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Computer and Data Science Birmingham City University Degree level: Undergraduate

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Data Science is an exciting new discipline that integrates computer science and statistics, which helps enable us to gain valuable insights that are needed in modern organisations. The Computer and Data Science degree course is designed to equip you with the cutting-edge skills required to satisfy the global demand for Data Scientist roles and thus build a rewarding career.

You’ll gain a well-rounded education in Computer and Data Science, whilst developing your teamwork and software development skills. When you graduate you’ll be able to design software by applying mathematical and scientific principles, enabling you to thrive in the IT industry.

You’ll cover all aspects of data science, ranging from data acquisition, integration, storage, analysis and visualization of data. You’ll also learn about data mining, statistical analysis, and machine learning by working collaboratively with academics and businesses, applying practice-based skills to real-life case studies and projects.

What's covered in the course?

BSc Computer and Data Science shares a common first year with the BSc Computer Science course. The first year covers fundamental concepts, such as algorithms and data structures, while also nurturing your creativity.

In your second year, you will study four Computer Science modules and two Data Science specific modules, namely Introduction to Data Science and Data Visualisation. In the third year, with the exception of one Computer Science module, the remaining modules are Data Science specific.

You will broaden your understanding of data science by studying specialised subjects like artificial intelligence and machine learning, modern data stores, data mining and data warehousing.

In addition, you will complete an individual project in order to demonstrate your technical skills and general employability in preparation for your career. The individual project simulates typical workplace tasks that require knowledge in a specific area of data science.

With emphasis on computer lab-based practical work and project delivery, this course will provide you with ample opportunity to acquire both the technical and transferable skills desired by industry. Extra support sessions in mathematics will be offered to students which will be led by a specialist mathematics tutor.

Underpinned by an extensive range of staff knowledge and skills, the course seeks to develop you into a confident independent and team problem solver who is willing to take on new challenges and experiences. You will be able to build an online portfolio for personal and professional development using software such as Mahara or GitHub.

Why Choose Us?

  • You’ll be taught by staff with a wide range of research and industrial experience, who are actively involved in different professional associations such as the British Computer Society and the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

  • Our strong links with companies such as Oracle, Linux Professional Institute, Microsoft, Amazon Web Services and Apple ensure that the course is up to date, relevant and respected by employers.

  • You will learn about international standards and regulatory frameworks to allow you to work in an ever-changing computing industry, both at a local level and on a global stage.

  • The course offers you the option of undertaking an industrial placement year after your second year of study.

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15 January

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 112 points
A level BBC Must include one from Technology, Science, Mathematics or Computing
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DMM In a Technology, Science, Mathematics or Computing related subject
Access to HE Diploma Pass with 60 credits, 45 of which should be at Level 3. including 12 Techical credits merit or distinction.
Must be from Technology, Science, Mathematics or Computing related subjects
Knowledge of Computer Programming for BSc(Hons) Computer Games Technology and BSc(Hons) Forensic Computing
Scottish Higher Achieve a minimum of 112 tariff points achieved from either five Highers or a combination of two Highers offered with two Advanced Highers. Where only Highers have been taken a minimum of (BBCCC) are required. Where a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers have been taken you must achieve (grades of CD in two Advanced Highers plus grades of CC in two Highers).  
Must include one from Technology, Science, Mathematics or Computing
AS AA - EE must be offered in conjunction with the A level in either Technology, Science, Mathematics or Computing or equivalent
Must be offered along with either A-levels, BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diplomas or a BTEC 12-unit National Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma combination with a total of 112 UCAS tariff points
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal must be offered in conjunction with the A level in either Technology, Science, Mathematics or Computing or equivalent
Must be offered along with either A-levels, BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diplomas or a BTEC 12-unit National Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma combination with a total of 112 UCAS tariff points
Extended Project Must be offered along with either A-levels, BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diplomas or a BTEC 12-unit National Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma combination with a total of 112 UCAS tariff points
GCSE/National 4/National 5 GCSE grade 4 Must include Mathematics, English Language
Must have been achieved or working towards at the point of application
Considered in lieu of GCSE Mathematics and English Language at grade 4. Must have been achieved or working towards at the point of application
City and Guilds Level 2 Certificates in Adult Numeracy/ Adult Literacy
Functional Skills/ Essential Skills level 2
Key Skills level 2 - Application of Numbers and Communication
HNC (BTEC) P Pass and complete with an average 50% in a Technology, Science, Mathematics or Computing related subject
May be considered for advanced entry on to the second year of the degree subject to satisfactory comparability of modular content of Level 4. A transcript will be required.
Need experience in Computer Programming for BSc(Hons) Computer Games Technology and BSc(Hons) Forensic Computing
HND (BTEC) P For Year 1 entry pass the HND with 2 merits. Overall grade is a PASS. For Year 2 pass the HND with an overall grade of at least a MERIT from second year subjects in a Technology, Science, Mathematics or Computing related subject
May be considered for advanced entry on to the third year of the degree subject to satisfactory comparability of modular content of Levels 4 and 5. A transcript will be required. This rarely happens.
Need experience in Computer Programming for BSc(Hons) Computer Games Technology and BSc(Hons) Forensic Computing
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 28 points points overall with a minimum of Grade 5 in Mathematics (Higher Level) and pass one of the following subjects from Group 4 at Higher Level (Computer Science, Chemistry, Design Technology, Physics). Students who do not complete the IB Diploma will be considered on the basis of their IB Certificates and alongside other acceptable level 3 qualifications to meet 112 UCAS Tariff Points. Obtain a total of 14 points or above from three Higher Level Subjects.
Students who do not already hold a GCSE in Mathematics at Grade C/4 or above Grade 5 or above in Mathematics at Standard Level will be accepted in lieu of this from the IB Diploma.

