BSc (Hons) Computer Science

Course summary

No.1 for student satisfaction for Computer Science courses in London – The Complete University Guide 2018.

This course achieved 90% overall student satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2016. 

hands on computer keyboardsOverview

IT skills have never been in higher demand, so we’ve developed this degree to help you gain the key skills and knowledge valued by today's businesses. To prepare you for employment, this course focuses on practical skills, influenced by the latest research and by industry requirements.

Why choose this course?
This course covers theory and practice, ranging from essential skills to exciting topics such as Artificial Intelligence. You'll learn about the fundamentals and science behind computing and software development. Practical learning includes designing and developing software systems for a variety of applications, ranging from mobile systems to large scale applications for enterprises.

The School of Computing and Engineering was voted best modern university for this discipline in the National Student Survey 2015, giving your Computer Science degree the competitive edge.*

We are members of the Academic Developer Programme and Alliance of leading firms. We are also in the process of seeking British Computer Society Accreditation.

Career and study progression
IT graduates generally have a good record of achieving employment and progressing in their professional work. Popular paths for graduates from this course include web development and software architecture.

You may also wish to undertake postgraduate study to specialise in a subject you’ve already studied, or to explore something new.

For more details please see the Career and study progression section.

How will the course be assessed?

Year one
0% written exam, 0% practical exam, 100% coursework

Year two
16% written exam, 0% practical exam, 84% coursework

Year three
50% written exam, 0% practical exam, 50% coursework

* Modern universities are defined as those higher education institutions that were granted university status in, and subsequent to, 1992. UWL received the rankings listed above when compared to all other modern universities ranked in the guides/surveys cited.

Course detail

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Studying with us
In your first year, we will focus on the fundamentals of computer science, with laboratory sessions to apply your learning practically.

Your second year covers the core concepts for producing applications for mobile and businesses, giving you a key understanding of computer science within a professional context.

The final, third year of study covers the advanced subjects such as artificial intelligence and computer security. As a project, you will design a comprehensive and sophisticated software application. This is an excellent opportunity to apply your learning practically.


Year one (Level 4)

  • Computer Architecture
  • Programming
  • Maths for Computing
  • Algorithms and Data Types
  • Information Systems and Databases (ISDB)
  • Data Communications

Year two (Level 5)

  • Object Oriented Software Development (OOSD)
  • Mobile App Development (MAD)
  • Distributed Computing
  • Functional Programming
  • Team Project

Plus *one option from:

  • Human-Centred Computing (HCC)
  • Mobile Web App Development (MWAD)

Year three (Level 6)

  • Applied Software Engineering
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Project

Plus *two options from:

  • Computer Security
  • Natural Language Interface
  • Social Enterprise
*Optional modules will run subject to staff availability and viable student numbers opting to take the module

Entry requirements

112 UCAS tariff points from Level 3 qualifications.

These can include:

• A Levels at grade B, B and C, or above
• BTEC Extended Diploma with Distinction, Merit, Merit
• Access to HE Diploma

You also need GCSE English and Maths (grade 9 – 4 / A* - C) or Level 2 equivalents.

Mature applicants (aged 21+): If you do not hold the above qualifications but possess relevant work experience, you are invited to apply. Your application will be considered on an individual basis.

Level 5 entry
If you wish to enter directly at level 5 of this course you will be required to follow procedures in accordance with the university regulations. The demonstration of appropriate knowledge, competencies and relevant industrial experience is required and will be considered by the relevant university board. You are an ideal candidate for entry at this level if you have a 120 undergraduate credits at level 4 or a CertHE in a related subject area.

Level 6 entry
If you wish to enter directly at level 6 of this course you will be required to follow procedures in accordance with the university regulations. The demonstration of appropriate knowledge, competencies and relevant industrial experience is required and will be considered by the relevant university board. You are an ideal candidate for entry at this level if you have a 240 undergraduate credits (at level 4 and 5), a DipHE, Foundation Degree or HND in a related subject area.

International entry criteria
International students need to meet our English language requirement at either IELTS at 6.0 or above and a minimum of 5.5 for each of the 4 individual components (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening).

