COMPUTER SCIENCE (BSc)
Full-time 2019 entry, AAA, IB 38
If you have a talent for mathematics and a passion for technology, this exciting course will enable you to acquire technical skills in software engineering, algorithm analysis and system design, as well as experience of project management, research and scientific methods.
As one of the most established courses in the UK, our focus is on the principles and underpinnings of computer science, an understanding of which will give you the ability to adapt to change and new developments throughout your career. In short, while we teach using many of the latest technologies, our emphasis on fundamentals will prepare you to engage with any technology.
You’ll work closely with industry leaders, enabling you to develop industrially relevant subject knowledge and transferable skills, such as teamwork, communication and planning. The course is taught from first principles, which means you don’t need prior knowledge of computer science or programming before you arrive. Our only requirements are that you have a strong background in mathematics and the desire to succeed - our commitment to teaching excellence and stimulating academic community will do the rest.
Your first year lays the foundation for a deeper knowledge of Computer Science through the study of advanced mathematics, computer architecture and programming. Your second year will then build on this knowledge to explore areas such as operating systems and computer networks, database systems and software engineering. In your third year you will undertake an individual project, where you will apply your knowledge to an area of your choice under the supervision of world-leading academics. Throughout the course you can select from a range of optional modules, including those in areas such as artificial intelligence, computer graphics and computer security. If you follow the MEng course you will stay on for a fourth year to study more advanced material. You will also participate in an group project, which will integrate taught material as well as helping you to improve your research and development skills in a team environment.
Our courses offer a balance of core material delivered through lectures, small-group seminars and hands-on laboratory sessions. Approximately a quarter of your time is spent in timetabled classes, with the remainder being used for private study, completing assignments and projects, and practical work in the dedicated computing laboratories, which are open 24/7.
Your performance on most modules will be assessed by a combination of coursework and written examination. The coursework may be individual or group work involving programming, research, writing and presentation. The final-year project work is fully assessed by a presentation and project reports. Each year contributes to the final degree classification, typically in the ratio of 10:30:60 for a BSc degree and 10:20:35:35 for a Master’s degree.
You can spend a year studying at one of our partner institutions overseas. We have an established exchange programme with the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, which provides opportunities for our students to experience teaching and learning at another world leading institution. In addition to benefitting from a rich cultural experience, students returning from studying overseas exhibit an international profile that is attractive to potential employers.
We provide support for students wanting to spend a year in industry by promoting opportunities, hosting departmental careers fairs and offering one-to-one sessions with our departmental careers advisor. Intercalated year students are supported by their personal tutor and our Industrial Liaison Team during their year in industry. Students working in the UK are visited by academic representatives to review their development during the year.
"The computer science modules usually have designated lab time to put into practice what you’re learning... The layers of support here at Warwick can be great, and really do help out in first year when the jump from A-Level is pretty huge..." "
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A level: AAA to include A in Mathematics
IB: 38 to include 6 in Higher Level Mathematics
Contextual data and differential offers: Warwick may make differential offers to students in a number of circumstances. These include students participating in the Realising Opportunities programme, or who meet two of the contextual data criteria. Differential offers will be one or two grades below Warwick’s standard offer (to a minimum of BBB).
- Access Courses: Access to HE Diploma (QAA-recognised) including appropriate subjects with distinction grades in level 3 units, and grade A in A level Mathematics or equivalent.
- Warwick International Foundation Programme (IFP) All students who successfully complete the Warwick IFP and apply to Warwick through UCAS will receive a guaranteed conditional offer for a related undergraduate programme (selected courses only). For full details of standard offers and conditions visit the IFP page.
- We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.
Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry welcomed.
Interviews We do not typically interview applicants. Offers are made based on your UCAS form which includes predicted and actual grades, your personal statement and school reference. We are considering innovative ways to broaden how we assess candidates, so you are advised to check our website prior to applying in case we have introduced any changes.
Open Days All students who have been offered a place are invited to visit. Find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us. We want to make our admissions process as straightforward as possible, so find out more about how to make an application, alongside the latest entry requirements.
- Programming for Computer Scientists
- Design of Information Structures
- Mathematics for Computer Scientists I
- Mathematics for Computer Scientists II
- Computer Organisation and Architecture
- Professional Skills
- Operating Systems and Computer Networks
- Database Systems
- Formal Languages
- Software Engineering
- Logic and Verification
Selection of optional modules that current students are studying
Web Development Technologies; Computer Security; Mathematical Programming 1; Issues in Philosophy; Elements of Scientific Method.
See the Computer Science Teaching pages for a full range of modules.
- BAE Systems
- Goldman Sachs
- Application Developer
- Analysis Programmer
- Graduate Software Developer
- Computer Security Specialist
- Risk Assessor
A level AAA to include A in Mathematics
IB 38 to include 6 in Higher Level Mathematics
Degree of Bachelor of Science (BSc)
3 years full time
24 September 2019
Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry
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Other course costs
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This information is applicable for 2019 entry.