BSc BSc Computing (Global Online) Top-Up

Undergraduate, Online learning

BSc Computing (Global Online) Top-Up BSc

Learn to apply computational tools to real world problems on this online course


This computing course enables you to ‘top-up’ your existing qualifications to the internationally recognised ‘bachelors degree’ classification if you have an HND or an undergraduate level certificate, diploma or equivalent, in computing or a closely related field.

You will gain an understanding of computing tools, techniques and practices across a range of application areas. 

Delivered fully online (part-time) means you can study at a pace and place that suits you.

You can pay for this course flexibly on a module-by-module basis. This means that you don't have to pay the full course cost upfront.

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Mode of Study:

Online learning


12-24 months

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Course details

This course will allow you to develop a critical understanding of the analysis, design, development, testing, and evaluation of computing systems. In the modern world, regardless of the career path that you take, some aspect of computing is increasingly likely to play a role in your work. A degree in this area gives you a foundation for exploiting this trend.

The modules you will study are:

  • Project Management for Information Systems
  • Artificial Intelligence 
  • Web Technologies 
  • Software Engineering Methods 
  • Software Development 
  • Database Systems
  • calendar How you’ll be taught This top-up course is delivered fully online and will take between 12 and 24 months to complete, subject to your pace of study and module availability. You'll study six modules in total, with a maximum of two modules at a time over each trimester. The online materials have been designed to support you to study at a place and pace which suits your needs.

    Engaging in the online learning materials and participating in the online discussions will enable you to exchange knowledge with fellow participants. While you'll manage your own learning, you'll be provided with guidance on how best to work with the online materials and the importance of reflection in order to meet the course objectives.

    In addition to the module materials, you'll receive full support from module leaders, the programme leader, full access to our online library support, as well as being able to contact our dedicated administration team, should you have any queries.

  • note and pen Assessments

    A range of topic appropriate assessment methods will be used across the modules including the following: group project, development tasks, reports, & quizzes.

    For the award of BSc Computing you must successfully pass all six modules, giving a total of 120 credits. All modules are 20 credits.

    If there is any question regarding the authorship of any submitted assessments, we reserve the right to require students to undertake an online viva.


Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Placement and study abroad opportunities are subject to UK and Scottish Government health and travel advice.

Full information is available in our disclaimer.

Entry requirements

Minimum year 3

A HND in Computing, Computing Science, Information Technology, Information Technology Support Specialist, Computer Studies and Computer Networking (or any cognate Computing/Technical IT subejct)


240 SCQF credits/120 ECTS credits at SCQF Level 8 or equivalent in an appropriate computing subject area.

Mature applicants who do not meet the standard entry requirements will be considered on a case-by-case basis taking into account relevant work experience as appropriate.

English language requirements

If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test and our minimum English language requirements will apply. The test will normally need to be within 2 years of starting your course with us (unless you are studying online with us).

This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English.    Please check our country pages to find out if this applies to you.

International students

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
Entry requirements by country

Please note that international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:
  • BN Nursing/MSc Nursing (Pre-registration) (Adult or Mental Health)
  • BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery

Admissions policies

We’re committed to admitting students who have the potential to succeed and benefit from our programmes of study. 

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures, and how we use the information you provide us in your application to inform the decisions we make.

Undergraduate admissions policies
Postgraduate admissions policies

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Fees & funding

The course fees you'll pay and the funding available to you will depend on a number of factors including your nationality, location, personal circumstances and the course you are studying. We also have a number of bursaries and scholarships available to our students.

Tuition fees
All Students 2021/22 2022/23
All students *£825 *£tba
Modules are purchased via our online store and paid for in full at time of enrollment. Rate shown above is for 20 credits*.

Please note tuition fees are subject to an annual review and may increase from one year to the next.
For more information on this and other Tuition Fee matters please see Frequently Asked Questions about Fees

Click this link for Information of Bursaries and Scholarships


On successful completion of this course you will have the knowledge, understanding and skills to seek graduate-level employment in a wide range of private and public sector organisations. Recent graduates from the School have found employment as 
  • software engineers (developer, designer, tester and maintainer)
  • software support analysts
  • project managers
  • trainee IT consultants

Several have gained entry to prestigious management trainee programmes with large employers, and some have opted for postgraduate study at Edinburgh Napier and other institutions.