Computing (Top-up) BSc (Hons) Awarded by UCLan

16365W0 | Parsons Walk Centre, Wigan
Start Date | Sept 21
Time/Day | FULL TIME

Is this course for me?

A one year top-up to an honours degree for those who have a Higher National Diploma or Foundation Degree in Computing to develop their skills and apply research and critical thinking to solve problems using appropriate technology. Undergraduates develop research and critical thinking skills, combining theoretical study with an industry placement.

What will I study?

You will study a range of units which will include; Games for the Internet; Double Project; E-Business; Advanced Database Systems; Systems Concepts.

How long is the course?

One academic year.

How will I be assessed?

The programme is assessed through a variety of methods, from written assignments to course work.

What qualifications do I need?

An HND or Foundation Degree in a relevant subject. Students must also possess a Grade 4 or above in maths at GCSE or equivalent.

What can I progress onto?

Some have secured company director

positions in a range of industry sectors,

specialising in software and application

development. Others have established

their own successful businesses.

Post graduate study - May lead to post

graduate study in Computer Science,

Information Security, Graphics and Games

Engineering, Software Engineering or Computer Forensics.

Other Information

As a student on a course awarded by UCLan you have access to their facilities including libraries, social facilities and the Students' Union.

Course Fees

£7500

IT Specialist Managers

IT specialist managers plan, organise, manage and coordinate the provision of specialist IT services and functions in an organisation.

Requirements: Honours, Bachelor's degree

Opportunities

3.61%
RISE in employment in 5 years

What could you earn

£34,944
Entry
£58,448
Median
£94,910
Potential

Typical Tasks

  • Reports on IT activities to senior management.
  • Plans and monitors work and maintenance schedules to ensure agreed service levels are achieved.
  • Supervises the technical team and coordinates training.
  • Takes responsibility for managing the development of a specialist aspect of IT provision such as user support, network operations, service delivery or quality control.
  • Liaises with users, senior staff and internal/external clients to clarify IT requirements and development needs.
  • Plans, coordinates and manages the organisation.

Knowledge

Computers and Electronics Administration and Management Customer and Personal Service Design English Language Education and Training Telecommunications Mathematics Communications and Media Engineering and Technology

Skills

Active Learning Reading Comprehension Monitoring Critical Thinking Active Listening Learning Strategies Writing Mathematics Speaking
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IT Project and Programme Managers

Jobholders in this unit group manage, coordinate and technically supervise specific IT projects and programmes of a discrete duration and/or budget.

Requirements: Honours, Bachelor's degree

Opportunities

3.66%
RISE in employment in 5 years

What could you earn

£38,293
Entry
£60,008
Median
£98,800
Potential

Typical Tasks

  • Reports on project or programme to senior management and/or client.
  • Coordinates and oversees implementation of the project or programme.
  • Monitors progress including project/programme budget, timescale and quality.
  • Manages third party contributions to the programme or project.
  • Coordinates and supervises the activities of the project/programme team.
  • Plans the stages of the project or programme, reviews actions and amends plans as necessary.
  • Works with client or senior management to establish and clarify the aims, objectives and requirements of the IT project or programme.

Knowledge

Computers and Electronics Administration and Management Customer and Personal Service Design English Language Mathematics Education and Training Telecommunications

Skills

Active Learning Reading Comprehension Monitoring Critical Thinking Active Listening Mathematics Learning Strategies Writing Speaking
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IT Business Analysts, Architects and Systems Designers

Workers in this unit group provide advice on the effective utilisation of IT and design IT systems in order to meet the business objectives or to enhance the business effectiveness of the organisation.

Requirements: Honours, Bachelor's degree

Opportunities

3.93%
RISE in employment in 5 years

What could you earn

£38,854
Entry
£62,400
Median
£100,506
Potential

Typical Tasks

  • Works closely with clients to implement new systems.
  • Researches, analyses, evaluates and monitors network infrastructure and performance.
  • Examines existing business models and flows of data and designs functional specifications and test plans for new systems in order to meet clients.
  • Provides advice and assistance in the procurement, provision, delivery, installation, maintenance and use of IT systems and their environments.
  • Communicates the impact of emerging technologies to clients and advises upon the potential introduction of such technology.
  • Undertakes feasibility studies for major IT developments incorporating costs and benefits, and presents proposals to clients.
  • Liaises with internal/external clients in order to analyse business procedure, clarify clients.

Knowledge

Customer and Personal Service Computers and Electronics Design Administration and Management English Language Education and Training Telecommunications Mathematics

Skills

Active Learning Reading Comprehension Monitoring Critical Thinking Active Listening Learning Strategies Writing Mathematics Speaking
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Programmers and Software Development Professionals

Programmers and software development professionals design, develop, test, implement and maintain software systems in order to meet the specifications and business objectives of the information system; they also design and develop specialist software e.g. for computer games.

Requirements: Honours, Bachelor's degree

Opportunities

4.33%
RISE in employment in 5 years

What could you earn

£32,531
Entry
£53,893
Median
£88,629
Potential

Typical Tasks

  • Writes operational documentation and provides subsequent support and training for users.
  • Plans and maintains database structures.
  • Implements and evaluates the software.
  • Writes code for specialist programming for computer games, (for example, artificial intelligence, 3D engine development).
  • Tests and corrects software programs.
  • Develops user interfaces.
  • Writes and codes individual programs according to specifications.
  • Undertakes feasibility study to design software solutions.
  • Examines existing software and determines requirements for new/modified systems in the light of business needs.

