Course Overview

Attendance
UK/EU Fees £9,250 *
International Fees £14,000 *
Duration 4 years

* Price per academic year

Course summary

Our degree courses with Foundation year offer the opportunity to prepare you for advanced study before you progress onto a full honours degree at the University of Westminster. Whether you do not feel ready for degree-level study, don’t have the right qualifications, want to change your subject specialism or return to study after an absence from education, we aim to encourage a broad range of students to undertake our Foundation year in order to progress onto their full honours degree with us.

The Foundation year is designed to give you the opportunity to explore new ideas, opening up new perspectives on the key debates within your chosen field. During the foundation year you will explore a range of creative disciplines and get a chance to develop in your chosen field, benefiting from workshops in our high end facilities and working with leading academics who will encourage you to become a confident and creative thinker. Core modules accelerate your academic and professional development and you will also take modules within your chosen field, giving you the chance to develop a cross-disciplinary perspective on your course.

On successful completion of the Foundation year (Year 0), you will be able to move on to study for the Data Science and Analytics BSc Honours over a further three years study.

In a constantly changing global environment, the massive use of social networks and the Internet of Things are generating a huge and fast-growing amount of data. Data processing is carried out through increasingly complex and sophisticated computer capabilities and algorithmic models, and involve advanced storage technologies such as cloud computing. 

As a result, there is currently a great need for professionals who can process, understand and present this data in an appropriate and effective way. These skills are much needed by businesses, which collect data from customers, partners and from the market in which they operate to support evidence-based decision making. Governments rely on data to improve their policies and deliver better services as well.

The Data Science and Analytics BSc will give you a combination of analytical, technical and presentation skills that will allow you to convert data into valuable insights that support decision making. You will develop knowledge of the fundamental principles and technologies that underpin the disciplines of mathematics, statistics and computing with an emphasis on the skills and theories required in data science and analytics. You will learn how to apply cutting-edge mathematics, statistics and computer science techniques and tools to collect, store, prepare, analyse and visualise data, while analysing and understanding organisations’ operations, environment and related issues.

The course offers a short-term work-based learning experience that will give you the opportunity to work on a real-life problem, which is normally set by an external organisation as a small-scale project. This experience will allow you to put theory into practice by applying your knowledge and skills gained from various modules to address a real-life situation, usually within the context of a business-related problem.

In addition, you will have the opportunity to take a year in industry (work placement) after completing the second year of your study. This will help you gain work experience and increase your chances of employability after you graduate. You will be offered help and support to find and secure placement opportunities through various workshops and events organised by the Careers and Employability Service and the course team. Typically, you will be assigned into roles involving tasks related to data science and analytics.

At the end of your studies, you will be ready to make a valuable contribution to the workforce. Should you wish to continue your studies at the University, there are opportunities to study for a Master's degree in Business Intelligence or Big Data Technologies.

Course structure

The following subjects are indicative of what you will study on this course.

To help you make an informed decision, you can have a look at how marks have been calculated and study time has been distributed on this course in the past.

Subjects of study include:

  • Computer Systems and Networks
  • Critical Thinking for Academic and Professional Development
  • Foundation Mathematics
  • Information Systems and Data Representation
  • Introduction to Academic Practice
  • Programming

Credit Level 3

Subjects of study include:

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Database design and implementation
  • Requirements modelling
  • Software development I
  • Software development II
  • Statistical modelling and analysis

Credit Level 4

Subjects of study include:

  • Agile Project management and professional experience
  • Algorithms: Theory Design and Implementation
  • Business Analytics
  • Database Systems
  • Information Technology Security
  • Machine Learning and Data Mining
  • Object-oriented programming
  • Service Operations management

Credit Level 5

Work Placement

This course gives you the opportunity to take a year in industry (work placement) after completing the second year of your study. This will help you gain work experience and increase your chances of employability after you graduate.

You will be offered help and support to find and secure placement opportunities through various workshops and events organised by the Careers and Employability Service and the course team.

Typically, you will be assigned into roles involving tasks related to data science and analytics.

Subjects of study include:

  • Advanced Analytics
  • Applied Artificial Intelligence
  • Big Data Analytics
  • CRM & CM with Business Intelligence
  • Data visualisation and dash boarding
  • Digital Marketing, Social Media and Web Analytics
  • Final year project
  • Information Driven Entrepreneurship and Enterprise

Credit Level 6

Professional accreditation

The course is intended to fulfil the educational requirements of the British Computer Society (BCS) to fulfil the educational requirements registration as a Chartered IT Professional (CITP) and partial Chartered Engineer (CEng). 

Accreditation from BCS is being sought and is currently pending.

Programme Specification

For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the programme specification.

Entry Requirements

  • A Levels – DDE/CDD
  • International Baccalaureate – 24 points. We also welcome applications from students taking the IB Career related Programme
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – MPP/MMP
  • BTEC Diploma – MM/DM
  • Access – 64/80 UCAS Tariff points from the Access course

In addition to one of the above, you should have:

  • GCSE English Language grade C/4 – IB grade 4; GCSE Maths grade C/4 – IB grade 4

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS of 5.5 overall with 5.5 in each component.
We also welcome applications from students who are taking a combination of qualifications listed above. For further information, please contact Course Enquiries.

View more information about our entry requirements and the application process

  • International Baccalaureate – 24 points

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS of 5.5 overall with 5.5 in each component.

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Careers

The Data Science and Analytics BSc aims to create graduates who have a strong focus on solving real-world problems and the knowledge and technical capability to make an immediate impact in any organisation, whether it is in industry such as the healthcare or retail industry, research or government.

Graduates will seek the following roles: Data Scientist, Data Engineer or Data Analyst.

Our Careers and Employability Service is here to support you to achieve your full potential.

With a growing network of over 3,000 employers around the world and a team of experienced careers consultants, we provide you with a variety of opportunities to work and develop new skills. As a University of Westminster student, you’ll have access to our services throughout your studies and after you graduate.

We can help you:

  • find work placements, graduate jobs or voluntary experience related to your course
  • discover international opportunities to enhance your employability
  • write effective CVs and application forms
  • develop your interview and enterprise skills
  • plan your career with our career consultants
  • gain insights into your chosen industry through mentoring
  • meet employers and explore your career options at our employer fairs, careers presentations and networking events 

Find out more about the Careers and Employability Service.

Find out more about other employability initiatives at the University of Westminster.

Fees and Funding

UK and EU tuition fee: £9,250 (Price per academic year)

When you have enrolled with us, your annual tuition fees will remain the same throughout your studies with us. We do not increase your tuition fees each year.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

Funding

As well as tuition fee loans, there is a range of funding available to help you fund your studies.

Find out about undergraduate student funding options.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

International tuition fee: £14,000 (Price per academic year)

When you have enrolled with us, your annual tuition fees will remain the same throughout your studies with us. We do not increase your tuition fees each year.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

International student funding

Find out about funding for international students.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

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Course Location

Our Cavendish Campus in the heart of London is home to our science and technology disciplines. With first-class facilities, the campus houses subjects from Biosciences, Computer Engineering, Nutrition and Psychology and benefits from advanced state of the art science and psychology labs. For more details, visit our Cavendish Campus page.

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