BSc (Hons) Computing Technologies Top Up (validated by the University of Hull) is a challenging programme which is aimed at creating highly employable individuals, especially those that aspire to becoming team leaders, specialist or managerial roles within the computing and digital media industries. It is designed to teach the skills and knowledge required for extending employment opportunities within the vocational field. the modules are designed to build upon level 5 study and give graduates a skill set which will enable them to reinvigorate their careers, or to allow access to higher level jobs in the industry. Primarily the programme will focus on the deeper investigation of key technical skills and knowledge combined with the importance of developing and utilising leadership and team working skills.
As this is a final year top up programme the course is intended as the student’s mechanism by which they are steadfastly prepared to show their real strengths to prospective employers. As well as developing strong research skills through an academic research project the programme will focus on developing key principles that have been acquired through previous study. In line with the key programme aims they will examine and align with current industry practice, develop technical skills, and work with and sometime rely on other people. Holistically the programme becomes a practical preparation for your future employment. The programme’s core aim is for you to be a business problem solver and solution provider in several key areas of computing therefore the assessment strategy focuses on expertise in these key aspects while also judging capability in a range of personal and professional skills.
All equipment is provided however some students prefer to have their own laptops.
You will require 240 credits gained at levels 4 and 5 in an appropriate discipline such as computing and combined awards such as engineering with computing.
If you are making an international application, you must evidence that you possess a satisfactory command of English language in terms of reading, writing, listening and are expected to have achieved Level B2 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Language (CEFR) as defined by UK Visas and Immigration. International qualifications must be of the equivalent level of 240 CAT points for example equivalent to UK qualifications such as a Foundation Degree or HND in Computing.
Methods of learning and teaching are designed to support students in becoming active members of a learning community. Students will be expected to work together in an informal environment as well as in formal classes where a culture of dignity, courtesy and mutual respect with staff and their peers is essential.
A variety of methods will be used such as lectures, seminars, case studies, group activity and discussion and practical workshops. Integrating a work-based or placement opportunity, students will be visited in the workplace by a member of Institute staff to ensure a positive partnership between the employer mentor and to monitor that learning in the workplace is effective. Workplace learning is designed to support the development of an employable graduate equipped with the attributes, skills and knowledge to progress within a global market.
Employability for graduates is the driving goal throughout the BSc (Hons) Computing Technologies programme. We teach and re-enforce industry awareness, expectations and professional practices. Predictable situations are utilised and simulated throughout as students are exposed to both current and legacy hardware and software platforms and frameworks using standard tools and devices. Health and safety practices and ethical considerations are consistently embedded within the programme. The programme also aims to improve a graduate’s “ability to adapt” and “work readiness skills” (Shadbolt, 2016, recommendations 3 and 4) through a unified problem solving approach to delivery and assessment within the programme. Our local supporting organisations acknowledge that these are key factors within their recruitment and selection processes (Shadbolt, 2016, recommendation 10).
There are a number of transferable employability skills students acquire on completion of the programme.