The University of Wolverhampton

BSc (Hons)Computer Networks (Top up)

Why choose this course?

Our BSc (Hons) in Computer Networks (Top-Up) course is specifically aimed at those who have already obtained a relevant HND or Foundation Degree and who are interested in building on this to develop a higher level of knowledge and understanding of Computer Networks.

This course examines the networking and computer technology which provides us with the data links for social network, business and enterprise, and information that we have become reliant upon in our everyday lives. You will already have experience of local area networks, and this course extends that knowledge to networks which encompass a country, or indeed between countries.

You will study both wired and wireless networks and at the same time develop an appreciation of ubiquitous computing. This course provides you with an opportunity to develop skills in problem solving, analysis and design, as well as management within a technologically engaging subject. We aim to produce skilled graduates who are able to make a positive contribution within the global, networked, community.

What happens on the course?

On this course you will be given the opportunity to further develop your knowledge and understanding of computer networks and security.

Our course is flexible enough to allow you pursue an area of particular interest such as project management.

To support this activity you will also engage in studies focused on developing your academic and employability skills, and you will have ample opportunity to apply your theoretical learning an individual project.

Why Wolverhampton?

You will benefit from hands on practical experience in our dedicated Network lab and from the knowledge and expertise of an academic team which includes the UK’s only Oracle Professor of Database Technology.

We also have staff who are involved in a number of fields, especially mobile and ubiquitous computing and security. They work on projects with a variety of agencies, both national and international which allows them to bring their research and experience to their teaching.

We are a Cisco Regional Academy as well as a Microsoft IT Academy Program Member and have labs dedicated to these functions.

You will be offered the opportunity to undertake a placement year, where you gain invaluable experience in the workplace. Many students have found this to be a real asset when it comes to finding a job after graduation.

Career path

Computer Networks graduates are faced with a variety of career opportunities, both nationally and internationally. These include network design, construction and maintenance. There is a strong demand for graduates with network security skills.

You could also choose to continue your studies at postgraduate level or pursue a career in research.

What skills will you gain?

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • apply a full understanding, knowledge and experience of the principlesof networks (e.g. network technologies and protocols, network system design, network security, server deployment) and its applications to the design and production of networked computer systems.
  • demonstrate and apply knowledge of computer hardware and software with particular reference to the application of network technology to the delivery of high quality networked systems.
  • apply appropriate theory, tools and techniques (e.g. practice of programming, object-oriented data systems, design and construction of web systems, networks) to the analysis, design and synthesis of solutions to requirements in the domain of computing;
  • demonstrate mastery of the essential facts, concepts, principles, theories and practices enabling graduate employment in applications of computing (e.g. system support and management, systems engineer, web system development);
  • demonstrate a range of transferable skills in: problem solving; communication; project management; working individually and in teams; self management ; and the ability to gather, evaluate and reflect on information from relevant sources and synthesise new knowledge and solutions to requirements in the domain of applications of computing;

Who accredits this course?

Accredited by the British Computer Society – The Chartered Institute for IT, for IEng

Entry requirements

2017 Entry

  • A Foundation Degree or HND in Computing or related subject. Your entry qualification must include a significant element of networking.
  • Successful completion of the> International Foundation Year in Science and Engineering
  • Successful completion of the> Foundation Degree (Science) Computing at Telford College of Arts and Technology
  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
  • International entry requirements and application guidance can be found here

Other Requirements

Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see for further information.

Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course

Course fees and finance

2017/8 Home/EU International
Full time £9,250 £11,475
Part time # £2,835
2016/7 Home/EU International
Full time £9,000 £11,250
Part time # £2,780

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2017/8. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact 01902 323403

These fees are for the current academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study

Students commencing a degree course on or after the 1st September 2012, “end-on” to a foundation degree or HND course (i.e. where there is no gap in study other than the vacation period) and remain on the same mode of study, will be classed as a continuing student. Continuing students are not subject to the new fees and will be charged at the lower rate rather than new fees indicated above. Fees are per academic year and are subject to an annual increase.

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