Computer Science BSc (Hons)

Course overview

Entry requirements

  • A level entry
    ABB - BBB
  • BTEC
    Extended Diploma: DDM. For more details see below.
  • International Baccalaureate diploma
    31 overall points and above, with 5, 5, 5 in Higher Level subjects
  • GCSE
    Maths and English Grade C/4 and above
More information
Apply via UCAS

Key dates

  • Start date
    September

Computer Science at Aston is ranked 4th out of 107 institutions for Graduate Prospects (Complete University Guide 2018)

Accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS)

Aston Computer Science graduates go on to earn £3,100 more than the sector average, three years after graduation (LEO, 2018)

Opportunity to undertake a placement year and gain invaluable professional experience

Course summary

Our graduates are highly attractive to employers and well prepared for a rewarding career as a computing professional. Recent graduates have found positions with companies including Capgemini, Microsoft, Toyota, KPMG and Coca-Cola.

Career Prospects

Career prospects continue to be strong for our computer scientists with their sound understanding of the principles and practical applications of computing. The majority of our graduates find stimulating and rewarding positions in computing related activities with suppliers and users or within a wide range of careers for which a university degree is a prerequisite e.g. programmer, systems analyst, systems engineer or teacher.

Recent graduate roles include:

Cap Gemini - Graduate Programmer
Microsoft - Software Developer
Toyota - Graduate Trainee
Unisys - Consultant
KPMG - New Media Programmer
Nortel Networks - Software Developer Secondary Teaching
Coca-Cola - Network Analyst
IBM UK - Software Engineer
Ford - Systems Analyst
Hewlett Packard
- Graduate IT Trainee
Logica CMG - IT Consultant
Intergra-Net UK - Software Engineer
Oxford University - Programmer
EDS - Graduate Trainee
Point 4 Consulting Ltd - Internet Applications Developer
HSBC - Systems Analysts
Goldman Sachs & Co - Programmer
Oxford University - PhD in Computer Science

Entry Requirements & Fees

3 years full-time / 4 years full-time with integrated placement year

UCAS Code: G400

Please note:

GCSE requirements: Maths and English Grade C/4 and above

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and the whole application is reviewed which includes previous and predicted qualifications, any experience, references and motivation.

Whilst the grades listed here are our entry requirements, we understand that predicted grades are only an estimate. We will therefore consider applicants with predicted grades of CCC if the application is of a high standard which includes a strong personal statement and academic reference. However, any offer made will not be lower than stated below.

More on Admissions Policy

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification. Find out more about our English language requirements. For more information about qualifications view our Aston in your country webpage.

Applicants receving offers are invited to an Applicant Visit Day. 

Tuition fees:

£9,250 (£1,250 during placement year) for UK/EU students (2019/20)                                 
£16,350 Outside EU students (2019/20) 
Placement Year: £2,500 for International Students

More on fees

Typical offer level:

A level: ABB-BBB

BTEC

  • Extended Diploma and National Extended Diploma (any subject): DDM

  • National Diploma and Diploma (Any subject): DD plus 1 A-Level at grade B or above

  • Foundation or 90 credits Diploma (Any subject): DD plus 2 A-level grade B or above

  • National Extended Certificate or Subsidiary Diploma (Any subject): D plus 2 A-level Grade B or above

  • Certificate/ National Certificate Level 3: Not accepted

International Baccalaureate: 31 overall points with 5, 5, 5 in Higher Level subjects


Access to Higher Education: Subject related Access with at least 30 Distinctions and 15 Merits at level 3

Non-standard qualifications

Degree: 

Year 1 entry: We may consider applicants for year 1 entry who are undertaking a 1st year degree elsewhere. You must meet the GCSEs and A level (or equivalent) requirements as listed. In order to be considered you will need to submit a UCAS application as we do not accept direct applications and this must include an academic reference.

Year 2 entry: Please note that second year transfers are not part of the standard admissions process and is up to the discretion of the admissions team and tutor. Applications are only considered if there is space on that year of the programme. Typically, applicants for second year entry must meet the GCSEs and A level (or equivalent) requirements as listed. Alongside this you must have gained (or be expected to gain) 65% overall and 120 credits  on an equivalent programme at another recognised university. The equivalency of the programme is reviewed by the Admissions Tutor and you will be required to provide an official copy of the programme specification of this. In order to be considered you will need to submit a UCAS application as we do not accept direct applications and this must include an academic reference.

