Web Development (IT) Top-up Course to BSc
This top-up degree course in web development addresses the key tools for presenting, moving, storing and using data and information digitally to assist an organisation with its decision making, communication and to add value to its share and stakeholders.
7 reasons to study here
- Professional accreditation: Accredited by the British Computer Society - graduates are recognised for full exemption from their professional exams.
- IBM supported: Supported by IBM (UK) as a contemporary business led and technology infused degree that prepares graduates for the world of work in the digital economy and the digital world we live in.
- Academic progression: A Top-up degree is designed for students holding a HND in an appropriate subject to progress and achieve a Bachelors degree qualification.
- Business ready: Combine system-development skills with business-orientated knowledge.
- Professional skills: Opportunity to prepare for professional certifications (such as Microsoft MCP and IT industry framework ITIL) alongside academic award.
- Industry relevant: Panel of advisers from industry, to help ensure our course coverage is up-to-date and relevant to employment needs.
- Sophisticated software: Gain a wealth of experience in using industry-standard equipment, computer programming and simulation packages.
This degree course covers...
Web Development focuses on integrating business functions with the world of the digital environment we work, live and operate in. This course covers:
- web development
- social media
- mobile applications
- technological innovation
- cyber defence
- business trends
- digital content management
Taught modules (September - May)
- Research & professional practice
This module will provide you with the necessary methodological, analytical and development skills needed to design, implement, and analyse a piece of independent research or development piece of work in the form of a consultancy tender, reflection, etc. at an undergraduate level in the field of Informatics. The module will focus on general issues you're likely to adopt for your research project such as: the Research and Development life cycle; collecting and analysing primary and secondary sources of knowledge; elementary consultancy skills, ethics and managing your time effectively and presenting your findings in a coherent manner. The module will focus on specific issues related to your chosen pathway by providing specific pathway tutorial groups where you'll explore, in greater depth, those issues most likely to be relevant for your chosen pathway. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
- Digital web applications
In this module you'll learn about the technologies used to build the distributed applications by which digital business is conducted. You'll learn how dynamic client interfaces to applications held on remote servers are built and how dynamic processes on servers use databases and other files to both provide and interact with those client interfaces. As well as experimenting with the fundamental mechanisms involved, you'll explore how these are used in a range of complex real world business applications. Assessment method: 100% coursework.
- