BSc Computing 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

Start date:


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
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    How you’ll be taught

    This top-up course is delivered fully online. You can choose between three start dates (September, January, May) and typically takes 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 each trimester where available. 

    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.

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    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.

    Within each trimester, whilst there is flexibility to work through the material at your own pace you need to be aware of the assessment dates as there is no flexibility in these.

    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.

Full information is available in our disclaimer.

Entry requirements

What are the entry requirements for Computing Top-Up?

Our entry requirements indicate both Standard and Minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students. Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications.

Can I make an appointment with an advisor to discuss further about the admission process?

If you want to get more information on the admission process, please get in touch with the undergraduate admissions team by submitting an enquiry form above.

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.

To succeed on our Global Online degrees you must have access via computer or laptop to view and download written and video content. You will also need basic IT skills that enable you to write and edit document, send and receive email, find your way around our online learning environment and search for and access online learning resources, download files and use online forums.

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.

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:
  • BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery
  • All Graduate Apprenticeship courses.

See who can apply for more information on Graduate Apprenticeship courses.

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.

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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
2023/24 2024/25
UK Students *£875 *£900
Overseas Students *£875 *£920
Modules are purchased via our online store and paid for in full at time of enrolment. Rate shown above is for 20 credits*. Course consists 120 credits and the total cost in 2024/25 is UK students £5,400 and Overseas students £5,520.
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


What can you do with a BSc Computing degree?

In this dynamic Computing programme, you will explore the endless possibilities of computer science, from algorithm design to artificial intelligence. You will get an amazing opportunity to dive into the realms of coding, software development, database systems etc as you unlock the secrets of this ever-evolving field. This course may lead you into the following career paths:

  • Computer software Engineer
  • Software Designer
  • Software Developer
  • Data Analyst
  • In-house Web Design
  • Network Manager
  • Mobile App Developer

You will gain a comprehensive understanding of computer science theory and hone your practical skills through hands-on projects and internships. From building innovative software applications to optimizing complex algorithms, you'll develop the expertise needed to thrive in today's digital landscape.

Upon graduation, you will emerge as a versatile and adaptable professional, ready to make your mark in a variety of industries. Whether you dream of developing cutting-edge software, creating groundbreaking AI solutions, or leading technological innovation, this course will empower you to turn your aspirations into reality.

What does a Software Developer do?

As a software developer, you will be at the forefront of innovation, designing and developing software applications that power various aspects of our lives. Whether it's crafting intuitive user interfaces, optimizing algorithms for efficiency, or building scalable backend systems, your contributions will have a profound impact on how people interact with technology.

You will be collaborating with diverse teams of fellow developers, designers, and stakeholders to bring ideas from concept to reality. Your days will be filled with coding, testing, and refining software solutions to address real-world challenges across industries. From mobile apps that streamline daily tasks to enterprise software that drives business operations, your work will enhance efficiency, improve user experiences, and propel organizations toward success.

As a Software Developer, you will constantly push the boundaries of what's possible, staying abreast of the latest technologies and methodologies to stay ahead in this dynamic field. Your passion for innovation and problem-solving will drive you to create software that not only meets but exceeds expectations, leaving a lasting impact on the digital world.