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Bachelor of Computing
B-COMP

Computing

Bachelor degree

Match your computer career aspirations, with options in computer science, cyber security and software engineering.

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  • ATAR
    Guaranteed ATAR 70 (in 2020); 80 (in 2021)
  • Qualification
    Bachelor of Computing
  • Duration
    3 years full-time
  • Credit
    600
  • CRICOS
    0100817
  • Location
    Curtin Perth,  Curtin University Malaysia,  Curtin Singapore
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Select your preferred campus:

New-to-Curtin applicants for first semester 2023 apply through TISC. See TISC application deadlines.
You may also be able to apply directly to Curtin from 16 January 2023 if places are still available.

2023

Semester 1

On campus

Semester 2

On campus

2024

Semester 1

On campus

Semester 2

On campus

2025

Semester 1

On campus

Semester 2

On campus

2023

Semester 1

On campus

Semester 2

On campus

2024

Semester 1

On campus

Semester 2

On campus

2025

Semester 1

On campus

Semester 2

On campus

2023

Trimester 1A

On campus

Trimester 2A

On campus

Trimester 3A

On campus

See full course structure

Why study Computing at Curtin?

Cutting-edge

Graduate ready to work in environments where research and discovery abound.

Professional recognition

Graduates can apply for accreditation from the Australian Computer Society.

Top 1 %

Curtin is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide.

Academic Ranking of World Universities 2022.

Outline

Outline

This course will equip you with high-level knowledge of computer systems and processes involved in software development and maintenance.

It covers aspects of modern computing, commencing with fundamental programming and theoretical knowledge; and followed by specialisation in computer science, cyber security or software engineering.

You'll use C and Java as the tools for learning core concepts such as object orientation and algorithms. Linux skills are taught throughout the course, starting with the basics and progressing to advanced topics.

This degree is designed to prepare you for careers in computing. As such, Curtin works closely with industry partners both to optimise course content and provide final-year placement opportunities to suitable students.

Students who perform well in their first year of the course can apply to transfer to the Bachelor of Advanced Science (Computing) course. (Note that acceptance is not automatic.)

Computer Science

This major provides in-depth knowledge of software design, algorithm analysis, artificial intelligence, computer communications, databases and graphics.

You will gain the skills required to build operating systems and design new programming languages. Being mathematically based, computer science has a strong emphasis on logic and reasoning.

Strong performance in the first year of this major may allow transfer into the Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours) course. (An interview is required.)

Cyber Security

This major focuses on the key concepts and challenges in data protection and computer software security.

You will examine both the high- and low-level practical aspects of computer security. High-level aspects include cryptography theory, data access policy development and security program management. Low-level aspects include computer forensics, network intrusion detection and incident handling.

Graduates have the skills to identify and implement appropriate applications for specific scenarios, as well as an understanding of issues related to the protection of individual rights.

Software Engineering

This major focuses on the software development life-cycle, but goes beyond programming to evaluate and meet customer needs, and to design and test software.

You'll develop design techniques and project management skills to solve real-world problems and build reliable, efficient large-scale software systems.

 

The Computing major can also be studied as part of the Bachelor of Advanced Science.

See our handbook for more course information.

How this course will make you industry ready

This course is designed so that you gain high-level knowledge of computer systems and processes involved in software development and maintenance. Curtin works closely with industry partners both to optimise course content and provide final-year student placement opportunities.

Career information

Careers

  • Computer programmer
  • IT professional
  • Computer security professional
  • Software engineer/developer

Industries

  • Applications and software development
  • Game design and development
  • Cyber security
  • IT analysis

Further study

What you'll learn

  • implement secure processes based on best practice when developing software and dealing with computer systems
  • evaluate standard algorithms, techniques, and software technologies in a manner that is appropriate for a given problem and think critically and creatively to generate innovative and optimum theoretical and practical solutions
  • identify, evaluate and synthesise information from a range of computing sources to optimise the process of software design and implementation
  • document software development activities and artefacts and communicate them in written and oral form to both technical and non-technical audiences and communicate effectively in ways appropriate to the audience and purpose
  • effectively use new and existing technologies, recognising their advantages and limitations
  • sustain intellectual curiosity by updating their knowledge, engage in continuous training and research, and take control of their own learning and development
  • recognise and apply IEEE/ACM/ACS standards in the process of software design and development
  • contribute to society using technology in an ethical, legal, and socially responsible manner
  • demonstrate initiative, leadership and ethical practice when working independently and collaboratively

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by the Australian Computer Society.

