BSc (Hons) Computing

The BSc (Hons) Computing programme equips you with the knowledge, understanding and skills required of a modern IT professional. If you want to study computing but haven't decided on a specific area of interest, this programme lets you personalise your studies and prepares you for a range of graduate roles.

In years one and two you will study the foundations of computing. In addition you will develop the skills required to build computer systems utilising a range of technologies. In years three and four you will further develop expertise in core areas while being able to choose elective modules which allow you specialise in your chosen area of interest. Possible specialisations include mobile development, cloud systems development, secure software development, user experience development, advanced project management and Big Data. 

The programme offers the possibility of undertaking an industry placement or to study abroad through Erasmus exchanges. Students are also encouraged to take part in activities with the International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience (IAESTE). Our computing programmes are accredited by the Chartered Institute for IT (BCS).

Your career

Students have gone to roles in the following: software developer, data analyst, software engineer, cloud consultant, data scientist, systems/business analyst, systems designer, web developer, devOps engineer, machine learning engineer.

Year 1

Fundamentals of Computer Systems; Fundamentals of Software Engineering; Programming 1; Maths for Computing; Fundamentals of Network and Cloud Computing; Database Development; Integrated Project 1


Year 2

Programming 2; Object Oriented Analysis & Design;Human Computer Interaction; Data Structures and Algorithm; Web Application Development 1; Integrated Project 2


Year 3

IT Project Management 1; Web Application Development 2; Research Skills & Professional Issues; Integrated Project 3; Option module 1; Option module 2

Choose two* from: Applications Architecture and Design Patterns; User Psychology; DevOps; Mobile Platform Development.


Year 4

Honours Project; Front-end Web Development; Option module 1; Option module 2; Option module 3

Choose three* from: 

Machine  Learning and Data Analytics; Business Process Modelling; Advanced HCI; Programming Paradigms; Secure Software Development; IT Project Management 2; Management of Innovation and Creativity; Artificial Intelligence; Cloud Platform Development 

*The choice of option modules may vary from year to year


Download the Programme Specification for a detailed breakdown of its structure, what you will learn and other useful information.

Study Options

  • 2022/23


Mode of study


Start date



BSc (Hons)
Full Time
2 - 4 Years
Sep 2022
GCU Glasgow
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location UCAS  
BSc (Hons) Full Time 2 - 4 Years Sep 2022 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply

Year 1
Scottish Higher: Standard entry requirement: BBBC (incl either Maths/Computing) Nat 5: C (English and Maths) if not achieved at Higher level
Minimum entry requirement: BBCC (incl Maths/Computing) Nat 5: C (English and Maths) if not achieved at Higher level

Minimum entry requirements are for widening access students only. If you are from a group that is not currently well-represented in higher education you may qualify as a widening access student. This includes living in a target postcode area, attending a target school or college, attending SWAP, are care-experienced or provide care for someone else, have refugee status or are an asylum seeker.

A level: CCC (incl Maths/Computing) GCSE: C/4 (English and Maths)
ILC Higher: H2 H2 H3 H3 O2: (English and Maths/Computing) if not achieved at Higher level
IB Diploma: 26 points (incl Maths or Computer Science)
BTEC: MMM Ext Dip in relevant subject GCSE: C (Maths and English)
SWAP: Access to STEM - BBB

Year 2
A level: 120 UCAS tariff points (incl minimum D in Computing/Maths)
IB Diploma: 30 points (incl two subjects at HL, one to be Maths or Computer Science)
BTEC: DDM Ext Dip in Computing (incl Maths) GCSE: C/4 (English and Maths)
Please note - specific modules are required for entry.

Year 3
College HND: Computing (Software Development/Computer Science) - graded units AA
Please note - specific modules are required for entry.

English language IELTS score of 6.0 with no element below 5.5

All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.

Additional information

Modern Apprenticeships

If you have completed a Modern Apprenticeship at SCQF level 6 in a relevant discipline this would be equivalent to two highers at B.

Relevant experience (RPL)

GCU’s flexible entry policies exist to allow relevant work experience and prior learning to be considered towards standard entry or advanced entry into a course. If you have three to five years of relevant work experience, you can apply for the degree that interests you and get in touch with our admissions team about your application and your eligibility for Recognition of Prior Learning.

International pathways

If you do not meet the English language requirements, you may be eligible for our pre-sessional English programme which is taught at our Glasgow campus.

The tuition fees you pay are mostly determined by your fee status. What is my student fee status?

Annual full-time tuition fees

Home: £1,820*
RUK: £9,250**
International: £13,000

*Scottish student tuition fees are subject to confirmation by the Scottish Government and may change once confirmed.
**Students from the Rest of the UK (RUK) will pay no more than £27,750 towards the total fees of a three or four-year degree.

Fees are subject to change and published here for guidance only.

Additional costs

As a student at the University, there are additional fees and costs which may or may not apply to you, but that you should be aware of.

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We provide high-quality education for a fair price; as the University for the Common Good, we are committed to offering accessible higher education for talented students by keeping our tuition fees low and providing a generous scholarship package of over £2 million per year.

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Our computing programmes are accredited by BCS the Chartered Institute for IT.

You have the opportunity of undertaking a year-long industrial based placement on completion of Year 3 as part of your degree. This is not a compulsory or guaranteed placement.

This will be assessed via an Industry Placement module and successful completion of this module will be included in your final exit award.

In trimester B of year 3, you have the opportunity of European exchange and studying abroad via the Erasmus Student Network.
You can also choose to study a language. Choose from French, Spanish, German or Italian from beginners to professional level.
Throughout third and fourth year, you will benefit from a series of Employability lectures by invited industry speakers.

A range of teaching methods are used on this degree course including lectures; group-based tutorials and seminars (both tutor and student-led); practical computing labs (supervised and directed); problem-based learning scenarios and case studies; directed study; coursework assignments (individual and group-based) and supervised projects.

Assessment methods include individual and group reports, presentations class tests and exams.