Computing and Information Systems (Distance Learning Top-Up) BSc (Hons)

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UCAS Code
Non-UCAS
Mode of Study
Part-time by distance learning
Duration
2 years part-time distance learning (top-up)
Start Date
January 2020, September 2020, January 2021

Overview

Computers and Internet systems play an increasingly large role in our day-to-day lives. This means that there's a constant need for professionals with the knowledge and skills to create and maintain these essential devices and networks.

If you're keen to build a career in computing, information systems, ecommerce or web services, but have commitments that would clash with full-time campus-based study, this is the perfect course for you.

On this BSC (Hons) Computing and Information Systems top-up distance learning degree course, you'll get the knowledge you need to work effectively in the modern IT and business world.

When you graduate, you'll be ready to go into a role such as system designer, system analyst, software engineer and online course developer.

What you'll experience

On this course you'll:

  • Design and develop your own piece of software, hardware or network system as part of your final year project
  • Tap in to our Library’s electronic resources, which you can access from anywhere with a Web connection
  • Join over 4000 students who already study part-time courses with us
  • Take part in live web-based chat forums to discuss your work with lecturers and other students

Careers and opportunities

What can you do with a Computing and Information Systems degree?

Previous students have gone on to work in areas such as:

  • IT management
  • network design
  • software engineering
  • computer programming
  • web development

What jobs can you do with a Computing and Information Systems degree?

Roles they've taken on include:

  • business continuity analyst
  • software engineer
  • web developer
  • systems analyst
  • computer programmer
  • online course developer

Other graduates have continued their studies at postgraduate level in areas such as health informatics, forensic IT and networking, or set up successful businesses with help and support from the University.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

What you'll study on this BSc (Hons) Computing and Information Systems Distance Learning Top-up degree

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In the first year, you need to study 4 modules worth a total of 80 credits. In the 2nd year you will study for, and produce your final major project worth 40 credits.

Modules

Core modules include:

  • Advanced Database Concepts
  • Project Management
  • Web management and development
  • Management of Information systems and E-Commerce

There are no optional modules in this year.

Core module:

  • Final Year Major Project

There are no optional modules in this year.

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Learning support

As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • academic writing
  • note taking
  • time management
  • critical thinking
  • presentation skills
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

If you have a disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.

Teaching

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • independent study
  • online discussion with lecturers

Most of the course is delivered via our interactive virtual learning environment. With access to all the study material you’ll need, discussion forums and the chance to connect with peers and lecturers via chat sessions, you’ll have plenty of academic support and heaps of resources.

How you'll spend your time

Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and 2 assessment periods:

  • September to December – teaching block 1
  • January – assessment period 1
  • January to May – teaching block 2 (includes Easter break)
  • May to June – assessment period 2

Most teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday.

Online chats are usually scheduled for evenings to accommodate the fact that most of our distance learning students are at work. All chats are recorded so you won't miss anything if you cannot attend the chat.

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • multiple choice tests
  • essays
  • mini projects
  • presentations
  • review articles

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

Entry requirements​

BSc (Hons) Computing and Information Systems (Distance Learning) (Top-up) degree entry requirements

Qualifications or experience
  • An appropriate HND, Foundation degree, relevant Advanced Diploma or successful completion of 2 years of degree study in an appropriate subject.

See the other qualifications we accept

English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

See alternative English language qualifications

Qualifications or experience
  • An appropriate HND, Foundation degree, relevant Advanced Diploma or successful completion of 2 years of degree study in an appropriate subject.

See the other qualifications we accept

English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

See alternative English language qualifications

​Course costs

Tuition fees (January 2020 start)

  • UK, EU, International, Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £2,310 per year (may be subject to annual increase)

This course is not open to international students.

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

Additional costs

You’ll study up to 6 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.

Apply

How to apply

Apply for this part-time course using our online application form.

Our courses fill up quickly, so submit your application as soon as you decide which course you want to study.

Not quite ready to apply?

Come to an Open Day to explore our course facilities, tour the campus and have a look around our halls of residence.

Apply for this part-time course using our online application form.

Our courses fill up quickly, so submit your application as soon as you decide which course you want to study.

Not quite ready to apply?

Come to an Open Day to explore our course facilities, tour the campus and have a look around our halls of residence.

How to apply from outside the UK

If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply directly (see the 'How to apply' section above) or get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.

To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section. 

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