The Open University
Computing and IT (Communications and Networking) (Q62-CNET) BSc (Hons)
The Open University

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Key Course Facts

Student Reviews

Below you can see course specific reviews for 775 graduates of Computing and IT (Communications and Networking) (Q62-CNET) BSc (Hons) at The Open University for each of the survey questions in comparison to the average for all UK degree courses in .

Overall student satisfaction
81 /100
775 total respondents
The NSS is commissioned by the Office for Students


Salary of Graduates in Information Technology

Important: Salary data below is not course specific, but contains data of all students of at the university. Due to data collection methodology, salary data is mainly based on data related to undergraduate students.

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £31000 £35000 £38500
25-75 percentile range £25000 - £40000 £26000 - £46000 £26500 - £49500

Salary of all UK Graduates of Information Technology

  15 months after graduation 3 years after graduation 5 years after graduation
Median salary £26102 £24899 £29153
25-75 percentile range £21073 - £31167 £18267 - £32357 £21142 - £39591

Course Description

In this specialist route through our BSc (Honours) Computing and IT (Q62), you’ll gain an understanding of the fundamental principles of communications technologies. You’ll achieve a sound understanding of the principles of hardware and systems-based technologies, and the ability to apply your knowledge and skills in a broad range of industries and organisations. As a Cisco Academy, The Open University offers the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) (CCENT and CCNA) curriculum, which provides the knowledge, understanding, and skills needed to configure a LAN/WAN using Cisco equipment.

Key features of the course

  • Provides opportunities for hands-on experience of configuring networks through day schools

  • Gives you an insight into the possibilities and constraints of modern communications technology

  • Upon completion of the Cisco CCNA® curriculum, puts you in a position to take CCNA certification, a widely recognised advanced work-based qualification

Jobs & Career Perspectives

15 months after graduation, graduates of this course were asked about what they do and, if they are working, about their current job and their perspectives.

Current jobs

Required skill level of job after 15 months

Jobs of graduates of this course (15 months after graduation)

Example below based on all graduates of Computing and IT (Communications and Networking) (Q62-CNET) BSc (Hons) at The Open University

52% Information Technology Professionals
12% Science, engineering and technology associate professionals
7% Skilled trades occupations
6% Managers, directors and senior officials
3% Business and Financial Project Management Professionals
2% Administrative occupations
2% Customer service occupations
2% Caring personal services
2% Elementary occupations
1% Natural and social science professionals

Grading & Study Time

Grading Distribution

Students of the course received the following grades

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Requirements for international students / English requirements

IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)

Get advice on which foundation courses are best for you to still study Computing and IT (Communications and Networking) (Q62-CNET), BSc (Hons), if you do not meet the minimum requirements in terms of UCAS score, A levels, or English language requirements.


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.

University Rankings

Positions of The Open University in top UK and global rankings.

Rankings of The Open University in related subject specific rankings.

Social Studies & Humanities

    • #38 
    • #251 
    Social Sciences
    THE World University Rankings by Subject
    [Published 26 October, 2022]

See all 16 university rankings of The Open University

About The Open University

The Open University was established in 1969 in Milton Keynes, and is the largest university in the UK for undergraduate education. The OU is among the most prestigious distance-learning institutions in the United Kingdom, enjoying numerous awards and accreditations, including Triple Crown status for their Business School.

Student composition of The Open University

Students by level of study Academic year 2020/21 - Full-time equivalent student enrollments published by Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) on 10 February 2022
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