Year 3: We will not be able to consider any application for Year 3 

The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications.

Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable.

For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor.

Course Outline & Modules

The wider the work place applications of computers, the greater the challenge for IT professionals. BSc (Hons) Computer Science aims to produce Graduate Software Engineers who specialise in object-oriented software design and implementation.

The practical orientation of our programmes will enable you to gain the range of professional and technical skills you will need to design and deliver the next generation of high-quality software systems.

Subject Guide & Modules:

You will develop expertise in software development and the key applications of computing science in each year of the programme. Particular emphasis is placed on applications in industry and commerce.

Your final-year project and options will enable you to follow specialisms of particular interest or career relevance. Your project could be based on a topic from an extensive list or you can suggest your own, perhaps based on your professional placement.

Aston University's BSc (Hons) Computer Science degrees are accredited for Chartered IT Professional (CITP), the British Computer Society's Chartered qualification. This gives students the right to join the BCS - the principal organisation for IT professionals in the UK - when they graduate.  Accreditation shows that the BCS consider the courses are up to date, are based on benchmarks, and assessed appropriately.

Year 1

  • Information Systems and Databases 
  • Computational Reasoning and Communication 
  • Introduction to Computer Systems 
  • Internet Computing 
  • Mathematics for Computing Professionals 
  • Java Programming Foundations (CS) 
  • Java Program Development
  • Computer Systems Organisation

Year 2

  • Team Project
  • Software Engineering 
  • Programming Language Concepts 
  • Computer Graphics 
  • Professional and Social Aspects of Computing 
  • Operating Systems 
  • Human-Computer Interaction 
  • Data Structures and Algorithms with Java 
  • Introduction to Artificial Intelligence 
  • Internet Applications and Techniques 

Year 3 - Optional placement year

  • EAS Study Placement Year 
  • EAS Industrial Placement Year 
  • EAS Study/Work Placement Year 

Final Year

Core modules:

  • Individual Project 
  • Information Security 
  • Testing and Reliable Software Engineering 
  • Software Project Management 

Optional modules:

  • Computer Animation 
  • Mobile Design and Development 
  • Enterprise Application Technology
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Multimedia Information Retrieva
  • Image and Video Processing
  • Multi Agent Systems
  • Interaction Design
  • Data Mining
  • Game Development
  • Enterprise Computing Strategies
  • Advanced Database Systems
  • Computational Intelligence 
Placement Year

Choose our 4-year sandwich programme and you will spend your third year in a paid professional placement of direct relevance to your studies. This placement will give you invaluable practical experience in a real work environment and will further enhance your career prospects.

Our staff will help you find a suitable placement and support you during your year.

Our current and recent placement employers include companies in the UK and abroad such as: IBM, 3M, Hewlett Packard, Microsoft, Intel, BT, Corus, TNT.

Find out more about placement years at Aston.

Learning, Teaching & Assessment

You will benefit from our range of teaching methods and learning styles including: lectures, seminars and small group discussions, lab exercises and practical classes, computer-aided learning, individual and group projects.

Assessment is by a combination of written exams, projects and coursework. The proportion of each varies according to the modules chosen but examinations typically comprise around 75% and continuous assessment around 25%.

Teaching Staff

Course Director: Dr Anthony Beaumont
My research interests are Computer communications, Networks, andParallel and distributed systems. I am currently involved in research projects on Research on languages on the Internet (in response to one of UNESCO's objectives regarding Multilingualism for Cultural Diversity and Participation of All in Cyberspace) and Electronic Coursework Assessment and Feedback (e-CAF).

Contact Us

EAS Undergraduate Admissions Office
+44 (0)121 204 3400
ugadmissions@aston.ac.uk

How did the quality of teaching and student support enhance your time at Aston?

For my course particularly the teaching was very good. All the lecturers seemed to know a lot about what they were teaching and were very passionate about it. In addition, the lecturers were open to explaining everything in more detail when asked about it.

Denver Fernandes
Graduate Software Developer, PCMS Group PLC

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