About this course

What will I study?

If you are interested in a systems development and management career and currently hold a Foundation Degree or HND (Higher National Diploma) or equivalent, the BSc (Hons) Applied Computing (Top-Up) allows you to gain a full undergraduate degree within one year of study.

Throughout the course you will study a wide range of topics, from systems development and strategic systems management, to social and current issues in computing, and professional management and practice.

You will also complete a case project, which will provide you with the opportunity to apply all of your existing skills to a substantial software development problem.

How will I be taught and assessed?

Teaching on this programme is delivered through lecturers, seminars and practical workshops where you will develop your skills, totaling between 12-13 hours per week. You will also be expected to engage in independent study involving directed and self-directed learning, around 29 hours per week.

Each module of study is assessed by coursework assignments. The individual project may be initiated by the University, the student, or an external client and consists of an end product and a report explaining and evaluating the project process.

All modules have some elements of practical work, the majority of which require the use of computer systems.

Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) is embedded throughout the course with tools such as the ‘Blackboard’ eLearning Portal and electronic reading lists that will guide your preparation for seminars and independent research.

Careers and further study

Upon successful completion of this course, with a minimum of a 2:2 degree, you will also be able to further your understanding of this subject area with the option to progress on to one of our postgraduate computing programmes.

After completing the course, you will be well placed to pursue a career in a wide range of business or computing-focused roles, for example, in systems and application development, computer programming or project management.

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Applicants should have the following:

Academic requirements

  • A HND/Foundation Degree in a related discipline
  • A good GCSE profile including Maths and English Language at minimum grade C or equivalent

Students seeking to join the course as either direct or alternative applicants should seek approval of their HND or Foundation Degree prior to applying on UCAS. A list of modules is required as part of this approval process.

English language requirements

Students require IELTS 6.5 (or above) with no single element below 5.5 or equivalent.

If you have IELTS 5.5 – 6.0, you may be eligible to join our Pre-Sessional English before starting this programme.

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All modules on this course are core.

You will be taught using a range of methods including lectures, seminars and practical workshops in our computing laboratories.

Every organisation has different needs in terms of the use and access to information and as a result today organisations require strategic systems development in order to response to the critical technological requirements. This module aims to critically analyse the strategic position of an organisation through the application of a set of established techniques, evaluate the importance of information systems to the creation of competitive advantage in an industry sector and evaluate developments in information technology that affect the strategic position of organisations by discussing issues associated with the implementation of strategic information systems.

This module will enable students to develop workable solutions to business information system problems using the object-oriented paradigm. They will have the opportunity to apply a well-established OO approach to specifying user requirements, and analysing and designing software systems. The module uses the industry-standard Unified Modelling Language. Advanced modelling concepts and techniques will also be used to build complex models. The module will help students develop professional, practical skills and an ability to demonstrate a deeper understanding and critical awareness of object-oriented concepts and principles.

To support students in the planning and control of individual projects, by further developing their academic skills to the level expected on a final year of an undergraduate degree programme. To develop students’ understanding of project management techniques and professional issues associated with their industry. Further to enhance their reflections and transferable skills, which should enhance their job prospects and underpin all their studies at level 6.

The principle objectives of this module are to provide students with an understanding of the professional, technical and group working issues in the practical task of specifying the requirements of an application, construction and integration of the application followed by the evaluation of the process and the application.  This involves planning, specification and cooperation between group members to achieve a successful outcome. Evaluation of the work completed encourages students to be aware of their strengths, weaknesses and enables improvement in future work.

The module explores two different programming styles, namely object oriented and web programming. These two areas form broad themes within the module. A practical focus is taken with the aim of equipping students with technical skills and appropriate underpinning theory in the two broad thematic areas. The assessed components will be designed to ensure that the student can both apply the concepts. The Java assignment will cover a broad range of programming features and will be designed to permit students the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of OO programming in Java and the level of their independent learning, whereas Web assignment will assess the ability to develop a dynamic web database system.

The aim of the module is to further your academic skills while helping you to appreciate the social issues and risks inherent in computing i.e. Professional, Ethical, Legal, Social, (PELS) and to introduce the relationship between computing technology and society. Learning material will be focusing on looking at case studies, Research and read articles, journals, reports, papers and will help students to report back their findings, formulate arguments (justified and substantiated), Opinion, Write papers, Referencing, paraphrasing, language, structure, arguments….and more.

Academic skills when studying away from your home country can differ due to cultural and language differences in teaching and assessment practices. This module is designed to support your transition in the use and practice of technical language and subject specific skills around assessments and teaching provision in your chosen subject. The overall aim of this module is to develop your abilities to read and study effectively for academic purposes; to develop your skills in analysing and using source material in seminars and academic writing as well as to develop your use and application of language and communication skills to a higher level.

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Tuition fee 2018/19

  • UK/EU students: £9,250
  • International students: £14,000

Please note that your tuition fees do not include the cost of course books that you may choose to purchase, stationery, printing and photocopying, accommodation, living expenses, travel or any other extracurricular activities. As a Northumbria University London Campus student, you will have full access to our online digital library with over 400,000 e-books and 50,000 electronic journals.

The modules you will study do not require you to purchase additional textbooks although we recommend you allow an additional £200 for the duration of your studies should you choose to purchase any additional reading materials.

Scholarships and bursaries for international students

Depending on the country you are from, you may be eligible for a country bursary and/or scholarship when studying this Top-Up programme.

All of our scholarships and bursaries are automatically applied when we process your application and one of our team will be able to confirm your eligibility.

Scholarships and bursaries

Payment plans for self-funded students

If you need support to spread the cost of your tuition, you may be eligible for our payment plan.

Payment plans

How to find out more

Enquire now to find out more information about the course, studying with us, the application process, and to ask any other questions you may have.

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How to apply

Once you’re ready to apply, if you are a UK or EU student, you will need to apply via UCAS. If you are an international student, you can apply to us directly following the below instructions.

UCAS applications – UK/EU students

To apply through UCAS, you will need to use the following codes:

Institute UCAS code: N77
Course UCAS code: G510

Find out more about applying through UCAS here

Direct applications – international students

We strongly recommend that you submit your application as early as possible to allow you to complete all of the preparations needed to study in the UK. After receiving an offer it can take time to arrange your finances and apply for your visa and it is important that you arrive in good time to enrol onto your course. Please refer to the Dates and Fees page.

You can apply online to study the BSc (Hons) Applied Computing (Top-Up). This method allows you to upload your supporting documents at the time of application and automatically receive your student application number.

Apply online

If you are unable to apply online, then you can download a PDF application form and email it to london.admissions@northumbria.ac.uk.

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Supporting documents

For us to assess your application in a timely manner, it is important that you provide us with the following documents:

  • Fully completed application form
  • Personal email address must be included on the application form
  • Transcripts and/or certificates (including a certified translation if not in English)
  • Passport – copy of personal details page
  • Proof of financial sponsorship if applicable
  • Reference
  • Confirmation of immigration history including copies of previous and current visas if applicable

You can check more information on how to apply here, including guidelines for the application forms.

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