Computing & IT

BSc (Hons) Computing (Level 6) Top-Up

Start Date: September 2024
Day(s): Two days per week
Site: College Main Site

Course Overview

This Level 6 Top-up degree programme is a fantastic opportunity for all candidates with a Level 5 qualification to top it up to a bachelor’s degree. The one-year Full Time study (or 2-year Part Time) leads to the award of BSc (Hons) in Computing degree which opens doors to lucrative job opportunities within the IT Industry. Employers all over the UK have desperate need for degree-level qualified IT practitioners to deliver in top jobs that require high intellectual skills and innovative thinking. This programme is designed to equip learners with the knowledge, high-level cognitive skills and familiarity with tools & techniques that empowers them to become highly productive and competitive in the job market. You will develop the ability to apply creative and innovative thinking for implementing logical solutions to problem scenarios within and outside digital domains. Yeovil College University Centre is one of the few Institute of Technology (IoT) institutions in the UK and the Computing department boasts of modernised IT infrastructure, updated classroom equipment, high-spec gaming room and a modernised IT Lab/Workshop that is equipped with state of art Servers, Storage Area Network and virtualised environment for students’ lab activities.

Qualification Gained

Successful completion of this one-year top-up programme will lead to the award of a Bachelor of Science degree - BSc (Hons) Computing awarded by the University of Gloucestershire. This degree opens doors of opportunities to lucrative IT Jobs in Software Developer, Networking Engineer, IT Consultancy, Web Application Developer etc. Graduates from this programme acquire strong technical and academic knowledge to confidently take on high-level job roles and management positions.

What Will I Learn

You will study six modules in total, all of which are listed below:

• Advanced Networking & Security (30 Credits)
• Advanced Programming (15 Credits)
• Research Methods (15 Credits)
• User Experience Design (15 Credits)
• Web Application Development (15 Credits)
• Dissertation (30 Credits)

Detailed information about these modules, and the curriculum staff delivering them are available in the Students’ Programme Handbook.

Our Lecturers

The lecturing team consists of highly qualified and experienced practitioners who are dedicated to ensuring students success through effective curriculum delivery and pastoral support. Most of the current lecturers have had relevant industry experience in IT and they are educated to at least Masters level in Computer Science disciplines.

Teaching Learning and Assessment

Learners will benefit from a combination of tutor-led sessions, lectures, group discussions, seminars and research symposiums. The learning environment is rich with technology tools both in the physical learning space and our Virtual Learning Environments (VLE). Lessons are packed with hands-on practical activities and use of simulation software to familiarise learners with collaborative development and teamwork. For each 15 Credits module, students will have about 45 contact hours of tutor-led sessions and are expected to engage in about 105 Independent Guided Learning Hours.

We are a Cisco Academy, Microsoft Academy, Juniper Academy and Unity Academy. We use our academy status to enrich the curriculum by injecting vendor qualifications into our programme delivery. Students are encouraged to complete industry-recognised vendor certifications during their programme of study (e.g. Juniper JNCIA, Cisco Security, Cisco CCNA, Microsoft Azure, MTA, MCSA etc.).

Course Expenses

Throughout the course there are opportunities to undertake trips and visits to industry exposition events and trade shows. Whilst these are not mandatory, they will enrich the learning experience. Students would be expected to fund their own travel to and from such events.

For full information about tuition fees please see the 'YCUC Fees' and 'YCUC HE Fees Policy', both available in the 'Policies and Reports' area of our website.

How Will I Be Assessed

Varied forms of formative and summative assessments activities are used throughout the programme – these may include Essays, Practical Tasks, Presentations, Assignment reports, Time-constrained assessments etc. Graded assessments (summative) for the programme modules are mainly by Coursework. These may include a portfolio of written assignment reports, Practical Activities and Presentations.

Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 240 academic credits (CAT points) at level 5 in Computing or a relevant field (for example, Higher National Diploma (HND), Foundation Degree in Science (FdSc) or Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE)). Applicants will be invited to attend an admission interview and will be advised of the criteria in advance. We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over as of 1st September in the academic year of admission) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants. They may be considered for admission if they possess industry experience and other professional qualifications that are comparable to the standard Level 5 entry requirements. Please email university.centre@yeovil.ac.uk to find out more. International applicants will be required to evidence English language skills - this could be an IELTS score of 6.5, with a minimum score of 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in each other component, a grade 4 in GCSE English (or equivalent). For further enquiries regarding entry requirements, please email university.centre@yeovil.ac.uk for more information.

How To Apply

Full-time: please apply through UCAS
Campus name: Yeovil College University Centre
Institution code: Y25

Part-time: please apply direct to the Yeovil College University Centre by calling 01935 845454 or emailing university.centre@yeovil.ac.uk