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Computing (Data and Information Systems) - BSc (Hons), HND, HNC, Foundation Entry

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Database systems are at the core of modern information systems. 

Graduates from this programme use their expertise to design, implement, test and maintain innovative computer based solutions to support the technological infrastructure in contemporary organisations.

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Computing (Data and Information Systems)

BSc (Hons) | 3 Year Degree Programme (Levels 4 to 6)
UCAS Code: 318S 
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Note: For Digital Degree Apprenticeships, contact apprenticeships@uwtsd.ac.uk. For other part-time study, contact computing@uwtsd.ac.uk 

BSc (Hons) | 4 Year Programme with Foundation Entry (Levels 3 to 6)
UCAS Code: CD11 
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HND | 2 Year Programme (Levels 4 to 5)
UCAS Code: 345T 
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STEM  Science Technology Engineering & Mathematics (Computing Stream) 
1 Year Foundation Programme (Level 3 to 4)
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Contact Email: computing@uwtsd.ac.uk
Contact Name: Gordon Dickers

Tuition Fees 2021/22:
Home (Full-time): £9,000 per year
Overseas (Full-time): £13,500 per year

Why choose this course

  1. This British Computer Society (BCS) accredited degree scheme is designed to produce suitably equipped graduates to work in the rapidly expanding computing and information systems industry within the UK.
  2. The programme includes the traditional concepts, principles and techniques of software development, databases and information systems but applies these within the context of engineering large and complex systems.
  3. Through our industrial links, we have also developed a programme structure to provide students with the latest skills along with an appreciation of the demands of industry. This course contributes fully to the academic requirements for graduates to register for the status of Chartered IT Professional (CITP).
  4. Applicants to this programme are numerate and logically-minded, and it is likely that they will have previously studied science, maths or information and communication technology. Such students will seek more specialised, programming, data analysis and database design skills.
  5. Students learn, in-depth, a range of programming concepts, data visualisation and data mining techniques to develop sophisticated and complex information systems solutions. Graduates are likely to seek careers in application development, business systems analysis, database development and administration, information systems consultancy and management.

What you will learn

Course Overview

Students on this programme will learn database design, creation, administration and the development of programs for the development of data-driven applications. In the first year, you will study a broad range of subjects common to several courses within the Computing Portfolio. These provide the underpinning required for later years and allow flexibility to transfer across pathways in your first year of study.

During your second year, you will study modules that provide a greater depth for your chosen programme. In the final year, you will undertake a major project which provides a focus for your studies.

The course focuses on designing, implementing, testing and maintenance of high-quality information systems and data-driven applications. 

You will focus on acquiring and using the expertise required by an information systems developer and programmer to create solutions to large and complex problems.  The expertise and skills you develop from engineering software solutions as part of a team is highly regarded by employers.

Module Topics

Year 0 modules - Foundation Entry

  • Academic Skills (20 credits)
  • Analysing and Solving Problems (20 credits)
  • Integrating Project (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Computer Programming (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Computer Systems (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Maths and Science (20 credits)

Year 1 modules - BSc/HND/HNC

  • Computer Architecture and Operating Systems (20 credits)
  • Data Analysis and Visualisation (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Web and Database Concepts (20 credits)
  • Learning in the Digital Era (20 credits)
  • Networks and Cyber Security Essentials (20 credits)
  • Software Development (20 credits)

Year 2 modules - BSc/HND

  • Changemakers: Creativity and Value Creation (20 credits)
  • Data Security and Compliance (20 credits)
  • Databases and Application Development (20 credits)
  • Geographical Information Systems (20 credits)
  • Network Operating Systems and Services (20 credits)
  • Statistical Programming (20 credits)

Year 3 modules - BSc

  • Independent Project (40 credits)
  • Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (20 credits)
  • Data Warehousing and Data Mining (20 credits)
  • Emerging Trends (20 credits)
  • Usability Engineering (20 credits)

Note: Foundation Year entry is also available. Please see Computing and Electronics (Foundation Year). We also have "Year In Industry" options.


