BSc (Hons) Computer Networks (top-up)

The BSc (Hons) Computer Networks (Top-up) is ideal as a next step from a foundation degree, HND or equivalent diploma in Computer Networks or Computer Security. You’ll get to delve deeper into the subject area while developing your academic skills in a well-equipped and supportive environment.

BSc (Hons) Computer Networks (top-up)

Course details

For computer networks to operate successfully, they must operate securely. This means making sure vital and sensitive data is protected at all times against a wide and constantly evolving range of potential disruptions – from simple user error to malfunction and hacking. This is a hands-on course that gives you the chance to hone your technical skills in computer networking, administration and security – and to continue your journey to becoming a professional creator and protector of computer networks.

Together, we’ll look at network architecture and management, network design and integration, and wireless networks and security, and you’ll design and carry out a significant project based on your preferred specialism or area of specific interest. The report you produce at the end should clearly demonstrate your competence, and support your progress to related careers or further studies at postgraduate level.

Throughout your studies, you’ll have the support and encouragement of teaching staff who are all highly experienced professionals, and who have developed a range of innovative and engaging ways to tackle the technical aspects of your learning.

  • Start date: 23/09/2019
  • Location: The University of Bolton
  • Award: BSc (Hons)
  • UCAS code: G425
  • Duration: 1 year

Course highlights:

  • You’ll have extensive opportunities to learn – and apply that learning – in our dedicated laboratories, using specialist hardware and software.
  • Our teaching staff are highly experienced and enthusiastic about the subject, and look forward to supporting you throughout your studies.
  • This course is designed to prepare you for current and evolving needs in the computing industry.
  • It’s a great chance to focus on the technical specification, design, implementation and maintenance of computer networks and security systems.
  • Small classes mean closer interaction with your lecturers, and a more attentive learning experience.

Key features:

  • Guest speakers provide highly relevant and up-to-date industry input.
  • The department has well-equipped computer networking laboratories, which are firewalled so you can experiment with a range of scenarios – without bringing the University network down!
  • We’ll provide remote access to many of the computing facilities, so you’ll be able to work on assignments from wherever you choose, whenever you feel inspired.

Entry requirements

  • Start date: 23/09/2019
  • Location: The University of Bolton
  • Award: BSc (Hons)
  • UCAS code: G425
  • 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 Computer Networks or NIIT Diploma in Computing 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

Computer network technology is associated with the computers, equipment and devices that connect to send and receive communication signals. The purpose of computer network technology is to provide a secure method of preserving data, sharing information and communicating. Data communication and computer networks are particularly important to modern organisations and this degree is designed to help you develop the technical knowledge you need to get ahead in this particular field.

This course offers you the change to not only learn how to design and implement new systems but also to lead and manage them effectively. Some of the key transferable skills you’ll possess as a graduate include team work, leadership, communication, time management, commercial awareness, problem solving and negotiation. Continuing professional development is especially important for people working in computing as technology and software develops at such a rapid pace.

What can I do with this qualification?

Every company has some form of digital infrastructure that supports the day-to-day running of the business. A computer networks graduate can seek employment in a range of businesses including large corporate and small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), large government organisations, local authorities, health authorities, network providers and internet service providers.

This degree is designed to prepare you for a variety of careers, such as computer and information systems management, technical support engineering, computer systems analysis, network and computer systems administration, network analysis and network security, digital forensics and computer network architecture.

Alternative career options

  • Teaching and education
  • Research and development
  • Social media management
  • Technical writing
  • Product management
  • ICT Training
  • ICT sales
  • Digital copywriting
  • Telecommunications
  • Network engineering

Professional recognition

Fees & funding

Home/EU fees

  Year of study Total
Entry year 2018/192019/20
2018/19 £9,250-£9,250
2019/20 -£9,250£9,250

International fees

  Year of study Total
Entry year 2018/192019/20
2018/19 £11,250-£11,250
2019/20 -£12,450£12,450

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


You may apply directly to the University using the University's online application form. Please select your chosen start date from the list below:

Before you commence the online application please read the Application Guidance Notes.

You should also ensure you have to hand:

  • Details of the educational establishments you attended and dates

  • Your certificates for the qualifications you are using to gain entry to the course – you will need to enter the completion date and upload copies

  • Details of any employment history including name, address, dates and role

  • Personal statement – this can be either input into the relevant field or uploaded separately

  • Details including e-mail addresses of two referees, at least one of which should be someone who can provide an academic reference

Please make sure any documents you wish to upload in support of your application are in pdf or jpeg format. Personal statements may be word documents.

Please ensure your data is correct at each stage of the application before you proceed to the next page. If you use the back button at any time during the application, you should check the validity of the data you have already input.

If you experience difficulties during the application process, contact the Admissions Team on 01204 903394 or ku.ca1539668896.notl1539668896ob@sn1539668896oissi1539668896mda1539668896


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

Should you have any queries please contact the International Team on +44 (0) 1204 903110 or email ku.ca1539668896.notl1539668896ob@la1539668896noita1539668896nretn1539668896i1539668896

Teaching & assessment


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.

  • Advanced Scholarship
  • Advanced Operating Systems
  • Enterprise Infrastructure, Management and Design
  • Network Security
  • Major Project
  • Professional Issues in Computing

Teaching, learning and assessment

You’ll learn and develop your skills through a balanced blend of lectures, seminars and tutorials, online resources and individual support – and with practical laboratory sessions that will be invaluable in consolidating your learning. Programme modules place emphasis on self-directed work, and you’ll carry out a major project on a subject that’s of specific interest to you. With this in mind, we recommend you allocate significant time to independent and proactive learning, such as background reading, preparing for seminars and revising for exams. Of course, we’ll encourage and support you in finding the independent learning approaches that best support your progress and ultimate success.

We assess your progress through exams and coursework, and the assessment approach may vary between modules, simply to reflect the intended learning outcomes. For example, some modules may be purely coursework-based, whereas others may include exams.

Our assessment approach is both formative and summative. Formative assessments don’t contribute directly to your module marks or overall qualification, but are designed to help you build on your strengths and overcome any weaknesses. In effect, they support your success in summative assessments, which are the more traditional and formal assessments that determine your final grades and qualification.

Assessment methods

Level Assessment method
Level One Coursework (75%), Practical exams (8%), Written exams (17%)

Learning activities

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

Contact The University

Key facts

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  • Course type:
  • Start date:
  • Location:
    The University of Bolton
  • Award:
    BSc (Hons)
  • Duration:
    1 year

Contact us

Adam Isherwood
Programme Leader
Email: ku.ca1539668896.notl1539668896ob@do1539668896owreh1539668896sI.A1539668896
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903075

Bren Tighe
Associate Teaching Professor
Email: ku.ca1539668896.notl1539668896ob@eh1539668896giT.B1539668896
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903556

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton
Email: ku.ca1539668896.notl1539668896ob@se1539668896iriuq1539668896ne1539668896
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903903