If you do not have the right subjects or grades to enrol directly onto our BSc (Hons) Computer Applications Development degree, this course offers an alternative route into degree study with an additional foundation year. The foundation year focuses on the study of computing and mathematics in order to provide a good numerical background that will support you throughout the remainder of the degree. The Computer Applications Development degree will prepare you to work in a variety of exciting roles developing software and systems. It has a strong practical element and you will gain expertise in how to develop information systems and manage software projects.
This software development course builds on a foundation of ‘core computing’ and introduces you to software development, web development, information engineering, computer architecture and operating systems. You’ll develop more focused skills to develop the kinds of system most modern organisations use, for example, using mobile and desktop client software to access complex data sets using web services. Computer systems are fundamental to many industries, so you can apply your skills in many fields. Companies of all sizes need project managers, software developers, information managers, web application developers, and more. This course offers you a thorough grounding in the skills needed to open up a flexible career in computing.
You will have around 16 hours of lectures, tutorials and practical sessions every week. You also need to spend four hours per week, per module on your coursework, general reading and other preparation. As part of your studies, we strongly recommend that you spend up to a year working in industry in the UK or abroad. This means you can gain new skills and boost your career prospects, and it can often lead to job opportunities with your placement employer.
Types of assessment include examinations, coursework and exercises based on real-life problems.
As well as an opportunity to use your knowledge in the real world, work experience will boost your CV and can even lead directly to employment. You could spend up to a year working in industry as part of your course, either in the UK or abroad. You can also take part in live projects and taster weeks, or choose a shorter three-month placement. Recent placements include E-Finity, IBM, Fujitsu, GCHQ, and the Welsh Government.
Our facilities are at the cutting edge of computer development, meaning you’ll use the latest technologies in high-spec labs. You’ll find dedicated spaces on campus for computing students, including Windows, Apple Mac, Linux and Networking suites, all with the latest software.
Entry criteria detail typical offers but USW considers all applications on an individual basis which means that we could make offers based on qualifications, personal profile and experience. Combinations of qualifications are acceptable and other qualifications not listed may also be acceptable.
BTEC Extended Diploma Pass Pass Pass or BTEC Diploma Pass Pass
Pass IB Diploma or two IB Certficates at Higher level
Pass Diploma with 60 credits overall to include 45 level 3 credits all Passes
GCSEs: The University normally requires a minimum 3 GCSEs including Mathematics and English at Grade C or above, or their equivalent but consideration is given to individual circumstances
We also welcome international applications with equivalent qualifications. Please visit the country specific pages on our international website for exact details.
In general, international applicants will need to have achieved an overall IELTS grade of 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component.
However, if you have previously studied through the medium of English IELTS might not be required, but please visit the country specific page on our international website for exact details. If your country is not featured please contact us.
All fees are per year. Once you have started your course, your fee will remain the same for each year of study.
Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.
Apply via UCAS if you are a UK/EU residing applicant, applying for year 1 of a full-time undergraduate degree, Foundation Year, Foundation Degree or HND and you have not applied through UCAS before. If you are applying to study part-time, to top up your Foundation Degree or HND, or to transfer to USW from another institution, please apply directly.
Apply directly to the University if you live outside the UK/EU.
Computer systems are fundamental to many industries, so you can apply your skills in many fields. In addition to writing the business logic, a developer has to merge a variety of technologies to make it work. Companies of all sizes need project managers, software developers, information managers, web application developers, and more.
The Computer Applications Development course offers a thorough grounding in the necessary skills to open up a flexible career in computing. So, you’ll be able to work in a broad variety of business sectors and in a number of different roles.
As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.
This includes: one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the "Ask a Question" service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.
Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.