BSc (Hons) Information Technology
Computer science gives you a broad range of skills and knowledge in core areas including foundations of computation, programming, multimedia, networks, databases, operating systems and software engineering. Information technology includes many aspects of computer science, but with more focus on the computer technology needs of people and organisations. Our online computer science and information technology courses are very similar to our campus-based degrees, and the academic standards required are just as high. However, they give you the flexibility to study from wherever you like and to fit learning around other commitments.
The Qualifications have developed the learner’s ability to:
• Introduces some principles of system software- operating systems, networking, and other system software.
• Investigate the application of these principles through a system programming task on a workstation.
• Understanding the basics of software engineering and project management, but also requires skills acquired through hands-on practice.
The qualification can be offered to Learners from age 18. The Learners need to ensure that they have sufficient capability at the right level to undertake the learning and assessment.
English language requirements
The Qualifications have been designed to be accessible without artificial barriers that restrict access and progression:
• IELTS minimum 5.0- 6.5 overall with no fail.
• Minimum 3A Levels or equivalent qualification.
• Pass 5 GCSE subjects
We consider applicants:
• Who have demonstrated some ability and possess Qualifications at Level 3, for example ‘A’ Levels or vocational awards.
• Who have spent some time in an organisational role and wish to develop their careers further.
• With professional experience looking to change careers through work-based learning.
• Operating Systems and Computer Networks
This module introduces some principles of system software- operating systems, networking, and other system software. Students investigate the application of these principles through a system programming task on a workstation. Theoretical issues are covered in the delivery materials to the extent necessary for the successful completion of the practical part.
• Software Development Exercise (COM)
The core of the module is a realistic case study, undertaken in small teams, to develop a software system. Developing such a system is not just a matter of understanding the basics of software engineering and project management, but also requires skills acquired through hands-on practice. This approach of learning through experience involves the challenge of identifying, comprehending and critically handling a number of advanced methodologies, concepts, techniques and technologies. A further key element of the module is professionalism and the relevance of the academic content to professional practice in the IT industry.
• Contemporary Issues (COM)
This module introduces the ethical, social, legal and professional landscape in which computing professionals must work. The module covers contemporary issues such as green information technology, cybercrime, privacy, the Internet, and cyber ethics. Legal aspects of the module are primarily based on English law and include privacy (data protection), intellectual property, the Computer Misuse Act and the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act.
• Databases (COM)
Many computer-based applications, from enterprise to banks to airlines, e-commerce, or when looking at text and photos on a social media site, are underpinned by complex database systems. This module focus on understanding the principles and techniques needed for the design and implementation of relational databases. The module covers how data are organised for storage, and how to retrieve, update or delete earlier information in a typical relational DBMS.
• IT in Organisations (COM)
his module introduces the information processing choices that organisations have in order to succeed. A range of business approaches is explored both in terms of the business needs and market position. This includes both a financial and legal context. The role of IT/IS will be discussed at length and how these and the internet can be used to support the business objectives.
• Web Scripting (COM)
This module starts with an overview of HTML mark-up and cascading style sheets, and the importance of the separation between content and presentation. The bulk of this module is concerned with extending the practical programming skills, and applying these to the development of a web application that creates, reads, updates and deletes information using databases. Further, an important part of this module is understanding the constraints that the World Wide Web places on developers, such as those imposed by its stateless nature and the various recommendations that guide core web technologies.
This course gives you the opportunity to start developing your career through professional work-based learning. You will be paid UK minimum wage for a 20hour a week placement for the duration of your course, and will also be awarded an accredited Level 6 professional qualification from a UK awarding body.
- On completion of your studies, you may be given a full-time graduate opportunity by your employer
- You may wish to further your studies by taking on an academic masters programme or a level 7 professional qualification
- You may also wish to start your own business through our enterprise education programme