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BSc (Hons) Computer Science

  • 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 includes developments such as embedding Cisco CCNA networking qualifications into the course through specialist industry related modules. It will introduce a new Cloud Computing module where students will learn how to set up and manage Amazon AWS Cloud services. There are cyber security options, such as Ethical Hacking and Digital Forensics plus the software development provision meets the demands of employers by creating employer ready graduates.

This course offers flexibility with 20 optional modules to choose from. It is ideal if you are looking for a wide range of computing skills from web development with JavaScript, React and PHP, Python and C# programming and mobile app development with Kotlin. You will develop cyber security and database management skills and have the option to study specialised subjects such as Cisco network engineering, AI with Machine Learning and Big Data Mining.

Students undertaking the Networking options will have free access to NetAcad, which is Cisco’s VLE, and will be eligible to receive 50% discount vouchers to optionally undertake the official Cisco examinations.

The course is designed with modules to promote your professional growth and personal development. You will be encouraged to acquire key practical skills to help you build a broad base and deep knowledge of computing. This will allow you to make informed choices when developing specialist in-depth knowledge in your preferred areas.

Employability is a key focus with guest speakers, case studies, vocational assignment scenarios and modules which have been developed alongside employers. Students will be able to take part in events such as the Global Day of Code and Agile Peterborough meet-ups, along with regular sessions for meeting professionals and build working relationships.

The Undergraduate Research Project is your chance to develop expertise in a subject of your choice, which can form the centre-piece for your portfolio ready for future interviews and will be demonstrated to industry professionals at our annual exhibition. Previous projects include AI driven computer vision apps, VR computer games, drone applications and Raspberry Pi based systems such as digital weather stations.

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?

YEAR 1 - Level 4

  • Systems Design and Development (30 credits)
  • Programming Concepts (15 credits)
  • Network Essentials (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Cloud Computing (15 credits)
  • Web Design and Development (15 credits)
  • Developing Professional Skills (15 credits)

YEAR 2 - Level 5

  • Advanced Database Design (15 credits)
  • Developing Interactive Web (15 credits)
  • Computing Research Project (30 credits)
  • Principles of Digital Security (15 credits)

YEAR 3 - Level 6

  • Undergraduate Research Project (30 credits)
  • Professional and Ethical Issues (15 credits)
  • Agile Team Development (15 credits)
  • Big Data and Data Mining (15 credits)

CHOOSE 15 CREDITS - Optional Modules

  • User Experience and Interaction Design (15 credits)
  • Games Design (15 credits)
  • Managing a Successful Computing Project (15 credits)
  • CHOOSE 45 CREDITS - Optional Modules
  • Advanced Network Switching and Routing (15 credits)
  • Wireless Networking and IOT (15 credits)
  • Object Oriented Programme (15 credits )
  • Database Driven Websites (15 credits)
  • Games Development (15 credits)
  • E-Commerce and E-Crime (15 credits)
  • Management of Information Technology (15 credits)
  • Business Intelligence (15 credits)
    Emerging Technology (15 credits)
  • Advanced Programming Techniques and Patterns (15 credits)

CHOOSE 45 CREDITS - Optional Modules

  • Artificial Intelligence Programming (15 credits)
  • Enterprise Networking (30 credits)
  • Mobile Application Development (15 credits)
  • Full Stack Application Development (15 credits)
  • Ethical Hacking (15 credits)
  • Cryptography (15 credits)
  • Digital Forensics (15 credits)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

64 UCAS Points froma 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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