BSc (Hons) in Computing


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Program Description

Accredited by: BCS

The BSc (Hons) Computing programme equips you with the knowledge, understanding and skills required of a modern IT professional. If you want to study computing but haven't decided on a specific area of interest, this programme lets you personalise your studies and prepares you for a range of graduate roles.

In years 1 and 2 you will study the foundations of computing. In addition, you will develop the skills required to build computer systems utilising a range of technologies. In years 3 and 4 you will further develop expertise in core areas while being able to choose elective modules which allow you specialise in your chosen area of interest. Possible specialisations include mobile development, cloud systems development, secure software development, user experience development, advanced project management and Big Data.

The programme offers the possibility of undertaking an industry placement or to study abroad through Erasmus exchanges. Students are also encouraged to take part in activities with the International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience (IAESTE). Our computing programmes are accredited by the Chartered Institute for IT (BCS).

Your career

Students can choose paths which prepare them for graduate roles such as software developer, web developer, user experience designer or IT manager.

What you will study

Year 1

Fundamentals of Computing, Programming 1, Web Platform Development 1, Fundamentals of Software Engineering, Integrated Project 1, Maths for Computing.

Year 2

Object-Oriented Analysis & Design, Programming 2, Database Development, Integrated Project 2, Data Structures & Algorithms, Human-Computer Interaction.

Year 3

IT Project Management 1, Research Skills and Professional Issues, Web Platform Development 2, Integrated Project 3, and further module options

Year 4

Honours Project module and Mobile Platform Development with further module options.

Elective Modules

Application Architecture & Design Patterns, Secure Software Development, Client-Side Web Applications, Business Process Modelling, Cloud Platform Development, Big Data, User Psychology, UI/UX Design, Usability Research, Systems Programming, Web Design Technologies.

Entry requirements

All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.

Year 1

SQA Higher

BBBB plus Nat 5 English and Maths at C

A level

CCC plus GCSE English and Maths at C/4

ILC Higher

H2 H2 H3 H3. Maths and English are required at Ordinary Level O2 if not taken at Higher Level.

IB Diploma

24 points


Level 3 Extended Diploma in relevant Computing subject at DMM


Level 3 Extended Diploma in relevant subject at MMM

Year 2

A Level

120 UCAS tariff points including minimum D in Computing or Maths


Level 3 Extended Diploma in Computing including Maths at DDM

Year 3


HND Computing (Software Development) including either: Database Design Fundamentals; Relational Database Management Systems; or Database Design and Programming in SQL. Plus* either Software Development: Developing Websites for Multiplatform Use or Web Development Dynamically Generated Content. Or HND Computer Science including: Software Development: Object-Oriented Programming; Software Development: Object Oriented Analysis and Design; Software Development: Data Structures. It is expected that successful applicants would have achieved grade A in both of the level 7 and level 8 Graded Units which make up their group award profile. *Applicants without this requirement may still be eligible for entry but will have a restricted elective pathway choice.

English language

Students whose first language is not English will normally be required to hold the equivalent of an Academic IELTS test score of 6.0 with no element less than 5.5.

Please note: if you are from a majority English speaking country, you may not be required to provide further proof of your English Language proficiency.

Additional information

Other academic and vocational qualifications

Each application to GCU is considered on an individual basis. If you do not have the typical academic entry qualifications, but can demonstrate relevant work experience and/or credits from recognised professional bodies, you may be eligible to enter this course via the University's Recognition of Prior Learning scheme.

International pathways

If you do not meet the English language requirements, you may be eligible for the English for University Study programme.

Fees and funding

The tuition fees you pay are mostly determined by your fee status. What is my student fee status?

Tuition fees 2018/19

  • Home: £1820
  • RUK: £9250*
  • EU: £1820
  • International: £11,500

*Total tuition fees for RUK students completing a three or four-year degree are capped at £27,750. Specific fees are subject to confirmation by the Scottish Government and may change once confirmed.

If you commence your studies in September 2018 or January 2019, these are the annual or module fees that apply to the duration of your course; however, fees are subject to change. For full details on how fees may change read our fees and refund policy.

Additional costs

In addition to course tuition fees, you may encounter additional costs during your time at University.


We provide high-quality education for a fair price; as the University for the Common Good, we are committed to offering accessible higher education for talented students by keeping our tuition fees low and providing a generous scholarship package of over £2.5 million per year.

If you have any questions or enquiries regarding scholarships available for 2018/19, please feel free to contact the student enquiries team.

International student start dates

For new international students, orientation events start on 14 September 2018. This extra time is specifically designed to assist new international students in settling into the UK and GCU prior to the start of general student induction and teaching.

There will be a whole host of fun and informative activities taking place during this period, including campus and city tours, as well as welcome events where you can meet other international students.

Work placement

This programme offers the possibility of undertaking an industrial based placement on completion of Year 3.

Study abroad

There are opportunities for students to study abroad through Erasmus exchanges and they are also encouraged to take part in International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience (IAESTE) activities.

Professional accreditation

Our computing programmes are accredited by BCS the Chartered Institute for IT.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods used include: unseen written examinations, coursework assignments (individual and group based), class tests (both unseen and open-book), practical laboratory tests (both unseen and open-book) and presentations (individual and group based). In project modules students produce an artefact, individual and group reports and also give presentations. Most coursework assignments involve undertaking a significant element of independent study and implementing associated practical tasks within a given deadline.

Last updated Feb 2020

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