BSc Mathematics and Computer Science (GG14)

2017 entry

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UCAS code GG14
Application method UCAS/Common Application
Course duration 3 year(s) full-time
Location of course Clifton campus
Part-time study Part-time study is not available for this course
Number of applicants accepted for 2015/16 26 overall for BSc/MEng Mathematics and Computer Science courses

About BSc Mathematics and Computer Science

This course combines theoretical knowledge from mathematics with concrete applications in computer science. It is ideal for anyone looking to apply themselves to problem solving in fields such as cryptography, algorithm design, artificial intelligence and high-performance computing.

In the first year you will study essential core components of mathematics and computer science, giving you a rigorous foundation for future years. Subsequently, you will have the opportunity to tailor your mathematics and computer science options so that you graduate with a balance of theoretical and practical skills that reflect your interests.

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

Course structure

First year

  • Foundations & Proof
  • Analysis
  • Calculus
  • Introduction to Group Theory
  • Linear Algebra and Geometry
  • Probability
  • Programming and Algorithms l and ll A
  • Theory of Computation

Second year

  • Data Structures and Algorithms
  • Symbols, Patterns and Signals
  • A choice of units including:
    • Statistics
    • Combinatorics
    • Optimisation
    • Applied Probability 
    • Linear Algebra
    • Algebra
    • Communication, Complexity and Number Theory
    • Human Computer Interaction
    • Concurrent Computing
    • Language Engineering
    • Introduction to Computer Architecture

Third year

A choice from a selection of approximately 35 units in each year, plus the opportunity to undertake a research project. This includes units related to current research topics in the School of Mathematics and the Computer Science and Engineering Mathematics departments.

Further details about the course structure for Mathematics
Further details about the course structure for Computer Science

Typical offer for BSc Mathematics and Computer Science

(including international A-levels)
A*AA including Mathematics and Further Mathematics*, with A* in Mathematics or Further Mathematics; or A*A*A including A* in Mathematics
(including international A-levels)
(contextual offer)
AAA including Mathematics and Further Mathematics*; or A*AA with A* in Mathematics
IB Diploma 40 overall with 18 points at Higher Level including 6 in Higher Level Mathematics*
IB Diploma
(contextual offer)
38 overall with 18 points at Higher Level including 6 in Higher Level Mathematics*
Cambridge Pre-URequirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3
AccessPass 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 D*D*D (IT Practitioners or Engineering) plus A-level Mathematics at grade A.**
SQASH: AAAAA and AH: AA including Mathematics*
Welsh BaccRequirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute the same non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core grade
EB90% overall with 9 in Mathematics*
International qualificationsQualifications, scholarships and local information sources for your country
English language requirements Profile E
Further information about English language requirements
Subjects required at GCSE or equivalent: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*.
Academic qualifications

*Further Mathematics AS-level or A-level, STEP or AEA Mathematics are highly desirable if offered at your school/college, but not required.

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

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This course is recognised by the following organisations:

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

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