Computing (Web Technology and Security) BSc (Hons)
3 years full time
4 years full time (with Foundation)
4-6 years part time
Full Time: £9,250
Part Time: £1,465 per 20 credit module
Integrated Foundation Year: £6,780
Full Time: £13,000 Integrated Foundation Year: £13,000
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Our specialist Computing course focuses on Web Technology and Security, equipping you with the skills and knowledge you need to be able to manage the challenges faced in the design, development, and maintenance of secure web application for use on PCs, laptops, smartphones, and other mobile devices.
Web technology continues to grow and influence the lives of millions of people. It plays a pivotal role in society, where reliable and secure web-based software systems are needed to hold our personal information and valuable business data assets. There is a growing demand for experts who can create the reliable, robust, and secure web-based applications.
Whatever your ambitions, we’re here to help you to achieve them. We’ll support you to identify the skills you’re learning during your course, find your strengths and secure practical experience so that when it comes to applying for jobs or further study, you’ll feel confident in standing out from the crowd. We’ve created the Northampton Employment Promise because we are so confident that if you focus on your studies and complete one of our awards you’ll be highly employable by the time you graduate. Putting you in a great position to secure employment or continue your studies.
- Progression courses available.
- Emphasis on practical learning.
- Opportunity to specialize in one of the seven available pathways.
- Student Support Initiative.
- HP Laptop and software included with this course.* (*Terms and Conditions apply)
- Guaranteed paid internship with the Northampton Employment Promise.
During this course, you will learn about the design and development of web-based applications and the importance of putting security at the heart of your design considerations. Our course will equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to embrace the interesting challenges faced in secure web-based application development. You will be given real life industry examples to reinforce your theoretical knowledge and practical skills.
You will study a common first year with all computing students, made up of six modules which include; computer systems, computer communications, web development, problem solving & programming, software engineering, and databases. These modules cover the fundamental principles that you will need to be able to move on to a more specialised range of modules during the second and third year of your course.
The year two and three modules include; Systems Design & Development, Mobile Application Development 1, Web Programming, Databases 2, Computer Networks, and Group Project, in year two. The year three modules are; Cyber Security & Cryptography, Mobile Application Development 2, Databases 3, Artificial Intelligence, and Dissertation.
You will be able to put the knowledge gained on the course into good use through practical activities that will equip you to pursue a career in Industry or to embark onto obtaining Higher Degrees through research and development. The important practical aspects of the course are, the second-year group project, where you will work as a team member on the design and development of a contemporary Secure web-based application. And the final year dissertation, when you get to work on an individual project on a relevant topic of your own choice.
Computer Systems (20 Credits)
Module code: CSY1014Status: CompulsoryThis module provides basic knowledge of the hardware and software components that make up a computer system. Modern computer systems not only consist of just the computer but also include a range of peripherals. The module gives an overview of all the important concepts in preparation for a deeper study of computer systems.Learning environments are offered to enable students to gain a basic comprehension understanding and appreciation of computer system concepts and technologies and the skills to use them to the best effect
Computer Communications (20 Credits)
Module code: CSY1017Status: CompulsoryThis module provides basic knowledge of the hardware and software components that make up a computer communication. Modern computer network not only consist of just the computer but also include a range of network devices. The module gives: an overview of all the important concepts in preparation for a deeper study of computer communication; appropriate practical skills related to computer networking; a comprehensive and broad understanding of the theory of computer networking.
Web Development (20 Credits)
Software Engineering 1 (20 Credits)
Module code: CSY1019Status: CompulsoryThe module will introduce students to the Software Engineering lifecycle. Focusing on: investigating a problem domain eliciting software requirements preparing a requirement specification document performing system design and presenting them to clients; introduce students to the skills principles and concepts necessary to implement solutions; use of a high level programming language to implement algorithms; a late-objects approach will be adopted to teach programming.
