School of Computer Science

BSc Computer Science with Digital Technology Partnership with PwC


The University of Birmingham is offering a four year degree apprenticeship, in collaboration with PwC.

With our second cohort having just commenced study, the BSc Computer Science with Digital Technology Partnership will see 40 students a year combining university life with practical work-based technology projects at PwC, Birmingham. The Level 6 degree apprenticeship means that tuition fees are fully paid for, as well as students receiving a monthly salary from PwC as an employee, and access to employee benefits.

This degree gives you the chance to study a BSc Computer Science (combining computer science modules with some business subjects in final year), whilst undertaking placements in the summer and as a year in industry with a global company.

Launched to develop the UK's next generation of technology talent in order to meet the needs of industry, this degree will also give you the chance to build your career working for PwC following graduation (subject to passing performance criteria).

Please note that this programme is only available to UK and EEA nationals due to funding regulations. Non-EEA nationals may apply for any of our other Computer Science programmes.

Key information

  • UCAS code: G402
  • Institution code: B32
  • Duration of programme: 4 years
  • Tuition Fee: Information on current undergraduate tuition fees can be found here - however PwC will finance tuition fees for successful applicants for this programme.
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Contact details

2020 Typical 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 a Grade C/4 in GCSE English (please see here for information regarding the equivalencies in the new qualification reforms).
  • 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 a Grade C/4 in GCSE English (please see here for information regarding the equivalencies in the new qualification reforms).

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 a Grade C/4 in GCSE English (please see here for information regarding the equivalencies in the new qualification reforms).
  • We also require Grade C in GCSE English

Access to Higher Education Diploma:

  • Not accepted

European qualifications

We accept a wide range of European qualifications for entry. If you are not studying any of the qualifications listed here, please visit our country information page, to discover what qualifications and grades are required for entry. If you want to get in touch with us, please contact:

Assessment activities and assessment centre

If you meet our academic requirements, you will be directed to apply to PwC to complete some initial assessment activities. Following successful completion, you will be invited to attend an assessment day at PwC's central offices, which will also give you the opportunity to find out more about the placements and graduate opportunities with PwC. If you are successful in passing the assessment day, you will receive an offer and will be invited to attend a specific Offer-holder Visit Day with us at the University of Birmingham. This will give you the change to tour our campus and department, meet students currently on the programme, academic staff and find out if Birmingham is the place for you. We strongly recommend that you try to attend.

Please note that if you do not receive the PwC offer following the assessment centre, you will automatically be offered a place on one of our undergraduate degrees and will receive an email and invitation to a standard Offer-holder Visit Day.


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, mathematics, engineering, linguistics and psychology, with an additional focus on business.

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 your third year you will undertake a Year in Industry with PwC.

Fourth 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 will also take one 20-credit Business module, and spend one-third of your time on a 40-credit 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

If you successfully complete your degree, you will be able to work for PwC following graduation if you choose to (subject to performance criteria).

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

Course Modules

You can view the modules available in our 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 2020. On rare occasions, we may need to make unexpected changes to core modules; in this event we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate. Further information can be found in the programme and modules handbook.