Computing and Information Technology (Hons) Top Up, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 18 months
  • Tuition
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    Tuition (Full programme)
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This online Computing and Information Technology (Hons) Top Up at University of Derby degree gives you the opportunity to build upon your existing skills and qualifications to a full UK degree. This course covers three of the core areas of computing and information technology industry: networking and security, advanced database development and advanced web development.


Tailored online Computing and IT course

To complement your chosen career path, you can tailor the BSc Top-up to your own interests by selecting optional modules in key areas such as:

  • Information Security

  • Leadership and Management in Context

  • Understanding Mobile Technology Development 

  • Project Management and Implementation.

The Computing and Information Technology (Hons) Top Up programme is delivered by University of Derby.

If you are wanting to move into Information Security, Project Management, IT Management, Web Development or Network Security this programme can help you make that move.

This course is ideally suited to those who have an HND or Foundation degree in computing, have an Edexcel BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in Computing and Systems Development, or a BCS Diploma in IT. Additionally, there is an access route if you have an HNC with 3 years relevant work experience.

Alternatively, you can study our University Advanced Diploma in Computing and Information Technology within 12 months by completing three core 20 credit modules - ideal for continuing professional development (CPD) or as a platform to continue your study to a full bachelors degree or masters degree at a later stage should you wish to.

Career Info

Information technology is crucial to the smooth running of all modern businesses and that means IT professionals are required in organisations of all shapes and sizes.  

With this broad degree, you would be a suitable candidate for job opportunities in virtually any area of computing and information technology. You could become a systems architect, help-desk supervisor, systems engineer, or a network technician for instance.

If you would prefer to gain a higher level qualification first however, you could choose to continue your studies with a Masters degree, such as our MSc Information Technology which can also be studied online.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Study intensity Part-time
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration part-time 18 months

      18 months - 3 years

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    • Time flexibility
    • Attendance
      No Attendance
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request
    • Student interaction
      Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions), Online group works/assignments
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Programme Structure

You will need to complete the core modules listed below and select two optional modules in your preferred specialism. To complete the Project module, you must first have completed the three core modules of Network Management and Security, Advanced Database Development and Advanced Web Development.


  • Advanced Database Development
  • Advanced Web Development
  • Network Management and Security
  • Project
  • Distributed Applications and Web Services
  • Information Security
  • Information Systems
  • International Entrepreneurship
  • Leadership and Management in Context
  • Project Management and Implementation
  • Understanding Mobile Technology Development

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score: 6.5

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  • Minimum required score: 580

    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score: 92

    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

You need to have one of the following:
  • HND or Foundation degree in a computing subject from a UK university (or international equivalent recognised by NARIC)

  • Edexcel BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in Computing and Systems Development (2010 QCF)

  • British Computer Society (BCS) Diploma in IT (level 5) - including completion of the professional project

  • HNC in computing subject plus at least 3 years relevant work experience in a computing role*

*If you are entering with an HNC you will need to first study and obtain at least 40% in a level 5 Research Methods module

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Work Experience

At least 3 year(s) of work experience are required.

Tuition Fee Per Full Programme

  • GBP 4410 International
  • GBP 4410 EU/EEA


Choose from three options:

  • Pay only for the modules you are studying

  • Pay your full course fees upfront, receive 5% discount and avoid annual increases

  • Pay for all modules studied in the year and receive a 5% discount 

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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