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Top-up BSc (Honours) Computing and IT Practice

If you work in computing and IT and have already completed a foundation degree or equivalent, this degree course enables you to top up your knowledge and skills to honours degree level. The BSc (Honours) Computing and IT Practice (top-up) enables you to engage professionally with challenges such as the specification, design, deployment and management of computing and IT systems. You can choose from a variety of modules depending on your career goals, and you'll complete your studies with a project on a topic of your choice - giving you practical experience of independent learning and reflective practice. By the end of your studies, you'll be in a strong position to develop a fulfilling career in information technology and related fields.

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Key facts

Code: Q68 Made up of: 120 credits

Before registering on this degree, you'll need to have successfully completed the OU Foundation Degree in Computing and IT Practice (or equivalent approved study, such as a relevant foundation degree from another institution, or an HND together with vocational experience).

When you apply, you'll need to decide on which options to choose - and you may need to take one or more modules as preparation. Please contact us using our online enquiry form if you'd like advice or more information on eligibility for entry to this qualification.

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

This degree is relevant if you work, or would like to work with computing and IT systems - in hardware-based, software-based or systems-based contexts - and are looking for a qualification that shows you have a sound grasp of the principles of these technologies; you can apply these principles; and you're aware of the surrounding issues.

The individual project you'll study at the end of this degree course will demonstrate your ability to undertake a substantial piece of work. It will also be valuable as a showcase for your abilities and professional skills, and provide a solid preparation for postgraduate study.

On graduation, you'll be in a position to pursue a career in information technology, computing, communication technology and related fields - although you may need to undertake further training or study in order to enter a new career area. The BSc (Honours) Computing and IT Practice may also help you to obtain professional recognition from BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT.

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 IT sector bring many different kinds of expertise to their work. The aim of this degree is to equip you with the knowledge and skills you will need to underpin a career in this sector. As well as developing your knowledge and understanding of the fundamental technologies and techniques and the issues involved in their application, it will also:

  • prepare you to keep ahead in a rapidly changing subject area by helping you to develop as an independent learner
  • develop relevant skills in communication, numeracy, and collaborative working
  • enable you to apply your learning in your private, social and professional life.

And, depending on the pathway you choose through the qualification, 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

When you have completed this degree you will have knowledge and understanding of:

  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of relevant principles and concepts underlying computing and IT
  • apply correctly common techniques for the design and development of computing and IT systems
  • demonstrate awareness of the range of situations in which computing and IT systems are used in the workplace and the ways in which people interact with them
  • demonstrate an appreciation of the ethical, social and legal issues that can be associated with the deployment of computing and IT systems in the workplace
  • understand the principles and benefits of personal career development planning.

Cognitive skills

On completion of this degree you will be able to:

  • apply correctly key computing and IT concepts in a range of contexts, including your workplace
  • apply appropriate techniques and tools for abstracting, modelling, problem-solving, designing and testing computing and IT systems in your workplace
  • compare and contrast, specifications and implementations of software systems and/or simple hardware systems in your workplace
  • reflect on what you achieve in your studies and your work, and how you might improve your performance.

Practical and/or professional skills

On completion of this degree you will be able to:

  • analyse, design, evaluate and/or test information technologies in your workplace
  • engage effectively in planning your personal career development
  • plan, monitor and review your progress as an independent learner
  • identify and explain the ethical, social and legal issues that may arise during the development and use of computing and IT systems in your workplace
  • use ICT tools and numerical skills, as appropriate, to help you work effectively.

Key skills

On completion of this degree you will be able to:

  • communicate information, arguments and ideas effectively, using the styles and language appropriate to your subject, purpose and audience
  • work in a group, communicating effectively in a distance setting where the communication is computer-mediated
  • work independently, planning, monitoring, and reviewing your own learning
  • find, assess and use information from a variety of sources, using information technology where necessary
  • use appropriate numerical and analytical techniques to solve problems
  • understand a range of technological problems and apply suitable techniques for solving them.

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