematics and theory of computer science. Students will learn about operating systems and networking, computer graphics, compilers, scientific modelling, mathematical abstraction, databases, and advanced and specialised programming. Students will also develop an excellent working knowledge of professional standards in the computing education sector and in industry more widely.
Research Focused: Students will be equipped with a solid grounding in computing, as well as contemporary theories and conceptual models of education as applied to local, national and international practice. Students will develop the research skills needed to critically evaluate current education practice and policy, and in turn, inform future policy development in a rapidly changing political and social environment.
Enhancing Employability: Employability and study skills are embedded throughout our BSc (Hons) Education and Computing degree, with all students having the opportunity to undertake optional work placement modules in years two and three of the degree. A degree in Education and Computing provides excellent preparation for students wishing to undertake further training in primary, secondary or further education, and for entry to a wide-range of professional careers.
In addition, with our unique emphasis on learning in a digital age, students will be well equipped to utilise cutting edge learning technologies central to current trends in education theory and practice.
According to a recent House of Commons report, up to 12.6 million of the adult UK population lack basic digital skills, and that this skills gap is costing the UK economy an estimated £63 billion a year in lost additional GDP. As computer scientists and research effective educationalists, graduates of our BSc (Hons) Education and Computing degree will be well placed to close this skills gap.
For further information please refer to the 'Careers and Employability' section.
The Department of Computer Science in Swansea University has an excellent employability record:
- 100% of 2013/2014 graduates in professional level job or study (DLHE 2013/14)
- 8th in the UK for graduate prospects (Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2016)
The ability to think rationally and to process data clearly and accurately are highly valued by employers. A Report by the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee,