Computer Science - BSc (Hons)*

Course Overview

The BSc (Hons) Computer Science programme is designed to develop a grasp of the key concepts of computing, software and systems. It provides a deep understanding of the underpinning theoretical foundations of data and computation, along with developing highly transferable computational thinking, analytical and problem solving skills, as well as a broad range of software development skills.

You will also be exposed to the state-of-the art theories, technologies and research that will shape and transform society over the next decade. At a higher level, this programme will prepare you for graduate work by showcasing the impact and importance of computing and technology to the UK and global digital economy; the UK Government estimated that the digital sector alone contributed around £105 billion in gross value added (GVA) to the UK in 2011, with IT and telecoms the fastest growing economic sector.

The Department has strong links with industry and key technology companies throughout the UK and Europe. All students have the opportunity to participate in research, enterprise, public engagement, student exchange and internship programmes.

The Department has scored highly in the National Student Survey over the past five years, generally averaging between 90%-100% overall satisfaction.​

Course Content

Foundation Year (Year 0)

This programme can incorporate a Foundation Year, which is intended for students wishing to enrol onto the three-year honours degree, who fall into one of the following categories:

​​1. Students who have not achieved the required A-Level points (or equivalent) score to enter the first year of the degree programme.
2. Mature students who have been out of the formal education system for some time.

Further information about the Foundation Year can be found by clicking here.

Degree:

The Computer Science degree programme is comprised of a number of core modules, with a range of options in the second and final year to develop your specific interests and expertise:

Year 1:

Compulsory modules:

  • Principles of Programming
  • Architectures & Operating Systems
  • Building for the Web
  • Computing & Society
  • Computational Thinking
  • Developing Quality Software & Systems I

Year 2:

Compulsory modules:

  • Advanced Programming
  • Physical Computing
  • Data & Knowledge Management
  • Research Methods for Computing & IS
  • Developing Quality Software & Systems II
  • Work Placement

​Optional modules (select one):

  • Multimedia & Interaction
  • Mobile & Web Technologies
  • Networks & Communications
  • Law & Digital Security

Year 3:

Compulsory modules:

  • Professional Issues & Technology Management
  • Computational Intelligence
  • Cyber Security
  • Dissertation Project

Optional modules (select one):

  • Parallel & Distributed Systems
  • Advanced Multimedia
  • Software Architectures & Design Patterns
  • Algorithms, Logic & Complexity

*Please note: this degree programme is subject to periodic review in Februa​ry 2016, with minor modifications to modules possible. Not all optional modules will run every academic year, as this will depend on selection by students.

Learning & Teaching

A student-centred approach to learning and teaching is encouraged through the use of a broad range of teaching strategies, including: lectures, tutorials, seminars, technical labs, reflective blogs, individual and group projects, further enhanced by real world case studies and guest lectures from industry experts and supported by our Moodle virtual learning environment.

Due to the nature of the programme, practical labs and workshops are key to developing students’ technical understanding and abilities, underpinned by solid theoretical foundations. Students are expected to further develop their knowledge and understanding through directed self-study and independent learning time -- in additional to the timetabled delivery -- so as to develop a professional portfolio of project work and software artefacts as they move into graduate employment, for example through blogging and on GitHub.

Students are supported academic and pastorally by the Programme Team, led by the Director of Undergraduate Studies and supported by Year Tutors. Their work is supported by the Personal Tutor team within the School, who provide a point of contact for general academic and pastoral issues. The Department has an active Student Computing Society, an official Students’ Union society, as well as a BCS Student Chapter, providing a wide range of events, activities and field trips throughout the academic year. 

Assessment

The assessment strategy for the programme varies to ensure the most appropriate method for each specific module and subject area. This will be a combination of formal examinations, practical programming assignments, written assignments, technical reports, presentations, in-class tests, peer assessments and work-based placements. Thus, in addition to formal examinations and assessments at the end of the academic year, you will be continuously assessed and given feedback on your progress and development throughout the year i.e. through both formative and summative assessment. Many modules are assessed through a combination of practical coursework assignments and unseen written exams, generally weighted 50/50 at the end of the term or year. ​

Employability & Careers

The primary aim of this degree programme is to develop theoretical understanding of the key concepts of computing, software and systems. It will showcase the wider impact and importance of software and technology to both society as well as the UK and global digital economy, alongside developing highly transferable computational thinking, analytical and problem solving skills, as well as a broad range of software development skills.

