Computer Science (Top-up)

at Riverside College

Study options


BSc (Hons)

Key facts

Riverside College
Study option:
Full-time, top-up
1 Year

Industry-standard facilities

Study with professional facilities and get work-ready

Expert teaching staff

Our academic team have a wealth of industry experience

Top up your qualifications

Top up your existing qualifications to a full degree

In partnership with Riverside College, we're offering you the chance to pursue a degree level qualification in Computer Science.

The BSc (Hons) Computer Science Top-Up will provide HND Computing Level 5 and HND Computing and Systems Development graduates with the opportunity to progress their study at an advanced level through specialist modules that are linked to potential career choice eg within cloud-based technologies, in internet and web management, data analytics, and network computing. The course will allow you to fulfil your potential by providing degree level Computer Science education, which is relevant, grounded in research and at the forefront of knowledge and practice.

The course will prepare you to become proficient in programming languages and system design methods and techniques. You will be able to apply your skills in most areas of a dynamic, expanding global Computing Industry (for example, e-commerce, networking, software development, IT project management, website development, systems analyst and systems design).

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

Course content

You will study four 20 credit mandatory modules (Emerging Technologies, Business Intelligence, Creating Web Applications, and Cloud, Virtualisation & Communications) and a Final Year Project (40 credits).

The Final Year Project will contribute significantly to the development of subject discipline specific knowledge and skills to support employability and will build on prior knowledge, skills and behaviours developed.

You will be encouraged to reflect on your development through tutorials and evaluation of your practice. You will be expected to work independently and engage in exploration of a dynamic Computing Industry, which will enhance your employability and career development.

You will have the opportunity to engage in trips and visits to local employers (e.g. Amazon and Daresbury Science and Technology Laboratories)

Entry requirements

HND Computer (Level 5) or HND Computing and Systems Development (Level 5), GCSE English Grade C/4


 Graduates from Computer Science degrees have gone on to work in a whole range of related occupations. Previous roles include:  software developer, database administrator, computer hardware engineer, computer systems analyst, computer network architect, web developer, information security analyst, and computer programmer.

Teaching and assessment


Your study time will consist of class contact hours, self-directed learning, assessment and placements where appropriate. Your actual contact hours will depend on the subject area, on the option modules you select and professional body requirements.


The balance of assessment depends on the subject area, your choice of option modules and professional body requirements. 


Coursework feedback may take a variety of formats. However, as a minimum, written feedback will be made available to all students.


For fee information, visit the Riverside College website.

Our students

Computer Science is a fantastic foundation for a BSc, as it’s a venerable, well respected course that drills the basics into you, and is endlessly adaptable; it has enough optional modules to allow you to get a taste of everything.

It puts you in a great position for specialising, too: a computer scientist knows enough generic principles to do whatever they like, something more focused courses won’t prepare you for.

I did a placement year in my third year (making this a four-year course), at a company based in Manchester - they do industrial quality control systems, such as non-contact defect measurement, biomechanical joint wear simulators, and other bespoke systems.

I’d go so far as to say placements should be mandatory – the experience helped me sand down my clinical academic understanding into a more well-rounded, practical skillset. It also lessens the culture shock for those whose first foray into the working world will be post-graduation – a must-do for anyone who wants a leg-up

Josh Sayce

BSc Computer Science


To apply, visit the Riverside College website.

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