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BSc Computer Science

 Course Level
Bachelors / UG
Full Time

3 Years
 Start month

 Tuition fee

19400 GBP
9250 GBP
9250 GBP

Application fee

International 12 GBP
National 12 GBP
The Faculty of Engineering
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)6
SAT (avg)1260
ACT (avg)23

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About this course

This course provides a thorough grounding in the fundamentals of Computer Science combined with opportunities to specialise in application areas.

Core ideas are introduced in years one and two. You cover the principles of programming and algorithms, how a modern computer works, computational theory, how to design programming languages, concurrent systems and networks, and machine learning and pattern recognition.

A key component of Year two is software group project in which you work in teams to deliver an application to a client, with help from an industrial mentor. You can also take options in HCI, complexity theory and the origins of computing, as well as open units from across the University.

In year three you specialise in application areas and you undertake an individual project with opportunities to work with industrial and research partners.

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Eligibility Criteria

A-levels(including international A-levels)

  • A*AA including A* in Mathematics; or AAA including Mathematics and Further Mathematics

A-levels(including international A-levels)(contextual offer)

  • AAA including Mathematics; or AAB including A in Mathematics and Further Mathematics

IB Diploma

  • 38 overall to include 18 points at Higher Level with 6 in Higher Level Mathematics

IB Diploma(contextual offer)

  • 36 overall to include 18 points at Higher Level with 6 in Higher Level Mathematics

Cambridge Pre-U

  • Requirements are as for A-levels, where Grade A* is D2, A is D3, B is M2, and C is M3


  • Pass Access to HE Diploma (Science or Science and Engineering) with 30 credits at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit. 15 credits at Level 3 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.*


  • D*DD, (IT Practitioners or Engineering) plus A-level Mathematics at grade A.*


  • SH: AAAAA and AH: AA including Mathematics

Welsh Bacc

  • Requirements are as for A-levels where you can substitute the same non-subject specific grade for the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Level Core grade


  • 88% overall with 9.0 in Mathematics

International qualifications

  • Qualifications, scholarships and local information sources for your country are given in the website

English language requirements

  • Profile E - Further information about English language requirements

Subjects required at GCSE or equivalent:

  • grade C in Mathematics and English.

Academic qualifications

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

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Course Modules

First year

  • Programming and algorithms I and II
  • Introduction to computer architecture
  • Mathematical methods for Computer Scientists
  • Theory of computation
  • Options: HI Tec Enterprise or Origins of Computer Science
  • Options: Open units from across the University

 Second year

  • Data structures and algorithms
  • Symbols patterns and signals
  • Language engineering
  • Concurrent computing
  • Software product engineering
  • Options: HCI, Career management skills, communications, complexity and number theory, university open units

Third year

  • Individual Project
  • Optional themed units.

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How to Apply

Applying through UCAS
Apply online through UCAS for full-time courses (with the exception of the five direct entry courses listed below). Our institution code is BRISL B78. The application fee for 2016 entry is expected to be £23 for two to five choices of university or college or £12 for one choice.

Full instructions on how to complete your application are available on the UCAS website. Alternatively, you can ask your teacher or careers adviser for advice, or contact your local British Council Office if you are an international applicant. The National Careers Service can help independent UK applicants.

Transferring from another UK university or college
If you are a student at another UK university or college of higher education and wish to transfer to a degree course at the University of Bristol, you must apply through UCAS. Please contact the relevant admissions team informally first, to see if they will consider an application from you.

International Applicants
We welcome applications from international students and accept a wide range of international qualifications.

You can apply through UCAS or the Common Application. If you intend to apply to more than one UK university please apply through UCAS. Please use only one method of applying to Bristol.


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