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.
Highers ABBB including Mathematics*
A-Levels BBB including Mathematics*
Int. Baccalaureate 28 points with Mathematics* at Higher Level 5
BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF) Level 3 at DDM including sufficient Mathematics*
*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. Year 2
Advanced Highers BBB including Mathematics and Computing or Scottish Baccalaureate
A-Levels ABB including Mathematics and Computing
Int. Baccalaureate 30 points with Mathematics and Computing at Higher Level 6.
BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF) Level 3 at DDM including sufficient Mathematics and Computing Additional information
Those entering at Year 2 are expected to be proficient in a
high-level programming language; Java is our preference. 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. We welcome applicants without a formal qualification in computing.
Some prior experience in the subject is useful. We recommend Scottish Higher / A-Level Computing or equivalent, for Level 1 entry.
BTEC We also accept the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF) at D in place of one A-Level, however it cannot replace a subject specific requirement unless relevant
HNC/HND Relevant HNC and HND qualifications are accepted; please contact the Admissions Tutor for further details.
Tuition fees for 2019 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 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 2018
In addition to government maintenance 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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