If you are interested in Computer Science but do not have the sufficient relevant background, then our computer science degree with a foundation year will be the opportunity for you to immerse yourself in both the fundamentals of computer science and the very latest technological innovations. The first year of this course will be a gentle introduction to the subject. After the first year, the scheme follows the same core subjects as the G400 BSc Computer Science degree scheme. Employability is at the heart of this degree and it is accredited by the BCS (The Chartered Institute for IT) on behalf of the Engineering Council, which gives our students a head start when they enter the competitive job market. You will have access to dedication Linux, Mac OS X laboratories and central servers. You will be taught by lecturers who have close links with the industry and software engineering conferences and you will also have access to robotic equipment including Ardvinos, mobile robots and sailing robots. The foundation year will cover information technology tools, a review of the mathematical skills essential for the degree and programming concepts. Subsequent years will introduce you to web development, an individual project in which you will develop a piece of software and a range of elective subjects to help you specialise in areas of your choice. Employability skills are the core values of our degree. As part of your degree, you will be required to take part in a residential where you and other students will have work in teams to solve problems. This activity will encourage and improve your skills in communication, analysis, time management, independent and group-based working, organisation, implementation, research and technical skills. The University operates a Year in Employment Scheme (YES) and GO Wales. You have the option to take a year out between your second and third year to work in an organisation in the UK or overseas. YES is very rewarding and a worthwhile experience. Upon completion of this programme, you will stand out from the crowd in a competitive job market. Our degree prepares you for a variety of careers in fields such as:
- Software design;
- Communications and networking;
- Computer applications;
- Web development;
- IT consultancy and management;
- Systems analysis and development;
- Computer sales;
In your foundation year you will be introduced to; Information Technology Tools;And review the mathematical skills needed for your future study; Programming concepts; Optional modules may be Business or Media. In your first year you will discover; Programming; Computer Infrastructure; Web development; Problems + solutions. In your second and third year, you will explore; Our software development lifecycle module. This module will allow you to take a role which exists in the industry i.e. project manager, designer etc, you will be required to produce a working software product, following best current industrial practice at every stage; Data structures and algorithms; Development processes, techniques and technologies for constructing real operational software ;Individual project, where you will develop a piece of software in an area of particular interest to you.
How to apply
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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Points of entry
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Available to those who are studying for, or who have completed Level 3 qualifications (eg, A-Levels or BTEC diploma) and to mature-aged candidates without formal qualifications who have suitable background education, experience and motivation. Applicants are selected on their individual merits and offers can vary. We allow you flexibility in meeting our entry requirements, and all qualifications that you have already gained, or are working towards, will be considered when reviewing your application. We have an inclusive policy which recognises a broad range of qualifications. The entry requirements listed above represent typical offers for some of the most popular qualifications taken by applicants. If you cannot find the qualifications that you are studying (or have previously studied) please contact our Undergraduate Admissions Office (Telephone: +44 (0)1970 622021; Email: [email protected]) for advice on your eligibility and details of the typical offer you are likely to receive.
Additional entry requirements
A minimum grade C or grade 4 pass in GCSE (or equivalent) English or Welsh is a requirement for entry to all our degree schemes. Business, Mathematics, Psychology and Science degree schemes also require a minimum grade C or grade 4 pass in GCSE (or equivalent).
English language requirements
|Cambridge English Advanced||B|
|Cambridge English Proficiency||C|
|IELTS (Academic)||6||With minimum 5.5 in each component.|
|PTE Academic||55||With minimum score of 51 an any component.|
|TOEFL (iBT)||88||With minimum scores in components as follows: Listening 21; Writing 21; Reading 22; Speaking 23.|
If you are an international student needing more information about the English Language requirement for your course (e.g. country-specific English Language tests, Partner Institution tests, EU/EEA English Language qualifications where the school curriculum is taught in a native language) please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for further advice.
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Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9000||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9000||Year 1|
|Republic of Ireland||£9000||Year 1|
Additional fee information
Aberystwyth University offers a valuable package of scholarships and bursaries to support students. Our long-established Entrance Examination competition means you could get up to £2,000 a year towards your living and study costs. You can combine that with any or all of our other awards, to make your financial package more valuable. Our awards include Sport and Music Scholarships, Bursaries for Care Leavers/Young Carers/Estranged Students and a range of department specific awards. Please visit our website for full details.
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Department of Computer Science (undergraduate enquiries)
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