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What makes BSc (Hons) Data Science at the University of Worcester special?

The top 5 companies in the world today all have one thing in common, they are all data driven organisations. On this degree you will learn the skills you need have a career in this exciting field, from the basics of Computing, Programming and Coding for Web and Mobile, along with Data Mining, Information Systems, Mathematical and Statistical methods and other techniques that are needed in a data driven environment. In the later years of your degree, you will discover Machine Learning, Cyber Security and Natural Language Processing. 

Studying this course over 4 years offers the opportunity to take a one-year work placement in industry, should you wish to, in order to gain vital real-world experience.

Subject to approval.

Overview

Overview

Key Features

  • Study the core of university-level Computing, Data, Data Analysis and Data Science degrees
  • Additional modules featuring mini-projects in mathematical modelling and data analysis, together with transferrable skills in using computer software packages, conducting research and communication.
  • Some modules have opportunities to gain professional qualifications alongside your final degree
  • Work placement opportunities with numerous companies such as Bosch, IBM and Clearview
  • Opportunity to apply skills and knowledge from across the whole course in an applied final-year project.
Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

96
UCAS tariff points

Entry Requirements

96 UCAS Tariff points (for example, CCC at A Level) and Grade C/4 in GCSE English and Mathematics.

Applicants with no formal qualifications may be considered for Mature Student Entry Routes

Other Information

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email admissions@worc.ac.uk for advice.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from http://www.ucas.com

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Course content

What will you study?

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and by feed back from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this might not be offered, but we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative.

The following modules will be studied by all students throughout the degree programme:

Year 1

  • Foundations of Computing
  • Web Technologies
  • Introduction to OO Programming
  • Mathematical Fundamentals
  • IT Systems Fundamental

Year 2

  • Systems Analysis & Design
  • Distributed Systems
  • Data Mining
  • Statistics
  • Mobile Application Development

Year 3

  • Data Science Project
  • Machine Learning
  • Practical Database Applications
  • Cyber Security
  • Advanced Machine Learning
  • Internet of Things
  • Natural Language Processing
Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

The University places emphasis on enabling you to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement. A mixture of independent study, teaching, academic support through integrated coaching and the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will enable you to flourish and be successful.

Teaching

You are taught through a combination of interactive workshops, lab sessions, lectures and seminars. Interactive workshops and lab sessions take a variety of formats and are intended to enable the application of learning through practical activities in our dedicated computing labs; be that on your own or in small groups. Seminars enable the discussion and development of understanding of topics covered in lectures as well as opportunities to practice skills learnt.

In addition, meetings with personal academic tutors are scheduled on at least four occasions during your first year.

The University places emphasis on enabling students to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement. A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support from Student Services and Library Services, and also the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will help you to flourish and be successful.

Contact time

In a typical week you will have around 12-13 contact hours of teaching. Typically contact time over the year will be structured around:

  • 8 hours of interactive workshops
  • 4 hours of group lectures

Independent self-study

In addition to the contact time, you are expected to undertake around 25 hours of personal self study per week. Typically, this will involve completing online activities, reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library and online, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations.

Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including The Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources.

Duration

  • 3 years full-time
  • 4 years full-time including one year placement
  • 4-6 years part-time

Timetables

Timetables are normally available one month before registration. Please note that whilst we try to be as student friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week; and some classes can be scheduled in the evenings.

Assessment

The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or ‘formative’ assignments.

Each module has one or more formal or ‘summative’ assessments which are graded and count towards the overall module grade. Assessment methods include written examinations and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, software artefacts, presentations and a final year independent studies project.

The precise assessment requirements for an individual student in an academic year will vary according to the mandatory and optional modules taken, but a typical formal summative assessment pattern for each year of the course is:

 

Year 1 (typically)

  • 1 formal examinations of 2 hours duration
  • 1 in-class phase tests
  • 1 essay
  • 3 practical reports with associated artefact creation
  • 2 individual or group presentations

Year 2 (typically)

  • 1 formal examinations of 2 hours duration
  • 2 in-class phase tests
  • 1 essay
  • 4 practical reports with associated artefact creation
  • 2 individual or group presentations

Year 3 (typically)

  • Major independent study project of approximately 9000 words
  • 2 formal examinations of 2 hours duration
  • 2 in-class phase tests
  • 1 essay
  • 4 practical reports with associated artefact creation
  • 2 individual or group presentations

You will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback is intended to support learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors as appropriate.

