Bachelor of Computing vs. BSc in Computer Science

BSc in Computer Science

When people come across our Bachelor of Computing(BComp) qualification, they often ask how it differs from a BSc degree in Computer Science. And while these two qualifications generally have many of the same modules, they do differ in a number of ways which we outline below.

Duration and NQF Level

At the most basic level, these two courses differ when it comes to their duration and their level of learning achievement, otherwise known as an NQF level. A BSc in Computer Science is a three-year degree at NQF level 7, and our Bachelor of Computing is a four-year degree at NQF level 8.

What exactly does this mean? Generally speaking, when comparing qualificationsin similar fields of study, the higher the NQF level, the more knowledge, and skills imparted.

Practical vs. Theoretical Knowledge

A key differentiator between these two qualifications is the emphasis on practical vs. theoretical knowledge. As is the case with all our qualifications, our BComp is practical and geared towards giving our students the hands-on skills and relevant knowledge to excel in the working world.

From their first year of study, our students work on real-world projects for well-known corporate clients. These projects increase in scope each year. Currently, our third-year BComp students are working on a battery system that extends UAV flights for industry giant Lockheed Martin. Additionally, our entire curriculum is updated regularly with the help of our industry partners to make sure it meets the ever-changing needs of the industry.

In contrast, a BScin Computer Science focuses on theoretical knowledge. As a mathematical field and scientific academic discipline, it should come as no surprise that this degreeprovides studentswith in-depth knowledge in these two fields.

Related modules within this degree may include computational and applied mathematics, abstract mathematics, algebra, discrete mathematics, linear algebra, calculus, physics, linear programming, statistics, numerical methods, etc. This is not to say that our BCompcourse does not include some of these modules, but rather that you will only learn the components relevant to performing roles within the IT field, including programming,software engineering, and data analytics.

A BSc will teach you the analytical, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills to work with intricate algorithmsand big data to solve complex problems. If you are a maths enthusiast and consider yourself to be rather analytical, this may be the qualification for you.

Work Experience

Another feature that differentiates our Bachelor of Computing from a Computer Science degree is the workplace training year we provide. In their final year, our BComp students have the incredible opportunity to gain crucial industry knowledge and training at a top company in South Africa – or at Belgium for a select few.

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