Students who do not already hold a GCSE in English Language at Grade C/4 or above Standard Level English Language (not literature) Group A English Group A - Grade 4 or above,
OR
English Group B Grade 5 from the IB will be accepted.
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) Pass the Irish Leaving Certificate with a minimum of 112 tariff points, achieved in four Higher level subjects. Maths must be at Higher Level. Must include English Language taken at either Ordinary level (minimum grade O1-O4 (or A-C/A1-C3)) or Higher level (minimum grade H5/D1).
Leaving Certificate - Ordinary Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) See Level 3 Entry under Irish Leaving Certificate for full details.
OCR Cambridge Technical Certificate In a Technology, Science, Mathematics or Computing related subject
Must be offered along with either A-levels, BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diplomas or a BTEC 12-unit National Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma combination with a total of 112 UCAS tariff points
OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma D*D* In a Technology, Science, Mathematics or Computing related subject
Must be offered along with either A-levels, BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diplomas or a BTEC 12-unit National Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma combination with a total of 112 UCAS tariff points
subject
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma DMM In a Technology, Science, Mathematics or Computing related subject
OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma In a Technology, Science, Mathematics or Computing related subject
Must be offered along with either A-levels, BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diplomas or a BTEC 12-unit National Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma combination with a total of 112 UCAS tariff points
OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma In a Technology, Science, Mathematics or Computing related subject
Must be offered along with either A-levels, BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diplomas or a BTEC 12-unit National Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma combination with a total of 112 UCAS tariff points
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Only in combination with other qualifications
Can be combined with two A levels, a BTEC Diploma, or OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma to achieve a total of 112 UCAS points.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) D*D* In a Technology, Science, Mathematics or Computing related subject
Must be offered along with either A-levels, BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas/ OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diplomas or a BTEC 12-unit National Diploma/ OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma combination with a total of 112 UCAS tariff points
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) D* Can be combined with one A level, BTEC Subsidiary Diploma or OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma, or two AS levels to achieve a total of 112 UCAS tariff points.
Not including Early Years
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) D* Can be combined with one A level, AS level, BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, or OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma to achieve a total of 112 UCAS tariff points.
Not including Early Years
Scottish Advanced Higher Achieve a minimum of 112 tariff points achieved in either three Advanced Highers or from a combination of two Advanced Highers plus two Highers. Where three Advanced Highers have been taken achieve a minimum of grades CCD.  Where a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers have been taken you must achieve (grades of CD in two Advanced Highers plus grades of CC in two Highers).
Must include one from Technology, Science, Mathematics or Computing


English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any level

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £9,250 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

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Birmingham City University
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15 Bartholomew Row
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B5 5JU


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