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Bachelor of Computing

Australian National University

CRICOS provider number: 00120C TEQSA provider ID: PRV12002

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The Bachelor of Computing program allows students to approach computer science from either a technical, constructive angle, starting with courses in programming, or from a conceptual, critical or information and organisational management angle. It widens the approach to computing to include the creative and conceptual touch, starting by applying scripting to the application area of new media (video and audio), rather than from learning traditional general purpose programming languages applied to algorithms. The technically oriented student can major in Software Development; whereas the more conceptually oriented student can major in Information Systems.

All of the majors are founded on an introduction to the principles of programming, a broad perspective on the computing discipline and profession, and an introduction to the functional structure of computers. They also require a grounding in mathematics and theoretical computer science, which is a means of developing the ability to work with abstractions, a fundamental requirement for understanding and applying ideas in computing.

You will get a strong grounding in computing fundamentals to tackle the progressive nature of Computing. With computing being an intrinsic part of all industries, knowledge of software development and information systems is highly sought after by the best employers.

This degree can also be taken as a Flexible Double with almost any other degree at ANU.

Areas of study

Algorithms and Data, Computer Systems, Information Technology, Computer Science, Intelligent Systems, IT in New Media, Software Development

Career opportunities

All large and small organisations, both public and private, need people to work on their software systems, or want staff with other professional training who have advanced computing skills. Computing students typically work as programmers, network administrators/managers, systems or business analysts, and web designers/developers.
Rewarding career opportunities in technology and management are available to students with this degree plus 3 - 5 years work experience.

The career options for combined degree students are wide and varied with Computing skills adding a real competitive advantage.

Professional recognition

All students who complete the B Information Technology degree are eligible for professional membership of the Australian Computer Society provided they complete a major in Information Systems or Software Development.


Available as an additional year, subject to progress requirements.

Fees and charges

The Australian Government pays part of the tuition fee for this course. The remaining balance is paid by the student. Information about ANU student contributions.


ACT: Mathematical Methods (Major)/Further Mathematics (Major)/Specialist Mathematics/Specialist Methods (Major)

NSW: Mathematics Advanced or equivalent. More information about interstate subject equivalencies can be found here

Admission criteria

Applicants with recent secondary education are assessed on:

  • completion of Australian Year 12 or equivalent, and the minimum Selection Rank (from their academic qualifications, plus any adjustment factors ) requirement for this program; and
  • co-curricular or service requirement (applies to applicants who complete secondary education in the year prior to commencing at ANU); and

  • English language proficiency; and
  • any program-specific requirements

For assumed knowledge and additional selection criteria: Refer to the relevant single degree course description.

Also refer to the ANU general admission criteria.

Applicants with higher education study

Applicants with higher education study are assessed on:

  • previous higher education studies; or secondary education results if completed less than one full-time equivalent year (1.0 FTE) of a degree; or the result from a bridging or preparatory course; and
  • English language proficiency; and
  • any program-specific requirements

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study are assessed on:

  • previously completed VET qualifications at AQF level 5 or higher (i.e. a Diploma or above); or secondary education results if the VET qualification is not completed; and
  • English language proficiency; and
  • any program-specific requirements

Applicants with work and life experience

Applicants with work and life experience are assessed on:

Student profile

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Further information

View all details of this course on the ANU website.

ATAR profile

ATAR-based offers only (semester 1, 2023)

Use all ATAR profile data as a guide only; it provides a broad overview of the ATARs and selection ranks of previous Year 12 students admitted into that course. ATARs and selection ranks required for entry in 2023 may be different. If you are unsure about including a course among your preferences, contact the relevant institution.

  1. This ATAR profile table is in line with Commonwealth Government transparency requirements. It is based on offers to recent school leavers (ie completed Year 12 in the last 2 years) who were selected solely or partly on their ATAR. Note that some institutions further differentiate this information on their websites.
  2. The ATAR values exclude any adjustment factors.
  3. The selection ranks include the ATAR and any adjustment factors.


– = data is not available.
<5 = less than 5 ATAR-based offers were made.
N/A = no offers were made on the basis of ATAR.
NC = new course
NP = Not provided by institution
NR = No reportable profile
NS = No Semester 1 offers
NN = Unavailable (other)
NO = Entry on other criteria

Student profile

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Combined options
ANU flexible double degree options allow you to create your own study program.