Computing Systems

BA/BSc (Hons) Computing Systems

The BA/BSc (Hons) Computing Systems course provides a broad based education which includes computing, programming and technology. The overall aim of the course is to provide a broadly-based education in computing systems that will produce graduates equipped to apply best practice in software engineering to the development of a wide range of information systems in organisations. This will enable graduates to embark on a professional career in computing with specific vocational skills relevant to local industry needs.


The overall aim of the course is to provide a broadly-based education in computing systems that will produce graduates equipped to apply best practice in software engineering to the development of a wide range of information systems in organisations. The course will also help meet industry’s current shortage of high quality graduates in computing, particularly those with software development skills.

This course emphasises the need to be adaptable to the constantly evolving systems and changing needs of the computer systems industry. We live an increasingly connected world with a high demand for engineers capable of producing next generation computer systems. These technologies range from high-performance distributed systems to small scale embedded devices that are omnipresent in our everyday lives – with more and more of these devices including network connectivity.


The BA/BSc (Hons) Computing Systems course develops the knowledge and practical skills needed to design and produce integrated computer systems solutions well suited to the constantly evolving needs of industry. We draw on the cutting-edge research and knowledge transfer activities of the department to continuously update course content to reflect the most up-to-date teaching, which is an essential requirement in such a rapidly changing field.

To provide you with the skills you’ll require when you graduate, you work on real-world projects – both individually and in a group – to design, develop and test computer system solutions suitable for the needs of industrial partners.

The BA/BSc Computing System course recognises that software development skills need to be complemented with people and process related skills. Consequently people, process and professional practice are important topics within modules of the course and allow the development of a broad base of skills appropriate to a software engineer.


Course Length:  3 years / 4 years including Foundation year;

Start dates:  January / May / September

Course Structure

Year 1

  • Mathematics for Computing
  • Software Development I
  • Study Skills and Professional Issues
  • Computer Hardware
  • Software Development II
  • Systems in Organisations

Year 2

  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Networks
  • Communications
  • Database Systems
  • Dynamic Web Authoring
  • Object-oriented Programming


Year 3

  • Computing Systems Project
  • Web Applications Development
  • Mobile Technology
  • Organisational Process Focus
  • Project Management
  • Embedded Systems Design

* The units can vary, depending on the chosen pathway or optional modules which your institution will choose for the course structure.

We’ll assess your progress through a variety of methods from coursework, group assignments, activity-based assignments and exams. You can expect to part take in on-going problem-solving activities, projects and presentations. You’ll also be able to access support material through the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

All assignments are designed with your career progression in mind and give you opportunities to develop and improve transferable skills employers look for.

After completing your undergraduate degree, if you decide to enhance your career prospects even further you can apply for a postgraduate Master program. For more information regarding progression please contact Atlantic London.

Graduates of Computing Systems will be eligible for a broad range of careers within computing, web development, database administration and in fields related to software engineering processes and quality assurance.


You can further your career in professions such as:

  • Computer Systems Analyst
  • Computer Systems Administrator
  • Computer Network Architect
  • Computer Programmer
  • Computer scientist
  • Computer Hardware Engineer
  • Computer Software Engineer
  • Computer Operator
  • Computer Support Specialist
  • Computer Programmer
  • Computer Research Scientists
  • Computer and IS Manager
  • Computer Aided Designer
  • Computer Systems Analyst
  • Systems Administrator
  • Systems analyst
  • Systems developer
  • Database Administrator
  • Information Security Analyst
  • Games developer
  • Information systems manager
  • IT consultant
  • Multimedia programmer
  • SEO specialist
  • UX analyst
  • Computer Support Specialist
  • Database Architect
  • Network Administrator
  • Market Researcher
  • Operations Research Analyst
  • Applications Developer
  • Software Developer
  • Information Security Specialist
  • Hardware Engineer
  • Technical Director
  • Web Developer

And more;

  • Minimum Age: 18 years old;
  • Applicants are required to submit proof of prior certificated learning (e.g. Secondary School Diploma/Baccalaureate/Level 3 qualification) and/or relevant work experience;
  • Applications from mature candidates without formal qualifications are welcomed provided they could demonstrate appropriate levels of relevant ability and experience.
  • If you are unable to meet the entry requirements for this course you may still be eligible for our Foundation year course. This is an extra year of study to prepare you for the full degree.
  • Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language.
  • Applicants must bring their original certificates when coming for registration;


The Tuition Fee of the course will vary depending on the institution you wish to study in, as well as your status in the UK. The course is available for UK/EU and International Students as well. Please contact us to find out the tuition fee for a specific course you’d like to know about.


Government Founds                                                                                                         

If you are an UK/EU citizen or living in the UK on Indefinite stay, you can receive support from the government via Student Loan Company to cover tuition fees and some living costs while studying, depending on your circumstances. Tuition fee loans, to cover the full cost of your course, are paid directly to the course provider. Maintenance loans can be applied for at the same time, lending you money at the start of each term. You won’t have to pay back the loan until after your course, when you’re earning above a certain level.  Students can still apply for grants if they’re eligible for certain benefits, disabled, or need help with childcare costs.

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