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BSc in Computing

Programme Overview

The three-year full-time undergraduate degree programme BSc Computing consists of daytime and evening study and is open to any applicant who has suitable A-Levels or equivalent qualifications.

We also offer a four year, part time BSc in Computing. Registration for year 1 is open to any applicant who passes tests in mathematics and English comprehension, or has suitable A-Levels or equivalent qualifications. It is also possible for applicants with appropriate qualifications to enter directly into year 3 and thereby obtain the BSc after two years of part time study. This route is open to any applicant with a Foundation Degree in an appropriate subject, for example Computing, Information Technology or Web Technologies, or an equivalent qualification.

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To develop knowledge, technical skills and self-directed learning skills in computing, especially in areas affected by rapidly changing information technology. Final year students carry out a complex real world computing project. The societal and organisational impacts of information technology are also described.

Modern computing and information systems skills often become obsolete as new technology is developed. Therefore the programme strikes a balance between learning current skills, which are important in the market place, and emphasising the underlying theories which last longer and which provide a sound basis for developing new skills, techniques and technologies, and even new theories.

Entry requirements

English, Welsh, Northern Irish and Scottish qualifications (A-level grades): at least 112 UCAS points, for example BBC.

Applicants are expected to have GCSE grade C or new grade 4, or equivalent, in English and mathematics.

We welcome applications from students over 21. We may waive formal entry requirements especially for mature applicants over the age of 21 and make our own assessment of your skills and knowledge and so we encourage you to apply. If you have no previous formal qualifications you will need to complete an admission test including English comprehension and mathematical knowledge (a sample maths test).

Applicants from partner institutions within the Institutional Partnership Agreement are guaranteed an offer of a place on the course they apply for at the grades set out above or lower in accordance with the principles of the IPA.

English language requirements for non-native speakers should normally be equivalent to IELTS 6.5.


Access to HE Diploma in Information Technology, Computing or Business related subject, with a minimum of 15 credits achieved at Merit or Distinction.

The Certificate of Higher Education in Information Technology offers a route into the Foundation Degree in Information Technology, which can then lead to entry onto Computing BSc.

Students may enter the programme at Year 3 if you have successfully completed Birkbeck's Foundation Degree in Computing/Information Technology/Web Development, or you provide documentary evidence of completing an equivalent programme at HND level or above at another institution (this should include web technologies, software development and 'hands on' computer programming).


Access to HE Diploma in Information Technology or Computing related subject, with a minimum of 15 credits achieved at Merit or Distinction.


Part-time: Three evenings a week. October - July.

Full-time: Up to four days a week (mixture of daytime and evening teaching). October - July.

How to apply

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The programme starts in October each year. To have the best chance of being accepted onto the programme, send your application before the end of June. Applications received afterwards will be processed provided that the programme is not already fully subscribed. Graduates of the departmental Foundation Degree programmes may enter year 3. Other applicants who wish to enter year 3 must provide documentary evidence of equivalent study. Such equivalent study must be at HND level or above and must include computer programming. Prior study of information systems analysis and design is advantageous. Applicants should submit copies of qualification documents together with the syllabuses studied. The documents should indicate the duration and content of the modules studied. Your application will be processed by the college registry and we will be in touch to tell you what to do next.


The programme starts in October each year. All applications must be made through UCAS.

Course content

The compulsory modules and a number of optional modules for the degree programme are listed below. The range of optional modules is increased by the inclusion of modules taught by other departments, including the Department of Management, the Department of Economics, Mathematics and Statistics and the Department of Geography, Environment and Development Studies.

Please pay particular attention to the coursework requirements of each module and ensure that you complete the coursework. This contributes from 10-25% of the overall marks for the module (the weightings for each compulsory module can be found on their individual module pages) and can make the difference between passing and failing. Every year there are students who have to retake modules that they might have passed had they submitted the coursework. Make sure you are not one of these! In addition to contributing sometimes vital marks, coursework is designed to enable you to consolidate your learning and get feedback on your progress with a module. Please take advantage of this to give yourself the best possible chance of success.

Under normal circumstances students should take sufficient optional modules to ensure that their total number of credits for years 3 and 4 is 180. To qualify for a degree with honours it is necessary to obtain at least 120 credits at level 6. A module taught over 1 term has a value of 15 credits. A module taught over two terms has a value of 30 credits. The fourth year project, which is compulsory but not timetabled, is level 6 and has a value of 30 credits.