Problem Solving and Programming (20 Credits)
Module code: CSY1020Status: CompulsoryThis purpose of this module is to: introduce students to the skills principles and concepts necessary to solve problems in computing; to develop essential skills to enable the solution of these problems with the construction of appropriate algorithms and a computer program; introduce principles underlying the design of a high level programming language (HLPL); gain experience and confidence in the use of a HLPL to implement algorithms; implement HLPL programs using an appropriate programming language e.g. Java; introduce an object-oriented language initially as a non-object language.
Databases 1 (20 Credits)
Module code: CSY1026Status: CompulsoryThe purpose of this module is ?to understand and apply the principles of database integrity in the design and practical development of database structures.Databases 1 is a hands-on module that applies data modelling techniques to establish modify and maintain database integrity and data structures and associated components such as entities relationships and attribute definitions.
- Computer Systems (20 Credits)
Computer Networks (20 Credits)
Module code: CSY2001Status: CompulsoryThe purpose of this module is to provide students a thorough understanding of the basic principles of communication networks architectural design and the fundamental communication protocols and the day-by-day network management. The module employs modern teaching simulation tool and hands on a fully equipped network lab.
Group Project (20 Credits)
Module code: CSY2027Status: CompulsoryThe module is designed to develop higher order intellectual skills (problem solving) and appropriate personal qualities including team working. Each group will develop and document effective robust and high quality computing systems to a professional standard in response to a supplied specification of requirements. Each student's contribution to the team effort will be the subject of peer assessment moderation.
Web Programming (20 Credits)
Module code: CSY2028Status: CompulsoryThis purpose of this (Level 5) module is to: give students and understanding of the conceps and technologies of web based server side technologies; teache students to use up-to-date programming techniques to design and develop coherent server side software for websites with added security functionality and usability; design software focusing on the processing of information on the web server; develop real server side applications.
Systems Design and Development (20 Credits)
Module code: CSY2030Status: CompulsoryThis purpose of this module is to: extend and apply system design and development to large scale systems; explore building GUIs and exploit the resources offered by class libraries so that the idea of specifying general software components and implementing re-usable classes will become familiar.; provide a tools and skills set which the student will require when s/he encounters larger design projects in later software development domains.
Databases 2 (20 Credits)
Module code: CSY2038Status: CompulsoryThe purpose of this module is ?To develop the fundamental concepts and skills of Entity Relational Models (ERMs) and Structured Query Language (SQL). It focuses on the key areas of extended-relational databases; user-defined types their practical creation application along with valuable data extraction methods to provide intelligence. Database programming (PL/SQL) is introduced. The module employs industry standard software to achieve the maximum economic saleability.
Mobile Application Development 1 (20 Credits)
Module code: CSY2061Status: CompulsoryThis module is designed to give an understanding of the technologies (hardware/software) and how these are utilised in a modern networks. This understanding is then use to develop the necessary skills to design and implement (programming) software to be deployed within modern networks.
- Computer Networks (20 Credits)
Cybersecurity and Cryptography (20 Credits)
Module code: CSY3023Status: CompulsoryThe purpose of this module is to build upon concepts and skills introduced in the first and second year modules and address the issues of effective Cybersecurity. Recognizing the rapidly growing in importance of this area the module aims to provide the student with the necessary practical skills and theoretical understanding of the technologies used to secure communications and protect the privacy of users within an online environment.
Databases 3 (20 Credits)
Module code: CSY3024Status: CompulsoryThe purpose of this module is: to study advanced database topics. It assumes that the students have studied the earlier database modules and have technical knowledge of the basic processing performed by a modern relational DBMS together with practical skills in designing metadata and appropriate software modules from modern client/server database platform.
Artificial Intelligence Techniques (20 Credits)
Module code: CSY3025Status: CompulsoryThe purpose of this module is ?To teach students the fundamental theory and practical applications of: knowledge-based systems artificial neural networks and evolutionary algorithms. The underpinning concepts will be introduced followed by examples of how intelligent systems are used in engineering or games applications.
Mobile Computing (20 Credits)
Module code: CSY3029Status: CompulsoryThe purpose of this module is to understand modern mobile computing in terms of its hardware and software and the networks that support mobile devices as well as to implement software to run in a mobile computing context.
