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Computer Science BSc
UCAS code: G400
With its strong focus on solving real-world problems through problem-based learning, this BSc delivers world-class, industry-relevant teaching. The programme provides the essential material employers expect from a top quality computer science graduate, and will prepare you for employment in a wide variety of industries.
- Entry requirements
- Degree summary
- Degree structure
- Fees and funding
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|AS Levels||For UK-based students a pass in a further subject at AS level or equivalent is required.|
|GCSEs||English Language and Mathematics at grade C. For UK-based students, a grade C or equivalent in a foreign language (other than Ancient Greek, Biblical Hebrew or Latin) is required. UCL provides opportunities to meet the foreign language requirement following enrolment, further details at: www.ucl.ac.uk/ug-reqs|
|Subjects||A total of 19 points in three higher level subjects including Mathematics, with no score below 5.|
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In addition to A level and International Baccalaureate, UCL considers a wide range of international qualifications for entry to its undergraduate degree programmes.
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University Preparatory Certificates
UCL offers intensive one-year foundation courses to prepare international students for a variety of degree programmes at UCL.
The University Preparatory Certificates (UPCs) are for international students of high academic potential who are aiming to gain access to undergraduate degree programmes at UCL and other top UK universities.
For more information see our website: www.ucl.ac.uk/upc
English language requirements
If English is not your first language you will also need to satisfy UCL's English Language Requirements. A variety of English language programmes are offered at the UCL Centre for Languages & International Education.
- World-class researchers have designed and teach our courses to ensure that our material is cutting-edge.
- Located in purpose-built accommodation, the department offers excellent laboratory and experiment facilities in a friendly and personal environment.
- Our location in the centre of London strengthens our close associations with industry and the financial sector, and offers you extensive opportunities for developing contacts with potential employers.
- The degree is part of an integrated programme across engineering providing opportunities to broaden your horizons through interactions with other disciplines.
The Computer Science MEng and BSc programmes share a common core for the first two years. The aim of this core is to cover the essential material required by all computer scientists, whatever their particular interest or specialisation. The core covers all the main strands of computer science: architecture, programming, theory, design and mathematics.
In your final year you will carry out an individual supervised project, and follow core courses in operating systems, computational complexity, and technology management and professional issues. In addition you take courses selected from within the department.
Courses usually last for one term and include a mixture of lectures, tutorials and lab classes. There is a focus on practical problem-based learning and group work. From the very first week you will be applying theory and working with others to solve real and challenging problems. Individual support is offered to all students through a personal tutorial system.
All courses are assessed, usually by individual or group coursework assignments and an unseen written examination at the end of the academic year. Student performance is continually monitored, and students wishing to progress on to the MEng programmes must have demonstrated excellent academic performance by the end of the second year.
In each year of your degree you will take a number of individual courses, normally valued at 0.5 or 1.0 credits, adding up to a total of 4.0 credits for the year. Courses are assessed in the academic year in which they are taken. The balance of compulsory and optional courses varies from programme to programme and year to year. A 1.0 credit is considered equivalent to 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).
Further details on department website: Computer Science BSc
Strong practical and analytical skills developed during your studies will leave you well-placed to meet the growing global demand for graduates in this fast-moving industry.
Our graduates have previously secured careers with global IT consultancies, as IT analysts with City of London banks and as IT specialists with manufacturing industries. However, your UCL Computer Science degree will provide you with an excellent foundation for almost any career.
Alternatively, you may also choose to pursue further academic study such as a Master's degree or doctoral research.
First career destinations of recent graduates (2010-2012) of this programme include:
- Software Designer, Barclays (2012)
- Application Designer, Deutsche Bank (2012)
- Software Engineer, Intrasoft International (2012)
- IT Analyst, Microsoft (2011)
- Multimedia Programmer, Google (2011)
Find out more about London graduates' careers by visiting the Careers Group (University of London) website:
In addition to academic requirements, we are looking for you to demonstrate a proven interest in computing and a clear understanding of what studying computer science entails. We are keen to admit students with an interest in subjects that relate to applications of computer technology.
How to apply
Application for admission should be made through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). Applicants currently at school or college will be provided with advice on the process; however, applicants who have left school or who are based outside the United Kingdom may obtain information directly from UCAS.
If your application demonstrates the academic profile and commitment to Computer Science we are looking for, you will be invited to visit the department to find out more about us and what it’s like to study Computer Science at UCL.
A series of informative sessions will be on offer, introducing you to the department and UCL, and giving you a taster of what its like to study here. You will have the opportunity to meet members of teaching staff and current students, take a tour of the campus and see demonstrations of current research and teaching activities.
Video: applying to UCL through UCAS
Fees and funding
UK & EU fee
General funding notes
Details about financial support are available at: www.ucl.ac.uk/study/ug-finance
Specific funding notes
The Google Europe Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship
Google offers a number of scholarships to women students in Computer Science.
Playlist: funding for UK/EU and overseas students
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