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Computing - BSc (Hons)

Why study this course?

Our 'earn while you learn' philosophy gives you a distinct advantage with this professional computing degree, with its opportunities for placements in industry while you study. You'll learn the basics of programming operating systems and commercial applications, plus specialist topics of your choosing.

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As well as studying the fundamentals of computing, you’ll have the option to specialise in fascinating areas such as artificial intelligence, and ethics and computer law. You’ll develop your IT proficiency and your problem-solving skills, and learn to apply your skills to real-life situations.

This extensive course gives you both a sound knowledge base and hands-on experience. You can choose to undertake a work placement as part of your degree, giving you real-world experience. You’ll also have access to our World of Work agency, which provides companies with affordable IT solutions and give you the opportunity to work on paid client projects.

As well as our team of knowledgeable and experienced teaching staff, you’ll have the opportunity to hear from industry experts. For example, the Vice President of the multi-national company Telefonica has previously given a talk to our students.


You'll be assessed through essays, individual coursework, exams, research projects and a final dissertation. You'll receive regular, supportive feedback throughout the course.

Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS). On graduation, you'll be eligible to register as a Chartered IT Professional (CITP) and apply for membership of the British Computer Society.

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements you should have:

  • for entry in the 2016-17 academic year: 200 or more UCAS points from two or more A-levels, including 80 or more points from a maths, science or technology subject (or equivalent, eg BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma, Advanced Diploma, Progression Diploma or Access to HE Diploma with 60 credits)
  • for entry in the 2017-18 academic year: a minimum grades BB or CCE in A levels of which one must be from Mathematics or numerate subjects (or a minimum of 80 UCAS points from an equivalent Level 3 qualification, eg BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma/Diploma; or Advanced Diploma; or Progression Diploma; or Access to HE Diploma of 60 credits)
  • English Language and Mathematics GCSE at grade C (grade 4 from 2017) or above (or equivalent)

Applicants with relevant professional qualifications or extensive professional experience will also be considered on a case by case basis.

If you don’t have traditional qualifications or can’t meet the entry requirements for this undergraduate degree, you may still be able to gain entry by completing the BSc Computing Extended Degree.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

Accelerated study

If you have relevant qualifications or credit from a similar course it may be possible to enter this course at an advanced stage rather than beginning in the first year. Please note, advanced entry is only available for September start. See our information for students applying for advanced entry.

If you're studying full-time, each year (level) is worth 120 credits.

Year 1 modules include:

  • Computer Hardware and Software Architectures
  • Information Systems
  • Logic and Problem Solving
  • Programming

Year 2 modules include:

  • Databases
  • Emerging Programming Platforms and Technologies
  • Networks and Operating Systems
  • Professional Issues, Ethics and Computer Law
  • Software Engineering

Year 3 modules include:

  • Application Development
  • Advanced Database Systems Development
  • Project
  • Work Related Learning II
  • Management Support Systems (optional)
  • Artificial Intelligence (optional)

"Overall my four years at London Met were amazing. I made some great friends with both students and lecturers. All the modules were useful in starting a career in IT. I would like to thank my lecturers for all of their help over the four years." James Young, graduated in 2015 with 1st Class Honours

The course will help you grow professionally, and prepare you to work in the field of application development as a professional programmer, software system developer, IT consultant, database designer or web application developer.

Previous graduates have gone on to work at companies such as Fyber and itelligence.

This course is also excellent preparation for further study or research.

Between 2016 and 2020 we're investing £125 million in the London Metropolitan University campus, moving all of our activity to our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching location of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2017. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

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How to apply

UK/EU students wishing to begin this course studying full-time in September 2016 should apply by calling the Clearing hotline on .

Applicants from outside the EU should refer to our guidance for international students during Clearing.

Part-time applicants should apply direct to the University online.

UK/EU applicants for September full-time entry must apply via UCAS unless specified otherwise.

UK/EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University.

Non-EU applicants for full-time study may choose to apply via UCAS or apply direct to the University. Non-EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University, but please note that if you require a Tier 4 visa you are not able to study on a part-time basis.

All applicants applying to begin a course starting in January must apply direct to the University.

When to apply

The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September from one year before the start of the course. Our UCAS institution code is L68.

If you will be applying direct to the University you are advised to apply as early as possible as we will only be able to consider your application if there are places available on the course.

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