Computing Dissertation (40 Credits)
Module code: CSY4010Status: CompulsoryThe purpose of the project module is to: provide the opportunity for the student to undertake research and self-management of a Computing related problem that permits the integration of the main areas of study in the student?s chosen pathway specialism. The module also permits the development of higher order intellectual skills a professional approach and appropriate personal qualities that are required for independent working in a research or development environment. It is considered important that the project should not merely be a direct application of existing knowledge but that it should also encompass at least in part the need to acquire and apply development techniques hitherto unknown to the student.
- Cybersecurity and Cryptography (20 Credits)
Standard entry requirements apply. A typical offer could be BCC at A-Level or DMM at BTEC. You will be expected to have achieved GCSE Mathematics (or equivalent) at grade C/4 or above. We welcome international applicants and applications from students with a range of non-traditional educational or professional qualifications.
For information on how to apply to study with us, please see our How to Apply page.
Integrated Foundation Year (IFY) Entry Requirements
Admission to this foundation course is normally DEE at A Level or MPP at BTEC. However, we would also like to hear from you if you have professional or industry experience instead, a range of other qualifications or self-developed subject knowledge that relates to the course you wish to study.
English Language Requirements
All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:
- Minimum standard – IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent)
for study at undergraduate level.
For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.
- Minimum standard – IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent)
21/22 Tuition Fees
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 21/22 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
- UK – Full Time: £9,250
- UK – Part Time: £1,465 per 20 credit module
- UK – Integrated Foundation Year: £6,780
- International – Full Time: £13,000
- International – Integrated Foundation Year: £13,000
There are currently no additional costs anticipated for this course for 2021 entry.
2020/21 Tuition Fees
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
- UK and EU – Full Time: £9,250
- UK and EU – Part Time: £1,450 per 20 credit module
- UK and EU – Integrated Foundation Year: £6,750
- International – Full Time: £12,900
- International – Integrated Foundation Year: £12,900
There are currently no additional costs anticipated for this course for 2020 entry
For information on the scholarships available to you, please see our scholarships page.
The Integrated Foundation Year (IFY) offers a new and exciting route into studying for a degree, attracting ambitious and driven students who are willing to learn and advance.
If you have non-standard qualifications or do not quite meet the admissions requirements we can offer you a fantastic opportunity to study a four year programme which includes an Integrated Foundation Year. The Integrated Foundation Year will help you develop the theoretical/practical and academic skills you need, in order to successfully progress to the full award.
Featuring a reduced tuition fee in the first year, our four-year courses will enable you to successfully follow the degree pathway of your choice while gaining essential study skills. The foundation year of your chosen degree will be studied on a full-time basis and is aimed at supporting the transition to higher education. Years two, three and four are then studied as a standard degree programme.
- A common first year giving students flexibility and time to choose a specialism
- Opportunity to specialize in one of the seven available pathways
- Acquisition of highly relevant vocational skills – CISCO, Microprocessors, O-O Programming, Prince2
Exciting career opportunities: GE, HMGCC.
- Up-to-date workstation hardware and software in dedicated laboratories.
- Exclusive 24/7 access to a specialist laboratory.
- An emphasis on practical learning to reinforce academic underpinnings in specialist laboratories – Robots.
- A supportive approach to tuition with small classroom and laboratory sizes.
- Student Support Initiative – Year 2 students mentor Year 1 students.
- Computing Society – the largest Student Union’s Society
Careers and Employability
Our specialist degree in Web Technology and Security gives you the skills and knowledge you need to work in a range of roles including design, development, maintenance, and management of secure web-based applications, systems and networks. Our graduates have gone onto working with employers such as Microsoft, IBM, Barclaycard, Network Rail, and HMGCC. Commonly, they work in the following job roles:
Information security officer, Penetration Tester, Forensic computer Analyst, Security Architect, IT Security Engineer, Systems Security Administrator, IT Security Consultant, Applications developer, Web Designer/Developer, and Database Developer.