Computing — BSc Top Up Degree

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Course information

The programme provides the opportunity to study a BSc top-up that covers core
areas of computing and information technology; these being networking and
security, advanced database development and advanced web development. The
curriculum is designed to provide a structured and cohesive focus on the core
areas along with the advanced aspects of how the different areas integrate to
create systems using current technologies. The additional options also allow you
to tailor the BSc top-up to your own interests and chosen career path.

The programme will enhance vocationally relevant professional skills, through
specific modules, activities within certain modules and the generic opportunity
to undertake applied study. Technical and academic skills are embedded in the
modules allowing you to emerge from the programme with an updated skill set that
you can use to market yourself with employers and the opportunity to move into
further study if you wish to.

Skills and knowledge developed:

  • Development of IT products and services that is relevant to everyday

  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of essential facts, concepts,
    principles and theories relating to computing and computer applications

  • Deploy appropriate theory, practices, tools and strategy to analyse,
    specify, design, implement and evaluate a computer-based solution to a given

  • General issues relating to the management of Information Technology (such
    as ethical, legal and security of information)

Teaching methods: Modules are typically assessed through one or more
coursework assignments. Depending on the nature of a given coursework
assignment, you may be given the assignment specification at the beginning of
the module for hand-in at the end of the module, or it may be given later in the
module to complete for a set deadline. Normally, you will receive feedback on
coursework within three weeks of submission or completion. Modules also provide
ample opportunities for formative feedback to guide you in your learning. A
common approach is for activities to be set based on the content of an online
unit and then provide you with the opportunity to discuss this work in online
discussions. The feedback may be in groups or to you individually. Another
common approach is for you to demonstrate progress on the development of your IT
product to the tutor or the group and receive guidance on the design approach
taken and also on the more technical aspects of the implementation. Coursework
assignments may involve essays, reports, projects, software development,
answering questions, or various combinations of these submitted as a portfolio
of work. Coursework assignments may be individual or collaborative (i.e. involve
group work). Some may be based entirely on material covered in online untis or
others may require independent research.

Assessment methods: The assessment strategy for students undertaking the
level 6 (top up) programme online also takes into account the differing learning
needs of online students. The following principles also inform our

  • to include a range of assessment types, with these being viewed
    holistically, within and across a programme structure

  • to ensure that at the very beginning of a module you are made very clearly
    aware of the specific, assessed, activities or online participation that will
    be required of you and of the assessment criteria involved

  • to take a well-planned approach to the initiation of new or unusual
    assessment activity, paying attention to the need for clear instructions and
    opportunities to undertake low-risk preparatory activities to support
    familiarity with the technology involved or the development of new skills

  • to ensure that sufficient time is allowed within modules where there are
    multiple assessment types for you to grasp the different approaches to

Assessments for all modules have been designed to be inclusive for all

The programme handbook for this course is available to applicants online:

BSc Computing Top Up Programme Handbook (19-20)


BSc (Hons) Degree in Computing

This course leads to...

This programme will produce graduates skilled in a broad range of specialist areas, progression will be through direct entry into the industry or through further study at post graduate level.

Entry Requirements

A HND or Foundation Degree in a computing subject from a UK university or, if obtained elsewhere, that is recognised in the NARIC database.

or, Edexcel BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in Computing and Systems Development (2010 QCF)

or, British Computer Society (BCS) Diploma in IT (level 5) – including completion of the professional project.

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Course ID: 159064

Course Year: 19/20

Course Duration: 2 Years


This course is only available to learners aged 18 and over. Fees are payable by all students unless sponsored by an employer, but you may qualify for a student loan through Student Finance England towards the cost of your course and living costs. Find out more at, or contact our HE team at

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