Undergraduate questions answered
You can find the most common questions from students answered on this page.
You can also contact us:
Questions about the admissions process, such as the suitability of your qualifications, your UCAS application, your offer and conditions attached to it, or English language requirements, please contact the University's Undergraduate Admissions Service:
ugadmissions at warwick dot ac dot uk
Tel: +44 (0)24 7652 3723
If you have any queries about the Department of Computer Science, or our degree programmes please contact:
comp-sci at dcs dot warwick dot ac dot uk
Tel: +44 (0)24 7652 3193
The university is advising that from 2020/21 onwards all students will need access to their own computer. It does not need to be new and expensive but should have the capability to support the range of learning activities you will be engaged in.
Portability is also a consideration as you may find it necessary to use your device on campus, in your hall of residence, and when you return home. The recommended device specification for students in the Department of Computer Science is slightly different from the university's basic one, so you should consult our current departmental machine requirements.
That webpage includes a contact address for any queries you may have. The university has also introduced a bursary scheme to assist with purchasing a computer in cases of financial hardship. Details of this scheme and how to apply may be found here.
It is really important that you read our course pages and prospectus carefully to check for any subject-specific requirements before applying. All of our courses require either Mathematics or Further Mathematics to be taken.
We do not include General Studies or Critical Thinking A-levels in any offer, and so we will not consider either subject.
If you are studying both Mathematics and Further Mathematics A-levels, we will treat these as two separate subjects.
We do not require a Computer Science A-level.
If you have been made an offer to study with us and want to be considered for another course, then please email email@example.com. Changes are not always possible and will depend on course availability and your suitability for the new course that you wish to be considered for. We cannot guarantee a change in your offer will be possible.
If you start your studies and then wish to change courses, you will need to speak with your personal tutor in the first instance. Where degree courses share a common first-year syllabus, then we may be able to switch you, but this will depend on available space.
It is incredibly important that you spend time researching our courses before you apply, as switching courses at a later date is not always possible.
Where degree courses are offered as either a BSc or MEng, we can change you between the two, but this depends on your academic performance.
We normally expect potential applicants to visit the department on an Open Day where there will be staff and students to speak with. There are usually two of these in June and a further two in October. If you are unable to make any of these dates, the University offers Warwick Talk and Tours at various dates throughout the year which will give you an insight into studying at Warwick and also offers a tour of the campus.
Independent visits are possible at other times, and maps of the campus are available from Senate House for you to wander around at your leisure. Whilst you can call into the department for a look and to collect a departmental brochure, there may not be anyone available to speak with.
If you have been made an offer, you will receive an invite to one of our Offer Holder Open Days. These typically take place in the spring and offer a deeper insight into studying with us.
More information on visiting the department.
Although it is not compulsory, we publish a reading list that we recommend you take a look at before you start with us.
We welcome applications from mature applicants or those considering returning to study.
Applications are made through UCAS as normal and we will assess each application on its own merit taking into consideration the applicant's academic and employment background. Those returning to study must possess sufficient mathematical skills and must also demonstrate their ability to pursue a full-time degree course (evidence of recent academic study is likely to be an advantage).
We may invite mature applicants into the department for a short interview as part of the application process.
We welcome applications from those who wish to take a gap year and your application will be reviewed in the normal way.
If you have already been made an offer to study with us and now decide you wish to defer by a year, you can request a deferral by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Remember to include your UCAS personal ID when making the request.
Please note that we only have one intake a year and this is at the start of the academic year. We do not have further start dates or entry points.
Applications from those studying BTECs are considered on an individual basis and A-level Mathematics will always be required in addition to a BTEC. Those studying Computer Science (or similar) A-level plus a BTEC in ICT/IT are unlikely to be considered due to the overlap in the subject content.
Unfortunately not. Our undergraduate degree courses are only available on a full-time basis.
The time it takes to make a decision varies from application to application.
While some applicants may receive a decision within a few weeks, some decisions may not be finalised until the UCAS prescribed date of 19th May. We are committed to considering all applications submitted by the 26th January UCAS deadline equally. You should not be concerned if you do not receive a decision within a short time of applying.
Unfortunately, this is not possible at the moment.
Due to the variety of modules that we offer each academic term and year, a typical day will change quite a lot over the duration of the course. A student would typically undertake 120 CATs of work each academic year, one module is typically 15 CATs and 1 CAT is equal to 10 hours of work. For each module, you can expect between 3 to 5 hours of contact time a week between the lectures and labs. This should then be supplemented with independent study, which includes additional reading, coursework, and revision.
Our courses are extremely competitive and we receive many more applications from those who are predicted to meet our entry requirements than we are able to offer places to. We carefully consider each application received reviewing all qualifications achieved and/or predicted. Even if you are predicted to meet our entry requirements, this does not guarantee that an offer will be made.
Equal consideration will be given to all applications received by the UCAS deadline of 26th January. Due to the competitive nature of our courses and the volume of applications received, we ask for your patience whilst applications are considered. Decisions are communicated via UCAS Track, and if successful, you will also receive an e-mail from the Undergraduate Admissions Service.
Unfortunately not. Our offers are based on grades and not UCAS tariff points and so if you have dropped a grade, we may not be able to accept you.
Our final decision on your place will be communicated to you via UCAS Track on A-level results day in August. If you require assistance once you have received your results, then you should call the university's confirmation and clearing hotline.