Computing BSc (Hons)

On this challenging and practical course, you’ll examine the application of innovative technology to solve commercial and industrial computing problems. You’ll develop essential computing skills in your first year with students on other courses. This lets you switch between courses. You call the shots and after Year 1, you choose two routes from: Business Computing, Databases, Multimedia, Software Development and Computer Networks. Between Years 2 and 3, you can spend a year on a placement in industry.

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For the BSc (Hons) Computing, no previous computing experience is required, the course develops essential computing skills and explores a wide range of modern applications of IT.

The common modules at the start of the course allows you to transfer to a specialist route of Business Computing, Databases, Multimedia, Software Development, Computer Networks.

For part-time students, timetabled classes are blocked together where possible.

Key Information

  • Duration:

    Full-time: Three years, four years sandwich, Part-time: Five years minimum (18 modules, 4 modules per year)

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons)

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Fees 2018/19

    Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU). Sandwich year out £1,000 (UK/EU)

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Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to support you through your studies.

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Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 112 UCAS Points.  We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted

BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit 
BTEC Diploma: Distinction*, Distinction*
Pass Access Course: 112 UCAS Points  
International Baccalaureate:Pass Diploma with 112 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no subscore lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent 

Not got the grades?

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

Foundation Entry Route

Course Overview

Year 1

Compulsory modules

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

Year 2

Compulsory modules

  • Professional Skills
  • Agile Systems Design
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Database Systems

Optional modules by route, choose 2 routes eg databases and multimedia

Business Computing : Information Systems Management

Databases : Information Modelling

Multimedia : Advanced Interactive Application

Software Development : Advanced Programming

Computer Networks : Network Management

Year 3

Compulsory modules

  • Double Project
  • Database Driven Web sites 

Optional modules by route, choose 2 routes eg databases and  multimedia

  • Business Computing : E-Business
  • Databases : Advanced Database Systems
  • Multimedia : Games for the Internet
  • Software Development : Object-Oriented Methods 
  • Computer Networks : Network Design

Optional modules, choose 1

  • Mobile Development
  • Computer Graphics
  • Investigating Hardware & Operating Systems
  • Computer Security
  • Systems Concepts
  • Computer Vision
  • Advanced Software Engineering
  • Computers, Society and Law

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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

We emphasise practical-based learning using purpose-built laboratories. You will develop your ability to work and learn independently as you progress. 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 or testing system security. Our Joint Application Development Lab allows the recording and evaluation of meetings to help develop interpersonal skills. Where possible, we make software available for your own PC. You will use an online learning environment that supports flexible learning by providing additional, resource-rich, online materials.

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/third year if on Foundation entry. 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.

Computing develops your technical, business and people-oriented skills to produce a multi-skilled graduate capable of succeeding in a variety of careers. Depending on your choice of routes, a range of careers is possible including: analysing clients' business requirements and specifying appropriate IT systems, designing and managing networks or developing multimedia, databases or high performance software.

A broad skills base will allow you to pursue a range of careers without specialist entry requirements. One of our graduates is working for NATO. Others are working in local industry for organisations such as BAE. Several other graduates have gone on to teach in primary, secondary, further and higher education.

Important Information

Contact Us

This course is based in the School of Physical Sciences and Computing
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Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2017 Entry | 2018 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Tuition Fees & Finance

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2017/18 fees please refer to our fees page.

Further Information for students

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course Information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.