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Computing and IT Practice (Honours), Top-up BSc

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #501 (WUR) Online
This Computing and IT Practice (Honours) degree at The Open University UK will put you in a strong position to develop a career in information technology and related fields.


If you work in computing and IT and have already completed a foundation degree or equivalent, this course tops up your knowledge and skills to an honours degree. It will also enable you to engage professionally with challenges such as the specification, design, deployment, and management of computing and IT systems. You’ll choose from a variety of modules to suit your career goals, and complete your studies with a project on a topic of your choice.

Key features of the Computing and IT Practice (Honours) course at The Open University UK

  • Builds on study you’ve already done to complete in only two years part-time
  • Presents a choice of modules to meet your particular needs and interests
  • Provides practical experience of independent learning and reflective practice
  • Quality assured by the European Quality Assurance Network for Informatics Education (EQANIE)

Skills for career development

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 a valuable 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 (Hons) Computing and IT Practice may also help you to obtain professional recognition from BSC, The Chartered Institute for IT.

Career relevance

Computing and IT graduates are in demand by providers (such as software houses) and user organisations alike. The extensive range of organisations employing computing and IT graduates includes retail, financial services, telecommunications, broadcast media, digital media, manufacturing, transport, tourism, the public sector and healthcare.

Growth areas and areas of high demand include cyber security, mobile development, cloud computing and the management of Big Data.


Accredited by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Average part-time duration 24 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration description
      Time limit – 7 years
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Communications technology
  • Data management and analysis
  • Interaction design and the user experience
  • IT systems: planning for success
  • Software engineering
  • Web, mobile and cloud technologies 

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Academic Requirements

You must have passed one of the following OU qualifications:

  • Foundation Degree in Computing and IT Practice (X15)
  • Diploma of Higher Education in Computing and IT Practice (W15)

Alternatively, you must have a similar qualification from somewhere else, for example:

  • a foundation degree in a relevant subject
  • a DipHE in a relevant subject
  • an HND in a relevant subject plus work experience

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

Tuition Fee

  • International

    5856 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5856 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    5856 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5856 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
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