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This degree with an Integrated Industrial and Professional Training Year will jump start your career prospects. If you are interested in the fundamentals of Computer Science, our degree which is accredited by the Chartered Institute for IT (BCS) on behalf of the Engineering Council, allows you to develop the skills needed to solve complex problems that include analysis, design, solution choice and implementation.
At Aberystwyth University, we endeavour to provide you with an exceptional and memorable student experience. In the 2017 National Student Survey, we were ranked* top 5 in the UK and 1st in Wales* for student satisfaction (NSS, 2017). Employability is embedded in the structure of this degree and it is accredited by the Chartered Institute for IT (BCS) on behalf of the Engineering Council, which gives you a head start when you enter the competitive job market.
Our research ranked* 11th in the UK and 1st* in Wales (Times Higher Education) and our students have access to dedicated 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 Arduinos, mobile robots and sailing robots.
This is a four-year scheme during which you will be introduced to programming, computer infrastructure and web development. You will take part in a work placement in your third year in which you will be assisted by the department. By the end of this placement you will have the knowledge and understanding to make a substantial contribution in the workplace and you will return to the university with a greater sense of motivation. Your fourth and final year will involve and individual project for which you will develop a piece of software in an area 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. Industrial Year students will have the opportunity to join a second-year residential weekend concentrating on skills to help you find a great placement. These include: CV skills, interview practice, networking with employers and developing your online presence.
Our degree prepares you for a variety of careers in fields such as:
communications and networking
IT consultancy and management
systems analysis and development
It is notable that 98.5% of UK/EU undergraduates from the Department of Computer Science who graduated in 2016 were in professional level jobs or graduate level further study six months after graduating (DLHE 2017). The skills acquired from this course are sought after by employers in computer science-related industries.
What will I learn? In your first year you will discover; Programming; Computer Infrastructure; Web development; Problems + solutions. In your second, 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. In your third year, you will embark on your Year in Industry. This will be organised with assistance from the department. In your final year you will study the 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
If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:
15 January*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!
You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.
|Campus name||Main Site (Aberystwyth)|
Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
|UCAS Tariff||112 points|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||DMM|
|Access to HE Diploma||Pass in Access qualification in a relevant subject with Merit in 50% of units at level 3.|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme||28 points|
|Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)||Aberystwyth University welcomes the Welsh Baccalaureate as a valuable qualification in its own right and considers completion of the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate to be equivalent to an A level grade.|
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 here represent typical offers for some of the most popular qualifications taken by applicants. We still use the UCAS tariff to determine whether you have met the terms of our offer, so whatever qualifications you are taking, provided these are included in the UCAS tariff and provided you meet the overall points total (and any specific subject requirements) you may still receive an offer. This means that if your course requires 3 A levels at BBB, we will accept other grade combinations that are equivalent to the same number of tariff points. For example A levels ABC and AAD equate to 120 UCAS tariff points). Applicants studying a mixture of qualifications (e.g. A Level with BTEC) are also warmly welcomed. If you cannot find the qualification(s) that you are studying (or have previously studied) please contact our Undergraduate Admissions Office (Telephone: +44 (0)1970 622021; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org) 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. Level 3 KS/FS Communication may be acceptable in lieu of GCSE English or Welsh. For this degree scheme minimum grade C or grade 4 pass in GCSE (or equivalent) Mathematics is also required.
English language requirements
|Cambridge English Advanced||B|
|Cambridge English Proficiency||C|
|IELTS (Academic)||6.0||With minimum 5.5 in each component.|
|PTE Academic||55.0||With minimum score of 51 an any component.|
|TOEFL (iBT)||88.0||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.
Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9,000||Year 1|
Additional fee information
Aberystwyth University offers a valuable package of scholarships and bursaries to support students. Our long-established Entrance Scholarship competition means you could get up to £2,000 a year towards your living and study costs. You can combine an Entrance Scholarship with any or all of our other awards, to make your financial package more valuable. Our awards include the means-tested Aberystwyth Bursary, Sport and Music Scholarships, Bursaries for Care Leavers/Young Carers and a range of department specific awards. Please visit our website for full details. This does not apply to students studying at our Mauritius campus.
Course contact detailsVisit our course page
Department of Computer Science (undergraduate enquiries)
+44 (0)1970 622424
Fax: +44 (0)1970 628536
Undergraduate Admissions Office (undergraduate enquiries)