We aim to provide you with feedback on formal course work assessments within 20 working days of hand-in.

Meet the Team

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics, professional practitioners with industry experience, and visiting speakers with specialised expertise. Teaching is informed by the research and consultancy work carried out by staff and you can learn more about the staff by visiting our staff profiles.

Richard Wilkinson

Richard Wilkinson

Richard is a Senior Lecturer in Computing teaching on a variety of modules for both Computing, Business IT and Business degrees. Here at the University of Worcester Richard leads on our Global Partnerships with QLIK, IBM Watson Analytics & Microsoft Dynamics, and as well as being the China Partnership Manager for Computing, is the IT Link Tutor and the Senior Personal Academic Tutor for the Business School.

Richard is published in the field of IT in Higher Education, is a Senior Fellow of the HEA, a member of the British Computer Society (BCS) and an External Examiner.

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Dr Chris Bowers

Chris is a Principal Lecturer in Computing and is currently the Head of the Department of Computing. His research is focussed on Interactive Intelligent Systems encompassing a range of application areas including behaviour change technologies, energy demand management, health and wellbeing.

Chris completed a BSc in Physics and Computer Science at Keele University before progressing to a MSc in Natural Computation at the University of Birmingham and then continuing at the University of Birmingham to complete a PhD in Computer Science.

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Viv Bell

Viv joined Computing at Worcester Business School in 2000 and was promoted to Senior Lecturer 5 years later. In addition to her teaching and research work, Viv is Acting Course Leader for Computing (temporary), Computing Admissions Tutor and SERCC (Student Engagement, Representation and Communication Coordinator).

Viv is a freelance web developer, musician, and a keen equestrian.

Careers

Where could it take you?

Demand for workers with specialist data skills like data scientists and data engineers has more than tripled over five years (+231%), according to a labour market analysis commissioned for ‘Dynamics of data science skills’, a new Royal Society report. Demand for all types of workers grew by 36% over the same period.

This degree programme will equip you with the skills required to start a career in a digital world where there is currently a huge talent shortage and demand for jobs is continuing to grow in importance.

To advance your career prospects we have implemented the following strategies into the Data Science BSc (Hons) degree:

  • We have ensured that the course is designed in consultation with employers, aligned with industry standards, and taught by experienced computing professionals

  • The option of a paid placement year and opportunity to learn via live work-based projects, allows to gain experience you to earn as you learn

  • We give you the opportunity to gain additional professional qualifications and certification during your degree (should you wish)

  • Employment preparation workshops which include CV preparation, mock interviews/assessment centres, and meetings with employers are built into the syllabus
Costs

How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard fee for full-time home and EU undergraduate students enrolling on BA/BSc/LLB degrees and FdA/FdSc degrees in the 2022/23 academic year is £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international students enrolling on BA/BSc/LLB degrees and FdA/FdSc degrees in the 2022/23 academic year is £13,400 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students registering on this course in the academic year 2022/23 are £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20-credit module, £2,312 per 30-credit module, £3,083 per 40-credit module, £3,469 per 45-credit module and £4,625 per 60 credit module.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Course-related costs not included in the fees

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying. The amounts vary between courses.

24/7 access to computers is provided at the University and software is made available at either no additional cost or minimal cost. Students may also want to purchase a new PC/laptop or upgrade existing equipment for their own usage.

Accommodation

Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience. Our halls of residence are home to friendly student communities, making them great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our range of student halls. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £111 per week to 'En-suite Premium' at £189 per week (2022/23 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page.

How to apply

How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

Data Science BSc (Hons) - I111
Data Science (Placement Year) BSc (Hons) - 4 Year - I112

UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.

Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.

UCAS Codes

Data Science BSc (Hons) - I111

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Data Science (Placement Year) BSc (Hons) - 4 Year - I112

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Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Viv Bell

Admissions Tutor

Admissions

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