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BSc Data Science

Data Science - BSc (Hons) Degree

Key Facts

UCAS Code: G500
Foundation students should also use this UCAS code and apply for entry point 0 on the UCAS website.

Place of Study: 
Llandaff Campus

Cardiff School of Technologies

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.

Course Overview

Data Science is the field of scientific methods, processes, and algorithms that allow the gleaning of knowledge or intelligence from data in its various forms. 

This Data Science degree will equip graduates with the necessary competences in data visualisation and storytelling and to design and develop novel data visualisation approaches with creativity and programming skill. 

Students will learn to analyse datasets through various statistical and computational techniques. In addition, they will also be equipped with the skills to design and utilise Data Science systems; to use industry standard tools and techniques and also have the opportunity to apply computational intelligence techniques such as machine learning.

Course information on this page relates to September 2020 entry.

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.


Year 1:

  • Computational Thinking (20 credits) 
  • Architectures & Operating Systems (20 credits)
  • Principles of Programming (20 credits)
  • Developing Quality Software & Systems I (20 credits)
  • Computing and Society (20 credits) 
  • Building for the Web (20 credits)

Year 2:

  • Research Methods for Computing & Information Systems (10 credits)
  • Data and Knowledge Management (20 credits)
  • Data Analysis (20 credits)
  • Blockchain Fundamentals (20 credits)
  • Data Visualisation & Storytelling (20 credits)
  • Developing Quality Software & Systems II (20 credits)

Optional modules:

  • Summer Experience of Work with Personal Development Plan (PDP) (10 Credits)
  • Work Experience with PDP (10 Credits)
  • Employability Skills Computing Project (10 Credits)

Year 3:

  • Computing Project (40 credits)
  • Professional & Ethical Issues in Information Technology (20 credits)
  • Data Visualisation Grammar and Idioms (20 credits)
  • Analytics & Business Intelligence (20 credits)

Optional modules (select one):

  • Industrial Work Experience (20 credits)
  • Computational Intelligence (20 credits)

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 addition 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 academically and pastorally by the Programme Team, led by the Programme Director 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 School 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 .


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 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 course will equip graduates with the necessary skills and knowledge to understand, apply and critically evaluate underlying Data Science principles. In addition, graduates will also be equipped with the skills to design and utilise Data Science systems and use industry standard tools and techniques in their implementation. 

Graduates will be ably equipped to pursue a highly lucrative career in a number of sectors. According to, Data Scientist is the 17th best job with a median base salary of £45,000 and 578 job openings (data as of July 2018). 

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 will preferably have a minimum of five GCSE passes including English Language and Mathematics* at grade C or above (grade 4 or above for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England) and 32 UCAS Tariff Points from at least 1 A level (or equivalent).

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


Five GCSE passes including English Language and Mathematics* at grade C or above (grade 4 or above for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England), plus 96 points from at least 2 A levels (or equivalent).  

Typical offers may include:

  • 96 points from at least two A levels to include grades CC; Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma considered as the third subject

  • RQF BTEC National Extended Diploma/Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma MMM

  • 96 points from at least two Scottish Advanced Highers to include grades DD

  • 96 points from the Irish Leaving Certificate at Highers to include 2 x H2 grades.  Higher level subjects only considered with a minimum grade H4

  • 96 points from the Access to Higher Education Diploma

*For Welsh applicants sitting the reformed Mathematics GCSE, we will accept either GCSE Mathematics or Mathematics – Numeracy.        

We are delighted to receive applications from students who have studied Computer Science at GCSE or A-Level (often called Computing by the main 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 you are studying combinations of the above, or if your qualification isn't listed, please either contact Admissions or refer to the UCAS Course Search for entry requirements. Further information on our entry requirements, including qualifications from the EU can be found by clicking here.

Applicants holding an Edexcel Higher Award (HNC/HND) with a significant Computing or Information Technology 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 Cardiff Met awarded degree. Please contact Admissions if you wish to enter via these routes.

International Applicants
Students whose first language is not English will need to provide evidence of fluency to at least an IELTS 6.0 standard or equivalent. For full details about how to apply and English Language qualifications please visit the International pages on the website.

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 For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at

Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer into year 2 & 3

If you are interested in transferring credit from another institution to study at Cardiff met for a course which accepts entry for year 2 and/or 3, you can find further information on this and information on how to apply on the RPL page. Please contact Admissions for any queries that you have on RPL.

Mature students

A mature applicant is anyone over the age of 21 who didn't go to university after school or college. Cardiff Met welcomes applications from mature applicants and further advice and information can be found here.

Contact Us

For general enquiries please contact the Admissions Team on 029 2041 6044 or email or tweet us @CMetAdmissions.

For course specific enquiries, please contact the Programme Director, Dr Imtiaz Khan: 
Email: Tel: 029 2041 6253

Full terms and conditions in relation to accepting an offer to study at Cardiff Metropolitan University can be found by visiting