BSc (Hons) Computing top-up

Our BSc (Hons) Computing (Top-up) is ideal as a next step from a foundation degree, HND or equivalent diploma in Computing or Software Engineering. It’s a flexible and far-reaching undergraduate programme that’s designed to support you with focused attention, industry insights and excellent IT resources.

BSc (Hons) Computing top-up

Course details

Of all the great computing degree options available at Bolton, this is the most flexible. It draws on key elements from other study pathways to give you a wide-ranging and industry-informed programme. Building on your previous studies, you’ll have the opportunity to ‘zoom in’ on aspects of the subject you have personal interest and strengths in, or that support your career or further study goals.

The department’s strong links with business mean you’ll have the chance to work on ‘live briefs’ in your coursework assignments, so you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy real-world context and application for the skills and knowledge we’ll help you develop.

With intentionally small class sizes, we can offer you more meaningful and personalised interaction with our dedicated and enthusiastic lecturers – many of whom are active researchers and come with extensive industry insights and experience. Meanwhile, guest speakers and lecturers give you access to highly relevant and up-to-date input from industry settings.

All of this is backed by our well-equipped IT suites, where you’ll get to apply and develop your learning individually and in groups, with expert guidance and support.

  • Start date: 23/09/2019
  • Location: The University of Bolton
  • Award: BSc (Hons)
  • UCAS code: G405
  • Duration: 1 year

Course highlights:

  • Your teaching and tutorial team brings an impressive range of professional experience and technical prowess to the course, so you’ll have the chance to explore and evaluate a range of perspectives relating to your studies.
  • We continually monitor and update the course to reflect current and ever-changing issues in computing, and to keep your learning in line with technological advances and innovations.
  • A big part of our commitment to your progress is helping you develop your employability and industry networks. So we’ll encourage you to attend guest lectures that give your learning context, offer industry contact, and contribute to your underlying professional development.
  • By structuring our module content, assignments and projects to mimic industry processes and standards, we aim to provide an industry-relevant education that leads you towards a successful career.

Key features:

  • The department – and the wider University – provides a warm and friendly environment for your studies, with relatively small class sizes, purpose-built teaching facilities, and excellent student support and library services.
  • We’ll focus on your individual needs, and provide personalised support to help find the learning strategies that best support your learning and ultimate success.
  • Our dedicated laboratories, servers and end-hosts feature high-specification hardware and the latest software, so you’ll have industry-equivalent hands-on experience.
  • You’ll also get to experience the latest technologies, such as OpenStack – developed by Rackspace and NASA.
  • As you’d expect, many of our computing facilities are accessible online, so you can work on your assignments wherever you are, and whenever inspiration kicks in.
  • We’ll help you build a portfolio of work that demonstrates your skills in developing content for a range of different target devices. This can put you in an advantageous position when you come to approach potential employers.

Entry requirements

  • Start date: 23/09/2019
  • Location: The University of Bolton
  • Award: BSc (Hons)
  • UCAS code: G405
  • Duration: 1 year

You’ll have successfully completed a Foundation Degree (FdSc) or Higher National Diploma (HND) in Computer Networking or Computer Security (or another relevant qualification comprising at least 120 credits at HE4 and 120 credits at HE5). Alternatively, you may hold a professional qualification in computer science at an equivalent level; for instance, an APTECH Advanced Diploma in Software Engineering with an overall credit or distinction profile.

We’ll be happy to consider your application if you have non-standard qualifications and/or proven relevant experience in the computing industry.

You’ll be required to attend an interview and/or provide a portfolio of work.

If English isn’t your first language you’ll also need IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details. Find out more

Career opportunities

With computing technologies playing a greater role in all aspects of modern life, our graduates find their skills in high demand across a wide range of industries.

A computing degree combines theoretical study and practical projects where you can learn subject specific skills such as programming, systems, databases, computer platforms, website production and networking. The additional soft skills that a computing degree can equip you with include communication, leadership and organisational skills, all of which are highly sought after by employers.

Completing your Honours-level studies should prove valuable in helping you achieve your career goals.

What can I do with this qualification?

Computing skills are essential in today’s world. Computing is a global activity and graduates are employable anywhere in the world. Some of the main areas that graduates go into are network design, programming, web development, software application, interactive multi-media roles, IT support, consultancy and operations, E-commerce and business analysis.