In some countries where teaching is in English, we may accept local qualifications. Please visit to check for local equivalencies.

We offer pre-sessional English language courses if you do not meet these requirements. Find out more about our English Language courses


Fees for home and EU students

Main fee

Fees for overseas students

Main fee
Find out if you are a home or overseas student.


Help with funding is available to a range of students, whether you are studying full or part-time, in your home country or overseas.

You may be eligible for a student loan to cover the cost of tuition fees or a maintenance loan to support you during your studies. Additional funding is available to some types of students, such as those with dependants, disabled students and more. Find out more about applying for student loans and other funding options.

We also offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to help you. Scholarships in the 2017 - 18 academic year included:

  • Full Time Undergraduate Bursary: a £3,000 award for new undergraduate students.
  • Path to Success Scholarship: a £4,000 award for students on a four-year degree course with a foundation year. 

Other scholarships are also available, including awards for specific subjects. Find out more and check your eligibility.

* Please note that scholarships and bursaries described in the video above were available at the time of filming in autumn 2017. Full details of scholarships for the 2018 - 19 academic year will be published shortly.

Please note fees are paid for each year of study unless otherwise stated. You will be required to re-enrol and pay fees at the beginning of each academic year. Fees may be subject to government regulations on fee increases. Future inflationary increases will be applied to each subsequent year of the course, subject to government regulations on fee increases.

How to apply

Apply for this course

UK and EU students

Apply for this course at when UCAS applications are open, from the previous September until June (see dates). You will need our institution code W05 and the UCAS code given on the right hand side of this page.

If the UCAS deadline has passed, you can apply through Clearing by calling our hotline on 0800 036 8888 (or +44 8231 2468). Clearing takes place over the summer months (July to September).

If you are making an early application, before UCAS has opened, you can apply directly to the University by clicking the red 'apply now' button above. You should also use this button to receive specialist information if you are applying for Nursing and Midwifery courses.

More about how to apply to the University of West London.

International students

Apply at or complete our application form for international students. We have an online application form or you can download the print version.

You can also review the relevant information about the qualifications we accept from your country and our English language requirements, as well as details about your visa application.

More about the application process for international students.

During the course

Teaching staff

What our students say

Oliver Farnan, BSc (Hons) Computing Science graduate

"The lecturers were always willing to listen and were a great support network while studying at UWL.  I also made great friends who I’m sure to keep in touch with for life. I am now finishing my Masters in Computer Science at the University of Cambridge, preparing to do my PhD here. Before enrolling at UWL, I would never have thought that in just a few years’ time I’d be carrying out research at the world’s top ranked university. Applying to UWL was probably the best decision I have ever made."

Sanita Zvirble, BSc (Hons) Computing Science graduate

"The course has helped me greatly with my job roles and given me the confidence and knowledge of leading a team. I've learnt so many practical skills that have proved invaluable to me in the computing industry. The skills I learnt at university are used every day within my job, and I know that without this degree, I wouldn't be where I am now."

Jobs and placements

Career and study progression

Popular careers for graduates from this course include:

  • interaction designer
  • software architect
  • software engineer
  • systems analyst
  • web developer.

Study progression

We have an extensive portfolio of Masters level courses, which provide excellent study progression routes.

See our computing and engineering courses page to view the full range of courses on offer by our School of Computing and Engineering.

Careers support

Our degrees are designed to help you find the career that’s right for you. 97% of our graduates are in work within 6 months of graduating.

With our desirable West London location, we have strong links with many national and multinational organisations such as the BBC, Hewlett-Packard (HP) Ltd, Middlesex Law society and the Savoy Education Trust. We have a strong track record of providing valuable work placements and we also provide hands-on experience at the University through our Student Ambassadors’ scheme.

Many of our staff have successful backgrounds in relevant industries and can advise you on how to kick-start your career. Our careers service will also help you realise your potential by offering specialist advice and guidance on a wide range of careers issues, including:

  • CVs
  • job hunting
  • recruitment and selection procedures
  • further study.

We are The Career University.