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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:

    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

  • UCAS Code:

    G400; Short form: BSc/Co

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons)

Why study this course?

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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Entry Requirements

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. 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.

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Course at a Glance

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

Further Information

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.


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

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

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You should apply through UCAS to start September 2018 by the UCAS deadline of 15 January 2018

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Fees 2018/19

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

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Further information:

For 2017/18 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

Case Studies

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. All modules have lectures to guide you through the relevant topics. People learn practical skills best by doing, so you apply the material to relevant and real world examples in practicals, tutorials, seminars and directed work. 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.

Many of our graduates continue studying, mostly at MSc level, but some embark on PhDs. Good graduates can take a taught MSc in: Agile Software Projects  or IT Security; an MRes in: Child Computer Interaction;  or a research degree: MSc (By Research), MPhil or PhD