Computer Science graduates will find a wide variety of career opportunities across both the traditional IT and telecoms sector, as well as the majority of the other industrial sectors (both public and private), including the digital/creative industries, financial and professional services, advanced manufacturing, engineering and management consultancy. Real world experience is obtained as part of your study by compulsory work experience, as well as optional sandwich year placements and industrial internships. Over the past few years, our students have been successful in obtaining placements in nationally competitive schemes with Microsoft, HP, General Electric and the Met Office.

On successful completion of this degree programme, there are also further taught postgraduate study options across computing and information systems here at Cardiff Met, as well as research and PhD programmes.​

Entry Requirements & How to Apply

Foundation route:

Applicants must have a minimum of five GCSE passes grade A-C including English Language and Mathematics (or equivalent) plus 80 UCAS points (or equivalent).

Candidates who do not possess normal minimum entry qualification are interviewed and considered individually by members of the course team on the basis of their prior learning or working background.

Degree:

Applicants should have a minimum of five GCSEs at grades A-C including English Language and Mathematics (or equivalent), plus 240 UCAS points from one (or a combination) of the following:

  • At least three A Levels / Scottish Advanced Highers to include grades CC, at least one to be in a relevant subject
  • QCF BTEC Extended Diploma Merit Merit Merit in a relevant subject
  • Irish Leaving Certificate at Highers to include a relevant subject, minimum C2 grade counted towards points offer
  • Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma considered along with grades CC at A Level or equivalent
  • Pass Access to HE Diploma with 45 credits at Level 3 within a relevant subject

We are delighted to receive applications from students who have studied Computer Science at GCSE or A-Level (often called Computing by the examination boards) and we will give due consideration to them. Currently, only a minority of students have had a chance to study Computer Science (especially at GCSE), so do not worry if you have not had the opportunity.

If your qualification is not listed above, please refer to the UCAS website.

Applicants holding an Edexcel Higher Award (HNC/HND) with a significant Computing or Software Engineering content may be able to complete the course within one or two years. It is possible to top-up from an ordinary to an honours degree if you have a UWIC or Cardiff Met awarded degree. Please contact Admissions if you wish to enter via these routes.

Selection Procedure:
Selection is usually on the basis of a completed UCAS application and where relevant an interview.

How to Apply:
Applications for this course should be made online to UCAS at www.ucas.com/apply. For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/howtoapply​.

UCAS Code: G400
Foundation students should also use this UCAS code and apply for entry point 0 on the UCAS website.

Key Facts

Place of Study:
Cardiff School of Management
Llandaff​ Campus

Course Length:
Three years full-time. Four years full-time if undertaking foundation year or year-long sandwich placement. Five years full-time if undertaking foundation year and year-long sandwich placement.

International Applicants:
Before making an application, international students (those outside of the EU), should contact the International Office at Cardiff Met to discuss the necessary procedures in relation to studying with us. For further information visit www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/international

Tuition Fees, Student Finance & Additional Costs
For up to date information on tuition fees and the financial support that may be available whilst at university, please refer to www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/fees. For information on any potential additional course costs, please refer to www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/additionalcosts.

Bursaries & Scholarships:
The university also offers a bursary and scholarship scheme to help students whilst at university. To see if you are eligible, visit www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/scholarships.​

Contact Us

For general enquiries please contact the Admissions Team on 029 2041 6044 or email askadmissions@cardiffmet.ac.uk

For course specific enquiries, please contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Professor​ Tom Crick: 
Email: tcrick@cardiffmet.ac.uk
Tel: 029 2041 7174

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Full terms and conditions in relation to accepting an offer to study at Cardiff Metropolitan University can be found by visiting www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/terms