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93% of UWTSD students at the School of Applied Computing were satisfied with their course – NSS 2017.

Computing covers a wide range of computing topics whilst still delivering the core essential computing modules.

It is designed to give the student the most flexibility in choosing modules that meet their own personal goals.

This approach gives students greater opportunity to develop skills most closely aligned to their own industrial experience and needs.

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Key Facts

Awards: MComp | BSc | HND | HNC
UCAS Code (MComp): 123R
UCAS Code (BSc): 588S
UCAS Code (HND): 858T
Institution Code: T80
Course Length:
BSc 3 years f/t - up to 6 years p/t;
HND 2 years f/t - up to 4 years p/t;
HNC 1 years f/t - up to 3 years p/t;

Location:
Swansea
School/Faculty:
School of Applied Computing
Contact Name:
Beverley Holland
Contact Email:
computing@uwtsd.ac.uk
Language Choice
English  

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  • I enjoyed everything about the course and will miss John Rees the most.

    Paul RoderickMSc Applied Computing


The enormous growth of the Internet, the proliferation of computer networks, programmable devices and information systems in various forms, and the highly accelerated rate of change ensures a continuing requirement for employees with contemporary computing related skills and qualifications. 

The Internet, in particular, is a major technological revolution that is having and will continue to have an enormous impact in society. The radical, transformational change that has been observed in the arena of computing, and organisations’ dependence on technology for competitive advantage are compelling reasons to incorporate new ideas, paradigms and technologies into computing related programmes.

In the first year, you will study a broad range of subjects common to several courses within the Computing Portfolio. These provide the underpinning required for later years and allow flexibility in choosing modules that meet student’s own personal goals. This approach gives greater opportunity to develop skills most closely aligned to the student’s own industrial experience and needs. In the final year, you will undertake a major project which provides a focus for your studies.

The expertise and skills you develop from engineering software solutions as part of a team is highly regarded by employers.

Year 1 modules - MComp/BSc/HND/HNC 

  • Academic & Employability Skills (10 credits)
  • Computational Thinking (10 credits)
  • Computer Architecture and Networks (20 credits)
  • Information Engineering (20 credits)
  • Programming 1 (20 credits)
  • Optional modules (40 credits)

Year 2 modules - MComp/BSc/HND

  • Cybersecurity (10 credits)
  • Database Management Systems (20 credits)
  • Enterprise and Innovation (10 credits)
  • Project Management (10 credits)
  • Research Methods (10 credits)
  • Optional modules (60 credits)

Year 3 modules - MComp/BSc

  • Major Project (40 credits)
  • Optional modules (80 credits)

Year 4 modules - MComp only

  • Group Project (60 credits)
  • Leadership and Management (20 credits)
  • Optional modules (40 credits)

Note: Foundation Year entry is also available. Please see: Foundation Year for Computing and Electronics. We also have "Year In Industry" options.

This degree scheme is designed to produce suitably equipped graduates to work in the rapidly expanding computing and information systems industry within the UK. The programme includes the traditional concepts, principles and techniques of software development, databases and information systems but applies these within the context of engineering large and complex systems.

Through our industrial links we have also developed a program structure to provide students with the latest skills along with an appreciation of the demands of industry. This course is designed to give the student the most flexibility in choosing modules that meet their own personal goals. This approach gives students greater opportunity to develop skills most closely aligned to their own industrial experience and needs.

Applicants to this programme are numerate and logically-minded, and it is likely that they will have previously studied science, maths or information and communication technology. Graduates would seek positions in application development, business systems analysis, database development and administration, information systems consultancy and management etc.

The School of Applied Computing aims to produce graduates that help shape the future of computing and information systems development.  The course content is contemporary and shaped for employability through close links with local and national employers.

Students are assessed through a combination of worksheets, practicals, presentations, projects and examinations.  Module assessment is often by assignment, or assignment and examination. The final mark for some modules may include one or more pieces of course work set and completed during the module. Project work is assessed by written report and presentation.

Students are encouraged to use our links with Software Alliance Wales and Go Wales to work on commercial schemes for their Major Project module.  Go Wales provides the opportunity of paid work placements with local businesses.

MComp Applied Computing - 4 Years Full-Time - UCAS CODE: 123R

112 UCAS tariff points (previously 300) to include:

Two C grades at A-Level/AVCE; or 
BTEC National Diploma grades Merit, Pass, Pass; or 
BTEC National Certificate grades Merit, Merit; or 
NVQ Level 3 - Pass

Subjects at Advanced Level should include Computing, ICT, Maths, Science or similar.
GCSE Maths grade C or above is preferred.

BSc Applied Computing - 3 Years Full-Time - UCAS CODE: 588S

104 UCAS tariff points (previously 260) to include:

Two C grades at A-Level/AVCE; or
BTEC National Diploma grades Pass, Pass, Pass; or
BTEC National Certificate grades Merit, Pass; or
NVQ Level 3 - Pass

Please note that subjects at Advanced Level should/may include ICT, Computing, Maths, Physics or similar. GCSE Maths grade C or above is preferred.

HND Applied Computing - 2 Years Full-Time - UCAS CODE 858T

48 UCAS tariff points (previously 120)

HNC Applied Computing - UCAS CODE 456H

40 UCAS tariff points (previously 100)

Grades are important; however, our offers are not solely based on academic results. We are interested in creative people that demonstrate a strong commitment to their chosen subject area and therefore we welcome applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds. To assess student suitability for their chosen course we normally arrange interviews for all applicants at which your skills, achievements and life experience will be considered as well as your qualifications. 

Foundation Year entry:

Also available as a four year programme (including Foundation Year)

Our graduates have excellent employment prospects in the computing, teaching, lecturing and ICT industry, as well as in other areas of the economy. Recent statistics show that the vast majority are following their chosen career paths within six months of graduating.

Graduates would seek positions in application development, business systems analysis, database development and administration, information systems consultancy and management, etc.

It is possible to complete this programme of study without any additional costs.

Students may wish to purchase materials for modules, such as Major Project but this is not a requirement and will have no bearing on the final grade achieved.