BSc (Hons) in Computing | Furness College
BSc (Hons) in Computing

BSc (Hons) in Computing

Course Content

Awarding Body

This course is approved by the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan)

UCAS Code: G400

Students who complete the course successfully will receive a BSc (Honours) from the University of Central Lancashire. The agreement between Furness College and UCLan is reviewed every five years to align with employers and the sectors development. The course was validated in May 2019.


Furness College, Channelside campus.

How long is the course?

Full-Time: 3 years

Part-Time: 5 years

Academic Year: 

Full / Part-time course Induction and Enrolment Week: September 2021, dates to be confirmed

Course starts: September 2021, dates to be confirmed

Course ends: Full-Time: June 2024 / Part-Time: 2026

How will I learn?

Course Overview 

For a full-time 3 year Honours Degree, students will study 18 modules, 6 in each of 3 years for a full-time student. Part-time students will study no more than 4 modules per year. If the student has had previous study at an appropriate level, they may be entitled to APL (Accreditation for Prior Learning). Each module has a level rating, ranging from 4-6, roughly corresponding to Years 1-3 of your Degree.  

Each module is a self-contained block of learning with defined aims, learning outcomes and assessment. A standard module is worth 20 credits. It equates to the learning activity expected from one sixth of a full-time undergraduate year. Modules may be delivered 10, 20 or 40 credit modules.

To obtain an Honours Degree, the student must pass 18 modules at Level 4 or above, with at least 12 at Level 5 or 6, including at least 5 at Level 6. The double module project will provide 2 of the Level 6 modules.  

It is a good idea to take a year out in industry – a placement – between the second and final year. This is optional, but will give the student valuable work experience that will make them stand out when you are looking for a career. During the second year, we will provide help and advice on seeking a placement from the Program Leader, but we cannot guarantee a suitable placement. As the student will be treated as a normal paid employee, they will have to apply for and undergo the normal company admissions process to obtain a placement. Placements can be anywhere in the UK or even abroad.

The Programme Specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate the full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. 


The course offers a mixture of lectures, tutorials and practical classes to help students learn. These are supported by material on a virtual learning environment (VLE). Students will need to supplement the classes with reading and practical work in their own time. Each of the methods can be very effective if made proper use of.

In lectures, the lecturer presents and explains concepts. In practicals, students you will usually use worksheets to guide through computer-based work. Tutorials are often based on worksheets and small or whole group discussion.

Most first year modules in Computing involve three hours of class contact, a one-hour lecture and two hours of tutorial or practical. Students normally have 16 hours per week of class contact in Year 1 and should work for at least that long outside of class, giving a working week of 36 hours on average.

Most second and third year modules have a lecture and either one or two hours of tutorials or practicals. Students should work for around twice that long outside of class as part of your working week of 36 hours.

Students will also have 1 hour a week tutorial time with the Program Leader to discuss any issues or gain additional support if required.

Independent Learning

When not attending timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the hub/library, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations.

Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities, including the library, the VLE and the computer rooms. Students will have assignments and directed work from practicals or tutorials as well as reading and adding to notes from the lectures.  However, students are expected to find and read other relevant information. Computing is a very practical subject and there is always more practical work that you can do to develop skills.

Overall Workload 

For a 20 credit module, this requires 200 hours of study time (including class contact and independent study).

Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, around 36 hours per week, independent learning, and assessment activities. The following gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities for the course.

Year 1 (Full-time)

39% per cent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity per year.

Teaching, Learning and Assessment:          464 hours

Independent Learning:                                      736 hours

Year 2 (Full-time)

27 per cent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity per year.

Teaching, Learning and Assessment:          320 hours

Independent Learning:                                      880 hours

Year 3 (Full-time)

20 per cent of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity per year.

Teaching, Learning and Assessment:          241 hours

Independent Learning:                                      959 hours

Teaching Staff

Students will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes highly experienced academics, professional practitioners with relevant industry experience. Teaching is informed by research and scholarly activities. All of the teaching team have a teaching qualification.

