BSc Computer Science (G400)

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UCAS code G400
Application method UCAS/Common Application
Course duration 3 year(s) full-time
Tuition fees Further information on tuition fees, living costs and financial support.
Location of course Clifton campus
Part-time study Part-time study is not available for this course
Number of applicants accepted for 2015/16 125 overall for Single Honours Computer Science courses

About BSc Computer Science

This course provides a thorough grounding in the fundamentals of computer science combined with opportunities to specialise in application areas.

Core ideas are introduced in years one and two. You will cover the principles of programming and algorithms, how a modern computer works, computational theory, how to design programming languages, concurrent systems and networks, and machine learning and pattern recognition.

A key component of year two is software group project in which you work in teams to deliver an application to a client with help from an industry mentor. You can also take options in human computer interaction (HCI), complexity theory and the origins of computing, as well as open units from across the University.

In year three you specialise in application areas and undertake an individual project with opportunities to work with industry and research partners.

More about Computer Science

Find out more about studying Computer Science at Bristol including career prospects and how the course is taught and assessed.

Course structure

First year

  • Programming and Algorithms I and II
  • Introduction to Computer Architecture
  • Mathematical Methods for Computer Scientists
  • Theory of Computation
  • Options: High-Tech Enterprise or Origins of Computer Science
  • Options: Open units from across the University

 Second year

  • Data Structures and Algorithms
  • Symbols Patterns and Signals
  • Language Engineering
  • Concurrent Computing
  • Software Product Engineering
  • Options: HCI, Career management skills, communications, complexity and number theory, university open units

Third year

  • Individual Project
  • Optional themed units.
Find out more about the course structure and units available for Computer Science

Typical offer for BSc Computer Science - applicants must meet one of the following

Standard offer
A*AA  including A* in Mathematics; or AAA including Mathematics and Further Mathematics
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
AAA including Mathematics; or AAB including A in Mathematics and Further Mathematics
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Standard offer
38 overall to include 18 points at Higher Level with 6 in Higher Level Mathematics
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Contextual offer
What is a contextual offer?
36 overall to include 18 points at Higher Level with 6 in Higher Level Mathematics
Cambridge Pre-U offerRequirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3
Access to HE Diploma offerPass Access to HE Diploma (Science or Science and Engineering) with 30 credits at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit. 15 credits in mathematics are required with 12 of these at Distinction. The Mathematics units taken should include calculus, algebra and trigonometry. A-level Mathematics at grade A.*
BTEC offer D*DD, (IT Practitioners or Engineering) plus A-level Mathematics at grade A.*
Scottish Qualifications Authority offerSH: AAAAA and AH: AA including Mathematics
Welsh Baccalaureate offerRequirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute the same non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core grade
European Baccalaureate offer88% overall with 9.0 in Mathematics
International qualificationsAccepted international qualifications

Specified subjects

*Where A-level Mathematics is not offered alongside this qualification, please see section 2.2 in the admission statement.

Applicants must also meet these requirements

GCSE profile requirementsProfile:
Grade C in Mathematics and English. In England, where numerical GCSE grades will start to replace letter GCSE grades, we will be aligning the two grading schemes as follows: 4 or 5 is C, 6 is B, 7 is A, and 8 or 9 is A*.
Further information about GCSE requirements and profile levels for 2018 entry.
English language requirements If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile E
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

Deferred entry

For this course deferred entry is: Welcomed

Selection process

UCAS or Common Application

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This course is recognised by the following organisations:

The BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional.

The BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.

The BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT on behalf of the Science Council for the purposes of partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Scientist.

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