Key facts

Location:

Stoke-on-Trent Campus

Mode of attendance: Full-time / Placement
Duration: 1.5 years full-time; 2.5 years placement
UCAS code: G024, G021 (with a placement year)
Academic year: 17 September 2018 – 7 June 2019

Introduction

Top-up your existing knowledge and skills on our most flexible Computing degree, designed to be tailored to your specific areas of interest.

This course is ideal if you already have a computing related HND or Foundation degree. The aim is to provide students with the technical and theoretical knowledge they need to succeed in Computing and ensure they have the necessary softer skills.

Our Computing top-up degree allows you to put together your own personalised programme of study from the wide variety of computing modules on offer. You’ll study one core module, as well as completing options and a major project in your area of interest. It's ideal if you want the flexibility to tailor your degree to your own areas of interest.

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

Work placements

If you choose to complete one of our sandwich courses with a work placement between the second and final years of the course, our placement staff will work with you to identify a suitable location for your work placement. Please also note that you are responsible for any costs incurred in travelling to and from your work placement, and for any accommodation costs.

Course content

In your first year, you'll study the Computing Science degree core modules. This will help you make a seamless transition from HND to degree level study. You'll also study one option module to develop a specialism.

If you take our sandwich degree, you'll spend your second year on a work placement. You'll apply your knowledge in the workplace and gain hands-on experience.

In your final year, you'll study one core module and complete a major project in your area of interest.

Modules

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.

Year 1

Semester 1
Module title
Enterprise Application Development Compulsory
Professional Computing Compulsory
Data Analytics Compulsory
Mobile Application Development Optional
Engineering and Integrating Robust Large Scale Systems Optional
Distributed Web Applications Optional
Semester 2
Module title
Enterprise Application Development Compulsory
Professional Computing Compulsory
Data Analytics Compulsory
Mobile Application Development Optional
Engineering and Integrating Robust Large Scale Systems Optional
Distributed Web Applications Optional

Year 2

Semester 1
Module title
Final Year Project Compulsory
Emerging Technologies Research 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.