BSc in Computing and IT (Honours)
Computing and IT skills have become fundamental to the way we live, work, socialise and play. This degree course opens up the world of technology and an array of exciting career opportunities. It will help you to become a confident user and manager of information technologies; to administer and manage network or database systems; and to develop new software solutions to meet specific market or organisational needs.
Key features of the course
- A flexible degree with a choice of routes through
- Focus on computer science, digital technologies, software development, solutions development, or networking
- Increase your employability in a wide range of sectors, including finance, government, health, education, the voluntary sector, business, gaming and commerce
Professionals working in the IT sector bring many different kinds of expertise to their work. The aim of this degree is to equip you with the knowledge and skills you will need to underpin a career in this sector. As well as developing your knowledge and understanding of the fundamental technologies and techniques and the issues involved in their application, it will also:
- enable you to keep ahead in a rapidly changing subject area by helping you to develop as an independent learner
- develop relevant skills in communication, numeracy, and collaborative working
- imbue the qualities that come with being a graduate in any discipline: specialist knowledge, intellectual self-confidence and independence, analytical ability and the life-long learning skills needed to keep up with fast-changing technologies
- enable you to apply your learning in your private, social and professional life.
And, depending on the pathway you choose through the degree, you may gain:
- practical experience in the use of information and communication technologies
- an understanding of the types of software and ICT systems that are now being constructed and used, such as distributed internet systems, intelligent systems and databases, and the digital network that underlies the internet itself
- a grasp of the key concepts of computing and of modern computer systems
- skills in the main tasks that are carried out as software is built and maintained, such as analysis, design, programming and evaluation.
We believe cost shouldn’t be a barrier to achieving your potential. That’s why we work hard to keep the cost of study as low as possible and have a wide range of flexible ways to pay to help spread, or even reduce, the cost. Fees for study commencing in academic year 2014/2015 are:
- Fees are paid on a module-by-module basis – you won't have to pay for the whole of your qualification upfront.
- If like most OU students studying part time, you study an average of 60 credits a year – you’ll study for six years to complete a degree. Our typical fee for 60 credits is £2,632.
- Our current fee is £5,264 – based on 120 credits of study – which is equivalent to a year's full-time study.
- The total cost of your chosen qualification currently starts from £15,792 based on our current fees.
NB: Prices are subject to change.
How long does it take?
- Part time – 6-8 years
- Full time – 3 years
- Time limit – 16 years
Research by e-Skills UK has shown that IT and telecommunications now employs 1 in 20 of the UK workforce. It also suggests the digital sector will need nearly 300,000 new recruits by 2020 to meet the demand for skills in this area.
Computing and IT graduates are in demand by providers (such as software houses) and user organisations alike. The extensive range of organisations employing computing and IT graduates includes retail, financial services, leisure and gaming, telecommunications, broadcast media, digital media, manufacturing, transport, tourism, the public sector and healthcare.
Growth areas and areas of high demand include cyber security, mobile development, cloud computing and the management of Big Data, in roles such as:
- app developer
- data analyst
- web developer
- software engineer
- network architect
- security analyst.
You will also need to be proficient in English, to an IELTS standard of 6.0. If you are unsure you will be able to take a free English test as part of the registration process.
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