Online course details

Study options

Part-time: 1-2 years

UK fee

£5,250 (2021/22)

International fee

£5,250 (2021/22)/EU

Course level

Undergraduate

Qualification

BSc (Hons)

Start dates

January, September, May

Location

Online

Online course description

If you already hold an HND or foundation degree in a Computing subject or international equivalent qualification, top it up to a full Computing and IT BSc degree in one to two years with this online course. Gaining the full bachelors degree can improve your career prospects, strengthen your CV and allow you to move onto a master's degree at a later date, should you wish to.

Developed by leading specialists, our newly updated Computing and Information Technologies (Top-Up) BSc (Hons) degree has been designed around diverse cutting-edge issues, events and digital developments.

The course will allow you to deepen your knowledge and understanding through research, case studies and practical skills-based projects. With a core focus on professional ethics and the wide-ranging impact of computing technologies in society, the programme will support learners in acquiring crucial skills which underpin the duties and responsibilities of today’s computing professionals.

Why choose this Computing and IT course?

The course focuses particularly on gaining confidence and skills in:

This online qualification will set you on a positive path to successfully furthering your career.

Who is this online course for?

Those wishing to progress within the Computing and IT sector such as:

100%agree that they feel confident they will succeed at university**UoD Survey 2020
Goldstandard teaching**Teaching Excellence Framework
92%agree that they are satisfied with the quality of the course**NSS Survey 2020

A talk from our Academic Lead

Our Computing and IT Academic Lead, Dr Tariq Abdullah, talks about the online Computing and Information Technologies (Top-Up) BSc (Hons) course in this video.

An introduction to our online Computing and Information Technologies (Top-Up) BSc (Hons)

View introduction to our online Computing and Information Technologies (Top-Up) BSc (Hons) video transcript

What you will study

With a mix of core and optional modules, you can tailor your studies to match your particular interests and career aspirations.

One of the core modules everyone completes is the Research Project. You can select from a list of suggestions provided by your tutor or this could be something you propose that matches your own interests, experience or area of professional development.

The programme allows you to study at your own pace, fitting around other commitments, in any location, via a virtual classroom environment. You will also get the opportunity to interact with like-minded peers across the world through discussion forums.

We will advise you of your study plan - the running order and availability of the modules - when you are invited to enrol.

If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this may not be offered. In addition, where demand is high, some modules may be subject to a cap.

To complete this top-up degree you will need to complete a total of 120 credits. This will be made up from the two core modules and three of the optional 20-credit modules in your preferred area of Computing and Information Technologies.

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

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How you will learn

Pace of study

We recommend about 20 hours of study per week to complete one 20-credit module over a 10-week trimester. If you aim to study two modules in one trimester, we recommend 40 hours of study per week.

Assessment method

This course is assessed through 100% coursework with a range of methods, such as essays, research reports, presentations, group work and practical reports.

Don't just take our word for it...

Graduate Mark Claydon talks about his time as a student with University of Derby Online Learning.

Mark Claydon talking about the online Computing and IT BSc (Hons) at the July 2019 graduation reception

View Mark Claydon and the online Computing and IT BSc (Hons) video transcript

Who will teach you

Tariq Abdullah at desk with laptop

Dr Tariq Abdullah
Programme leader

Dr Tariq Abdullah has over 19 years of research and development experience within both industry and academia. He has worked in many roles within Higher Education, as a Lecturer, Programme Leader, Research Fellow and in his current role as Academic Lead in Computing and IT.

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Entry requirements

You need to have one of the following:

*If you are entering with an HNC, you will need to first study and obtain a minimum pass rate of 40% in the level 6 Computing Technologies in Society module.

When you apply, please send us a transcript of the modules you've already studied. This means we can make sure your HND or foundation degree is compatible with this top-up qualification.

English language qualifications

If English is not your first language, or you have not successfully completed your highest level of qualification in English, you will need an English language qualification. For this course you will need at least one of the following:

* If you don't have GCSE Maths then you can study our Certificate of Credit in Introduction to Maths in Preparation for Higher Education which is a 20-credit module designed to help you develop your mathematical skills in preparation for higher education.

If you are unable to take an English Language Test locally, you may wish to consider our Derby English Language Test (DELT), which is an online test in two parts: reading and writing, and listening and speaking. Take a look at our Derby English Language test (DELT) page for full course details, online exam dates and how to book.

Fees and funding

2021/22 Fees for new entrants

Starting between September 2021 and August 2022.

 Per 20 creditsModulesCost
UK/EU/International £875 5 (four 20-credit modules and one 40-credit module) £5,250

About your fees

This figure would be the total cost of this course in the current academic year. However, please note that fees normally increase in line with inflation and the University's strategic approach to fees, which is reviewed on an annual basis. The total fee you pay may therefore increase if your course lasts longer than one year.

However, please also note that you can receive a 5% discount if you either:

Flexible payment plans available

Choose from three payment plan options:

Undergraduate funding options

Depending on where you are from in the UK or EU, and on your pace of study, you may be eligible for an undergraduate student loan. Accessible through Student Finance, this is a non-income based loan to meet the cost of tuition fees.

If you already hold an honours degree, and you are looking to re-skill or up-skill, you may still be eligible for a loan to study this course.

How to apply

Students should apply directly to the University.

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For support with completing your application, view our guide to the application process.

Documents to support your application

You'll need to provide:

*Documents not in English or Welsh must be accompanied by a certified translation by a professional translator/translation company. Each translation must contain:

A list of approved translators can be found on the UK Government website.

Application deadlines

All of our online courses have set start dates throughout the year. We require time to review your application and get back to you with a response before your course starts. Take a look at information regarding applying for an online course to see full details of deadlines and term dates.

Careers

This programme is designed for those who wish to advance their knowledge and understanding of important aspects of Computing and Information Technologies in order to enhance career opportunities or to prepare themselves for postgraduate research. It will provide you with highly transferable subject, academic and practical skills which are widely sought by today’s Computing and Information Technologies employers.

Once you have successfully completed this online Computing and Information Technologies (Top-Up) BSc (Hons), you may be interested in furthering your knowledge and experience by applying for our online Computing and IT MSc.

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