About the course

If you have a computing or information technology- based qualification that’s the equivalent to the Second Year BSc degree, you can join the Final Year of either of these two BSc courses. Our online computer science and information technology courses are very similar to our campus-based degrees, and the academic standards required are just as high. However, they give you the flexibility to study from wherever you like and to fit learning around other commitments. Computer Science gives you a broad range of skills and knowledge in areas including programming, multimedia, networks, databases, operating systems and software engineering. Information technology includes many aspects of computer science, but with more focus on the needs of people and organisations.

Programming Self-Test

Download our programming self-test document for a selection of exercises to help you see if you have sufficient knowledge and skills to complete the on-line programming module at Level 6 in Computer Science.

You can complete the exercises in any language you are familiar with, but it should support both procedural and object-oriented programming. There is no marking or other assistance provided for this test. It is designed to help you assess your own
abilities in programming.

For more information about how to apply, funding and how online study works, please visit the UH Online.

Fact sheets 2019 Course fact sheet 1 BSc (Hons) Computer Science (Top Up) (Online)
Programme specifications 2019 Programme specification 1 Modular BSc (Hons) Computer Science (Online)

Why choose this course?

  • You can study when and where you want, fitting in with your other commitments such as work or family
  • Our online degrees are based on their on campus equivalents with the same academic quality standards and processes so your award will be recognised worldwide
  • Study at a highly-regarded, well established computer science department with excellent facilities, strong links to both business and research, and a track record of graduate success.
  • BSc (Hons) Information Technology also available to study online. 

For more information about how online study works, funding and how to apply, please visit UH Online

Course details


Our graduates have gone on to become software developers, business analysts, database administrators, network designers, technical consultants, programmers, web developers, project managers and software engineers.

Teaching methods

For entry at Level 6 the programme in its entirety is offered in two study patterns:

  • an entirely part-time study pattern (2 years in duration) or
  • an entirely full-time study pattern (1 year in duration)

To find out more about distance learning visit: go.herts.ac.uk/online


  • Level 6
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Programming & Software Engineering Practice (COM) 30 Credits Compulsory
    Computer Science Project (COM) 30 Credits Compulsory
    Project Planning (COM) 15 Credits Compulsory
    Quantum Computing 30 Credits Optional
    Computer Systems Security (COM) 15 Credits Optional
    Mobile Computing (COM) 15 Credits Optional
    Data Mining and Visualisation (COM) 30 Credits Optional
  • Fees & funding

    Fees 2019

    UK/EU Students

    Full time
    • £5750 for the 2019/2020 academic year
    Part time
    • £720 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

    International Students

    Full time
    • £5750 for the 2019/2020 academic year
    Part time
    • £720 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

    Other financial support

    Find out more about other financial support available to UK and EU students

    Entry requirements

    Direct entry requirements into Level 6

    For Level 6 entry to BSc awards:

    • Applicants for direct entry to Level 6 from other programmes within the University or elsewhere must have gained a minimum of 240 credits at Levels 4 and 5, including a minimum of 120 credits at Level 5 and are required to demonstrate that their previous studies and experience have provided a broad equivalence to the learning outcomes of Levels 4 and 5 of the programme. Applicants that apply for direct entry to Level 6 may hold a variety of qualifications that may include (but are not restricted to) Higher National Diploma, Foundation Degree, or following successful completion of two years of a similar BSc degree programme at another HE institution and other equivalent national and international qualifications.
    • Access to computer equipment with the following minimum specification.
    • All students from non-majority English speaking countries require proof of English language proficiency. The following qualifications and grades will be considered 
    • - GCSE English language grade A-C 
      - IELTS 6.0 (with no less than 5.5 in any band)
      Other English language tests are accepted. Please contact the International Office for details.

    Find out more about International entry requirements.

    Mature students who do not have the formal qualifications, but who have a firm background in computing, will also be considered for entry to the programme. Professional references and a personal statement will be required to determine suitability.

    Supporting documents required

    • Copies of your educational certificates (including results achieved for each subject) for examinations taken since the age of 16
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • English language GCSE at grade C or above (or equivalent - you should have a score of 6.0 overall if presenting an IELTS test)
    • Mathematics GCSE at grade C or above (or equivalent)
    • A substantial personal statement about why you want to study this programme, what you hope to gain from the course and where you see your future development taking your career.
    • A copy of the photo page of your passport
    • 1 academic or professional reference

    View our simple steps to a successful application

    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.

    View our simple steps to a successful application

    How to apply

    Course length
    • Online - Full Time, 6 Years
    • Online - Part Time, 6 Years
    • University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield


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