Top-up BSc in Computing and IT Practice (Honours)

The Open University

Program Description

Top-up BSc in Computing and IT Practice (Honours)

The Open University

If you work in computing and IT and have already completed a foundation degree or equivalent, this degree course tops up your knowledge and skills to honors degree level, putting you in a strong position to develop a fulfilling career in information technology and related fields.

It will also enable you to engage professionally with challenges such as the specification, design, deployment, and management of computing and IT systems.

Key features of the course

  • Typically takes two years’ part-time study to complete
  • Tailor your learning from a wide choice of modules
  • A final project gives you practical experience in independent learning and reflective practice

Entry requirements

You must have passed one of the following OU qualifications:

  • Foundation Degree in Computing and IT Practice (X15)
  • Diploma in Higher Education in Computing and IT Practice (W15)

Some modules within this qualification also have entry requirements:

  • TM351 – you must have passed Object-oriented Java programming (M250) and Algorithms, data structures and computability (M269)
  • TM352 – you must have passed Object-oriented Java programming (M250) and Web technologies (TT284)
  • TM355 – you must have passed Discovering mathematics (MU123), Essential mathematics 1 (MST124) or Engineering: mathematics, modeling, applications (T194)

Alternatively, you must have a similar qualification from somewhere else, for example:

  • a foundation degree in a relevant subject
  • a DipHE in a relevant subject
  • an HND in a relevant subject plus work experience

Skills for career development

This degree is relevant if you work, or would like to work with computing and IT systems – in hardware-based, software-based or systems-based contexts – and are looking for a qualification that shows you have a sound grasp of the principles of these technologies; you can apply these principles; and you’re aware of the surrounding issues.

The individual project you’ll study at the end of this degree course will demonstrate your ability to undertake a substantial piece of work. It will also be a valuable showcase for your abilities and professional skills, and provide a solid preparation for postgraduate study.

On graduation, you’ll be in a position to pursue a career in information technology, computing, communication technology and related fields – although you may need to undertake further training or study in order to enter a new career area. The BSc (Hons) Computing and IT Practice may also help you to obtain professional recognition from BSC, The Chartered Institute for IT.

Career relevance

Research by e-Skills UK has shown that IT and telecommunications now employ 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 organizations alike. The extensive range of organizations employing computing and IT graduates include retail, financial services, 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.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
The Open University

Last updated January 17, 2018
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United Kingdom - Milton Keynes, England
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