What subjects will I study?

Stage One

This is the first year for full-timers (FT).  You need to pass 6 modules to be ‘stage one complete’. Most modules are common across the computing courses. In the first year, you will study the following Level 4 modules:

Level 4 Modules


Module Title




The Computing Challenge



Introduction to Networking







Introduction to Programming



Systems Analysis & Database Design



Interactive Applications



Computer Systems and Security


The first year is a ‘common first year’ and is designed to give you a broad understanding of computing so you can select from a range of options in Years 2 and 3.

Programming is obviously central to Computing and the Interactive Applications module allows you to apply programming skills to the development of web-based interactive programs as well as introducing user interface issues.

Systems Analysis and Database Design studies the problems of obtaining requirements, designing systems and implementing databases, which are an essential component of many complex software applications.

Such complex applications are often distributed, relying on the data communications technology covered in Introduction to Networking. Software engineers must be able to develop secure systems, which require an understanding of computer technology and human factors explored in Computer Systems and Security.  Interactive Applications explores user interface design and introduces implementation using web and mobile technology.

The Computing Challenge introduces teamwork and presentation skills, which help you to work on projects and to interact with managers and clients.

Stage Two

This is the rest of your course, and comprises Level 5 and 6 modules. Honours degree classifications are based on 12 stage 2 modules and Ordinary degrees are based on 10 stage 2 modules. The regulations define the formula to calculate your APM (average percentage mark) used to determine the Honours classification.

Level 5 Modules


Module Title




Advanced Programming



The Agile Professional



Database Systems



Human Computer Interaction



Internet Application Development



Network Management


Level 6 Modules


Module Title




Object Orientated Methods in Computing



Wireless & Mobile Networking



Systems Requirements & Modelling



Games for the Internet



Double Project


How will I be assessed?


Given the practical and vocational nature of computing courses, there is an emphasis on practical assessment. Students will sit examinations, but will also be assessed on the sort of tasks you might have to perform in industry including communication skills and team work. As a result, progress will be monitored in a variety of ways.

All modules have some coursework assessment. This may take the form of a report or program to write, a system to analyse or design, or a presentation to give. We usually expect students to document the program, justify design decisions and evaluate the quality of the program. They should read the assessment criteria in the assignment specification carefully. We assess work considering industry standards and professional norms. If students work to our criteria, they will learn how to become an effective, respected computing professional.

Many modules have an examination at the end. Some of these examinations may be "open-book" examinations where students are allowed to take notes and/or books into the examination. Others are more traditional examinations, although some of these may be based around a case study that is issued before the examination. The overall mark for each module is calculated as a weighted average of the coursework and examination marks. The details are given in the module descriptor held on our VLE.

Percentage of course assessed by coursework/exam

The balance of assessment by examination and assessment by coursework depends on the type of modules undertaken. The percentage breakdown for each year of the full-time course as follows:

Year 1:  77% Coursework             8% Practical          15% Written exams

Year 2:  84% Coursework             8% Practical          8% Written Examination

Year 3:  83% Coursework                                                17% Written Examination

This is further detailed in the UCLan Academic Regulations.


You will receive feedback on all practical assessments and on formal assessments by coursework via an online submission system (Turnitin).  Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module tutor. Feedback is intended to help you learn and are you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor. Tutors will give you formal feedback on assignments to help students do better on other assessments, but more importantly for future career, to show how you can improve your performance on similar tasks in the future. By acting on the feedback from the lecturer, students will develop competence and understanding. Students will also get a lot of informal feedback on your performance in class, particularly during practical classes.

We aim to provide you with feedback within 15 working days of the submission date.

