Direct entry to second year Computer Science BSc (Hons) 2019 entry

It is possible for students applying for the single Honours BSc in Computer Science to enter directly into the second year of study, meaning you will complete your degree in only three years instead of four.

This option is offered to students with excellent qualifications.

Students who enter directly to second year will take modules required by the Computer Science BSc programme from second year on, with the exception that they will take an accelerated version of the Foundations of Computation module. It includes necessary background material from core first-year modules, as well as the same content as the Foundations of Computation module.

Direct entry students will have the opportunity to study abroad during their second year of study.

To find out more information, or to discuss the possibility of direct entry to second year, please contact the School of Computer Science or email

Joint degree options

Direct entry into second year is also possible for the following joint Honours degrees:

The course information below is for single Honours direct entry only. For more information about direct entry to joint degrees, please contact Admissions at


School of Computer Science
University of St Andrews
Jack Cole Building
North Haugh
St Andrews
KY16 9SX

Phone: +44 (0)1334 46 3253

For questions about the admissions process, please email For any other questions, please contact

School of Computer Science website

UCAS code


Course type

Bachelor of Science (single Honours degree)

Course duration

Three years full time

  • Start date: 9 September 2019
  • End date: 30 June 2022

Entry requirements

The following are likely grades considered for an offer. St Andrews offers a variety of flexible entry options and considers all aspects of every application, including context, equivalent qualifications and the personal statement, and offers may be higher or lower than the grades stated here.

SQA Advanced Highers and Highers AAAB at Highers, including A in Mathematics and an A in an approved science. Plus AB at Advanced Higher, including A in Mathematics and at least a B in an approved science. Approved sciences are:
  • Biology or Human Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computing Science or equivalent
  • Geography
  • Physics
  • Psychology.
Evidence of previous programming experience is also required.
GCE A-Levels AAA, including Mathematics and one of the following:
  • Biology or Human Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computing Science or equivalent
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Physics
  • Psychology.
Evidence of previous programming experience is also required.
IB points

39, including an HL6 in Mathematics.

Evidence of previous programming experience is also required.

We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry on to our programmes, please see our entry requirements for more information.

For degrees combining more than one subject, the subject with the higher entry requirements determines the grades you need. You will also need to meet any further subject specific entrance requirements as outlined on their pages.

International applicants

If English is not your first language you will need an overall IELTS score of 6.5, with a minimum score of 6.0 in each component (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking), or an equivalent English Language qualification.

How to apply

Do I need to have studied this subject before?

Applicants should have some experience in computer programming and may be asked to demonstrate this. Please contact the School of Computer Science by emailing for more information.

Faculty entry requirements

You must also meet the Faculty of Science minimum qualifications. These vary depending on which qualifications you hold.

Other qualifications

Passes in other examinations at equivalent levels and subjects may be accepted by the Dean of the Faculty. More information on how to apply via other entry routes or accreditation of prior learning and experience can be found on the University’s entry requirements webpage.

Find out more about Faculty of Science entry requirements.


St Andrews students must meet with their Adviser of Studies at the beginning of Semester 1 in September to complete advising – a compulsory part of the matriculation process. After module choices have been decided, a timetable will be allocated indicating the dates and times of classes.