The Cyber Security major meets the data and security standards of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers; Association for Computing Machinery; and Australian Computer Society.

Admission criteria

What you need in order to get into this course. There are different pathway options depending on your level of work and education experience.

Select an option that best suits you:

You’re considered a high school leaver if you:

  • Completed year 12 in Australia or overseas in the past two years, or
  • Completed TAFE or VET studies in the past two years.

ATAR pathway

  • Guaranteed ATAR 70 (in 2020); 80 (in 2021)

    This course has a guaranteed ATAR of 70 (in 2020); 80 (in 2021)

  • Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    For the 2022 intake, entrance to Bachelor of Computing is an ATAR rank of 80, but please note the prerequisite math requirements are different depending on the major chosen:     

    Cyber Security Major (B Comp) – Maths Methods                               

    Computer Science Major (B Comp) – Maths Methods                                

    Software Engineering Major (B Comp) – Maths Applications 

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    For 2021, Mathematics: Methods ATAR, or equivalent.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

StepUp Entry

Successful StepUp Entry and StepUp Equity Adjustment Admission Pathway (StepUp Bonus) applicants will be eligible to be considered for admission into this course.

Alternative pathways

  • Indigenous applicant

    If you’re an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander applicant who hasn’t met Curtin’s minimum admissions criteria, the Centre for Aboriginal Studies offers bridging courses that are tailored to help you gain entry into this course.

  • STAT entry

    Not accepted.

English requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)

Writing

6.0

Speaking

6.0

Reading

6.0

Listening

6.0

Overall band score

6.0

Find your pathway to Curtin

Think you don’t have the marks or qualifications to study at Curtin? We have several pathways to help you meet admission. Use our pathway finder to find your best way to studying with us.

Pathway finder tool

How others gained admission

View the ATAR breakdown to see the low, median and high ATAR scores of students who started studying this course recently.

To see the other pathways students have taken, see the pathway breakdown.

You’re considered someone with work and life experience if:

You have left secondary education more than two years ago (i.e. who are not classified as recent secondary education applicants) and have not undertaken vocational education training (VET) or higher education study since then.

How we define ‘experience’
‘Experience’ includes a combination of factors sufficient to demonstrate readiness for higher education such as mature-age entry, professional experience whether completion of the Special Tertiary Admission Test (STAT) is required or not, community involvement or work experience. Applicants may have undertaken non-formal programs that have helped prepare them for tertiary education or are relevant to the proposed higher education field of study.

Pathways

  • STAT entry

    Not accepted.

ATAR pathway

  • Guaranteed ATAR 70 (in 2020); 80 (in 2021)

    This course has a guaranteed ATAR of 70 (in 2020); 80 (in 2021)

  • Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    For the 2022 intake, entrance to Bachelor of Computing is an ATAR rank of 80, but please note the prerequisite math requirements are different depending on the major chosen:     

    Cyber Security Major (B Comp) – Maths Methods                               

    Computer Science Major (B Comp) – Maths Methods                                

    Software Engineering Major (B Comp) – Maths Applications 

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    For 2021, Mathematics: Methods ATAR, or equivalent.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

English requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)

Writing

6.0

Speaking

6.0

Reading

6.0

Listening

6.0

Overall band score

6.0

Find your pathway to Curtin

Think you don’t have the marks or qualifications to study at Curtin? We have several pathways to help you meet admission. Use our pathway finder to find your best way to studying with us.

Pathway finder tool

You’re considered someone who studied at TAFE or have done an apprenticeship if:

Applicants with vocational education and training (VET) study are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a VET course. This includes study at a public TAFE or other VET provider, whether a qualification was completed or not. Applicants with VET study may have other qualifications such as a Year 10 or Year 12 secondary school certificate.

Pathways

  • TAFE entry

    AQF Certificate IV - Separate evidence of Higher English language proficiency is required; or AQF Diploma; or AQF Advanced Diploma AND satisfied the prerequisite. The Maths Applications prerequisite can be met with: Maths Applications ATAR; or MATH1013 Introductory Mathematics; or MATH1005 Pre-Calculus.

  • STAT entry

    Not accepted.

