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BSc (Hons) Computer Science (Networking)

  • Course Type: Undergraduate Degree
  • Institution Code: P56
Course overview

What can this course lead to?

Just some of the future careers for graduates after completing the course include:

Software Engineer
Network Engineer
Web Developer
Cyber Security Specialist
IT Project Manager
Test Engineer
Service Desk Analyst
DevOps Engineer
Database Administrator
Data Analyst


Who is it for?

This new degree has been developed with advice from local employers to ensure you are gaining the skills and knowledge that they look for in graduates starting a career in the various fields within the Network Engineering industry.

We have built upon a strong foundation, influenced by the Networking modules of our previous Computing & Information Systems degree, by enhancing these and complimenting them with a range of new modules that ensure you will develop knowledge and experience in several of the latest technologies. This includes introducing a new Cloud Computing module at level 4 where students will learn how to set up and manage Amazon AWS Cloud services, and students will be provided with free access to NetAcad, which is Cisco’s VLE for studying the latest Cisco CCNA networking qualifications, which are highly sought after by employers. Students on the course will be eligible to receive 50% discount vouchers to optionally undertake the official Cisco examinations.

This course follows a pre-determined pathway of modules, that ensure you initially gain a strong foundation in core computer science subjects, including an introduction to programming and the essentials of networking, before moving on to more complex topics. It is ideal if you are looking to develop a strong set of network engineering skills, including knowledge of the role and function of network components, network topology architectures, IPv4 and IPv6 addressing and routing, virtualisation, wireless networking and network security fundamentals. You will also develop skills in subjects that compliment network engineering development, such as CyberSecurity, IOT, and Management of IT. We will help you developasystematic,creative and flexible approach to problem solving that computing professionals rely on.

The courses at University Centre Peterborough are studied in smaller class sizes compared with other universities, a typical class size is under 20 students.

This qualification is awarded by The Open University and delivered by University Centre Peterborough.

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What is covered?

You must take modules worth 120 credits at each level of the course. Each module is worth a specified number of credits.

Year one for full-time students (Level 4)

  • Systems Design and Development (30 credits)
  • Programming Concepts (15 credits)
  • Networking Essentials (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Cloud Computing (15 credits)
  • Web Design & Development (15 credits)
  • Developing Professional Skills (15 credits)
  • User Experience and Interaction Design (15 credits)

Year two for full-time students (Level 5)

  • Advanced Database Design (15 credits)
  • Developing Interactive Web Solutions (15 credits)
  • Computing Research Project (30 credits)
  • Principles of Digital Security (15 credits)
  • Advanced Network Switching and Routing (15 credits)
  • Wireless Networking and IOT (15 credits)
  • Management of Information Technology (15 credits)

Final year for full-time students (Level 6)

  • Enterprise Networking (30 credits)
  • Big Data & Data Mining (15 credits)
  • Agile Team Development (15 credits)
  • Ethical Hacking (15 credits)
  • Developing Ethical and Professional Skills (15 credits)
  • Undergraduate Project (30 credits)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

64 UCAS Points from a computing related subject and 5 GCSE grades C/4 or above including English and Maths.

If you have completed the Fd Computer Science at UCP or HND Computing you can start Level 6 of the BSc (Hons)Computer Science degree to obtain a full honours degree.

Mature students or students who do not have the above qualifications can contact our admissions team on 01733 214466 or to discuss equivalent qualifications or relevant work experience. For more information on EU and overseas qualifications, UCAS, accreditation of prior learning and failure to meet the entry requirements please visit

Course information
Ucas Code
University Centre Peterborough
Start Date
The tuition fees for full-time undergraduate students will be £8,250 per year, which is lower compared with many other universities.Fees for part-time study are pro-rata depending on the number of credits you are studying (i.e. 90 credits per year will be 75% of the tuition fee).There may be additional costs for this course which are not covered by the tuition fee.

Full-time: 3 years (2-3 full days a week over two semesters per year)

Part-time: 4 years (1-2 full days a week over two semesters per year)

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The Open University
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