Computer Science and Digital Technologies - BSc Hons Degree - Topup

Course Code: IH1HE24

UCAS Code: J900

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Start DateLocationDuration / Fees
12/09/2022University Centre1 Year / £8,335Apply

Course Overview

Computer Science covers a wide range of skills needed to work in this ever changing and growing market.

Software development is a driving force behind the games industry and application development, both of which have seen a dramatic increase over the last decade.

As the world evolves, creating a demand for connected services, voice activated devices, internet enabled technology in networking, security and big data are becoming high demand skills.

Job demand across the digital sector is expected to grow over the next 5 years seeing over 1 million new UK jobs by 2020.

The college is excellently positioned to prepare graduates for these positions.

We are currently the first college in the UK to gain accreditation for our Honours degrees by the British Computer Society, in addition to Tech Partnership accreditation for our degree apprenticeships.

We continually update our programmes based on industry demand and through close employer links ensure that our degrees remain at cutting edge and industry focused, providing you with the best opportunities to meet these local, national and international demands.

On this programme you will expand on the practical skills gained through the foundation skills by exploring theories and technologies related to cyber ethics, distributed systems, big data and data analytics.

All the skills and knowledge gained from your foundation degree in addition to the top-up will conclude with the final dissertation, where you will undertake a development project related to your specialised research topic.

You will be supported through this by your assigned dissertation supervisor.

Some key elements of the programme include:

  • Exploration of ethical philosophies and computer law
  • Identification of cyber ethics in industry
  • Analysis of data representation and programming concepts
  • Exploration of middleware solutions
  • Analysis of security and encryption
  • Analyse advanced analytics focussing on modern tools and techniques
  • Use of modern developing tools and techniques

Entry Requirements

Only applicants that have successfully completed the Foundation Degree in Computer Science and Digital Technologies, validated by Lancaster University, with Blackpool and The Fylde College are eligible to apply to this course.

Qualification Obtained

BSc (Hons) Computer Science and Digital Technologies

Career Options and Progression

Assessment Methods


Most courses are assessed via a combination of coursework and exams – the percentage weighting of each of these is outlined below. Coursework might range from written tasks and assignments to the collation of a portfolio of evidence based around a work placement. Coursework differs from exams in that it is usually non-timed and carried out independently.


Exams are formal, timed written assessments, carried out in a controlled environment and overseen by one or more invigilators. They assess your grasp of the theory and underpinning knowledge related to your chosen career area. The opposite of practicals, they require you to set out your practical understanding within an academic context. Some courses have no exams – the exam/coursework ratio is outlined below.


Practical assessments identify your technical ability to apply theory to hands-on tasks in your chosen career area. They can be timed or non-timed and involve observation of your practical skills and competencies, either in a work-based environment or a dedicated College setting that closely resembles the workplace. Practical work-based assessments are supported and carried out by a trained assessor.

Assessment MethodLevel 4Level 5Level 6

Course Structure

Level 6 Modules

Cyber Ethics and LawIH6MD03720Mandatory
Advanced Data AnalyticsIH6MD03820Mandatory
Internet of ThingsIH6MD03920Mandatory
Distributed SystemsIH6MD04020Mandatory

Teaching and Learning Methods

Scheduled Learning

Scheduled time relates to the time you spend in directed study with the guidance and support of our academic tutors. Scheduled learning can take a variety of forms and will vary from one course to the next, but may include lectures, seminars, tutorials, project supervision, demonstrations, studio or workshop time, fieldwork and external visits.

Independent Study

Higher education courses rely on students undertaking work outside of formal, scheduled sessions and this is generally categorised as independent study. Independent study might include preparation for scheduled sessions, follow-up work, wider reading or practice, completion of assessment tasks and revision.


Many of the degree programmes at B&FC incorporate opportunities for work placements to provide you with the opportunity to link your studies to relevant professional practice in a real work environment. Our programme teams are able to offer support in securing an appropriate work placement where it forms part of your programme, and will work closely with you during the placement to ensure that the opportunity allows you to develop personally, professionally and academically.

Learning MethodLevel 4Level 5Level 6

Industry Placement and Field Trips

Other Costs and Equipment Needed

Expert Tutors

All staff involved in the delivery of higher education courses within the College are approved to teach the subjects and modules they deliver. The approval process ensures that staff delivering a given programme are appropriately qualified and, where appropriate, possess relevant technical and industrial experience and professional practice.

Tuition Fees

Regulation and Accreditation

Terms and Conditions

Programme Specification

European Structural and Investment Funds
Council for Independent Education
European Social Fund
Lancaster University
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