Detailed course guide
You will cover programming, an introduction to computer systems, databases and discrete mathematics.
You will continue with software design - both high-level architectural issues as well as algorithms and data structures. Topics from databases, internet, communications and mobility, mathematics and programming language design will also be covered.
You will study topics such as artificial intelligence, graphics, operating systems as well as more formal aspects of computing. You will also undertake a group project.
12 month work placement.
You will study advanced topics as well as undertaking a major individual project.
More in-depth information on the content of the courses listed above, how they are assessed and the learning outcomes can be accessed via our current student portal.
Standard entry requirements
Highers ABBB (including Mathematics)
A-Levels BBB (including Mathematics)
Int. Baccalaureate 28 points (with Mathematics at Higher Level 5)
BTEC DDM (including sufficient Mathematics)
HNC B in graded unit (including sufficient Mathematics)
Minimum entry requirements*
Highers BBBC (including Mathematics at B)
A-Levels BBC (including Mathematics at B)
* Minimum: under our Fair Access Policy, we will relax our standard entry requirements for some Scottish students depending on their circumstances. Our minimum requirements will apply if you:
live in an area within the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation lowest 20% (SIMD20), or
are care experienced.
We can also make exceptions for some Scottish students with grades above minimum but below standard. Read more about our
Minimum and standard entry requirements Year 2
Advanced Highers BBB (including Mathematics and Computing plus excellent Highers)
A-Levels ABB (including Mathematics and Computing)
Int. Baccalaureate 30 points (with Mathematics and Computing at Higher Level 6)
HNC A in graded unit (including sufficient Mathematics and Computing)
HND AB in graded units (including sufficient Mathematics and Computing)
BTEC DDM (including sufficient Mathematics and Computing)
Those entering at Year 2 are expected to be proficient in a high-level programming language;
Java is our preference. Year 3
HND AA in graded units (including sufficient Mathematics and Computing) Additional information
Not studying mathematics or worried about meeting the mathematics requirement? Consider applying for
BSc Computer Systems. In Year 1 of this degree it is possible to take two optional mathematics courses. Then, subject to good performance, a course transfer to BSc Computer Science for Year 2 onwards can be requested. For all years, applications are welcomed from holders of
non-school qualifications, mature candidates and overseas students. If you do not see your qualifications here please contact us at
firstname.lastname@example.org Please check that you meet our University-wide National 5/GCSE (or equivalent)
English and Maths requirements. To find out about the
difference between the 3 and 4 year honours courses, please watch our video to help you decide which route is best for your qualifications and experience so far.
English language requirements
If English is not your first language, you have to show that your English is good enough to succeed on your course. Please see our
English language requirements.
Tuition fees for 2020 entry (by residency status)
Scotland / EU**
England / Northern Ireland / Wales***
* Your residency 'status' is usually defined as the country where you have been ordinarily resident for the three years before the start of your course. Find out more about tuition fees.
** European Union countries (not including England, Northern Ireland or Wales).
*** 'Rest of the UK' (RUK) students entering at Level 1 receive a fee waiver of one year's tuition fee. Normally this will be the final year, or a year during which students study abroad (either at a partnership institution, or at one of Heriot-Watt's overseas campuses). Additional costs
You may incur additional costs in the course of your studies at Heriot-Watt over and above tuition fees in an academic year. Depending on your programme of study, these may include: protective equipment, field trips, professional memberships, studio fees, required course texts or other study resources.
Additional fee information
Students with Scotland or Non-UK EU fee status pay £910 for the placement year instead of the standard fees. Students with England, Northern Ireland, Wales or Overseas fee status pay £1300 for the placement year instead of the standard fees.
Scholarships and bursaries
Bursaries for students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales starting undergraduate degree courses in 2020
In addition to government loans and grants towards the costs of fees and living costs, we are offering generous financial support to attract and support eligible students from England, Northern Ireland or Wales:
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