Overview

With IT services playing an important part in meeting customer requirements, DevOps and Enterprise Architecture job roles remain highly in demand (HULME, 2021). This results in a need in the market for graduates with qualifications and skills in development, architecture, and network design.

This programme will help equip you with key knowledge and skills in cutting-edge computing technologies, allowing you to discover new ways to practice, analyse, design, plan, and implement network solutions to support business operations.

Key facts

  • Use and evaluate a variety of computing and technology systems software, tools and techniques
  • Plan and manage the development and use of computing and technology systems
  • Apply your learning in real world work settings
  • Get on track for fulfilling the educational requirements of the BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, to achieve professional membership
  • Top up your existing qualification to a UK honours degree with direct entry onto Level 5 or 6

What will I study?

This programme is ideal if you wish to study computing technology and gain a broad-based qualification to further develop your knowledge, skills and career options across a range of computing and technology disciplines. It is also attractive to learners who have computing and technology related work experience and wish to gain an academic qualification in a subject area in which they are familiar.

You will learn theories, methods, tools, and technologies related to the design, development, and testing of computing and technology applications. You will also be exposed to the fundamental concepts, principles, technologies, and techniques of collaboration and automation of the software development process. You will be able to apply these skills and knowledge to real-life situations, preparing you to succeed in your future career.

How will I be taught and assessed?

  • Teaching is delivered through a mix of lectures, workshops, lab sessions, seminars, tutorials, case studies, guest/expert input, and task-based learning in guided and independent study, totalling between 4-14 hours per week (plus project work on Levels 5 and 6)
  • You’re expected to engage in independent study, around 30 hours per week
  • Assessments take place through mix of coursework and exams, including quizzes, tests, mock exams, practical lab exercises, presentations, Q&A and discussions, formal exams, critical report writing and in-class tests.
  • Taught by experienced lecturers and academics who use their industry experience to demonstrate how theories translate into real-life situations
  • Technology-enhanced learning (TEL) is embedded throughout the course to guide your preparation for seminars and independent research
  • Benefit from weekly academic support sessions designed to build your ability and confidence as an academic learner
  • You will be assigned a guidance tutor at induction who you will meet regularly during your studies

Careers and further study

After graduating from this programme, you will be equipped to work in a variety of careers in the IT industry, or to progress to academic or research-orientated careers.

The programme will develop your skills and competence for a range of job roles, including roles in digital leadership and management such as:

  • Enterprise Architect
  • Network Engineer
  • Network Analyst
  • DevOps Engineer
  • Business Analyst and more.

Academic requirements

Depending on your previous qualifications, you can join the programme directly onto Year One, Two or Three.

 Year One (Level 4) 112 UCAS Tariff points

Find out how many points your qualifications are worth by using the UCAS Tariff calculator: ucas.com/ucas/tariff-calculator

GCSE requirements:
Maths and English Language at minimum grade 4/C, or an equivalent.

Year Two (Level 5) HNC or equivalent Level 4 qualification in an computing or IT subject area
Year Three (Level 6) HND or Foundation Degree in a computing or IT related field.

Applicants holding a relevant computing or IT qualification in addition to one of the following: DipHE, any Level 5 award such as Certificate, Diploma or NVQ, will also be considered.

Please note:

For Level 5 and Level 6 entry you must provide evidence of a Level 2 Maths or equivalent. Exemptions are granted if you can evidence previous study in finance, accounting, statistics, data analysis or research modules at previous levels of study.

Applicants over the age of 21 without formal qualifications yet with appropriate work experience are also encouraged to apply for entry to level 4 or 5. Non-standard qualifications/work experience will need to be considered on an individual basis.

English language requirements

  • IELTS minimum score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent)

International entry equivalencies

We accept a wide range of international qualifications. Please visit our entry requirements page for country-specific qualifications.

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  • Year One
  • Year Two
  • Year Three

This module will provide you an essential foundation in computer programming, while helping you develop career-ready skills analysing computing problems and applying effective programming solutions.

  • Explore the process of programming and how to use techniques such as abstraction, data structures and encapsulation
  • Learn to develop computing applications
  • Make the most of computer labs
  • Engage with literature search and review as part of your research-rich learning
  • Gain all the preparation you’ll need for later modules and your final project

This module will introduce you to mathematical and computational concepts, and the information technology infrastructure encompassing systems and devices.

