About the course

Top up your two-year Foundation degree or diploma and join the Final Year of our computer science course. Alternatively, you can join the Second Year if you prefer. This course will allow you to choose from a variety of options, many with a technology and software development focus, that will give you a broad range of technical skills and knowledge. You’ll also work on a substantial practical project and enhance your general transferable skills.

Fact sheets 2019 Course fact sheet 1 BSc (Hons) Computer Science (top-up)
Programme specifications 2019 Programme specification 1 Modular BSc/MEng Honours in Computer Science and Information Technology

Why choose this course?

If you already have a good HND or Foundation degree in Computer Studies or Software Engineering or an equivalent qualification, these two courses allow you to progress to a BSc (Hons) Computer Science or Information Technology degree through one year of extra study.

Course details


There are careers opportunities in many employment sectors, including the IT industry, business, education and government. Our graduates have become software developers, programmers, web developers, business analysts, database administrators, project managers and IT consultants, or have studied for postgraduate degrees.

Recent employers have included Blackberry, GSK, HP, IBM, John Lewis, and T-Mobile. Other graduates have continued with postgraduate studies (typically an MSc or PhD) at Hertfordshire or at other universities.

What job can I get?

These courses equip you for a graduate career in IT, business, government or education. Recent graduates have become business analysts, software developers, web designers, support specialists and database administrators. Others have gone on to successful postgraduate study.

Recent employers have included Blackberry, GSK, HP, IBM, John Lewis, and T-Mobile. Other graduates have continued with postgraduate studies (typically an MSc or PhD) at Hertfordshire or at other universities.

Teaching methods

Computer Science is both an academic and a practical subject so you will be taught in different ways such as lectures, smaller group tutorials, supervised practicals (labs) and self-study including experiential learning. Assessment is by a mix of in-class tests, exams, and coursework.

The School has well equipped laboratory facilities, with PCs running Windows 7 and/or Linux and a whole range of industry-standard and educational software from Microsoft, Oracle, Adobe, and others. There are specialist labs for networking, multimedia, devices, robotics, and projects.

Most of our students own their own PC or Mac, but this is not essential since you can use the university facilities. StudyNet allows you to access electronic learning resources, electronic discussion with staff and other students and, for some modules, submit coursework 24/7 from anywhere in the world!


  • Year 3
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Project Planning 15 Credits Compulsory
    Computer Systems Security 15 Credits Compulsory
    User Experience 15 Credits Optional
    Concurrency 15 Credits Optional
    Constructive Artificial Intelligence 15 Credits Optional
    AI Robotics and Applications 15 Credits Optional
    Object Oriented Development 15 Credits Optional
    Software Engineering Practice 15 Credits Optional
    Cyber Security 15 Credits Optional
    Artificial Life 15 Credits Optional
    Software Quality 15 Credits Optional
    Embedded Systems Development 15 Credits Optional
    Machine Learning and Neural Computing 15 Credits Optional
    Programming Paradigms 15 Credits Optional
    Quantum Computing 15 Credits Optional
    Mobile Computing 15 Credits Optional
    Computer Science Project 30 Credits Optional
    Artificial Intelligence Project 30 Credits Optional
    Networks Project 30 Credits Optional
    Software Engineering Project 30 Credits Optional
    Network Protocols and Architectures 15 Credits Optional
  • Fees & funding

    Fees 2019

    UK/EU Students

    Full time
    • £9250 for the 2019/2020 academic year

    International Students

    Full time
    • £12350 for the 2019/2020 academic year

    Discounts are available for International students if payment is made in full at registration

    *Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

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    Read more about additional fees in the course fact sheet

    Other financial support

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    Living costs / accommodation

    The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

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    Entry requirements

    240 Credits from BTEC HND or Foundation degree in computer studies or software engineering or equivalent qualification.

    The University of Hertfordshire is committed to welcoming students with a wide range of qualifications and levels of experience. The entry requirements listed on the course pages provide a guide to the minimum level of qualifications needed to study each course. However, we have a flexible approach to admissions and each application will be considered on an individual basis.

    How to apply

    Course length
    • Full Time, 1 Years
    • University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield


    Start DateEnd DateLink
    26/09/201931/05/2020Apply online (Full Time)


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    26/09/202031/05/2021Apply online (Full Time)


    Start DateEnd DateLink
    26/09/202131/05/2022Apply online (Full Time)
    We welcome applications from international and EU students