BSc (Hons) Computing with Networking (Top-up)

Start date(s):
7 Sep 2020
1 year
Level 6
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Study Mode:
Full Time
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Framwellgate Moor Campus
Course costs:
(previous year's fees)
This programme is validated by Open University


The computing sector is experiencing more growth than any other area of business, which means computing graduates will be in demand by employers. This new and dynamic programme focuses on computer network technologies, and offers the perfect opportunity to top-up your foundation degree to a degree in an IT related area.

You will develop practical skills in designing and building networks and expertise in five key areas of network management such as fault, configuration, accounting, performance and security. For each of these areas you will learn about available protocols and how to analyse different models and standards.
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This programme aims to provide you with interdisciplinary and collaborative working opportunities. It has been newly validated to facilitate learning in varied areas and specialisms, such as:
  • Routing & Switching
  • Network Management
  • Project Management
  • Concurrent & Distributed Systems
  • Ethical Hacking.

Additional aims of this programme are to:
  • Encourage the development of professional, innovative and current outcomes in a supportive environment.
  • Engage in academic activities and negotiated projects, as simulations or live client projects, underpinned by personalised learning.
  • Promote engagement with employers to support the development of professional skills relevant to employment within the computing and IT sector.

This award has been designed to provide the learning opportunities required for those who wish to become professional computing practitioners within the computing and IT sector with particular emphasis on Network Engineering. It does this through the curriculum content which is directly matched to the knowledge and skills which research in the sector has identified for being essential in network engineering for computing and IT practitioners.

The curriculum reflects contemporary issues supporting personal and professional development. While obtaining the degree will equip you with the skills and knowledge to make a full contribution to the digital and technological sector, the has been designed to encourage progression to postgraduate level study, and to provide an academic bridge allowing fluent transfer from Level 6 to Level 7 studies.


You will study the following:
  • Research Methods - this module aims to introduce a variety of research methodologies and examines how to specify and contextualise a research problem, collect data, analyse and present data and evaluate the methodology applied.
  • Network Management - this module examines the standards, models and protocols of the five key activities associated with network management including: fault, configuration, accounting, performance and security and how to analyse their effectiveness.
  • Project Management - this module aims to develop a modern approach to the design, implementation and management of IT related projects by applying latest principles, techniques and research.
  • Computing Project - this module enables you to explore computing, information and communications technologies in substantial depth. It provides you with the opportunity to develop your abilities in solution development and gain practical experience of independent learning and reflective practice in solution development.
  • Ethical Hacking - this module develops your knowledge and understanding of ethical hacking, which is about locating and strengthening security weaknesses in computer systems. You will also investigate a range of legal and social aspects in the ethical hacking domain.
  • Routing and Switching - this module incorporates an opportunity to achieve CCNA certification and focuses on the ability to install, configure, operate, and troubleshoot medium-size routed and switched networks.

Time commitment

Average number of hours per week

Work Placement
Assignment Feedback
Independent Learning


*Days and times of study are subject to change. Timetables are confirmed at the start of term.

Teaching & assessment

A range of teaching learning and assessment strategies are incorporated into the programme and are appropriate for those studying at Level 6. You will engage in lectures, seminars and workshops, as well as self-study and research in preparation for lessons, formative assessment, and peer and self-assessment of learning.

Summative assessment strategies include:
  • Reports
  • Practical observation
  • Presentations
  • Product.

A comprehensive personal tutor system is in place to make sure you have a direct personal contact with an individual member of the course team to discuss academic and personal matters relevant to your learning.

In addition to support from your personal tutor, you will receive academic support from your module tutors. Support is given to via tutorials at set intervals during the academic year and there is likely to be opportunity within some studio sessions for additional support.

Maths and English

If you do not hold GCSE or Level 2 maths and English, you will work towards Level 2 or equivalent in maths and English Language alongside the main study programme (or a minimum 5.5 IELTS in each band for international applicants).

Maths & English

Maths and English skills are essential for the workplace and university.

Industry links:

The programme has been designed and developed to ensure you are provided with opportunities to gain the skills and knowledge desired by employers. Our team work with a range of employers to ensure our courses are up-to-date with current industry practice.

A vast array of employers engage with IT students across the curriculum via a dedicated LinkedIn group 'NCD IT'. This group will enable you to communicate directly with employers and build your own industry network. Wherever possible, guest speakers will deliver talks related to the modules of study, to demonstrate links to industry. Employers will endorse assignment briefs to help ensure currency and accuracy. Some of the assignment briefs will have been endorsed by employers to ensure that the skills and knowledge employers are looking for are being assessed within the constraints of academic standards.


A work placement is not a fundamental expectation of this top-up degree programme. You will be encouraged to source work experience opportunities to allow you to stretch your knowledge, understanding and practical skills beyond what you have learned in your modules.

Work placements are a great chance for you to develop a range of work based skills needed for progression. Work related skills will be developed across the course from initial tutor led activities within module Project Management through to Computing Project.


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BSc (Hons) Computing with Networking (Top-up) course handbook

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You could progress to a masters degree or apply for a wide range of graduate level jobs in the industry.

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What else?

The industry standard CCNA certification is included as part of this programme.


Please note these prices are for the current academic year and may be subject to change for our courses starting in future years.

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Annual increases

Tuition fees are chargeable for the academic period required by the programme, with annual amounts charged for each academic year of the programme unless otherwise stated. It is to be expected that tuition fees will include an inflationary rise each year, for the duration of study. This will be agreed by the College Strategy and Resources Committee who will consider Increases in College costs, including the provision of teaching, supervision and course-related facilities.

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Fees and funding

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Additional Costs

You will be required to contribute to trips and visits. We also recommend that students buy texts to support learning, module reading lists are detailed in the course handbook.

Additional costs include general study materials, such as:
  • External hard drive
  • Access to a computer
  • Expenses for optional national and international visits.

Interview Instructions

You will be invited into the College to attend an interview. The process for interview is detailed below:
  • You will apply via UCAS or the New College Durham application form.
  • All applicants are interviewed by the curriculum team - International applicants will be interview via Skype.
  • Please bring all relevant qualifications to date and a printed copy of your personal statement.
  • This is an opportunity for the curriculum team to learn about your motivation for the course and career aspirations, and for you to ask any questions you may have.
  • A tour of the facilities will be available.

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Entry Criteria

UCAS tariff points:
Standard Entry criteria
  • Ideally, you will be working towards, or have attained, a Level 5 qualification (international equivalent 120 ECTS Credits) in a related discipline.
  • You must be interviewed by the curriculum team (international applicants via internet (e.g. Skype).
  • You will hold, or be working towards, GCSE (or Level 2 equivalent) maths and English (or a minimum 5.5 IELTS in each band for international applicants).

Non-standard entry criteria:
  • Evidence of appropriate computing and IT experience or employment within the sector.
  • You must be interviewed by the curriculum team (international applicants via internet (e.g. Skype).
  • You will hold, or be working towards, GCSE (or Level 2 equivalent) maths and English (or a minimum 5.5 IELTS in each band for international applicants).
  • You will be required to attend a Higher Education Pre-induction day to assess your suitability to the programme.