Course details

A Levels BBB; BBC Other entry requirements
UCAS code G401
Duration 5 years
Fees and additional costs Home students Overseas students Fee status help
Related subjects Software Engineering Computer Science Engineering

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Department of Computer Science

90% overall satisfaction
National Student Survey 2019

Top 5 Computer Science departments in the UK for research
Research Excellence Framework 2014

Course description

If you want to study computer science but don't meet our standard entry requirements, our foundation year could be for you. You'll learn the fundamentals of maths, physics and engineering in a variety of innovative ways to prepare you for your degree.

You'll learn to understand the theoretical principles underlying a problem, and how to engineer a solution. You'll also become familiar with the practical issues involved in developing reliable, effective software systems in business or industry.

Modules: what you study and when

Foundation years explained

Financial help from the University - bursaries

If you're a UK student, you could be entitled to a University bursary. A bursary is the same as a grant - you don't have to pay it back.

How our bursary scheme works

Entry requirements

Qualification Grades
A Levels BBB any subjects (No STEM at A Level); BBB, including Maths or a science/Computer Science; BBC, including Maths and at least one of Physics, Chemistry or Biology or Computer Science
International Baccalaureate 32 with (no STEM at HL); 32 with HL5/SL7 in Maths or Science/Computer Science; 31 with HL5/SL7 in Maths and a science/Computer Science
BTEC DDD in Engineering, IT or Computing + GCSE 6/5 in Science and 7/A in Maths or AS/A Level Maths Grade C/D + successful completion of a Maths test
Scottish Highers AABBB any subjects (No STEM at Higher Level) + Grade 6/B GCSE Science + Grade 7/A GCSE Maths + successful completion of a Maths test; AABBB, including Maths + 6/B GCSE Science; AABBB in a science + 6/B in GCSE Maths; ABBBB, including Maths and a science
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels B + BB any subjects (no STEM at A Level) + 6/B in GCSE Science and 7/A in GCSE Maths + successful completion of a Maths test; B + BB, including Maths + 6/B in GCSE Science; B + BB, including a science/Computer Science + 6/B in GCSE Maths; B + BC, including Maths and a science/Computer Science
Access to HE Entry requirements for mature students
Other qualifications Other UK qualifications
Other EU/international qualifications
Other requirements
  • An additional Maths test is required for BTEC, Access to HE Diploma applicants and students with no Maths or Science at A Level or equivalent. Please contact the Department for more information
  • General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted
  • If you have A Level BBB with no STEM or equivalent, you will need Grade 6/B in GCSE Science and 7/A in GCSE Maths + the successful completion of a Maths test; if you have A Level BBB with Maths at A Level or equivalent, you will need Grade 6/B in GCSE Science; if you have A Level BBB with a science or equivalent, you will need grade 6/B in GCSE Maths
  • You must demonstrate that your English is good enough for you to successfully complete your course. For this course we require: GCSE English Language at grade 4/C; IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component; or an alternative acceptable English language qualification
  • Equivalent English language qualifications
  • Access Sheffield - find out if you're eligible for additional consideration or an alternative offer
If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department

Modules - what you study and when

The modules listed below are examples from the last academic year. There may be some changes before you start your course. For the very latest module information, check with the department direct.

Department of Computer Science website

Core modules:

Core Foundation Mathematics
Introduction to Engineering
Foundations of Physics with Computing
Further Foundation Mathematics

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers.

In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Department of Computer Science

We're the first computer science department in the UK to launch its own student-run software company. Choose Sheffield and you'll develop skills in programming, teamwork, communication, systems design, management and entrepreneurship.

Our courses are designed to challenge you and prepare you for a career in industry, commerce, research, teaching or management. Our inspirational staff are experts in their fields of research and we are ranked 5th out of 89 computer science departments in the UK for research excellence. This means what we teach you is relevant today and tomorrow.

We have guest lecturers from industry including Microsoft, Google, GitHub, IBM and ARM. You will have access to cutting edge facilities in The Diamond including virtual reality facilities, high-spec graphics PCs and a robot arena. Our computer suites are equipped with the latest hardware, software and operating systems. During your degree you'll work on real projects for real customers as part of core and optional modules.

As well as lots of practical experience, we'll give you the first-rate scientific grounding you'd expect from a leading Russell Group research university. You can specialise in areas including computer security, web development and mobile apps, robotics and machine learning, speech and language technology, or 3D graphics and virtual reality.

Take one of our four-year MComp degrees and you can participate in Genesys as part of your course. Genesys was the first student-led software development organisation in the UK and will give you the opportunity to gain real industrial experience with a great deal of personal responsibility.

Department of Computer Science website

What our graduates do

Some of our graduates have gone on to become IT consultants, software engineers, software developers, project managers, and data scientists in companies such as Amazon, ARM, BT, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Goldman Sachs, Google, IBM, Microsoft, and Plusnet. Others have begun their research careers by starting a PhD.

Student profile


"Computer science in this university is one of the top in the UK. All the modules are really good and are very well organised. It gives you the basis for everything you might want to do."

Raluca Lehadus
Computer Science

You can enhance your career prospects even further by taking a year in industry as part of your degree. We have a dedicated officer who can help you find a placement. You'll be paid a salary and your University fees are reduced for that year.

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