School of Computer Science

BSc Computer Science

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2018 Entry Requirements

A Levels:

  • Number of A levels required: 3
  • Typical offer: AAA
  • Required subjects and grades: Grade A in A Level Mathematics
  • We also require Grade C in GCSE English
  • General Studies or Critical Thinking: Not accepted

International Baccalaureate:

  • 666 required at Higher Level (including 6 in HL Mathematics), with a minimum of 32 points overall
  • We also require 5 in Standard Level English

BTEC qualifications:

BTEC Extended Diploma will only be considered if accompanied by Grade A in A level Mathematics:

  • D* D* plus Grade A in A-level Mathematics

BTEC Subsidiary Diploma will be considered in combination with 2 A levels including Mathematics:

  • D* plus A-level AA (must include A in A Level Mathematics)

We also require Grade C in GCSE English


Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma:

  • Grade A in A Level Mathematics is required, but Cambridge Technical Introductory Diplomas at Grade D* are acceptable replacements for the remaining A Levels required in our standard offer
  • We also require Grade C in GCSE English

Access to Higher Education Diploma:

  • Not accepted

Engineering and Physical Sciences Foundation Year and Foundation Pathway:

  • UK and EU sudents: The Physical Sciences Foundation Year is designed for UK/EU students who do not have the recommended qualifications for entry into year one of our computer science programmes. Please click here for further information, eligibility and how to apply.

  • International students: Our Birmingham Foundation Academy offers three undergraduate pathways for international students, allowing you to complete a foundation year before entering into a full time undergraduate degree in computer science. Please click here for further information.


International qualifications:


Additional information

  • Ideally applicants will offer both A Level Mathematics and Computing, which may become a requirement in future years
  • It is desirable, but not essential, to have some experience of writing computer programs
  • This degree can be taken with a Year in Industry and with a Year of Study Abroad

Description

Computer Science is a dynamic discipline. What began with the curiosity of only a handful of academics has blossomed into a field with an impact on our lives that would have astonished many pioneers. In the past 50 years computers have contributed to numerous advances in almost every field, yet developments still show no sign of slowing.

Computer Science now forms the nucleus of a new mathematical science of information processing and communication. Future changes in computing technology will depend on advances in this science. You will learn about all kinds of computational systems, their theory, design, development and application. This includes programming languages, software engineering, artificial intelligence, operating systems, databases, nature-inspired computation, concurrent computing, robotics and the theory of computation. The degree incorporates concepts from fields as diverse as mathematics, engineering, linguistics and psychology.

Our curriculum has been designed to give you a thorough education in the fundamentals of computer science in the first two years, whilst allowing you go deeper into subjects of your choice by choosing from a wide range of optional modules in your final year.

First year

In the first year you gain a firm foundation in programming, plus the principles of data structures and algorithms; artificial intelligence; and relevant logic and mathematics. Our main teaching language is Java, a language widely used in enterprise systems, but you will also learn functional programming, which is a style of programming with a deep connection to logic.

Second year

In the second year you move on to study enabling technologies and their application. You will learn about a wide range of subjects from the mathematics for modelling and decision making which underpins much of modern machine learning, to systems-level programming, networks, and cyber security. Your programming repertoire will be broadened by exposure to the C programming language plus further functional programming. You will also be taught professional software engineering techniques and apply them to develop a large team project in Java such as a multiplayer networked game.

Third year

In the final year you have freedom of choice to specialise in particular areas of computer science. The choice available covers computer graphics, computer security and verification, theoretical computer science, human-computer interaction, artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotics, computer vision, and teaching computer science. You also spend one-third of your time on a final degree project. This includes writing a large piece of software or doing a major piece of research, and brings together all of the computer science skills you have acquired.


Teaching and assessment

Our teaching employs a mixture of lectures, tutorials, exercise classes, practical work, projects, and independent study all aimed at strengthening your understanding by active involvement.


Career opportunities

Most of our graduates go directly into employment in the IT or business sectors, with an average of 94% finding full-time employment within six months of graduating.

We have strong recruitment links with many companies, including technology consultancies such as Accenture and LogicaCMG, and the well-known IT corporations such as Microsoft, Oracle, Hewlett- Packard and IBM. Opportunities also exist in investment banking (working for organisations such as Goldman Sachs), in retail banks and telecommunication companies.

You can find out more about employability and our strong links with industry here.


Course Modules

You can view the modules available in our new 2018 curriculum here.

Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. Unless indicated otherwise, the modules listed for this programme are for students starting in 2018. On rare occasions, we may need to make unexpected changes to compulsory modules after that date; in this event we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.