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BSc (Hons) Applied Computing (Top-Up)

Course Overview

If you are interested in a systems development and management career and currently hold a Foundation Degree or HND (Higher National Diploma) or equivalent, the BSc (Hons) Applied Computing (Top-Up) allows you to gain a full undergraduate degree within one year of study.

Throughout the course you will study a wide range of topics, from systems development and strategic systems management, to social and current issues in computing, and professional management and practice.

You will also complete a case project, which will provide you with the opportunity to apply all of your existing skills to a substantial software development problem.

Key information

    Course name

    BSc (Hons) Applied Computing (Top-Up)

    Total academic credits

    120 credits

    Qualification awarded

    Bachelor of Science with honours

    Awarding body

    Northumbria University

    Professional recognition


    Academic level

    Undergraduate (QCF_NQF Level 6)

    Study mode

    Full time


    1 year

    Tuition fees



    September, January, May

    Work placement


    Course location


Academic entry requirements

HND (merit profile)/Foundation Degree in a related discipline with GCSE Maths and English language at grade C or above.

English entry requirements

IELTS 6.5 (or above) with no single element below 5.5, or equivalent.

Progression route

Upon successful completion of this course, with a minimum of a 2:2 degree, you will also be able to further your understanding of this subject area with the option to progress on to masters programmes in the same or related area.

Career opportunities

After completing the course, you will be well placed to pursue a career in a wide range of business or computing-focused roles, for example, in systems and application development, computer programming or project management.


All modules are core:

  • Mobile Application Development (20 credits)
  • Object-Oriented Modelling & Design (20 credits)
  • Project Management & Professional Development (20 credits)
  • Case Project (20 credits)
  • Object Oriented and Web Programming (20 credits)
  • Social Issues in Computing (20 credits)


Teaching & assessment methods

This course is taught using a range of methods, including: lectures, seminars, and practical workshops, where you will develop your skills.

Each module of study is assessed by coursework assignments, end-of-module examinations, or both. The individual project may be initiated by the University, the student, or an external client and consists of an end product and a report explaining and evaluating the project process.

All modules have some elements of practical work, the majority of which require the use of computer systems.