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Computing BSc (Hons) (Top Up)

Location: University Centre at Blackburn College
UCAS Code: I201
Code: ST3560A15
Fees: View fees and financial information
Validated by: Lancaster University
Study Mode: Full Time
Start Dates: september 2020
Term Dates: View term dates

Once you have successfully completed Computing Foundation Degree FdSc you can continue your studies at Honours level with this BSc (Hons) Computing (Top Up). The course will enhance your existing knowledge of the areas of industry which focus on computer games, web development, database management systems and traditional programming. This course will also enhance your readiness for the challenges and developments in the industry.

This course will give you the opportunity to top-up your Foundation Degree to honours level by studying for an extra year (full-time). This extra year will help build on the skills you've already learned at Foundation Degree level and prepare you for a career in a range of Computing disciplines. The course is aimed at people who are looking for a career in the Computing/IT industry and have an interest in the field of software design, web development, networking, computer forensics and the games industry.

What will I study?

The BSc (Hons) Computing Top Up enhances the existing knowledge that you will already have built up by studying Computing Foundation Degree FdSc.

All of the modules that you study are mandatory. You will undertake a Major Project which will enable you to specialise in an area of Computing that is of interest to you. 

All students take a total of 120 credits per level.

Level 6 Modules (all modules are mandatory) include:

  • Agile Project Management
  • Cyber Security and Threat Management
  • e-Business
  • Ethical and Legal Issues
  • Intelligent Programming
  • Major Project
  • Mobile Systems Development
  • Parallel and Distributed Architectures



Entry Requirements

In order to join this BSc (Hons) Computing (Top Up) programme you will need to have successfully completed Computing Foundation Degree FdSc. If you have received less than a Merit grade overall in your Foundation Degree you will be required to attend a guidance interview first to ensure you are fully prepared for the Top Up programme. Additional preparation for study at the Top Up programme may be required.


How will I be assessed?

Assessments on the course are varied and include: Essays, Reports, Exams, In class tests, Presentations, Projects, Solution implementations and Demonstrations. 

Many assignments are based in and around real world scenarios and problems giving you the opportunity to enhance employability skills alongside demonstrating technical expertise.

Each module is formally assessed through, for example, examination, open-book test, individual and group presentation, essay, observation of practice, assessment of course work e.g. art portfolio, written report, reflective practice and portfolios of evidence.  This formal assessment will count towards your module mark and feedback is usually given within 3 weeks following the submission of your formal submission of work.

Additionally, some lecturers will provide informal feedback, for example, following an examination they may choose to work through the exam paper in a tutorial. It should be noted that feedback is part of the ongoing learning cycle which is not limited to written feedback. Other forms of feedback include one-to-one meetings with a personal tutor, dissertation and project supervision meetings, a lecturer responding to learner questions or responses during topic or situation discussions. 

Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor.

Teaching and Learning

The learning environment and facilities could include lecture theatres, classrooms, technology suites, laboratories and workshops, library and skills labs, art and photography studios, small group and quiet zones. Learning methods will vary according to the programme of study but will include lectures and group tutorials. In addition, seminars, field trips, work placements, role play or scenario activities, laboratory and workshop practical, demonstrations, guest lectures, discussions and debates all contribute to the learning experience to support the acquisition of subject specific skills and knowledge and the development of transferable and employment related skills.

You should typically expect to have around 15 contact hours per week if you are studying full time.

In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor.  

You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course.  The team could include senior academics, professional practitioners with industry experience, demonstrators and technical officers.  You can learn more about our staff by visiting our staff profiles.


We endeavour to make timetables available one month before you start your course.  Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week.  Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week. 

Overall Workload

You overall workload consists of class contact hours, around 15 hours of independent learning and assessment activity and any field trips which may take place.

Academic Support

We have a dedicated Student Engagement Team who will be able to provide support in the following areas;

  • Study Skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills)
  • Written English
  • Academic Writing (including referencing)
  • Research Skills
What can I do next?

Graduates of the programme can progress onto a diverse range of professions with an Honours degree in Computing. These include: Software Developers, Business Analysts, Web Developers, Project Managers, Network Designers, Teachers and Games Developers, will be accessible at a more senior level in addition to professions requiring knowledge of more specialist areas such as Data Science, Distributed Computing, Security and Mobile Development.

Upon successful completion of the course, you could choose to progress onto Masters programmes. Opportunities include MSc programmes in Databases Design, Computer Science, Internet Technologies and Agile Software Projects.


Supplementary Information

Download the Programme Specification for BSc (Hons) Computing (Top Up). The Programme Specification will give you further information about the course structure, learning outcomes and detailed information about the assessment you can expect during the course. 

Career Options

Software Developer

Software developers design, build and test computer systems that help organisations and equipment to work more effectively. Examples of work include information databases, programs that control robotic systems, and cloud and mobile applications.

If you are keen on computing, can pay close attention to detail and enjoy solving problems, this could be an ideal job for you.

For this career, you'll usually need an HND, foundation degree or degree in computing or a related subject. Some companies will put you through a graduate training scheme even if you don't have an IT-related degree. Either way, you will need to be self-motivated and a quick learner.?


Job Opportunites in Lancashire

Business Analyst

Business analysts work closely with companies and organisations to help them change and improve the way they do things. They work in many industries from IT and financial services to telecommunications and retail.

If you like solving problems, are good at analysing data and have excellent communication skills, this could be an ideal career for you..

There are several ways to get into this career. You can complete a degree or postgraduate qualification in a subject like business or IT, or you can use your experience and expertise gained from managing projects.

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Computer Games Developer

If you love computer games and enjoy using your imagination, this could be ideal for you. Computer games developers produce games for PCs and games consoles. They also produce games for the internet and mobile phones. The work could involve making new games or updating existing titles.

Most computer games developers have a qualification. However employers may be more interested in your software skills and experience.

To become a computer games developer, you will need to have creativity and imagination. You’ll also need to be able to work under pressure and to deadlines.

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Forensic Computer Analyst

Forensic computer analysts investigate computer-based crime (cyber crime). If you have an enquiring mind, can interpret data and want a career in IT, this specialist role could be ideal for you.

To do this job you should have good problem solving skills, be able to pay close attention to detail and be able to spot trends in large amounts of information.

To work in this job you will usually need some background experience in IT.

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Social Media Manager

As a social media manager you’ll be responsible for communicating with an organisation's customers or clients through social media websites. If you love working with social media and are interested in finding new ways to connect with people then this career could offer what you’re looking for. You’ll be using your great communication skills and creative writing ability to engage with people online and in person.

You’ll also be using your good organisational skills and knowledge of social media tools to get your message across. Most new social media managers get into this job by demonstrating that they have a good understanding of social media and what makes people join online communities. Entry can also be possible with experience in related careers such as marketing, advertising or public relations.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire