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BSc (Honours) Computing & IT and a second subject

Computing & IT studied together with a second complementary subject can open up careers in a wide range of sectors. This joint honours degree offers you the opportunity to focus on an area of computing & IT and combine it with business, design, mathematics, psychology or statistics – dividing your time equally between subjects. Your choice of second subject will be included in the name of your degree, for example, BSc (Honours) Computing & IT and Business.

Key features of the course

  • Offers wide choice of computing & IT modules, and options in a second subject
  • Presents focus options within the computing & IT strand
  • Enables you to tailor a study programme to meet your particular needs and interests
  • Accredited by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT
  • Quality assured by the European Quality Assurance Network for Informatics Education (EQANIE)

We also offer a Diploma of Higher Education in Computing & IT and a second subject (W42) that is the same in structure as the first two-thirds of this degree; similarly, our Certificate of Higher Education in Computing & IT and a second subject (T13) corresponds to the first third.

Course Summary

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Degree

Degree

  • Also known as an undergraduate or bachelors degree.
  • Internationally respected, universally understood.
  • An essential requirement for many high-level jobs.
  • Gain a thorough understanding of your subject – and the tools to investigate, think critically, form reasoned arguments, solve problems and communicate effectively in new contexts.
  • Progress to higher level study, such as a postgraduate diploma or masters degree.
Course code
Q67
Credits

Credits

  • Credits measure the student workload required for the successful completion of a module or qualification.
  • One credit represents about 10 hours of study over the duration of the course.
  • You are awarded credits after you have successfully completed a module.
  • For example, if you study a 60-credit module and successfully pass it, you will be awarded 60 credits.
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How long it takes
Part time – 6 years
Full time – 3 years
Time limit – 16 years
Study method
Distance learning

Course details

This degree has three stages, each comprising 120 credits.

  • You’ll start Stage 1 with two 30-credit computing & IT modules and 60 credits of study in your chosen second subject.
  • In Stages 2 and 3, the modules you’ll study will be determined by the route you choose.

Optional Access module – visit Am I ready? to find out about starting this course with a preparatory Access module.

Stage 1 (120 credits)

In half of Stage 1, you’ll study two introductory computing & IT modules. In the other half of this stage, you’ll choose a second subject and study 60 credits in that subject.

Second subject

Choose one of five second subjects:
ModulesCredits
Business
You'll study the following:
An introduction to business and management (B100)60
Design
You'll study the following:
Design thinking: creativity for the 21st century (U101)60
Mathematics
You'll study both of the following:
Essential mathematics 1 (MST124)30
Essential mathematics 2 (MST125)30
Psychology
You'll study the following:
Investigating psychology 1 (DE100)60
Statistics
You'll study both of the following:
Essential mathematics 1 (MST124)30
Introducing statistics (M140)30

Stage 2 (120 credits)

At Stage 2, you’ll choose an area of computing & IT to focus on and study 60 credits in that area. You’ll also extend your knowledge, understanding and skills in the second subject you chose at Stage 1, by studying 60 credits in that subject.

Computing & IT focus

Choose one of four computing & IT focus areas:
ModulesCredits
Communications and networking
You'll study both of the following:
Cisco networking (CCNA) part 1 (TM257)30
Communication and information technologies (TM255)30
Computer science
You'll study both of the following:
Object-oriented Java programming (M250)30
Algorithms, data structures and computability (M269)30
Software development
You'll study both of the following:
Object-oriented Java programming (M250)30
Managing IT: the why, the what and the how (TM254)30
Web development
You'll study both of the following:
Object-oriented Java programming (M250)30
Web technologies (TT284)30

Second subject

You’ll study a further 60 credits in the second subject you chose at Stage 1:
ModulesCredits
Business
You'll choose one from:
Business organisations and their environments (B201)60
Shaping business opportunities (B207)60
Design
You'll study the following:
Design essentials (T217)60
Mathematics
You'll choose one from:
Pure mathematics (M208)60
Mathematical methods, models and modelling (MST210)60
Psychology
You'll study the following:
Living psychology: from the everyday to the extraordinary (DD210)60
Statistics
You'll study both of the following:
Analysing data (M248)30
Practical modern statistics (M249)30

Stage 3 (120 credits)

At Stage 3, you’ll continue your study of computing & IT by choosing a related topic to complement your focus at Stage 2. You’ll also extend your knowledge, understanding and skills in the second subject you chose, by studying a further 60 credits in that subject. You’ll complete your degree with an IT project – on a topic of your choice – that you’ll research, develop and present as a portfolio.

Second subject

You’ll study a further 60 credits in the second subject you chose at Stage 1:
ModulesCredits
Business
You'll study the following:
Making sense of strategy (B301)60
Design
You'll study the following:
Innovation: designing for change (T317)60
Mathematics
You'll choose 60 credits from:
Deterministic and stochastic dynamics (MS327)30
Further pure mathematics (M303)60
Complex analysis (M337)30
Graphs, networks and design (MT365)30
Mathematical methods and fluid mechanics (MST326)30
Optimization (M373)30
Psychology
You'll choose one from:
Advancing social psychology (DD317)60
Counselling and forensic psychology: investigating crime and therapy (DD310)60
Statistics
You'll study both of the following:
Applications of probability (M343)30
Linear statistical modelling (M346)30

Computing & IT project

You’ll complete your degree with a project module:
ModulesCredits
You'll study the following:
The computing and IT project (TM470)30

We regularly review our curriculum; therefore, the qualification described on this page – including its availability, its structure, and available modules – may change over time. If we make changes to this qualification, we’ll update this page as soon as possible. Once you’ve registered or are studying this qualification, where practicable, we’ll inform you in good time of any upcoming changes. If you’d like to know more about the circumstances in which the University might make changes to the curriculum, see our Academic Regulations or contact us. This description was last updated on 21 March 2018.


Accessibility

We make all our qualifications as accessible as possible and have a comprehensive range of services to support all our students. The BSc (Honours) Computing & IT and a second subject uses a variety of study materials and has the following elements:

  • studying a mixture of printed and online material – online learning resources may include websites, audio/video media clips, and interactive activities such as online quizzes
  • using mathematical and scientific expressions, notations and associated techniques
  • working in a group with other students
  • using and/or producing diagrams and/or screenshots
  • undertaking practical work
  • finding external/third party material online
  • using specialist software (for example the Design/Engineering Studio).

For more detailed information, see the Accessibility Statements on individual module descriptions. If you feel you may need additional support, visit our disability page to find more about what we offer. Contact us as soon as possible to discuss your individual requirements, so we can put arrangements in place before you start.


Learning outcomes, teaching and assessment

This qualification develops your learning in four main areas:

  • Knowledge and understanding
  • Cognitive skills
  • Practical and professional skills
  • Key skills

The level and depth of your learning gradually increases as you work through the qualification. You’ll be supported throughout by the OU’s unique style of teaching and assessment – which includes a personal tutor to guide and comment on your work; top quality course texts; e-learning resources like podcasts, interactive media and online materials; tutorial groups and community forums.

Read the detailed learning outcomes here

Credit transfer

If you have already studied at university level, you may be able to count it towards your Open University qualification – which could save you time and money by reducing the number of modules you need to study. At the OU we call this credit transfer.

It’s not just university study that can be considered, you can also transfer study from a wide range of professional or vocational qualifications such as HNCs and HNDs.

You should apply for credit transfer before you register, at least 4 weeks before the registration closing date. We will need to know what you studied, where and when and you will need to provide evidence of your previous study.

For more details of when you will need to apply by and to download an application form, visit our Credit Transfer website.


Classification of your degree

On successfully completing this undergraduate course, you’ll be awarded a BSc degree. The exact title of your degree will depend on your second subject:

  • BSc (Hons) Computing & IT and Business
  • BSc (Hons) Computing & IT and Design
  • BSc (Hons) Computing & IT and Mathematics
  • BSc (Hons) Computing & IT and Psychology
  • BSc (Hons) Computing & IT and Statistics.

You’ll have the opportunity to attend a degree ceremony.

The class of degree (first, upper second, lower second or third class honours) depends on your grades at Stages 2 and 3.

Regulations

As a student of The Open University, you should be aware of the content of the qualification-specific regulations below and the academic regulations that are available on our Essential Documents website. 


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Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements to study this qualification; however, you’ll need some basic knowledge of computing, and the ability to read and write to a good standard of English.

If you’re thinking about choosing mathematics as your second subject, check that you’re ready for mathematical study at this level by visiting our MathsChoices website.

If you choose the networking topic at Stage 2 you will be required to attend four UK-based day schools to gain hands-on practical experience of configuring networks.

How much time do I need?

  • Most of our students study part time, completing 60 credits a year.
  • This will usually mean studying for 16–18 hours a week.

Find out if you have enough time to study with our time planner

Counting previous study

You could save time and money by reducing the number of modules you need to study towards this qualification if you have:

  • already studied at university level (even if you didn't finish your studies)
  • other professional or vocational qualifications such as HNCs and HNDs.

Find out more about credit transfer

Preparing for study with an Access module

If your study skills are a bit rusty or you want to try out Open University study before committing yourself, don’t worry! The OU offers Access modules designed to introduce the subject area, build your confidence and prepare you for further study, and you may be eligible to study an Access module for free! You'll get:

  • a personal tutor providing regular feedback with one to one telephone tutorials
  • support from a dedicated team throughout your study
  • detailed written feedback.
For this qualification we recommend:

Science, technology and maths Access module

What you will study

This multidisciplinary module is an ideal starting point if you have little or no previous knowledge of the sciences, technology and mathematics, and would like to develop both your subject knowledge and your study skills. The subjects included are science, engineering and design, environment, mathematics, and computing and IT.

View full details of Science, technology and maths Access module

Your next step

Call us on +44 (0)1908 659253 or book a call back. Our friendly team of advisers will discuss your study options with you, and help you decide on the best starting point for you.

In this section:
How much will it cost?
Ways to pay for your qualification and other support

How much will it cost in England?

We believe cost shouldn’t be a barrier to achieving your potential. That’s why we work hard to keep the cost of study as low as possible and have a wide range of flexible ways to pay to help spread, or even reduce, the cost.

  • Fees are paid on a module-by-module basis – you won't have to pay for the whole of your qualification up front.
  • A qualification comprises a series of modules, each with an individual fee. Added together, they give you the total cost.
  • If, like most OU students, you study part time at a rate of 60 credits a year, you'll take six years to complete an honours degree.
  • Our current fee for 60 credits is £2,928*.
  • Our current fee for 120 credits – which is equivalent to a year's full-time study – is £5,856*.
  • At current prices, the total cost of your qualification would be £17,568*.
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*The fee information provided here is valid for modules starting before 31 July 2019. Fees normally increase annually in line with inflation and the University's strategic approach to fees.

Additional costs

Study costs

There may be extra costs on top of the tuition fee, such as a laptop, travel to tutorials, set books and internet access.

If you're on a low income you might be eligible for help with some of these costs after you start studying.


Skills for career development

Organisations increasingly value IT teams with skills relevant to wider business in addition to technical ability. This joint honours degree enables you to develop specialist knowledge and understanding in computing and IT, and to combine these with expertise in an additional discipline. Depending on your choice of second subject – business, design, mathematics, applied psychology or statistics – you’ll have a unique and focused skills set that will enhance your existing career and put you in a strong position in the jobs market, which increasingly depends on computing technologies across all sectors. You’ll also develop important transferable skills such as teamwork, time management, numeracy, analysis and problem solving.

Please note that if you choose to study this degree with psychology as your second subject, your degree will not make you eligible for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) by the British Psychological Society (BPS).

Career relevance

Research by e-Skills UK has shown that IT and telecommunications now employs 1 in 20 of the UK workforce. It also suggests the digital sector will need nearly 300,000 new recruits by 2020 to meet the demand for skills in this area.

Computing and IT professionals are in demand by providers (such as software houses) and user organisations alike. Organisations increasingly value IT teams with skills relevant to wider contexts in addition to technical ability. This degree will open the way for careers in sectors including retail, finance and commerce, leisure and gaming, telecommunications, broadcast media, digital media, manufacturing, transport, tourism, government, health, education, and the voluntary sector.

Growth areas and areas of high demand include cyber security, mobile development, cloud computing and the management of Big Data.

Accreditation

Our undergraduate degrees in computing and IT meet the accreditation requirements of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, and have been accorded the highest levels of recognition in the last four accreditation cycles. Graduates from this degree will have partially fulfilled the educational requirements for Chartered IT Professional (CITP).

To gain BCS accreditation, you will need to complete your degree within seven years of beginning your study.

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Other careers

The range of organisations employing computing and IT graduates is extensive. Beyond pure technology roles, some graduates also enter management consultancy firms or corporate roles, while others go into technical writing roles or work freelance.

Many graduate-level jobs are open to graduates of any discipline, particularly in business, finance, management consultancy and the public sector. Some careers may require further study, training and/or work experience beyond your degree.

In addition to improving your career prospects, studying with the OU is an enriching experience that broadens your horizons, develops your knowledge, builds your confidence and enhances your life skills.

Exploring your options

Once you register with us (and for up to three years after you finish your studies), you’ll have full access to our careers service for a wide range of information and advice – including online forums, website, interview simulation, vacancy service as well as the option to email or speak to a careers adviser. Some areas of the careers service website are available for you to see now, including help with looking for and applying for jobs. You can also read more general information about how OU study enhances your career.

In the meantime if you want to do some research around this qualification and where it might take you, we’ve put together a list of relevant job titles as a starting point (note that some careers may require further study, training and/or work experience beyond your degree):

  • technical sales
  • app developer
  • data analyst
  • web developer
  • software engineer
  • network architect
  • security analyst
  • cyber-security manager.

Want to see more jobs? Use the career explorer for job ideas from the National Careers Service, PlanIT Plus in Scotland and Prospects across all nations. You can also visit GradIreland for the Republic of Ireland.


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Start dates
Credit transfer: apply by 16/08/2018
Credit transfer: apply by 06/12/2018
Credit transfer: apply by 14/02/2019

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