ATAR pathway

  • Guaranteed ATAR 70 (in 2020); 80 (in 2021)

    This course has a guaranteed ATAR of 70 (in 2020); 80 (in 2021)

  • Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    For the 2022 intake, entrance to Bachelor of Computing is an ATAR rank of 80, but please note the prerequisite math requirements are different depending on the major chosen:     

    Cyber Security Major (B Comp) – Maths Methods                               

    Computer Science Major (B Comp) – Maths Methods                                

    Software Engineering Major (B Comp) – Maths Applications 

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    For 2021, Mathematics: Methods ATAR, or equivalent.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

English requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)

Writing

6.0

Speaking

6.0

Reading

6.0

Listening

6.0

Overall band score

6.0

Find your pathway to Curtin

Think you don’t have the marks or qualifications to study at Curtin? We have several pathways to help you meet admission. Use our pathway finder to find your best way to studying with us.

Pathway finder tool

You’re considered someone who has recently left university if:

Applicants with higher education are those whose highest level of study since leaving secondary education is a higher education course, such as a university degree. This may include applicants who are currently studying a higher education course at another education provider and want to transfer to Curtin University, or applicants who are currently studying at Curtin but want to switch to a different course. It may also include applicants who have completed past study with university and non-university higher education providers.

Curtin course switcher criteria

  • To course switch into Bachelor of Computing (Computer Science major and Cyber Security major only), applicants need to complete 200 credits in Bachelor of Information Technology with a CWA of at least 65 and attained a mark of at least 65 in MATH1015 (Linear Algebra 1).
  • To course switch into Bachelor of Computing (Software Engineering), applicants need to complete 200 credits in Bachelor of Information Technology with a cwa of at least 65 and passed MATH1015 (Linear Algebra 1).
  • Applicants who completed 200 credits in Bachelor of Information Technology with a CWA of at least 60 but below 65, will be assessed by school.
  • Applicants who are not studying/ didn’t study Bachelor of Information Technology and met Mathematics Prerequisite for the major they are applying for will be assessed by school.

Higher education course switcher criteria

To switch into this course from another higher education course, you need to have met:

  • the admission criteria for minimum entry; and
  • Maths Applications ATAR or unit/s assessed as comparable to Maths Applications ATAR.

ATAR pathway

  • Guaranteed ATAR 70 (in 2020); 80 (in 2021)

    This course has a guaranteed ATAR of 70 (in 2020); 80 (in 2021)

  • Essential WACE subjects (prerequisites)

    For the 2022 intake, entrance to Bachelor of Computing is an ATAR rank of 80, but please note the prerequisite math requirements are different depending on the major chosen:     

    Cyber Security Major (B Comp) – Maths Methods                               

    Computer Science Major (B Comp) – Maths Methods                                

    Software Engineering Major (B Comp) – Maths Applications 

  • Desirable WACE subjects

    For 2021, Mathematics: Methods ATAR, or equivalent.

Please see our correlation comparability for previous TEE subjects, WACE courses and WACE ATAR courses.

English requirements

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)

Writing

6.0

Speaking

6.0

Reading

6.0

Listening

6.0

Overall band score

6.0

Find your pathway to Curtin

Think you don’t have the marks or qualifications to study at Curtin? We have several pathways to help you meet admission. Use our pathway finder to find your best way to studying with us.

Pathway finder tool

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Find your pathway to Curtin

Think you don’t have the marks or qualifications to study at Curtin? We have several pathways to help you meet admission. Use our pathway finder to find your best way to studying with us.

Pathway finder tool
Credit for recognised learning (CRL)

Use your experience to get credit towards your degree

Finish your course sooner with credit for your previous study or work experience.

Fees & charges

Australian and New Zealand student indicative fees

Fee year: 2023

Student type Cost
Commonwealth supported $7,800*

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 does 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.

Location

For start dates, please view the academic calendar.

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2023

Semester 1
  • On campus
Semester 2
  • On campus

2024

Semester 1
  • On campus
Semester 2
  • On campus

2025

Semester 1
  • On campus
Semester 2
  • On campus
Curtin University Malaysia flag

2023

Semester 1
  • On campus
Semester 2
  • On campus

2024

Semester 1
  • On campus
Semester 2
  • On campus

2025

Semester 1
  • On campus
Semester 2
  • On campus
Curtin Singapore flag

2023

Trimester 1A
  • On campus
Trimester 2A
  • On campus
Trimester 3A
  • On campus

All endeavours are made to ensure location information for courses is up to date but please note they are subject to change.

The University reserves the right to withdraw any unit of study or program which it offers, to impose limitations on enrolment in any unit or program, and/or to vary arrangements for any program.

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Please note that each campus has different application deadlines. Please view our application deadlines page for further information.

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