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Computing: BSc (Hons) (Top-up) Full Time - Kingston University (course no longer recruiting)

Course information

Course Summary

This course is no longer recruiting and is in a teach-out phase

Course Code:N3201
Study Type:Full Time
Academic Level:Level 6
Awarded by:Kingston University
Course Length

This course is no longer recruiting and is in a teach-out phase

UCAS Course CodeG402
UCAS Abbreviated TitleBSc/Com1
UCAS Institutional CodeN49
Course Detail

The aim of the BSc one year top-up in Computing is for students to achieve at a high academic standard and to provide them with the technical skills to become computing professionals.

If you want to explore the evolving trends shaping the world of computing in today's ever-increasing digital landscape, NESCOT's Computing BSc course could be the right choice for you.

Career-focused, and taught by our knowledgeable tutors, this course provides extensive industry insight and appeal to employers all over the world, so could take your IT career to new heights.

Students on NESCOT higher education course are typically taught in class sizes of 16 or fewer.

  • The BSc top-up is an Undergraduate Degree Program designed to support those progressing from the HND and Foundation Degree into University Education.
  • Our courses give students relevant academic and technical skills while broadening their employment options through the development of research, practical work and theoretical study.
  • Our industry contacts inform the composition of the disciplines within the program and allow students to use that knowledge in embedded work projects.

The BSc (Hons) Computing is offered in both full-time and part-time modes and has an excellent history of work experience both in large national companies and in small and medium sized (SME) industries.

Vendor curriculums are an invaluable addition to the course, as they help students progress their education and provide the right skills for learners to find sustainable employment as an IT professional. Aspects of the CISCO CCNA Cyberoam UTM CCNSP, Linux Microsoft Server Admin and Oracle Data modelling and Database Programming are embedded into the curriculum content. This means that students will have the opportunity to gain certification in this area with limited further study.

Outline Programme Structure

The course is made up of four modules, each worth 30 credit points.

Compulsory Modules

Data Driven Web Application

This is a core module and covers how to design, build and program databases and web applications according to user information needs using Logical Data Models, SQL and Web development technologies. Learners will incorporate these databases into data driven and interactive web solutions. Learners have the opportunity to sit for the second of two exams required to earn the Oracle Certified Associate (OCA).

Operating Systems and Computer Networks

This core module introduces the technology of computer networks. It begins by looking at the applications of networks, devices and protocols required for them to operate. After examining the OSI layered networking model, it examines each layer in turn, taking a top-down approach. Time is spent on the network layer, including routing and IP addressing protocols used in typical LANs and the cabling an infrastructure for them to work. Aspects of the unit provide practical experience across different platforms including Linux and Microsoft Windows.

Capstone Project

This module is a core requirement for students taking this course. The Capstone Project is in essence student directed, but an academic supervisor will be associated with each Project.

This module also offers the opportunity for students to demonstrate skills and understanding gained through application to a project of their choice. There is a requirement to show evidence of managing and developing the process of running a project, creating a prototype and reflecting critically upon the process and outcomes.

Optional modules

Software Design and Development

The module enables students to enhance their skills in the analysis, design and development stages of a software development project. Considerations will include which methodology to follow and which techniques, tools, programming languages and program types to employ. This module will also enable students to develop their programming skills to build Microsoft Windows, Web and Mobile applications using the Microsoft. Net framework and the Microsoft Visual studio IDE.

Routing, Switching and Security

This module introduces the architecture, structure, functions, components and models of the internet and other computer networks.

The practical, hands-on learning techniques used in this programme are designed to steer graduates into careers as networking engineers and network security. Also learners will built an understanding of the security issues that relate specifically to networked systems and develop the appropriate skills and expertise to be effective in this area. Learners have the opportunity to sit for the CompTIA's Security + certification and CISCO exams required to earn the CISCO Certified Network Associates (CCNA) and Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT).


Assessment is by examination, presentation, coursework and project. The course includes both formative or practical assessment and formal summative assessments. The purpose of a formative assessment is to develop and test your understanding in the subject area. Formative assessments do not count towards your final module mark but your course team will give you feedback to help you improve. Formal or summative assessments normally count towards your module/unit mark and therefore towards your final award (i.e. class of degree). Assessment methods may include written examinations, and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations and often a major project or dissertation in the final year.

A detailed Programme Specification can be viewed by clicking here.

Course Fees


Concession: NO
Government Subsidised: NO
Student Loan Available: YES (Higher Education funding available)

Please note: Fees are for 2021/22 entry and are for home and EU students of all ages. For more information about financial support for students, please click here.

Entry Requirements

The minimum entry qualifications for the course are:

  • Foundation degree in Computing from a UK university (or international equivalent recognised by NARIC)
  • We will consider a range of alternative qualifications or experience that is equivalent to the typical offer. Applications from international students with equivalent qualifications are welcome
  • Pearson BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in Computing and Systems Development with a Merit Grade profile.
  • British Computer Society (BCS) Diploma in IT (level 5) - including completion of the professional project
  • HNC in computing subject plus at least 3 years of relevant work experience in a computing role.
  • A diagnostic test will be taken by all applicants as part of the interview and recruitment process. The results from this will be used to identify support needs and chances of successful completion of the course.
  • APEL Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) can only be considered as part of entry requirements and not for units.
  • A minimum IELTS score of 6 overall is required with no element being less than 5.5, or equivalent is required for those for whom English is not their first language.
Your Next Steps

On completion of the course, the specialist knowledge gained from the sector will enable students to progress directly into employment. Further study at postgraduate level is also an alternative for students who have successfully completed the course.

Other Information


This Nescot College website describes the facilities and courses which the College intends to offer during the academic year commencing Autumn 2021. The web pages are prepared in advance of the academic year to which they relate and every effort has been made to ensure that the information contained in these pages is helpful, fair and accurate at the time of printing. However, this information is subject to change over time.

Nescot will take reasonable steps to provide the courses and services as described, however, the College cannot guarantee the provision of any course or facility. Some circumstances, such as staff changes, resource limitations and other factors over which the College has no control, such as industrial action or a change in the law or the level of demand for a particular programme or module (please note that this list is non-exhaustive), may result in the College having to withdraw or change aspects of the programmes, modules and/or student services detailed on the website. This could include, but not necessarily be limited to, programme/module content, staffing, the location where the programme/module is taught or the manner of teaching delivery, and the facilities provided to deliver or support the programme. Where circumstances demand an unavoidable change or where it is necessary for the College to discontinue a programme of study, Nescot will take all reasonable steps to minimise the effect and all proposed changes will be notified to potential applicants who have registered an interest in the relevant programme at the earliest possible opportunity as well as being reflected on the College’s website. In addition, any changes between the website and the proposed course and services will be notified to applicants at the time of making an offer.

All prices quoted may be subject to change and you will be notified of any such change when any offer of a place is made to you by Nescot.

Should you become a student of the College, this notice shall be a term of any contract between you and Nescot. Any offer of a place at the College shall be subject to the student enrolment conditions and the College’s rules and regulations as amended from time to time. A copy of the Nescot’s current terms and conditions can be obtained in writing from Nescot, Quality Office, Reigate Road, Ewell, Epsom, Surrey, KT17 3DS.

Last updated - 03/11/2021