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BSc (Hons) Computer Science (Software Development)

  • 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.

This course follows a pre-determined pathway of modules, that ensure you initially gain a strong foundation in core computer science and programming skills before moving on to more complex topics.

It is ideal if you are looking to develop a strong set of software engineering skills: from web development with JavaScript, React and PHP; programming in languages such as Python and C#; mobile app development with Kotlin and AI programming with Machine Learning algorithms. You will also develop skills in subjects that compliment software development, such as Cyber Security, SQL Database Management, and Big Data Mining using technologies such as MongoDB. We will help you develop a systematic, 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)

  • Object Oriented Programming (15 credits)
  • Developing Interactive Web Solutions (15 credits)
  • Advanced Database Design (15 credits)
  • Database Driven Websites (15 credits)
  • Advanced Programming Techniques and Patterns (15 credits)
  • Principles of Digital Security (15 credits)
  • Computing Research Project (30 credits)

Final year for full-time students (Level 6)

  • Mobile Application Development (15 credits)
  • Artificial Intelligence (15 credits)
  • Full Stack Application Development (15 credits)
  • Agile Team Development (15 credits)
  • Big Data & Data Mining (15 credits)
  • Developing Ethical and Professional Skills (15 credits)
  • Undergraduate Project (30 credits)


  • User Experience and Interaction Design (15 credits)
  • Games Design (15 credits)
  • Managing a Successful Computing Project (15 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

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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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