To complement your chosen career path, you can then tailor the Computing and Information Technology (Hons) Top Up programme at the University of Derby to your own interests by selecting optional modules in key areas such as:
Leadership and Management in Context
Understanding Mobile Technology Development
Project Management and Implementation.
If you want to move into Information Security, Project Management, IT management, Web Development or Network Security this could be the programme that will help you make that move.
This course is ideally suited to those who have an HND or Foundation degree in computing, have an Edexcel BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in Computing and Systems Development, or a BCS Diploma in IT. In addition there is an access route if you have an HNC with 3 years relevant work experience.
Alternatively, you can study our University Advanced Diploma in Computing and Information Technology within 12 months by completing three core 20 credit modules - ideal for continuing professional development (CPD) or as a platform to continue your study to a full bachelors degree or masters degree at a later stage should you wish to.
Now youve reached the highest level of an undergraduate qualification, well encourage you to develop abilities such as critical research, analysis, innovative thinking and making high level decisions all skills that today's employers value.
You will learn to critically evaluate and challenge concepts and ideas so its an exciting process. During the course, there is ample opportunity to interact and network with other IT professionals from around the world, helping you to widen your professional network.
Studying online gives you the flexibility to study at the most convenient time and place for you. Course modules still operate within a fixed trimester but you can choose to study during the day, in the evenings or at the weekend rather than having to attend fixed lectures.
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You will need to complete the core modules listed below and select two optional modules in your preferred specialism. To complete the Project module, you must first have completed the three core modules of Network Management and Security, Advanced Database Development and Advanced Web Development.
You only need to take one of these language tests:
The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.Take IELTS test
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The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.
Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.
The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).
The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).
HND or Foundation degree in a computing subject from a UK university (or international equivalent recognised by NARIC)
Edexcel BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in Computing and Systems Development (2010 QCF)
British Computer Society (BCS) Diploma in IT (level 5) - including completion of the professional project
HNC in computing subject plus at least 3 years relevant work experience in a computing role*
*If you are entering with an HNC you will need to first study and obtain at least 40% in a level 5 Research Methods module
When you apply, please send us a transcript of the modules you've already studied. This means we can make sure your HND or Foundation degree is compatible with this top up qualification.
You can also apply for this course if you hold a minimum of two - three years of broad and appropriate work experience in the computing and IT sectors. Applicants following this entry route may be interviewed (via Skype) by the Academic Lead for Computing and IT (or his/her delegated representative) in order to explore the nature and relevance of this experience in more detail. Satisfactory performance in the interview will be a condition for acceptance onto the Programme.
If English is not your first language you will need an English language qualification. For this course you will need at least one of the following:
IELTS 6.5 (minimum of 6.0)
TOEFL 580 (paper based) 237 (computer based) or 92 (internet based)
Pearson Test of Academic English: 58
Cambridge Advanced Certificate: Pass
London Tests of English: we accept level 4 for undergraduate courses
International GCE O Level English Language: Grade C
International GCSE English/English as a Second Language: Grade C.
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At least 3 year(s) of work experience are required.If you do not have any of the academic qualifications for this course then your application maybe considered if you hold a minimum of two - three years of broad and appropriate work experience in the computing and IT sectors. Applicants following this entry route may be interviewed (via Skype) by the Academic Lead for Computing and IT (or his/her delegated representative) in order to explore the nature and relevance of this experience in more detail. Satisfactory performance in the interview will be a condition for acceptance onto the Programme.
Check the programme website for information about funding options.
StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.
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