Computing BSc (Hons)

On this challenging and practical computing 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 Computing degree courses. This lets you switch between courses. The choice is up to you, and after Year 1, you choose two routes from: Networking, Business, Security, Internet and Cloud or Software Development.

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)

  • Institution Code:

    CLANC C30

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Benefit from our 4 Week Challenge - bringing together all first years as teams to design and develop a new application, and then create a promotional marketing campaign.
  • The common first year allows you to transfer to a specialist route, for example, in Computer Science, Software Engineering, Computer Network Technology and Security or Forensic Computing and Security.
  • You can take a one-year industrial placement/study abroad after completing your second year. Most placements are UK-based, but opportunities exist for global placements.

Course Overview

Year 1

Compulsory modules

  • The Computing Challenge
  • Introduction to Programming
  • Programming
  • Introduction to Networking
  • Systems Analysis and Database Design
  • Computer Systems and Security
  • Interactive Applications

Year 2

Compulsory modules

  • The Agile Professional
  • Database Systems
  • Human Computer Interaction and User Experience
  • Internet Application Development

Optional modules by route, choose 2 routes e.g. Security and Software Development

Network Management

Information Systems Management

Computer Security

Internet and Cloud
Interacting with the Internet of Things

Software Development
Advanced Programming

For Sandwich Award undertake an Industrial Placement Year after completing Year 2.



Not all options will be available every year. Timetable clashes may prevent certain combinations.

Routes help students choose a coherent programme of study and do not affect the name of the award.

Year 3

Compulsory module

  • Honours Degree Project
  • Systems Requirements and Modelling


Follow the routes chosen in Year 2.

Wireless and Mobile Networks


Penetration Testing

Software Development
OO Methods in Computing

Internet and Cloud
Cloud Computing

Plus one module from:

(Subject to pre-requisites)

  • Advanced Software Engineering Techniques
  • Computers, Society and Law
  • Advanced Database Systems
  • Games for the Internet
  • Data Science
  • Science Communication
  • Computer Graphics
  • Computational Thinking
  • Mobile Computing
  • Digital Evidence and Incident Response


Alternatively, the Course Leader may allow a student to take another relevant module to replace the final year option or the final module of a route.

More information about programme specifications and module information is available in the course handbook.

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Fees 2020/21

Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU). Sandwich year out £1,000 (UK/EU)
Part-time: £1,540* per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)
Fees for international students

Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 104-112 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: 106-112 UCAS Points  
International Baccalaureate:Pass Diploma with 104-112 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

International Students

View our entry requirements for your country

Scholarships and Bursaries

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

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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

Check your points

Not sure how many points you have? Use our handy calculator and find out.

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Further Information

Between Years 2 and 3, you have the option spend a year on a placement in industry.

For the BSc (Hons) Computing course, 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.

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Sandwich Placement Year

This course offers an optional 48-week sandwich placement in industry – this comes between the second and third years. You are responsible for finding your own placement. We will support you in preparation for this with the Faculty Placement Team and UCLan Careers, who can help you plan and develop your CV and applications, and have practice interviews.

Placements are an invaluable opportunity to help consolidate your first two years learning, gain experience, and radically enhance your employability. The benefit of the experience gained during a placement is often evident in improved performance in the final year of the course, and when competing for graduate jobs.

A placement is invaluable to your development as a person and a developer, no matter in which field it is. I see no reason why you wouldn’t want to boost your CV above the rest and earn some amazing life and work experience while doing it. I met some amazing people whilst on placement, as well as doing some really meaningful and interesting work.”  - Ryan Sheff, Industry placement student

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Learning Environment and Assessment

A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits and each 20 credit (a standard module) equates to 200 hours of study, which comprises of a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and independent study. Independent study is an important aspect of your degree course. The exact combination of study time will be detailed within your module descriptors, and will depend on your option choices.

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.

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UCLan's Computing degree 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.


Professional Accreditation

This Computing degree course has CITP (Certified Information Technology Professional) accreditation leading to professional membership of the BCS and partial CEng accreditation from the BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT. This is a mark of assurance that the degree meets the standards set by BCS and the Engineering Council.

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Oliver Kerr

Oliver Kerr

BSc (Hons) Computing, 2017

There were several factors that attracted Oliver Kerr to choose UCLan as the place to study his BSC (Hons) degree in Computing. The quality of course, the treatment of commuting students and the considered, helpful approach of tutors all persuaded Oliver to make the weekly trip down from his home in Barrow.

Duncan Proffitt

Duncan Proffitt

BSc (Hons) Computing, 2013

Duncan graduated in 2013 with a first-class degree in Computing (with networking and forensic computing) and was immediately successful in securing a place on the IBM graduate programme.


Important Information

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

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2019 Entry | 2020 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 2019/20 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.