Computer Network Technology  BSc (Hons)

Computer Network Technology BSc (Hons)

School of Physical Sciences and Computing




Under- graduate



Foundation Entry Route

If you do not meet the formal entry requirements specified, Foundation Entry offers an alternative route to study this degree.

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  • Duration:

    Three years, four years sandwich

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • UCAS Code:

    G611; Short form: BSc/CNT

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons)

Why study this course?

This practice-based degree will prepare you for a career in a rapidly changing industry that, thanks to new ideas, applications and constantly evolving technology, is a fascinating arena to work in. It includes the latest developments in wired and wireless computer networking and relevant theory to offer a broad view of the networking industry. Supported by teaching in purpose-built laboratories, you’ll use specialist software to develop not only your networking skills and understanding of theory - you’ll also consider the associated legal, social, ethical and commercial issues. You’ll graduate with a range of transferable skills allowing you to work across the computing industry, as well as in other graduate careers.

Entry Requirements 2016/17

280 points at A2, General Studies accepted
BTEC Extended Diploma : Distinction, Merit, Merit
BTEC Diploma : Distinction* Distinction*
Pass Access To HE with 30 Level 3 Credits at Distinction
International Baccalaureate : 28P
IELTS grade 6 with no subscore lower than 5.5
5 GCSEs at grade C including Maths and English or equivalent

Entry Requirements 2017/18

112 Points at A2; General Studies accepted
BTEC Extended Diploma:
 Distinction, Merit, Merit 
BTEC Diploma: Distinction*, Distinction*
Pass Access Course: 112 UCAS Points  
International Baccalaureate Diploma: 28P
IELTS: 6.0 with no component lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C including Maths & English or equivalent 

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information.

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Course at a Glance

Year 1

Compulsory modules

  • Introduction to Networking
  • Computing Skills
  • Systems Analysis & Database Design
  • Interactive Applications
  • Practitioner Skills
  • Introduction to Programming
  • Programming

Year 2

Compulsory modules

  • Introduction to Network Routing
  • Network Management
  • Computer Security
  • Investigating Hardware and OS
  • Professional Skills

Optional modules

  • Agile Systems Design Or
  • Advanced Programming
  • Industrial Placement Year

Year 3

Compulsory modules

  • Project
  • Network Design and Management
  • Advanced Routing
  • Wireless and Mobile Networks

Optional modules

  • Computers, Society and Law
  • Penetration Testing
  • Database Systems

Further Information

The course structure has three strands: technical; network-specific; project management: the first develops general computing skills relevant to the network specialist; the second looks at topologies, protocols, hardware devices, security and network management; the third develops communication skills, provides project experience and explores legal, social, ethical and commercial issues.

Since the first year is common with other courses in the School, you will gain the experience to choose the most appropriate specialist route for you. 

The first year focuses on acquiring basic skills through small laboratory exercises and develops essential computing skills across a range of application areas. You will develop programming and analysis skills and an understanding of basic computer and network technology. You will explore modern applications of computing for business and entertainment. Since the first year is common with other courses in the School, you will gain the experience to choose the most appropriate specialist route for you. At higher levels, more complex techniques are developed through case studies and extended exercises. Throughout the course, you will solve real networking problems based on the Cisco curriculum. Having completed the taught element of the CNAA qualification during the course, you may take the exam at a test centre, for which a fee is due. You will investigate, analyse and discuss networks and development issues, including implementing and troubleshooting networks, researching relevant literature and evaluating network management tools and techniques. Interaction with other students will challenge you to discuss, defend and evaluate ideas. In Year 2, you will participate in a team-based network development project. You will undertake an individual final year project. A module to help you plan your career is available as an additional module, linked to a second year professional skills module.

National Student Survey Results

In the 2015 National Student Survey (NSS) results Computer Science courses at UCLan have been ranked top in the North West for overall satisfaction, and 13th nationally out of 105 providers.

Computer Network Technology received a 100% rating from our students who completed the 2015 National Student Survey (NSS) in the following categories:

  • Staff are good at explaining things 
  • I have been able to contact staff when I needed to 
  • I have been able to access specialised equipment, facilities, or rooms when I needed to 
  • The course is intellectually stimulating 
  • As a result of the course I feel confident in tackling unfamiliar problems


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Choosing which university to go to was one of the most difficult decisions I have ever had to make. After spending four years as a student of CEPS at UCLan I can safely say that attending this university was undoubtedly the right decision. The knowledge, skills and relationships I gained during my time there has enabled me to grow as a person as well as an IT Professional and has ultimately resulted in the achievement of securing a job in the very demanding and competitive field of information security.

I firmly believe that this could not have being achieved without the support of the CEPS staff. Any student who attends CEPS at UCLan should have a bright and promising career if they make use of all it has to offer.

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Course Specification and Handbook

For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

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You can apply through UCAS to start in September 2017 until 30th June

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Fees 2017/18

Full-time: £9,250 per year (UK/EU)

Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate

Further information:

For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

Professional Accreditation

The course has accreditation leading to MBCS, CITP and partial CEng exemption from the British Computer Society, the computing professional body.

Learning Environment and Assessment

We emphasise practical-based learning using purpose-built laboratories and the University's general computer rooms. Our laboratories allow you to use specialist software and to do things that would not be allowed on a public network: for example, configuring networks or database servers, exploring the performance of a network under excessive workloads, using sophisticated software to monitor protocols or testing system security. You will configure and examine wired and wireless networks. Where possible, we make software available for use on your own PC. You will use an on-line learning environment to facilitate flexible learning. This environment enhances traditional face-to-face lectures, tutorials and practical sessions by providing additional, resource-rich, online materials allowing you to continue learning independently. You will have directed work to do outside timetabled classes.

The course is assessed using individual coursework assignments, group work, presentations and exams, which may be seen or unseen. There is a practical emphasis with the main contribution to your degree classification coming from coursework.


You can take a one-year industrial placement after completing your second year. Most placements are UK-based, but we regularly place students in English-speaking workplaces elsewhere in Europe. It is possible to study a year of the course at a university abroad.

The taught element of the CNAA qualification is integrated into the course, so you can gain the qualification by taking the CNAA examination.

Most students find roles in network management, design and implementation. Others will be employed as security analysts, systems managers and technical support staff. There will also be opportunities in graduate careers that do not require a specific degree.

Our innovative course will enable you to work as a network designer, network manager or even a network engineer. With Cisco accreditation and a wide range of transferable skills including project management, group working and communications, you will develop excellent long-term career prospects and a high earning potential.

Our graduates have gone on to work in IT support for organisations such as GlaxoSmithKline, Intel, Red Bull, Fujitsu -Siemens and a large defence organisation. Some have undertaken an MSc in computer security while others have gone into teaching.