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BSc (Honours) Computing & IT and a second subject

Computing and IT skills are hugely valued in the modern workplace; studied together with a second complementary subject they can open up careers in a wide range of sectors, from government to gaming. This flexible joint honours degree offers you a double opportunity. You can specialise in an area of computing & IT and combine it with business, design, mathematics, psychology or statistics - dividing your time equally between subjects. Organisations are critically dependent on computing technologies, and people who can apply specialist IT knowledge within the context of another discipline are in particular demand. This degree course will help you establish or develop a varied and fulfilling career, and position yourself to meet the needs of today's employers.

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Online Education, Distance Learning & External study modes available

Key facts

Code: Q67 Made up of: 360 credits

There are no formal entry requirements to study this degree.

Fees: Our fees depend on where you are ordinarily resident. We have a range of funding options to help you with payment. When you apply to study we will tell you the fee and funding options that are available to you. Before you apply you can read What you can expect to pay.

Career relevance and employability

Organisations increasingly value IT teams with skills relevant to wider business in addition to technical ability. This joint honours degree opens the way for a career in information technology, computing, communication technology, gaming and related fields - and with a sound grounding in a second relevant subject, you'll be well placed to apply your skills in a wide range of sectors from government, health, education and the 'Third Sector', to business, finance and commerce.

The degree may help you obtain professional recognition from the British Computer Society (BCS) - the Chartered Institute for IT.

Building and deploying information technology systems are not solitary activities: they require teamwork and people management skills. During this degree course, you'll gain experience of working in a team to tackle a small development task. You'll also undertake an individual project, demonstrating your ability to undertake a substantial piece of work on a topic you've selected - and you'll gain a range of valuable transferable skills in communication, time management, analysis and problem solving.

There's more information about how OU study can improve your employability in the OU's Employability Statement from our Careers Advisory Service. You can also read or download our publication OU study and your career and look at our subject pages to find out about career opportunities.

Educational aims

Professionals working in the computing and IT sector bring many different kinds of expertise to their work. Indeed, computing and information technologies are often deployed in the context of another discipline. The aim of this degree is to equip you with the knowledge and skills you will need both in computing and IT and in a second complementary subject to underpin a broadly-based career. As well as developing your knowledge and understanding of the fundamental concepts, technologies and techniques, and the issues involved in their application, it will also:

  • enable you to keep ahead in rapidly changing subject areas by helping you to develop as an independent learner
  • develop relevant skills in communication, numeracy, and collaborative working
  • imbue the qualities that come with being a graduate in any subject: specialist knowledge, intellectual self-confidence and independence, analytical ability and the life-long learning skills needed to keep up with fast-changing technologies
  • enable you to apply your learning in your private, social and professional life.

And, depending on the pathway you choose through the degree, you may gain:

  • practical experience in the use of information and communication technologies
  • an understanding of the types of software and ICT systems that are now being constructed and used, such as distributed internet systems, intelligent systems and databases, and the digital network that underlies the internet itself
  • a grasp of the key concepts of computing and of modern computer systems
  • skills in the main tasks that are carried out as software is built and maintained, such as analysis, design, programming and evaluation.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

On completion of this degree you will have knowledge and understanding of:

  • the fundamental principles, concepts and techniques underlying computing and IT
  • a range of models and languages to support the analysis and design of computing and IT systems
  • the fundamental principles, concepts and techniques underlying your second subject area
  • the principal theories, methods, models and approaches that can be deployed in your second subject area
  • the range of situations in which computing and IT systems are used, particularly in your second subject area, the ways in which people interact with them, and the possibilities and limitations of such systems
  • the ethical, social and legal issues that can be associated with the development and deployment of computing and IT systems, including in the context of your second subject area.

Cognitive skills

On completion of this degree you will be able to:

  • apply and critically evaluate key concepts from computing and IT and from your second subject area in a range of contexts
  • select and apply appropriate techniques and tools for abstracting, modelling, problem-solving, designing and testing computing and IT systems, and be aware of the limitations involved
  • select and apply appropriate techniques and tools relevant to your second subject area
  • critically analyse and evaluate a range of ideas, arguments or theories based in your second subject area
  • devise and carry out a project in computing & IT, in the context of your second subject area, that applies and extends your knowledge and understanding, and critically reflect on the processes involved and the outcomes of your work.

Practical and/or professional skills

On completion of this degree you will be able to:

  • analyse, design, evaluate and/or test computing and IT systems, using appropriate simulation and modelling tools where appropriate
  • plan and organise yourself and your work appropriately, including keeping systematic records of work in progress and outcomes
  • demonstrate the ability to undertake ongoing learning in order to keep up to date with computing and IT and your second subject area
  • identify and address the ethical, social and legal issues that may arise in your second subject area and during the development and use of computing and IT systems
  • use appropriate professional tools to support your work.

Key skills

On completion of this degree you will be able to:

  • communicate information, arguments, ideas and issues clearly and in appropriate ways, bearing in mind the audience for and the purpose of your communication
  • work in a group, communicating effectively in a distance setting where the communication is computer-mediated
  • work independently, planning, monitoring, reflecting on and improving your own learning
  • find, assess and apply information from a variety of sources, using information technology where necessary
  • select and use accurately, appropriate numerical and analytical techniques to solve problems
  • recognise and understand a range of technological problems and select suitable techniques for solving them.

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