Computing and Information Technology (Hons) Top Up, B.Sc.

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  • 18 months
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This online Computing and Information Technology (Hons) Top Up programme at the University of Derby gives you the opportunity to top up your existing skills and qualifications to a full degree. This course covers the three core areas of computing and information technology – networking and security, advanced database development and advanced web development - which are highly sought by employers in the computing industry.
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  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding


Tailored online Computing and IT course

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:

  • Information Security

  • 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.

Challenge yourself

Now you’ve reached the highest level of an undergraduate qualification, we’ll 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 it’s 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.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 18 months
  • Study intensity Part-time, Full-time
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration part-time 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    • Time flexibility
    • Attendance
      No Attendance
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request
    • Student interaction
      Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions), Online group works/assignments
  • More information Go To The Course Website

Programme Structure

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.

  • Advanced Database Development
  • Advanced Web Development
  • Network Management and Security
  • Project
  • Distributed Applications and Web Services
  • Information Security
  • Information Systems
  • International Entrepreneurship
  • Leadership and Management in Context
  • Project Management and Implementation
  • Understanding Mobile Technology Development

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Academic Requirements

You need to have one of the following:
  • 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.

English language qualifications

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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Work Experience

At least 3 year(s) of work experience are required.

Tuition Fee Per Full Programme

  • GBP 4410 International
  • GBP 4410 EU/EEA


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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