  • Learn how to use web technologies and other network resources
  • Explore the use of the internet, cloud, and computer systems and other emerging technologies such as the internet of things (IoT)
  • Identify and discuss examples of legal, ethical, security, and privacy issues

Get career-ready by developing a solid understanding of database approach, including its benefits in contrast to traditional file approach.

  • Gain an introduction to key fundamental concepts such as database architectures, components, and functions of database management systems (DBMS)
  • Build your knowledge of various data modelling techniques applied to real world case scenarios
  • Learn to use structured query language (SQL) to create and manipulate databases using target DBMS (such as MYSQL or Oracle or similar)
  • Get the chance to practice SQL in computer labs to query target databases
  • Explore ethical, social, and legal issues in relation to the use of databases in organisations

Build your understanding of the fundamental principles of data communication technologies, network models and the protocols used for digital transmission to support business operations.

  • Build your knowledge of the difference between Digital and Analog transmission and modulation techniques used for data transmission
  • Gain an understanding of the importance of data security in transit
  • Learn about the protocols and technologies available to protect communications against a man-in-the-middle attack
  • Develop technical skills in designing, testing, and securing simple network models using tools such as Cisco Packet Tracer and GNS3
  • Make the most of hands-on practical tasks

This module will cover the fundamental concepts and principles of website design and development.

  • Get hands-on experience to design and develop interactive and responsive website using HTML, CSS, JavaScript, MySQL and appropriate client-side frameworks
  • Learn how to analyse the requirements of a real-world problem and apply analytical skills to deliver a working a website
  • Apply computational thinking to design and develop an innovative solution
  • Learn approaches to deliver accessible and sustainable web design while considering the importance of United Nations 17 sustainable development goals (UN, 2021)

Gain an introduction of object orientation (OO) in the context of software analysis and design and relate them to OO programming concepts.

  • Develop your theoretical understanding and practical skills for developing software applications
  • Learn to use professional tools and frameworks such as UML, starUML, Eclipse or NetBeans
  • Explore fundamental software engineering principles including Object orientated analysis and design, Agile Software Development methodologies and Phases of software development
  • Understand fundamental software principles and construct software systems using object oriented programming, analysis, and design concepts
  • Become confident in discussing and applying fundamental theoretical concepts related to software project development

Develop key academic skills, including language and research skills, to successfully complete your assignments throughout the programme.

  • Develop and practice your language skills including reading, listening, speaking and writing
  • Become confident in producing high-quality academic works that follow conventions accepted in the English-speaking academic world
  • Develop research skills to make sure you are able to find reliable sources
  • Learn how to integrate sources into your writing using referencing standards
  • Boost critical thinking skills, enabling you to carry out objective and in-depth data analysis
  • Learn about successful communication and building working relationship with people from different cultures, allowing you to build strong relationships with your fellow students, while preparing you for your future career

With more organisations using the cloud for storing sensitive data, gaining a solid knowledge and critical understanding of fundamental concepts, principles and technologies in Cloud Computing will provide invaluable insight for your experiential learning semester and future career.

  • Study key topics including distributed computing, hardware infrastructures, software infrastructures, data centre facilities and virtualization
  • Apply your knowledge to analyse and evaluate cloud computing solutions within the context of a business/organisation/enterprise
  • Explore both the solutions and risks involved in cloud infrastructures
  • Apply theory to practice through extensive hands-on use of cutting-edge cloud computing technologies such as Amazon (AWS), Microsoft (Azure), Google Cloud or similar
  • Gain career-ready knowledge and skills to prepare you for roles such as Cloud Engineer, Cloud Architect, Cloud Developer, Cloud Analyst, Cloud Service Manager, Cloud Security consultant and more

Gain an in-depth understanding of the changing cyber landscape as a result of digital transformation and rise of machine-to-machine communication.

  • Build knowledge of contemporary threats, exploiting vulnerabilities to individual security and organisations
  • Learn about cyber security in data driven environments and how to implement safeguarding measures against targeted and untargeted attacks
  • Understand how to apply operating system security, symmetric and asymmetric algorithms and network security
  • Practise using windows, Unix or similar virtual machines to apply different types of access control policies and other security techniques to avoid escalation of privileges
  • Explore cyber laws related to Cyberpsychology, fake news, cyber bullying and organisation security

Within the module you will determine steps to ensure business processes are aligned with business strategies, operations and the role of business. Further to this, you will analyse and design how businesses can make meaningful change to business processes and be able to adapt for the future.

