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Applied Artificial Intelligence BSc (Hons)

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What is Applied Artificial Intelligence BSc (Hons)?

Artificial intelligence is a growing sector – with the potential to change the way we live in the future to the same level as the introduction of electricity did. You’ll work with industry standard software such as Python, R, C#, C++, scikit-learn, tensorflow, pytorch, pandas, Unity, Visual Studio and Jupyter notebooks.

In this dynamic area you’ll gain skills in programming and maths – and an understanding of how these technologies can be successfully applied to solve real-world problems.

You’ll learn to create intelligent agents both within games and as games players. You’ll gain a deep understanding of data flows within organisations and systems, as well as how huge amounts of data can be engineered to produce knowledge.

Study style

You’ll learn through practical work and assignments, rather than through long lectures.

Starting with the basics in your first year, you’ll soon move on to applying these skills to realistic problems. This can be followed by an optional placement year, as well as practical application of all of your experience and skills in your final year.

You can apply to study this course on campus at the University of Gloucestershire, or at the Swindon Institute of Technology (ioT).

Entry requirements

    • 112 UCAS tariff points, BBC at A levels, DMM at BTEC or a Merit in your T-Level..

      If you are using a combination of qualifications to achieve the required UCAS tariff points, they must either include at least 2 A levels, a BTEC or an equivalent qualification.

      If you are unsure whether we could make you an offer or you have any questions, just get in touch with our admissions team who will be able to advise you.

    • English Language or Literature and Maths Grade 4/C in GCSE (or equivalent) are normally required.

    • This course is available with an integrated foundation year to help you prepare. A degree with an integrated foundation year starts your studies with a year spent learning the skills required to progress onto a full honours degree. You will develop valuable study skills, communication, team work and problem-solving techniques which help to build your confidence and prepare you for the rest of your course.

      Typical offers
      48 UCAS tariff points, DD at A levels, PPP at BTEC or a Pass in your T Level.

      Grade C/4 in English Language/Literature and Mathematics, or equivalent (e.g. Level 2 Functional Skills).

    • We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants, although some entry requirements may still apply for Professionally Accredited Courses. Also please note – some courses require several years of relevant work experience.

Course modules


Fees and costs

See the further details of fees and potential extra costs when studying a course at the University of Gloucestershire.
Start date Location UCAS code Fee (UK)
per year
Fee (international)
per year
Sep 2022 Park, Cheltenham TBC TBC
Sep 2023 Park, Cheltenham TBC TBC

Possible careers

Graduates from this course can go on to work as:

  • Data Scientist
  • Games AI Developer
  • Robotics AI Programmer
  • Machine Learning Engineer.

Industry links

We’re supported by the UK’s Institute of Coding. You’ll be taught by experienced industry professionals who have worked and conducted research in their area of expertise.

Within the university we host our own events to showcase your achievements – including the COMX end of year show, where industry professionals visit to talent-scout for graduates looking to join industry.

Learn in specialist AI labs

You’ll work in our dedicated, specialist AI computer labs – with powerful graphics cards and processors for artificial intelligence algorithms.

Students reading in computing studio

Gain real-world industry experience

Be taught by academics from an active artificial intelligence research community, with real-world industry experience. You’ll be able to learn from industry leaders and gain practical experience at conferences and networking events.

Man looking at large computer screens at C11

Collaborate with a broad range of students

You’ll undertake collaborative projects with students across a broad range of courses – including Computer Games Programming, Engineering and Cyber Security.

Student playing video games together

Trips and experiences

Various trips to conferences and events take place during the academic year and offer networking opportunities and the chance to broaden your knowledge of the area. You’ll get to showcase your skills and demonstrate your achievements.


You’ll have the option to do a year’s paid work placement as part of your studies. Here you’ll learn from industry leaders, pick up essential skills and expertise and make a valuable contribution to your hosting organisation.