Key facts


Stoke-on-Trent Campus

Mode of attendance: Full-time
Duration: 1 year full-time
UCAS code: I120
Academic year: 17 September 2018 – 14 June 2019
September 2019 – June 2020 (dates to be confirmed)


This top-up degree allows you to build on your previous studies in the area of computer networking to gain a BSc (Hons) in Computer Networks.

Companies depend on their information networks for mission-critical operations. They want highly trained networking professionals to keep them resilient and operational.

Our Computer Networks top-up degree, allows you to build on the knowledge and understanding you have achieved in a Higher National Diploma (HND), Diploma in Higher Education (DipHE) or Foundation degree (FdSc). If you have successfully completed a Computer Networks degree at Levels 4 and 5, you will also be able to develop your knowledge further with our top-up degree.

We regularly host talks and demonstrations given by our former students, who have gone on to secure roles in the industry. This will provide you with a real understanding and insight into what can be achieved once you have completed the course. You'll also have access to well-equipped teaching networking labs featuring Cisco, Juniper and Meraki hardware.

On successful completion of study, we will issue the following award: BSc (Hons) Computer Networks

Course content

Skills in the area of networking are in short supply. We equip you with industry relevant skills and maximise your employability by covering in demand, industry standard, certified course content from Cisco, the world’s leading networking company. In particular, we cover increasing the value of a network, routing and switching, CCNA Security and wireless.

You'll analyse network communications from an academic understanding, and also learn the practical aspects such as generating the data, configuring commercial grade equipment, and managing the information efficiently. This knowledge will prepare you to support and manage information networks in any organisation.


This module map provides an indicative list of the modules that make up your course. Each module is worth a specified number of credits: you take a combination of compulsory and optional modules, enabling you to cover key subject knowledge while developing your own interest. You must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of optional modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at a given level, you may have more choice in later parts of the course.

Our teaching is informed by research, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline. You can always find the most up-to-date information about your modules and who is teaching them in our module catalogue. We aim to ensure that all optional modules run as scheduled. If for any reason an optional module cannot be run we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Before you can register on some optional modules, you may be required to have undertaken prerequisite modules. Some module combinations may not be allowed.

Please note: The preliminary study period (of 2 weeks duration) is a 0 credit rated study. As our students come from many different backgrounds, some of you will have covered some areas in more depth than others. But you may have gaps in other areas which we consider essential to successful completion of the award. The purpose of the preliminary study is to ensure a common coverage and starting point of material that we have identified as essential. This will cover extensive aspects of the Cisco CCNA syllabus. Although 0 credit rated, you are expected to engage fully with this study as it is the foundation upon which the rest of the programme is based.

Year 1

Semester 1
Module title
Routing and Switching Compulsory
Network Security Compulsory
Wireless Networking Compulsory
Final Year Project Compulsory
Semester 2
Module title
Routing and Switching Compulsory
Final Year Project Compulsory
Troubleshooting a Converged IP-based Network Compulsory

Teaching staff

You will be taught by an expert teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics and professional practitioners with industry experience. Postgraduate research students who have undertaken teaching training may also contribute to the teaching of seminars under the supervision of the module leader. Our teaching is research-informed and 72% of our full-time staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.