You will also learn to use business process automation tool to prove your design concepts. Indicative topics include but not limited to the following;

  • Introduction to modelling business systems process
  • Business process modelling & process optimization
  • Stakeholder analysis and Business Process Analysis
  • Business Use Cases and design
  • Business process automation tools

Improve your English language and academic skills ready to succeed in your university career and beyond.

  • Develop your reading, writing, speaking and listening to a UK university level
  • Gain useful knowledge on referencing, writing with clarity, speaking with precision
  • Learn through interactive activities and discussion
  • Practise your skills through group discussions, solving problems and working in teams

Develop your understanding of essential digital and professional competencies as well as personal and professional development processes.

  • Following your internship, consultancy or professional practice, learn to reflect on your learning, skills and competencies strengths
  • Conduct a self-analysis of your competencies and identify your strengths
  • Update your CV alongside a continuing personal and professional competence development plan

Learn about developments in Computing and Digital Technologies, as you prepare for your experiential learning semester, where you will be working with a range of employers facing contemporary organisational challenges.

  • Recognise, explore and develop knowledge and skills in areas of contemporary significance for the wider computing and digital technologies discipline
  • Learn about technological developments, research and issues related with contemporary technologies such as Internet of Things (IoT), Blockchain, AI, Cloud and Immersive Technologies
  • Focus on topics such as Cyber Security, Decision Intelligence, Data Fabric and Big Data
  • Explore contemporary social, ethical and sustainability issues

In an increasingly competitive graduate recruitment market, you’ll need more than a good degree to get the job you want. Graduate employers are increasingly looking for evidence of relevant work experience as well as academic achievement in candidates. A semester internship enhances your employability prospects, making you more appealing to graduate employers.

You’ll get practical experience in your chosen field whilst developing skills you will need in the workplace. You will also gain a better understanding of how organisations operate and will be able to apply this knowledge directly to your studies.

Make the most of an experiential learning opportunity in a workplace setting, using the skills and knowledge acquired in your previous modules.

  • Deepen your knowledge and enhance employability in your specialist field
  • Develop resilience and flexibility as you adapt to a different learning environment
  • Boost your problem solving, theoretical and practical skills to implement a work-based group consultancy project
  • Develop hands-on experience of working on a real life project

Develop your self-guided learning skills and knowledge within the context of subject specialisms of your choice.

  • Conduct a skills analysis to identify further opportunities for training relevant to your ambitions
  • Get support by the module academic team, your personal tutor, academic supervisor and careers team
  • Embark on relevant training, in the form of technical training delivered in class, online learning, a mini project, or another appropriate form approved by the academic team
  • Gain key skills to then focus on a specified project or business challenge

Explore research-based practices of leadership and technology strategies for sustainability, while understanding the personal and professional challenges these involve.

  • Learn to draw on reflective practice both from a strategic and influential point of view, as well as for moment-to-moment choices
  • Review how strategic environment and competitive advantage can affect a sustainable environment and how to overcome these challenges
  • Conduct self-analysis by using various self-assessment tools and reflect on your strengths and areas for further development
  • Learn how technology strategy and leadership help to go beyond conventional notions and challenge current formulations of society and business

Improve your study, language and communication skills for academic purposes in the study of your chosen discipline.

  • Become an independent learner through a mixture of formal teaching sessions and tutor-directed study and independent reading
  • Make the most of interactive workshops
  • Learn through activities including pre-reading, preparation, reflection and using the e-learning platform
  • Identify and develop all the key skills needed on your programme

In this year-long module, you will have the opportunity to work independently to research and build a significant computing solution directly related to your specialist programme of study.

  • Apply a wide range of development skills (in specification, design and implementation) to your product development
  • Gain practical experience of all aspects of the development life cycle
  • Examine wider legal, ethical, social and professional implications
  • Understand the responsibilities involved in the development and use of computer products
  • Present your work in a written report and in a presentation, boosting your employability

Gain a critical understanding of advanced computer networks.

