Bradford College

Computer Networks and Systems Support Bradford College Degree level: Undergraduate Awarded by: University of Bolton


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Our innovative course combines the study of systems support with networking, and therefore aims to provide you not only with a core set of technical skills, but the knowledge of technology to best utilise them. We also aim to prepare you for the competitive computing industry by training you in a range of vendors, which is increasingly sought after in the sector. At Level 4, you will learn the principles that form a comprehensive knowledge of the development and support of networked computer system, through a combination of practical work and the theory that underpins it. The mix of concept, theory and practice lays a foundation for you to independently consider and develop computer networks and support systems, later in the course and in employment.

At Level 5, you will begin to focus on planning, developing and implementing solutions; you will use problem solving skills, as well as demonstrate where existing theories have been provided as solutions. Through group work, you will also build on your project management, organisational and time-management skills that are vital for level 6 and employment.

Level 6 develops existing skills to an advanced level, and culminates in an individual final project which will showcase your technical skills and professional execution. You will have the freedom to specialise in a preferred area of study, which your Final Year Project will be based around. We also place particular emphasis on employment in the field, and your accumulative body of work will be brought together to form a portfolio to showcase to potential employers.

Course details


Level 4 modules will include: • Operating Systems, Hardware and Maintenance • Introduction to Networks and Computer Security • Introduction to Systems Support • Networking Architecture, Standards and Addressing Schemes • Supporting Operating Systems • Emerging Technologies Level 5 modules will include: • Configuring and Maintaining Routing Environments • Desktop Support Technician • Helpdesk Management • Enterprise Routing and Switching • Systems Security • Project Management for IT Level 6 modules will include: • Designing and Supporting Enterprise Networks • Server Configuration and Administration • Advanced Network Design and Testing • Employability Skills for Computer Graduates • Final Year Project

Assessment method

The course uses a wide range of learning methods with a focus on practical workshops. These are designed to allow you to develop your skills and knowledge in a supportive environment. Additionally, although contact hours are tutor and group-based, independent learning is increasingly developed throughout the course, and actively encouraged for your personal development; use of problem-based exercises and relevant scenarios aid this process. Concepts and theories that are presented through lectures are then explored and developed during tutor led tutorials and student led seminars. Case studies and interactive Workshops are also implemented to aid learning, and there is a strong focus on Personal Development Planning, which aims to prepare you for employment and consider ethical, social and legal issues which can face the computer professional. An annual literacy and numeracy test is also given, so that you can be offered learner specific support if needed. Assessment is centred on the practical and professional skills required by the industry, and therefore you will be specifically focusing on deriving a solution to a specified problem through researching, analysing and evaluating the issue. This creates a workload which is primarily practical, but will be substantiated through written work such as reports and essays. Group work is also used to promote transferable skills where appropriate.

How to apply

This course is not accepting applications from Tier 4 international students. For more information, please contact the course provider.

Application deadlines

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15 January

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 72 points Preferably to include an ICT qualification at Level 3.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 English and Mathematics at grade C/4 minimum.
Level 2 Literacy and Numeracy accepted as equivalent.

Applications are welcomed and encouraged from those who do not meet the standard entry requirements but can demonstrate the ability to study at Higher Education level.
Some credit points may be built up through prior learning and experience.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £8,750 Year 1
Northern Ireland £8,750 Year 1
Scotland £8,750 Year 1
Wales £8,750 Year 1

Additional fee information

Bradford College is committed to delivering quality, affordable degrees. We work hard to cut the cost and not the corners on our undergraduate, postgraduate and professional courses. The tuition fee rate per year is fixed for the duration of the course providing there is no break in study. You will not be asked to pay these fees up front, as you should be eligible for loans to cover the tuition fees and assist with living expenses from Student Finance England. However, please ensure that you have made your application and secured funding for your course prior to registration.

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