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Course Details

Entry year / start

Winter 2019/2020


3 years (Full time) / 6 years (Part time)

Course code





BSc (Honours) Computing & IT and a second subject

  • Computing & IT studied together with a second complementary subject can open up careers in a wide range of sectors. This joint honours degree offers you the opportunity to focus on an area of computing & IT and combine it with business, design, mathematics, psychology or statistics – dividing your time equally between subjects. Your choice of second subject will be included in the name of your degree, for example, BSc (Honours) Computing & IT and Business. 

    Key features of the course 

    • Offers wide choice of computing & IT modules, and options in a second subject
    • Presents focus options within the computing & IT strand
    • Enables you to tailor a study programme to meet your particular needs and interests
    • Accredited by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT
    • Quality assured by the European Quality Assurance Network for Informatics Education (EQANIE)

    We also offer a Diploma of Higher Education in Computing & IT and a second subject (W42) that is the same in structure as the first two-thirds of this degree; similarly, our Certificate of Higher Education in Computing & IT and a second subject (T13) corresponds to the first third.

    This degree has three stages, each comprising 120 credits.

    • You’ll start Stage 1 with two 30-credit computing & IT modules and 60 credits of study in your chosen second subject.
    • In Stages 2 and 3, the modules you’ll study will be determined by the route you choose.

    Further information on the stages and modules can be found here.


    We make all our qualifications as accessible as possible and have a comprehensive range of services to support all our students. The BSc (Honours) Computing & IT and a second subject uses a variety of study materials and has the following elements:

    • studying a mixture of printed and online material – online learning resources may include websites, audio/video media clips, and interactive activities such as online quizzes
    • using mathematical and scientific expressions, notations and associated techniques
    • working in a group with other students
    • using and/or producing diagrams and/or screenshots
    • undertaking practical work
    • finding external/third party material online
    • using specialist software (for example the Design/Engineering Studio).

    For more detailed information, see the Accessibility Statements on individual module descriptions. If you feel you may need additional support, visit Disability support to find more about what we offer.

    Learning outcomes, teaching and assessment

    This qualification develops your learning in four main areas:

    • Knowledge and understanding
    • Cognitive skills
    • Practical and professional skills
    • Key skills

    The level and depth of your learning gradually increases as you work through the qualification. You’ll be supported throughout by the OU’s unique style of teaching and assessment – which includes a personal tutor to guide and comment on your work; top quality course texts; e-learning resources like podcasts, interactive media and online materials; tutorial groups and community forums.

    Credit transfer

    If you have already studied at university level, you may be able to count it towards your Open University qualification – which could save you time and money by reducing the number of modules you need to study. At the OU we call this credit transfer.

    It’s not just university study that can be considered, you can also transfer study from a wide range of professional or vocational qualifications such as HNCs and HNDs.

    You should apply for credit transfer before you register, at least 4 weeks before the registration closing date. We will need to know what you studied, where and when and you will need to provide evidence of your previous study.

    Classification of your degree 

    On successfully completing this undergraduate course, you’ll be awarded a BSc degree. The exact title of your degree will depend on your second subject:
    • BSc (Hons) Computing & IT and Business
    • BSc (Hons) Computing & IT and Design
    • BSc (Hons) Computing & IT and Mathematics
    • BSc (Hons) Computing & IT and Psychology
    • BSc (Hons) Computing & IT and Statistics.

    You’ll have the opportunity to attend a degree ceremony.

    The class of degree (first, upper second, lower second or third class honours) depends on your grades at Stages 2 and 3.

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