Computing (Data and Information Systems) | BSc Four-Year Foundation Entry
93% of UWTSD students at the School of Applied Computing were satisfied with their course – NSS 2017.
The Foundation Year is designed to allow students to gain the correct skills for entry on to the BSc Computing and Information Systems programmes within the School of Applied Computing.
Database systems are at the core of modern information systems.
Graduates from this programme use their expertise to design, implement, test and maintain innovative computer based solutions to support the technological infrastructure in contemporary organisations.
Awards: Mcomp | BSc | HND | HNC
UCAS Code (MComp): 909R
UCAS Code (BSc): 318S
UCAS Code (HND): 345T
UCAS Code (Foundation): I20F
Institution Code: T80
MComp 4 years f/t
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;
Completing BSc Computing Information Systems was the best decision I ever made. The University, the support, friends and the lecturers made me feel comfortable within weeks. My Final Year Project enabled me to understand the need for usability within software programmes which helped me when developing a Property Management software package for Dezrez Services Ltd.
Students on this programme will learn database design, creation, administration and the development of programs for the development of data driven applications. 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 to transfer across pathways in your first year of study.
During your second year, you will study modules that provide a greater depth for your chosen programme. In the final year, you will undertake a major project which provides a focus for your studies.
The course focuses on designing, implementing, testing and maintenance of high quality information systems and data driven applications.
You will focus on acquiring and using the expertise required by a information systems developer and programmer to create solutions to large and complex problems. The expertise and skills you develop from engineering software solutions as part of a team is highly regarded by employers.
Year 0 modules - Foundation Entry
- Academic Writing (20 credits)
- Integrating Project (20 credits)
- Mathematics (10 credits)
- Science (10 credits)
- Computer Systems (20 credits)
- Introduction to Computer Programming (20 credits)
- Analysing and Solving Problems or Further Mathematics (20 credits)
Year 1 modules - MComp/BSc/HND/HNC
- Academic & Employability Skills (10 credits)
- Computational Thinking (10 credits)
- Computer Architecture and Networks (20 credits)
- Data Analysis and Visualisation (20 credits)
- Information Engineering (20 credits)
- Introduction to Web Development (10 credits)
- Programming 1 (20 credits)
- Web Design and Online Marketing (10 credits)
Year 2 modules - MComp/BSc/HND
- Advanced Data Analysis and Statistical Programming (20 credits)
- Application Design & Development (20 credits)
- Cybersecurity (10 credits)
- Database Management Systems (20 credits)
- eCommerce (20 credits)
- Enterprise and Innovation (10 credits)
- Project Management (10 credits)
- Research Methods (10 credits)
Year 3 modules - MComp/BSc
- Major Project (40 credits)
- Big Data (20 credits)
- Big Data and Emerging Web Technologies (20 credits)
- Data Mining (20 credits)
- Geographical Information Systems (20 credits)
The School of Applied Computing has a long history of "Reaching Wider" and we appreciate the challenges that students can face, often through no fault of their own. We also appreciate the challenges presented to individuals wishing to change career. This programme is intended to address and resolve any deficiencies in students' skills in order to meet the entry requirements for our degree. We have a friendly team of academics who are dedicated to the well-being and academic progress of our students and offer excellent support to students on this Foundation Year.
This British Computer Society (BCS) accredited 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 programme structure to provide students with the latest skills along with an appreciation of the demands of industry. This course contributes fully to the academic requirements for graduates to register for the status of Chartered IT Professional (CITP).
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. Such students will seek more specialised, programming, data analysis and database design skills.
Students learn, in-depth, a range of programming concepts, data visualisation and data mining techniques to develop sophisticated and complex information systems solutions. Graduates are likely to seek careers in application development, business systems analysis, database development and administration, information systems consultancy and management.
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.
Foundation Year in STEM
32 UCAS tariff points. Applications from those offering alternative qualifications, or with no formal qualifications in Computing are welcome. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
MComp Computing (Data and Information Systems) - Four Years Full-Time - UCAS CODE: 909R
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 Computing (Data and Information Systems) - Three Years Full-Time - UCAS CODE: 318S
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
Subjects at Advanced Level should include ICT, Computing, Maths, Physics or similar.
GCSE Maths grade C or above is preferred.
HND Computing (Data and Information Systems) - Two Years Full Time - UCAS Code: 345T
48 UCAS tariff points (previously 120) to include:
A C grade at A-Level/AVCE; BTEC National Diploma/Certificate/Award - Pass; NVQ Level 3 - Pass.
Subjects at Advanced Level should include Maths, ICT, Physics or similar. GCSE Maths grade C or above is preferred.
HNC Computing (Data and Information Systems) - One Year Full-Time - UCAS Code: 477H
40 UCAS tariff points (previously 100)
Typical International Baccalaureate Offer:
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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 fields such as application development, business systems analysis, database development and administration, information systems consultancy and management.
Here are some profiles of graduates from this programme and where they are now:
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Bursaries and Scholarships
You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit our Bursaries and Scholarships section.
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.
Successful completion of the Programme offers the eligibility for registration by the British Computer Society (BCS) of Chartered IT Professional (CITP) full status.