  • Learn the importance of emerging networking technologies, Domain Name System (DNS), Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP), Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS), Internet Protocol Security (IPsec) and other protocol layering
  • Gain hands-on experience in subnetting, switching and routing concepts
  • Develop problem-solving skills to deal with network design and configuration requirements
  • Understand secure and efficient networks, and relevant legal frameworks that apply to network designs and troubleshooting
  • Learn how to comply with a professional code of practice to adhere to legal and ethical requirements

Develop career-ready in-depth knowledge of DevOps methodologies.

  • Explore how DevOps is used to represent and govern the IT infrastructure dependant organisation architectures
  • Understand the technical and application services available to support business needs
  • Gain hands-on experience in DevOps tools such as Azure DevOps, Jenkins, and Jira
  • Develop your understanding of the digital requirements
  • of real-life organisations
  • Develop the necessary skills to deliver a working DevOps framework for an organisation

Develop in-depth knowledge of Enterprise Architecture (EA) Modelling and how it is used to represent and govern the IT infrastructure dependent organisation architectures.

  • Explore the technical and application services available to support business needs
  • Gain hands-on experience in Enterprise Architecture Modelling tools such as ArchiMate, Visualisation tools
  • Practise using frameworks such as TOGAF (The Open Group Architecture Framework)

All modules on this course are core and 20 credits unless otherwise stated.

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The course information displayed on this page is correct for the academic year 2024/25. We aim to run the course as advertised however, changes may be necessary due to updates to the curriculum (due to academic or industry developments), student demand or UK compliance reasons.

Tuition fee 2024/25

  • UK/Home students: £9,250 per annum
  • International students: £19,750  per annum

This course is eligible for student finance through Student Finance England (for eligible home students). For more information, please visit our dates & fees page.

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 £250 for the duration of your studies should you choose to purchase any additional reading materials.

Information for international students

Northumbria University is committed to providing the best possible experience to all our students. To ensure you secure your place with us, we require our international students to pay a deposit towards their fees. More information can be found here.

Your tuition fees cover far more than your time in class with our expert academics, it covers the cost of providing you with excellent services and student experience.

  • Contact time in class – typically in lectures, seminars and tutorials
  • Access to facilities, including computers, on-campus Wi-Fi, printers, vending machines, quiet study spaces
  • The support of our Careers & Employment Service who help you to become more employable, secure placements and run workshops
  • Academic support – our ACE Team run multiple sessions on academic writing, presenting, exam techniques throughout the semester, as well as 1-2-1 appointments and drop-in sessions
  • Student support services such as our Ask4Help Service. Find out more about the services available to you on our Student Support page
  • Access to online resources, including a 24/ 7 Library with over 400,000 e-books and 50,000 electronic journals

 

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 undergraduate 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.

London Cost of Living Bursary

Eligible international students will receive an automatic bursary for £1,334, covering one month’s living costs in London*, applied at the Conditional Offer as a fee discount. This bursary is effective for intakes in May 2024, September 2024, January 2025 and May 2025. This offer excludes Pre-sessional English, standalone Graduate Certificate programmes and sponsored applicants.

If you receive this bursary, you may still be eligible for additional bursaries and scholarships, these will be confirmed at the Unconditional Offer stage. Full maintenance costs still need to be evidenced when applying for your visa.

This bursary is only available for international students from specific countries. Please visit our Scholarships page for more information.

*As defined by UKVI

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

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How to apply

Once you’re ready to apply, if you are a UK or a Home 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/ Home students

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

Institute code: N77
Course code: G519

Campus code: L

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 on your course. Please refer to the Dates and Fees page.

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

Apply for September 2024
Year One entry

Year Two entry

Year Three entry

 

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

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 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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Course Information

Course code:

G519

Level of study:

Undergraduate degrees

2024/25 Tuition fee:

UK/Home Fee: £9,250 per year
International Fee: £19,750 per year

Entry requirements:

112 UCAS Tariff points GCSE  Maths and English Language at minimum grade 4/C, or an equivalent

English language requirements:

IELTS 6.0 with no single element below 5.5, or equivalent

Mode of study:

Full-time classroom

Duration:

1-3 years (depending on entry point)

Assessment methods:

Coursework and exams

Scholarship or bursaries:

Available

Student finance:

Available

Payment plan:

Available

Starts:

January, September

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