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Computing and Information Technologies BSc (Hons) Top-up

University of Derby Online Learning


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2 years, Part-time
BSc (Hons) Computing and Information Technologies (top up degree)
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If you already have a Computing qualification at HND/foundation degree level, this course allows you to top it up to a full BSc in just one to two years. There are lots of optional modules so you can tailor the content to your interests or career aims.

This course has 3 intakes per year: September, January and May.


BSc (Hons) Computing and Information Technologies (top up degree)
Awarded by University of Derby

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If you already hold an HND or foundation degree in a Computing subject or international equivalent qualification, top it up to a full Computing and IT BSc degree in one to two years with this online course. Gaining the full bachelors degree can improve your career prospects, strengthen your CV and allow you to move onto a masters degree at a later date, should you wish to.

Developed by leading specialists, our newly updated Computing and Information Technologies (Top-Up) BSc (Hons) degree has been designed around cutting-edge issues, events and digital developments.

The course will allow you to deepen your knowledge and understanding through research, case studies and practical skills-based projects. With a core focus on professional ethics and the wide-ranging impact of computing technologies in society, the programme will support learners in acquiring crucial skills which underpin the duties and responsibilities of today’s computing professionals.

Wide range of optional modules allows you to specialise in your preferred area

You can tailor the course to meet your own interests through our wide range of optional modules which includes Network Management and Security, Web Development, Cyber Security and Ethical Hacking.

As this course is delivered 100% online, there is ample opportunity to interact and network with other IT professionals from around the world, helping you to widen your professional network.

Who is this course for?

Those wishing to progress within the Computing and IT sector such as:

  • IT Support Engineers, Network Engineers
  • Systems Administrators and IT Teachers
  • Network and Security Professionals
  • Web and Software Developers


You need to have one of the following:

  • HND or Foundation degree in a computing subject from a UK university (or international equivalent recognised by NARIC)
  • Edexcel BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in Computing and Systems Development (2010 QCF)
  • British Computer Society (BCS) Diploma in IT (level 5) - including completion of the professional project
  • HNC in computing subject plus at least 3 years relevant work experience in a computing role*
  • Evidence of significant work and life experience may be taken as the equivalent of traditional qualifications.

Career path

This programme is designed for those who wish to advance their knowledge and understanding of important aspects of Computing and Information Technologies in order to enhance career opportunities or to prepare for postgraduate research.

It will provide you with transferable subject, academic and practical skills which are widely sought by today’s Computing and Information Technologies employers.

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What does study method mean?

Study method describes the format in which the course will be delivered. At courses are delivered in a number of ways, including online courses, where the course content can be accessed online remotely, and classroom courses, where courses are delivered in person at a classroom venue.

What are CPD hours/points?

CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development. If you work in certain professions or for certain companies, your employer may require you to complete a number of CPD hours or points, per year. You can find a range of CPD courses on, many of which can be completed online.

What is a ‘regulated qualification’?

A regulated qualification is delivered by a learning institution which is regulated by a government body. In England, the government body which regulates courses is Ofqual. Ofqual regulated qualifications sit on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), which can help students understand how different qualifications in different fields compare to each other. The framework also helps students to understand what qualifications they need to progress towards a higher learning goal, such as a university degree or equivalent higher education award.

What is an ‘endorsed’ course?

An endorsed course is a skills based course which has been checked over and approved by an independent awarding body. Endorsed courses are not regulated so do not result in a qualification - however, the student can usually purchase a certificate showing the awarding body’s logo if they wish. Certain awarding bodies - such as Quality Licence Scheme and TQUK - have developed endorsement schemes as a way to help students select the best skills based courses for them.