Blackburn College

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Lancaster University

Computing (Top up)

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Course summary

Once you have successfully completed Computing Foundation Degree FdSc you can continue your studies at Honours level with this BSc (Hons) Computing (Top Up). The course will enhance your existing knowledge of the areas of industry which focus on computer games, web development, database management systems and traditional programming. This course will also enhance your readiness for the challenges and developments in the industry. This course will give you the opportunity to top-up your Foundation Degree to honours level by studying for an extra year (full-time). This extra year will help build on the skills you've already learned at Foundation Degree level and prepare you for a career in a range of Computing disciplines. The course is aimed at people who are looking for a career in the Computing/IT industry and have an interest in the field of software design, web development, networking, computer forensics and the games industry.

Course details


The BSc (Hons) Computing Top Up enhances the existing knowledge that you will already have built up by studying Computing Foundation Degree FdSc. All of the modules that you study are mandatory. You will undertake a Major Project which will enable you to specialise in an area of Computing that is of interest to you. All students take a total of 120 credits per level. Level 6 Modules (all modules are mandatory) include: Agile Project Management Cyber Security and Threat Management e-Business Ethical and Legal Issues Intelligent Programming Major Project Mobile Systems Development Parallel and Distributed Architectures

Assessment method

Assessments on the course are varied and include: Essays, Reports, Exams, In class tests, Presentations, Projects, Solution implementations and Demonstrations. Many assignments are based in and around real world scenarios and problems giving you the opportunity to enhance employability skills alongside demonstrating technical expertise. Formative and summative assessments enable lecturers or tutors to monitor the learning that has/is taking place. Summative assessment is not always noticeable by the student as it is a continuous process; lecturers or assessors may observe participation and responses to class discussions and group work, a student’s response to question and answer sessions, participation in workshop practical and engagement with demonstrations. Each module is formally assessed through, for example, examination, open-book test, individual and group presentation, essay, observation of practice, assessment of course work e.g. art portfolio, written report, reflective practice and portfolios of evidence. Students receive both formal and informal feedback. Formal feedback is through assessments, is usually in writing and given within 3 weeks following the submission date. However, some lecturers will provide group feedback, for example, following an examination they may choose to work through the exam paper in a tutorial. It should be noted that feedback is part of the ongoing learning cycle which is not limited to written feedback. Other forms of feedback include one-to-one meetings with a personal tutor, dissertation and project supervision meetings, a lecturer responding to learner questions or responses during topic or situation discussions.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

In order to join this BSc (Hons) Computing (Top Up) programme you will need to have successfully completed Computing Foundation Degree FdSc at Blackburn College. If you have received less than a Merit grade overall in your Foundation Degree you will be required to attend a guidance interview first to ensure you are fully prepared for the Top Up programme. Additional preparation for study at the Top Up programme may be required.

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Computing (Top up) at Blackburn College - UCAS