Some typical employers include IT consultancies and IT service providers, however, as most businesses rely on computers to function effectively, there are also opportunities within telecommunications, aerospace and defence, financial services, retail, healthcare, manufacturing and the public and third sectors.

After completing this degree, you might also choose to set up your own business offering web design or IT consultancy.

A common postgraduate route is teaching. Alternatively, you might choose to continue your development within computing via a Master’s or PhD in areas such as networks and security, software engineering.

Alternative career options

  • Digital copywriting
  • IT sales
  • IT training
  • Teaching
  • Research and development
  • Network engineering
  • Product management
  • Technical writing
  • Social media management
  • Cyber security
  • Information systems management
  • Games development

Professional recognition

Fees & funding

Home/EU fees

  Year of study Total
Entry year 2019/202020/21
2019/20 £9,250-£9,250
2020/21 -nullnull

International fees

  Year of study Total
Entry year 2019/202020/21
2019/20 £12,450-£12,450
2020/21 -nullnull

The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

The University is currently awaiting Government guidelines as to EU fee charges for students commencing study in 2019/20.

UK undergraduate tuition fees are subject to UK government approval and are subject to the outcome of the Teaching Excellence Framework.

How to apply

Home/EU

September start

Please apply through UCAS (the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) for September entry.

The online application form and guidance notes are available on the UCAS website.

You can apply for up to 5 courses through UCAS (at the same or different institutions) for a fee of £24. Alternatively, if you only wish to apply for a single course at a single institution then a reduced applicant's fee of £13 is applicable.

You will need the following information to complete your UCAS application form:

  • Institution Code Name: BOLTN

  • Institution Code Number: B44

UCAS - Universities and Colleges Admissions Service

Tel: 0870 1122211
Web: www.ucas.com

International

The University welcomes applications from international students from all over the world. We try to make the application process as simple and as fast as possible for our international applicants.

How you apply is determined by your current location and what you are choosing to study:

  1. Apply direct to the University. Links for the next available intakes of this course are shown below. Please click the link which will direct you to the online application form. Please read the user guidance before completing this.
  2. Apply via one of our approved in-country referral partners. A list of our partners may be found on the International pages of this website.
  3. Apply via UCAS for courses starting in September only – visit www.ucas.com.

Should you have any queries please contact the International Team on +44 (0) 1204 903110 or email international@bolton.ac.uk

Teaching & assessment

Modules

Modules listed below are a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules as part of the course.

  • Professional Issues in Computing
  • Major Project
  • Web Application and Systems Project Development
  • Enterprise Infrastructure, Management and Design
  • Advanced Database Systems
  • Software Engineering
  • Advanced Scholarship

Teaching, learning and assessment

Lectures introduce the core course content, while practical laboratory sessions give you practical experience and help consolidate your learning. Tutorials give you the chance to ask specific questions and discuss topics and techniques you’ve covered in lectures and laboratory sessions. Case studies and practical scenarios then give you the opportunity to apply theory to practice, and enjoy real-world insights into computing in commercial environments.

Small class sizes mean we get closer to you as an individual, and therefore better understand and support your learning preferences and your ambitions.

Assessment wise, you can expect a combination of assessed practical demonstrations, reports, coursework, and others. These ‘summative' assessments contribute to your final marks, and are your chance to show you’ve met the learning outcomes for the course. Formative assessments, on the other hand, feature throughout your studies – and while they don’t contribute to module or final marks, they inform and support your development by helping you build on your strengths, overcome any perceived weaknesses, and find the study strategies that best support your ultimate success.

Disclaimer

The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up to date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.


Assessment methods

Level Assessment method
Level One Coursework (76%), Practical exams (8%), Written exams (16%)

Learning activities

Level Learning activity
Level One Guided independent study (73%), Scheduled learning and teaching activities (27%)

Contact The University

Key facts

  • UCAS code:
    G405
  • Course type:
    Full-time
  • Start date:
    23/09/2019
  • Location:
    The University of Bolton
  • Award:
    BSc (Hons)
  • Duration:
    1 year

Contact us

Abdul Razak
Programme Leader
Email: A.Razak@bolton.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903476

Andrew Parker
Lecturer
Email: A.Parker@bolton.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903467

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton
Email: enquiries@bolton.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903903