Farnborough College of Technology
Computing (Top-up) BSc (Hons)
Farnborough College of Technology

Key Course Facts

Course Description

Complete your computing studies with our one-year top-up degree. If you have previously studied a HND or foundation degree in computing this programme will enable you to ‘top-up’ your existing skills and qualifications into a full honours degree. This top-up degree starts each September and is awarded by the University of Surrey.

• One-year qualification to ‘top-up’ existing qualifications to a full honours degree • A route into careers related to computing including software, design, development and more • Gain industry recognised certifications, such as the CISCO CCNA semester awards • Taught at University Centre Farnborough, with modern facilities including our computing suite with access to the latest software • Enhance your knowledge, understanding and skills ready to enter into successful employment in the computing industry

Whether it is for work or home, information technology is at the heart of our everyday lives. According to prospects, there are currently one million people working in IT in the UK. Being a graduate with proficient computing skills could open up opportunities in a diverse range of careers in different sectors.

At Farnborough, you will develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed to succeed in an IT working environment. Not only will you develop skills specific to IT but our course provides opportunities for you to develop behaviours for work, for example by undertaking a group project, or responding to a client brief. As part of the course you will also earn vendor qualifications including CISCO semester awards, which are recognised by employers.

WHO IS THE PROGRAMME FOR? This computing programme is perfect if you have an interest in the world of information technology. You might currently be studying a HND in Computing, already working in the sector, returning to education after a break, or wish to transfer from another college or university.

WHAT WILL I STUDY? Learning in our dedicated IT suites, you will build on your existing knowledge of theory while developing essential critical and analytical skills. During this course you will expand your computing skills, exploring topics such as artificial intelligence, networking, systems integration and cyber security.

What You Will Learn

Programme content: As a student of Computing (Top-up), BSc (Hons) you will study the following course modules.

Year 1

A wide range of assessment methods are used in this programme, which have been chosen to suit the subject material being taught. The range of assessment methods used in this programme includes in-class tests, assessed practical work, assessed coursework/assignments, and formative assessment through assignment work feedback, practical demonstrations, project report, project presentation and examination. HOW WILL I BE TAUGHT? You will be taught in a variety of ways. This includes lectures, individual presentations, practical’s, independent and group exercises.

Entry Requirements / Admissions

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Tuition Fees Computing (Top-up) BSc (Hons)

England UK £8000 year 1
Northern Ireland £8000 year 1
Scotland £8000 year 1
Wales £8000 year 1
Channel Islands £8000 year 1
EU £8000 year 1
International £9250 year 1

Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

How to apply

Application deadline:

January 1, 2024

This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.

Possible Entry Points:

  • year 1 (Default entry point)

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About Farnborough College of Technology

Farnborough College of Technology is a further and higher education institution located in the town of Farnborough, in the Southeastern region of England. Their main campus is found on Boundary road, and is where the significant majority of the college’s courses take place. These include A-Levels for those who want to go to university, T-Levels, Vocational courses, Adult Courses, and more. The college has earned itself an ‘Outstanding’ rating from Ofsted education inspectors on numerous occasions, due to exceptional standards of teaching and the advanced facilities that they offer.

Where is this programme taught

Main Site - Boundary Road
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