Knowledge

Computers and Electronics Mathematics Engineering and Technology English Language Design Telecommunications Education and Training Customer and Personal Service

Skills

Active Learning Critical Thinking Reading Comprehension Mathematics Active Listening Learning Strategies Speaking Writing Monitoring Science
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Web Design and Development Professionals

Jobholders in this unit group design, develop and maintain websites to meet a client’s specified requirements.

Requirements: Honours, Bachelor's degree

Opportunities

4.07%
RISE in employment in 5 years

What could you earn

£21,944
Entry
£35,360
Median
£58,032
Potential

Typical Tasks

  • Activates the 'live' website.
  • Tests website interaction and performance prior to going 'live'.
  • Writes and publishes content for the website.
  • Establishes methods to ensure appropriate website security and recovery.
  • Designs and develops web interfaces for relational database systems.
  • Develops the website and applications.
  • Designs web pages including graphics, animation and functionality to maximise visual effectiveness and facilitate appropriate access.
  • Presents design options to the client.
  • Liaises with internal/external client in order to define the requirements for the website.

Knowledge

Computers and Electronics English Language Mathematics Customer and Personal Service Design Communications and Media

Skills

Reading Comprehension Active Learning Active Listening Critical Thinking Writing Monitoring Learning Strategies Speaking
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Information Technology and Telecommunications Professionals n.e.c.

Job holders in this unit group perform a variety of tasks not elsewhere classified in MINOR GROUP 213: Information Technology and Telecommunication Professionals.

Requirements: Honours, Bachelor's degree

Opportunities

3.85%
RISE in employment in 5 years

What could you earn

£27,685
Entry
£46,134
Median
£76,253
Potential

Typical Tasks

  • Deals with and reports on breaches in security.
  • Examines IT system for potential threats to its security and integrity and draws up plans for disaster recovery if security is compromised.
  • Makes recommendations concerning software/system quality.
  • Develops quality standards and validation techniques.
  • Develops, implements and documents test plans for IT software, systems and computer games.
  • Undertakes the testing of software, systems or computer games for errors, identifies source of problems and proposes solutions.
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IT Operations Technicians

IT operations technicians are responsible for the day-to-day running of IT systems and networks including the preparation of back-up systems, and for performing regular checks to ensure the smooth functioning of such systems.

Requirements: Level 3 NVQ; A Levels

Opportunities

4.26%
RISE in employment in 5 years

What could you earn

£22,963
Entry
£36,296
Median
£59,301
Potential

Typical Tasks

  • Acts as a liaison between users, outside suppliers, and other technical teams.
  • Performs server backup and recovery operations and restarts systems following outages.
  • Identifies problems, agrees remedial action and undertakes emergency maintenance if required.
  • Analyses systems and makes recommendations to improve performance.
  • Schedules and performs system maintenance tasks, such as loading user applications, programs and data.
  • Configures and sets up new server systems.
  • Administers, monitors and supports internal/external networks, servers, email, database and security systems.

Knowledge

Computers and Electronics Education and Training Customer and Personal Service Telecommunications Clerical Engineering and Technology Administration and Management Design Mathematics English Language Public Safety and Security Law and Government Communications and Media Personnel and Human Resources Sales and Marketing Economics and Accounting Production and Processing

Skills

Active Learning Reading Comprehension Active Listening Critical Thinking Writing Monitoring Learning Strategies Speaking
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IT User Support Technicians

IT user support technicians are responsible for providing technical support, advice and guidance for internal/external users of IT systems and applications, either directly or by telephone, e-mail or other network interaction.

Requirements: Level 3 NVQ; A Levels

Opportunities

3.13%
RISE in employment in 5 years

What could you earn

£24,190
Entry
£36,504
Median
£59,155
Potential

Typical Tasks

  • Reports on commonly occurring queries to detect underlying problems.
  • Maintains a log of work in progress, calls received, actions taken and problems detected.
  • Researches possible solutions in user guides, technical manuals and other documents.
  • Refers more complex or intractable problems to appropriate IT professionals.
  • Facilitates user access to systems.
  • Installs and upgrades hardware, cables, operating systems and/or appropriate software.
  • Advises users on how to resolve hardware and software problems.
  • Provides technical support to IT users.

Knowledge

Computers and Electronics Customer and Personal Service Clerical English Language Telecommunications Engineering and Technology

Skills

Reading Comprehension Active Listening Critical Thinking Speaking Writing Active Learning Monitoring
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IT Engineers

IT engineers install, maintain and repair the physical components of computer systems and equipment.

Requirements: Honours, Bachelor's degree

Opportunities

5.16%
RISE in employment in 5 years

What could you earn

£26,499
Entry
£42,973
Median
£60,590
Potential

Typical Tasks

  • Maintains documentation to track and log work in progress and completed.
  • Advises on and installs operating soft/firm ware and may carry out upgrades.
  • Repairs or replaces defective components.
  • Diagnoses hardware related faults.
  • Installs, tests and maintains computer-related hardware (processors, memory chips, circuit boards, displays, sensors, data storage devices, printers, etc.) according to given specifications.

Knowledge

Computers and Electronics Customer and Personal Service Mechanical Telecommunications English Language Administration and Management Engineering and Technology

Skills

Active Learning Reading Comprehension Critical Thinking Active Listening Learning Strategies Monitoring Speaking
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