BSc (Hons) Data Science

General

Program Description

Course Overview

Data Science is the field of scientific methods, processes, and algorithms that allow the gleaning of knowledge or intelligence from data in its various forms.

This Data Science degree will equip graduates with the necessary competencies in data visualisation and storytelling and to design and develop novel data visualisation approaches with creativity and programming skill.

Students will learn to analyse datasets through various statistical and computational techniques. In addition, they will also be equipped with the skills to design and utilise Data Science systems; to use industry standard tools and techniques and also have the opportunity to apply computational intelligence techniques such as machine learning.

Learning & Teaching

A student-centred approach to learning and teaching is encouraged through the use of a broad range of teaching strategies, including: lectures, tutorials, seminars, technical labs, reflective blogs, individual and group projects, further enhanced by real-world case studies and guest lectures from industry experts and supported by our Moodle virtual learning environment.

Due to the nature of the programme, practical labs and workshops are key to developing students’ technical understanding and abilities, underpinned by solid theoretical foundations. Students are expected to further develop their knowledge and understanding through directed self-study and independent learning time -- in addition to the timetabled delivery -- so as to develop a professional portfolio of project work and software artefacts as they move into graduate employment, for example through blogging and on GitHub.

Students are supported academically and pastorally by the Programme Team, led by the Programme Director and supported by Year Tutors. Their work is supported by the Personal Tutor team within the School, who provide a point of contact for general academic and pastoral issues.

The School has an active Student Computing Society, an official Students’ Union society, as well as a BCS Student Chapter, providing a wide range of events, activities and field trips throughout the academic year.

Employability & Careers

The course will equip graduates with the necessary skills and knowledge to understand, apply and critically evaluate underlying Data Science principles. In addition, graduates will also be equipped with the skills to design and utilise Data Science systems and use industry standard tools and techniques in their implementation.

Graduates will be ably equipped to pursue a highly lucrative career in a number of sectors. According to Glassdoor.co.uk, Data Scientist is the 17th best job with a median base salary of £45,000 and 578 job openings (data as of July 2018).

On successful completion of this degree programme, there are also further taught postgraduate study options across computing and information systems here at Cardiff Met, as well as research and PhD programmes

Entry Requirements & How to Apply

Foundation route:

Applicants will preferably have a minimum of five GCSE passes including English Language and Mathematics* at grade C or above (grade 4 or above for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England) and 32 UCAS Tariff Points from at least 1 A level (or equivalent).

Candidates who do not possess normal minimum entry qualification are interviewed and considered individually on the basis of their prior learning or working background.

Degree:

Five GCSE passes including English Language and Mathematics* at grade C or above (grade 4 or above for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England), plus 96 points from at least 2 A levels (or equivalent).

Typical offers may include:

  • 96 points from at least two A levels to include grades CC; Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma considered as the third subject
  • RQF BTEC National Extended Diploma/Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma MMM
  • 96 points from at least two Scottish Advanced Highers to include grades DD
  • 96 points from the Irish Leaving Certificate at Highers to include 2 x H2 grades. Higher level subjects only considered with a minimum grade H4
  • 96 points from the Access to Higher Education Diploma

*For Welsh applicants sitting the reformed Mathematics GCSE, we will accept either GCSEMathematics or Mathematics – Numeracy.

Last updated Oct 2019

About the School

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