The School of Applied Computing aims to produce graduates that help shape the future of computing and information systems development. The course content is contemporary and shaped for employability through close links with local and national employers.

Students are assessed through a combination of worksheets, practicals, presentations, projects and examinations. Module assessment is often by assignment, or assignment and examination. The final mark for some modules may include one or more pieces of coursework set and completed during the module. Project work is assessed by written report and presentation.

Students are encouraged to use our links with Software Alliance Wales and Go Wales to work on commercial schemes for their Major Project module. Go Wales provides the opportunity of paid work placements with local businesses.

Graduate Attributes Framework

This Framework aims to develop your professional skills and competence alongside your academic subject knowledge. You’ll study up to 40 credits per level throughout your programme from the Graduate Attributes Framework.

The Graduate Attribute modules are designed to enable you to develop, and evidence, a range of career-focused skills related to your subject area. These skills include digital competency, research and project management, as well as such personal competencies as communication, creativity, self-reflection, resilience and problem-solving. 

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Professional Accreditations

Successful completion of the Programme offers the eligibility for registration by the British Computer Society (BCS) of Chartered IT Professional (CITP) full status.

Key Information

Entry Criteria

BSc (Hons) Computing (Data and Information Systems) - 3 years Full-Time

104 UCAS tariff points (previously 260) to include:

Two C grades at A-Level/AVCE; or
BTEC National Diploma grades Pass, Pass, Pass; or
BTEC National Certificate grades Merit, Pass; or
NVQ Level 3 - Pass

Subjects at Advanced Level should include ICT, Computing, Maths, Physics or similar.
GCSE Maths grade C or above is preferred.

UCAS Code: 318S Apply via UCAS 

Note: For Digital Degree Apprenticeships, contact apprenticeships@uwtsd.ac.uk. For other part-time study, contact computing@uwtsd.ac.uk 

For Foundation Year entry, see below

HND Computing (Data and Information Systems) - 2 Years Full Time

48 UCAS tariff points (previously 120) to include:

A-C grade at A-Level/AVCE; BTEC National Diploma/Certificate/Award - Pass; NVQ Level 3 - Pass.

Subjects at Advanced Level should include Maths, ICT, Physics or similar. GCSE Maths grade C or above is preferred.

UCAS Code: 345T Apply via UCAS

HNC Computing (Data and Information Systems) - 1 Year Full-Time - UCAS Code: 477H

40 UCAS tariff points (previously 100) 

Typical International Baccalaureate Offer:
Please contact computing@uwtsd.ac.uk for more information.

Foundation Entry:

BSc (Hons) | 4 Year Programme with Foundation Entry (Levels 3 to 6)
UCAS Code: CD11 Apply via UCAS

STEM  Science Technology Engineering & Mathematics (Computing Stream) 
1 Year Foundation Programme (Level 3 to 4)
UCAS Code: SCT1 Apply via UCAS

Applications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome. Please contact computing@uwtsd.ac.uk for more information.


Career Opportunities

Our graduates have excellent employment prospects in the computing, teaching, lecturing and ICT industry, as well as in other areas of the economy. Recent statistics show that the vast majority are following their chosen career paths within six months of graduating.

Graduates would seek positions in fields such as application development, business systems analysis, database development and administration, information systems consultancy and management.

Here are some profiles of graduates from this programme and where they are now:

For all graduate testimonials, please see here:

Graduate Testimonials

Additional Costs

Students may wish to purchase materials for modules, such as a major project but this is not a requirement and will have no bearing on the final grade. 

Student Quotes

Thomas John, BSc Computer Information Systems, (Dezrez Services Ltd)

"Completing BSc Computing Information Systems was the best decision I ever made. The University, the support, friends and the lecturers made me feel comfortable within weeks. My Final Year Project enabled me to understand the need for usability within software programmes which helped me when developing a Property Management software package for Dezrez Services Ltd."

Bursary / Scholarship Information

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study.  To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other available funding opportunities, please visit our Scholarships and Bursaries section.

Study Abroad Opportunities

Not Applicable


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