Computing, BSc Hons (Extended) Undergraduate prospectus

  • Students can take optional specialisms in with optional specialisms in Information Systems, Network Systems, or Qualified Teacher Status, or study for a generic Computing degree
  • This four year programme is identical to the three year course, but has a foundation year with lower entry requirements.
  • If you have the ability but not the qualifications, this programme is your first step to graduation.
  • The foundation year includes academic writing, computing skills, introduction to the subject and more.

UCAS points


Course/Institution codes

I10F G BSc/C



4 years full time

5 years sandwich programme



If you have the ability but not the qualifications, an extended degree is the first step to graduation. This four-year programme is identical to the three-year degree, but includes a foundation year, and has a lower entry tariff. This programme provides you with detailed insight into how computer systems are designed and developed. Maximise your abilities in a degree where you can select individual courses in areas such as digital media, information systems and business-oriented computing. It will be a challenging and rewarding experience.

The programme is run in conjunction with BSc Hons Computer Science, so some modules are common to both. In addition, the broad-based approach allows a flexible learning experience with a large number of choices where you can specialise. This programme aims to bridge the gap between academia and industry. The courses have been designed in conjunction with industry and are continually monitored to make sure that they match the needs of this exciting but fast changing business; you will have the opportunity to use many different types of hardware and software during your studies.

This degree programme includes the option of studying for a specialist endorsement in Information Systems, Network Systems, or Qualified Teacher Status. Students will develop a wide range of vital subject skills across their degree but in their 2nd and 3rd years they can also select courses tailored towards these specific subjects and skill sets. These specialisms can help students build towards a career in areas like systems development and analysis, network engineering, database administration, or accelerated entry into teaching.

Foundation year

The foundation year is designed to give you:

  • Essential and practical computing skills
  • Strengthened numeracy
  • Improved communication
  • Academic writing skills
  • An understanding of ethics, enterprise and leadership
  • The ability to manage your studies independently.
Year 1

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

  • Programming Foundations (15 credits)
  • Digital Systems (15 credits)
  • Scholarly and Academic Practice (15 credits)
  • Logical Foundations (15 credits)
  • Object Oriented Programming (15 credits)
  • Database System Development (15 credits)
  • Analytical Numeric and Statistical Methods (15 credits)
  • Smart Systems (15 credits)
Year 2

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

  • Web Database Systems (15 credits)
  • Professional Project Management (15 credits)
  • User Interface Design (15 credits)
  • Database Applications Technologies (15 credits)
  • Group Project (15 credits)
  • Distributed Interactive Application Development (15 credits)

Students are required to choose 30 credits from this list of options.

  • Information Analysis (15 credits)
  • Application Development (15 credits)
  • Smart Systems 2 (15 credits)
  • Computer Networks (15 credits)
  • IT for Decision Making (15 credits)
  • Intelligent Systems (15 credits)
  • Information Visualisation (15 credits)
  • Network Security (15 credits)
Year 3

Students are required to study the following compulsory courses.

  • Individual Project (60 credits)
  • Requirements Management (15 credits)
  • Information Security (15 credits)

Students are required to choose 30 credits from this list of options.

  • Data Analytics (15 credits)
  • Information and Content Management (15 credits)
  • Mobile Application Design and Development (15 credits)
  • Network Technology (15 credits)
  • Human Computer Interaction and Design (15 credits)
  • Computing Education Placement (15 credits)
  • Computing Education and Communication (60 credits)
  • Computing Education Placement (15 credits)
  • Advanced Networks (15 credits)
  • Database Management & Administration (15 credits)
  • Website Design and Development (15 credits)
  • Enterprise Server Management and Security (15 credits)
  • Enterprise Web Software Development (15 credits)


Our computer science degrees are ranked within the top 5 in London for student satisfaction by the Complete University Guide 2017.


The aims of the programme are:

  • To educate in the theory, technology, practice and application of computing and the development of information systems
  • To provide awareness of social, legal, ethical and political implications of information technology within a computing environment.

What you'll study

Entry requirements

Applicants from a UK educational background:

Applicants would normally apply with the equivalent of 64 UCAS points (or above), plus GCSE English and maths grade C (or above). This might include:

  • Applications from those with an A‐level background if the applicant has two D grades and one E grade (or above) in relevant subjects
  • Applications from those with 64 UCAS points including points from at least two AS-levels in relevant subjects
  • Applications from those with an AS‐level background if the applicant has studied three/four AS subjects and achieved at least three C grades (or above) in relevant subjects
  • Applications from those with an International Baccalaureate (Certificate or Diploma) background if the applicant has at least 20 points arising from at least three relevant subjects
  • Other qualifications, which will be considered on application.

For more information, UK and EU applicants can contact us on or 020 8331 9000.

Applicants from a non‐UK educational background:

International applicants will need to show qualifications equivalent to those required for UK student entry requirements. Further to this, applicants should have:

  • Successfully completed 11 or 12 years of full time education
  • The ability to demonstrate competence in mathematics (usually equivalent to GCSE grade C)
  • The ability to demonstrate English language capability to an equivalent of IELTS 5.5 or above, with no skill below 5.5.

A desire to study in the UK university system is expected, but some applicants may need a year to adapt to the UK higher education system.

Applicants who have the minimum English language requirement of an overall IELTS of 5.5 with no less than 5.5 in each skill will also study English for Academic Purposes 1 (15 Credits) and English for Academic Purposes 2 (15 Credits). The 30 credits will be additional to the programmes 120 credits and students will study a total of 150 credits.

Applicants who have an overall IELTS of 6 with no less than 5.5 in each skill will not be required to study the English for Academic Purposes modules and will study 120 credits.

For more information, contact or +44 (0)20 8331 8136.

In addition:

  • Applicants would normally be a minimum of 17 years of age, but entry at younger age is a possibility for the highest quality applicants
  • Applicants who have significant work experience relevant to their preferred study path, but who do not have the minimum expected formal entry qualifications, are welcome to apply by citing their relevant work experience to demonstrate their potential capability. Applicants following this method may be asked to complete additional application processes
  • We welcome applications from mature students.

 To find out more, please contact us.

Extra information


Teaching and learning will be achieved primarily through taught courses, based around material provided in lectures it is further enhanced by team work and role‐play. In addition, students will be encouraged to extend their knowledge by: 

  • Exploring other sources of information 
  • Self‐study
  • Discussion of ethical dilemmas
  • Directed research and reading 
  • Self‐study using other materials and the use of on‐line resources.

Students will be encouraged to use other information sources and documentation, such as online journals and eBooks available through the University's eLibrary. Students will be encouraged at all times to develop their critical faculties and exercise creative problem solving. The final year project gives the opportunity for students to further enhance these skills.

The assessment methods are defined in each module description. Each section will be assessed by an appropriate combination of:

  • Examination
  • Coursework
  • Presentations
  • Peer assessment
  • Logs and/or tests. 

Each course will be assessed through either coursework only or a combination of coursework and examination. The final year project will be assessed as an individual piece of work.

Professional recognition

This degree has full CITP accreditation from the British Computer Society (BCS), the chartered body responsible for establishing and maintaining technical and ethical standards in the computing profession. The programme also has accreditation from the European Quality Assurance Network for Informatics Education (EQANIE).


This degree opens up career opportunities in a range of areas, including programming, software development, IT support, consultancy, Internet and e-commerce applications. You could also choose to work as an independent consultant or in a consultancy team, building and supporting modern computing systems.

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