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 2019, September 2019, January 2020

Overview

Computers and networked 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 networks, 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

Work experience and career planning

If you're not currently in a role relevant to the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience.

We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities that will complement your studies and build your CV.

Careers and opportunities

When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry.

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

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

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.

Entry requirements​

Entry requirements

​Course costs

Tuition fees (January 2019 start)

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

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

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

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

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.

​What you'll study

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

In each year, you'll study units worth a total of 60 credits. For example, 1 unit worth 20 credits and 1 unit worth 40 credits.

Units currently being studied

Core units on this course include:

  • Advanced database concepts
  • Project management

For Sept 18 and Jan 19 starters:

  • Advanced Networks
  • E-Commerce

For Sept 19 starters:

  • Web management and development
  • Management of Information systems and E-Commerce

There are no optional units in this year

Core units on this course include:

  • Final year major project

There are no optional units 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 units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.

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 mental or physical disability, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) can give you help, support and advice so you can reach your potential.

Maths and stats support

The Maths Cafe offers free advice and assistance with mathematical skills in a friendly, informal environment. You can come to our daily drop-in sessions, develop your maths skills at a workshop or use our online resources.

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 an assessment period:

  • Autumn teaching block – September to December
  • Spring teaching block – January to Easter
  • Assessment period – Easter to June

Most teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.

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.

Apply

How to apply

Apply for this 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 for this course through UCAS (see the 'How to apply' section above for details). You can also apply directly to us or you can 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. 

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to our terms and conditions as well as the University’s policies, rules and regulations. You should read and consider these before you apply.