All modules need to be passed with a Pass Mark 40% (average of all components),


Material submitted for assessment through open book examination, coursework, project or dissertation must be the student's own efforts and must be their own work. Students are required to sign a declaration indicating that individual work submitted for assessment is their own. Copying from the works of another person constitutes plagiarism, which is an offence. The penalties for plagiarism are applied consistently in all circumstances, notwithstanding the level of the programme of study or whether the offence was considered to be intentional or unintentional.

Cases of plagiarism will be investigated and if proven, then in the event of a single offence of unfair means in an undergraduate assessment, the appropriate penalty should be 0% for that element of assessment, and an overall fail for the module.  The affected elements of the assessment must be resubmitted to the required standard. The mark for the module following resubmission will be restricted to the minimum pass mark. Further details can be found in the Assessment Handbook.

Are there any additional costs?

Costs and Financial Support

In 2020/21, Part-time fees are £1,100 per 20 credit module. Typically this will be £4,400 per 80 credits. Fees for the duration of the full course, typically over 5 years, are £19,800. Full time fees are £6,600 per year, plus a small annual inflationary increase as determined by the Government. HE Tuition Fee Contract & HE Refund Policy can be found online here.

Details of how to apply for student finance, what is available for part-time and full-time students and what bursaries are available can found online here.

Are there any additional costs?

For more details on additional costs, please refer to the HE Tuition Fees Contract.

A DBS is not required.

Academic Support

Furness College provides help in the following areas:

  • Class / workshop support
  • One-to-one personal tuition
  • Access to Learning Mentors
  • Study skills support, academic writing, research skills
  • Provision of specialist equipment for individuals based on learning needs
  • Specialist tuition and equipment for students who have learning differences or disabilities
  • Access to specialist software e.g. text to speech and Inspiration (mind mapping)
  • Support with applications for Disabled Student Allowance (DSA) for Higher Education students
  • Free full assessments for dyslexia for Furness College students (based on initial screening results)
  • Exam considerations (subject to exam board approval)

Further details are available on our Learning Support page.

Non-Academic Support 

The Student Services team offer the following services:

  • Careers guidance
  • Progression information including Higher Education
  • Employment opportunities
  • Financial advice including Learner Support Fund, Bursary, Student Loans
  • Student Welfare
  • Course information

Further details are available on our Student Services page.

Programme Specification

Click here for the Programme Specification.

Entry Requirements

When is the next start date?

September 2021.

Enrolment & Timetable Information


Details of the day for attending college are normally available by the end of July, via the website. This will detail the day of the week each year of the course will be attending. Detailed module timetables will be available during Induction and Enrolment Week in early September.

Induction and Enrolment Dates

Induction and enrolment dates to be confirmed.

What are the entry requirements?

112 UCAS tariff points at A2 or BTEC National Diploma (Distinction Merit Merit)

5 GCSEs at Grade 4 or C or above including Maths and English.

Students whose first language is not English must achieve an IELTS 6.0 (with no component score less than 5.)

Qualifications equivalent to the above are accepted.

How can I apply?

Students can apply directly to Furness College using our online application form or UCAS.

Prospective students will be interviewed.

Can I get more information?

For more information please contact us:
T: 01229 825017
E: info@furness.ac.uk


What opportunities will this lead to?

Furness College’s Computing degree program will enable students to gain employment and career progression across a variety of industrial situations.

Student Profile
Morgan Fell

I chose this course to expand my knowledge at a university level without having to leave the area, it also meant I was able to gain real-world experience and more lab-based knowledge rather than studying at university where some study may not have be relevant to what I wanted to do. There are a large variety of facilities available to use especially within the iBox, for example the HTC Vive and the media equipment. Also, the food here is delicious, especially the bacon buns. During my course I was approached to become a IT Helpdesk Technician and now I have progressed on to a full-time Senior IT Technician role, working with all the backend infrastructure and network that helps keep the college running.  I would highly encourage anyone thinking of doing a HE course at Furness College to do so as the facilities that we have to study IT and work with a variety of systems make it a fun place to learn and the tutors are absolutely brilliant.

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