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Computing - BSc (Hons) top-up

BSc (Hons)

Key facts


UCAS code

G404

Start dates

September 2021

Location

Wheatley

Course length

Full time: 1 year

Part time: 2 years

Overview


This top-up year is for people with a higher diploma in an I.T. subject. By studying this course, you will graduate with a BSc in Computing awarded by Oxford Brookes University. You will study this course at the Oxford Brookes Wheatley Campus. 

This course has been designed to meet the needs of the industry. You will develop the high level technical abilities and knowledge needed to solve complex problems using computing technologies. You will have access to highly specialised computer laboratories where you will learn cutting-edge theoretical skills and techniques.

The modules you will study will equip you with all of the technical abilities required for a successful career in computing and I.T. You will also develop research skills which will enable you to be innovative and forward thinking. 

The final project will provide you with the opportunity to put into practice the academic knowledge and skills you have acquired during the degree. 

Someone working with a computer server

How to apply


Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements

This top-up year has been designed as a progression route for the Foundation Degree in Computing at Wiltshire College & University Centre.

In order to progress onto the top-up year, Foundation Degree students will need to achieve a Merit in the Foundation Degree in Computing.

It will also be open to students from other institutions and other Computing related programmes that possess the following qualifications:

  • At least Merit (55%) in a Foundation Degree in Computing subject.
  • At least Merit in HND in a Computing subject with a software development component.
  • Direct entry after having completed level 5 at university level in a computing related subject.

Students for whom English is not their main language also need to show that their English is at a high enough level to succeed in their studies.

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

English language requirements

Please see the University's standard English language requirements.

Please also see the University's standard English language requirements.

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Credit transfer

Many of our courses consider applications for entry with credit for prior learning. Each application is individually assessed by our credit entry tutors. 

If you would like more information about whether or not you may be eligible for the award of credit, for example from an HND, partly-completed degree or foundation degree, please contact our Admissions team.

We operate the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). All undergraduate single modules are equivalent to 7.5 ECTS credits and double modules to 15 ECTS credits. More about ECTS credits.

Application process

Full time Home / EU applicants

Apply through UCAS

Part time Home / EU applicants

Apply direct to the University

International applicants

Apply direct to the University

Full time applicants can also apply through UCAS

Tuition fees


Please see the fees note
2021 / 22
Home (UK) full time
£9,250

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module

International / EU full time
£15,200

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees


2021 / 22
Home (UK) full time
£9,250

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module

International / EU full time
£15,200

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088

Please note tuition fees for Home students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.

Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning Home students at the maximum permitted level.

Financial support and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see our Fees and funding pages.

Additional costs

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed below.

The published course and module descriptions were accurate when first published and remain the basis of the course, but the University has had to modify some course and module content in response to government restrictions and social distancing requirements. In the event of changes made to the government advice and social distancing rules by national or local government, the University may need to make further alterations to the published course content. Detailed information on the changes will be sent to every student on confirmation in August to ensure you have all the information before you come to Oxford Brookes.

Learning and assessment


This course builds upon the knowledge and skills gained in a Foundation Degree in Computing. You will continue to develop and expand your knowledge of computing through a combination of lectures, seminars and practical work.

 During this 1 year course you will develop core computer science skills. You will study;

  • computer programming
  • project management
  • the software development process
  • computer networks and multimedia content 
  • the mathematics specific to computer science.
     
Student studying on campus

Study modules

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Advanced Object Orientated Programming (15 credits)

Artificial Intelligence (15 credits)

Cloud Computing and the Internet of Things (15 credits)

Computing Project (30 credits)

Principles of Secure Operating Systems (15 credits)

Software Engineering (15 credits)

Software Project Management (15 credits)

Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you can choose from may vary from that shown here. The structure of the course may also mean some modules are not available to you.

Learning and teaching

You will learn relevant theory and strong practical skills.

Our teaching methods include;

  • lectures
  • practical sessions
  • apprentice style learning (a combination of lectures and hands-on exercises). 
     

Assessment

Assessment methods used on this course

All your modules will include continuous assessment. Assessment is primarily coursework based with some in-class tests too. 

After you graduate


Career prospects

Our computing graduates enjoy great success in finding employment in business, industry, research and education. Career opportunities include all aspects of software development, computer applications in organisations, and managing information technology.

Jobs in computer science are highly varied, and range from developing interactive TV, to network security testing, to games development, to risk management, and much more. Some roles are highly technical, and involve programming, or computer systems design, or mathematical methods. Other roles have a greater focus on business objectives, strategy, communication, people management, or finance.

Information technology related jobs can be found in virtually every type of organisation, both those that develop computer software, such as Microsoft, and those that involve complex IT infrastructures, such as BP, the NHS, and telecommunications companies.

Whatever career interests you, the Computing Top-up course at Brookes is designed to provide you with the foundations you need for a lifetime, as well as the specialist study for your particular interests at the moment.

Programme Changes: On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website.

For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.