|Guaranteed ATAR||70 This is the ATAR level at which an offer of admission is guaranteed, subject to any other non-ATAR criteria being met.|
|Study method||Full-time or part-time|
|Intake||February or July|
|Duration||3 years full time|
Computer scientists, software engineers, programmers and other computing professionals are experts on how technology works and how computing can address even the most complicated and intricate problems.
This major can provide you with the skills and knowledge you need for a successful career in the rapidly evolving information and communications technology industry.
In your first year, you will develop your programming skills and study the fundamental theoretical knowledge of computing. Topics covered will include C++, Java, Linux and object oriented programming.
In your second year, you can specialise in one of the following streams:
In this stream you will develop an in-depth knowledge of software design and algorithm analysis, as well as artificial intelligence, computer communications, databases and graphics. Your study will focus on the knowledge required to build operating systems and design new programming languages. As computer science theory and applications are mathematically based, there is a strong emphasis on mathematics.
This stream focuses on the key concepts and challenges in data and resource protection and computer software security. You will examine the high level (cryptography theory, data access policy development and security program management) and low level (computer forensics, network intrusion detection and incident handling) practical aspects of computer security.
You will develop skills in identifying appropriate applications for specific scenarios, with an understanding of cultural and ethical issues related to protecting individual rights.
In this stream you will learn the technological and applied aspects of computing, with less emphasis on theory. You will study system programming, software design and engineering, networking (including the internet and the web), artificial intelligence for decision support, and graphics.
This stream aims to produce graduates who are well versed in the principles of design, measurement and analysis applied in the context of the development of software-based systems.
You will receive a strong foundation in computer science, with further emphasis on software requirements gathering, design, implementation and testing. You will also focus on communication skills, professional responsibility, ethics, interpersonal relationships, teamwork and time management. In your final year, you will undertake an industry-based project.
In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed below, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.
Admission criteria for Australian and New Zealand students
Guaranteed ATAR This is the ATAR level at which an offer of admission is guaranteed, subject to any other non-ATAR criteria being met.
STAT entry STAT entry - The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) assesses competencies considered important for success at uni. These tests are provided by the Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) to help mature age candidates apply for certain courses.
Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.
Details of the types of ‘bonus points’ commonly available to applicants can be found on our StepUp to Curtin page.
ATAR and selection rank profile for those offered places wholly or partly on the basis of ATAR in the most recent intake period
View data on the ATAR and selection rank profile of offers made from the most recent intake period.
Mature age entry
Essential WACE courses
- Mathematics: Applications ATAR, or equivalent.
Desirable WACE coursesMathematics: Methods ATAR, or equivalent.
English language proficiency
|IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)|
|Overall band score||6.5|
Other qualifications may also satisfy our English language admission criteria. Please view our English language requirements page to find out more.
Fees for Australian and New Zealand students
What is a Commonwealth supported place (CSP)? -
A CSP is subsidised by the Australian Government. They pay part of the course fees directly to Curtin and then the
student pays the remainder. The student can defer this fee to their HECS-HELP loan.
All Australian students studying an undergraduate degree are automatically awarded a Commonwealth supported place.
Learn more about CSPs and whether you're eligible by visiting the Australian Government's StudyAssist website.
Fees are indicative first year only and are subject to passage of legislation.
*The indicative first-year fee is calculated on 200 credit points, which is the typical full-time study load per year, however some courses require additional study to be completed, in which case the fee will be higher than that shown.
This fee is a guide only. It may vary depending on the units you choose and do not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks - visit other fees and charges for more information. For more information on fees and to determine your eligibility for HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP, please visit fee basics or the Study Assist website
If you're not an Australian citizen, permanent resident or New Zealand citizen, please see information for international students.
Graduates are eligible to apply for Professional Level accreditation of the Australian Computer Society. The Cyber Security specialisation meets the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, the Association for Computer Machinery and the Australian Computer Society standards related to data encryption, computer security protection and management.
Applications for recognition of prior learning (RPL) are assessed on an individual basis. Try our RPL search to find out what credit you might be eligible for.
This course can help you become a:
- Games Developer
- Information Technology Administrator
- Analyst (Information Technology)
- Programmer (Information Technology)
- Information Technology Support Technician
- Common first year for all BSc(Computing) students gives greater flexibility and choice.
- Successful mentoring program for first year students increases pass rates.
- Excellent pathways into industry or research after graduation.
Computing graduates may find employment in many sectors. Positions can be found within game design, IT administration, IT analysis, programming, IT support, algorithm design, software development, cyber security or web applications development.
View our student profile table to get an indication of the likely peer cohort for new students at Curtin University. This table provides data on students that commenced undergraduate study and passed the census date in the most relevant recent intake period for which data are available. It includes those admitted through all offer rounds and international students studying in Australia.
- More about studying at Curtin
- Visit the WA Tertiary Institutions Service Centre (TISC) website
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- Our admission appeals and grievance process
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