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Undergraduate Certificate in Computer Science (Bachelor Pathway)


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Computer Science involves the study of the design, construction and uses of computer systems. It is concerned with the representation of data and data structures in computer systems and the design of algorithms for automatic manipulation of this information by programming languages and machine systems.

The undergraduate certificate in Computer Science provides you with a solid foundation in Computer Science concepts. You will learn about the fundamentals of programming and computer systems, and gain an understanding of some of the mathematical underpinnings of Computer Science. It will equip you to apply that understanding to write software and solve problems.

This qualification will suit those looking for a shorter qualification that will equip them with practical skills, or are looking for an alternative pathway to a Bachelor of Science (Computer Science).

The certificate is equivalent to two terms of study (4 courses) in an undergraduate degree. On successful completion of the certificate, you can transfer your completed courses and continue your studies in the Bachelor of Computer Science, subject to meeting the articulation requirements.

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Areas of study

Artificial intelligence, computer networks, databases systems, eCommerce, embedded systems, human-computer interactions, programming languages, robotics, security engineering.

Career opportunities

Software engineering and development, digital security, database development, game development and systems analysis.

Fees and charges

Refer to UNSW current fee information.

Admission criteria

Applicants with recent secondary education

Assumed knowledge: Mathematics Extension 1.

Recommended studies: Engineering Studies, Mathematics Extension 2, Information Processes and Technology, Physics, Software Design and Development.

Bridging courses: Visit the UNSW website for information on UNSW bridging courses in chemistry, mathematics and physics.

Articulation: Students can apply to articulate from the Undergraduate Certificate in Computer Science to the Bachelor of Computer Science program (3778) with credit for the completed courses provided they achieve a 65 average.

Other applicants

Refer to UNSW general admission criteria.

Further information

View all details of this course on the UNSW website.

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ATAR profile

ATAR-based offers only (semester 1, 2021)

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 2022 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

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