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Computing and Information Systems (Distance Learning) (Top-up)

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About this course


Course option

2.0years

Distance learning (part-time) | 2022

Subject

Information systems

**Overview**

If you've already started your career and want to top up your HND or Foundation degree (FdA) to a full Bachelor's degree, this BSc Computing and Information Systems top-up degree course is the right course for you.

Computers and internet systems play an increasingly large role in our day-to-day lives – from the streaming services we watch our favourite shows on, to national patient databases used to record and prescribe patient care. This has created a surge in demand for professionals to create and maintain these essential devices and networks.

Study anywhere that suits you, over two years, while building your career in computing, information systems, ecommerce or web services. Develop skills to enhance your performance in your current role, or be ready to take on a senior role in system design, analysis, software engineering or online course development.

**Course highlights**
- Develop your expertise in advanced database concepts, management of information systems and e-commerce, project management and web management and development

- Design and develop your own piece of software, hardware or network system as part of your final year project

**Careers and opportunities**

You could use this top up course to pursue a more senior role with your current employer. Or you could apply what you learn to a new role in any industry that needs experts in computing and information systems.

Experienced information systems managers can earn an average salary upwards of £40,000, as can experienced systems analysts. If you prefer software engineering, you could earn an average salary from £25,000 to £50,000.

Other graduates have continued their studies at postgraduate level in areas such as health informatics, forensic IT and networking, or set up successful businesses with help and support from the University.

Previous students have gone on to work in areas such as:

- IT management

- network design

- software engineering

- computer programming

- web development

What jobs can you do with a computing and information systems degree?

Roles they've taken on include:

- business continuity analyst

- software engineer

- web developer

- systems analyst

- computer programmer

- online course developer

Other graduates have continued their studies at postgraduate level in areas such as health informatics, forensic IT and networking, or set up successful businesses with help and support from the University.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

Modules

Year 1
Core modules in this year include:
- Advanced Database Concepts
- Project Management
- Web management and development
- Management of Information systems and E-Commerce

There are no optional modules in this year.

Year 2
Core modules in this year include:
- Final Year Major Project

There are no optional modules in this year.

Assessment methods

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

multiple choice tests
essays
mini projects
presentations
review articles

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The Uni


Course location:

University of Portsmouth

Department:

Faculty of Technology

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

71%
med
Information systems

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Information systems

Teaching and learning

69%
Staff make the subject interesting
83%
Staff are good at explaining things
80%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
81%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

68%
Library resources
72%
IT resources
81%
Course specific equipment and facilities
63%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

89%
UK students
11%
International students
83%
Male students
17%
Female students
84%
2:1 or above
16%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

D
D
D

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Information systems

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£24,000
med
Average annual salary
98%
high
Employed or in further education
71%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

27%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
15%
Information technology technicians
14%
Business, research and administrative professionals

Information systems courses cover a range of areas, including information design, modelling and the finance industry. How well graduates did made a particular difference in 2015 — computing graduates with good grades were much less likely to be out of work after six months. Most students do get jobs, though, and starting salaries are good — particularly in London, and that’s where over a quarter of graduates started work last year. This is also a good degree to take if you want to follow a technical role in the finance or advertising industry. Many jobs for this degree were found in the larger cities last year and opportunities may be more limited outside those areas.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Computing

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£23k

£23k

£26k

£26k

£30k

£30k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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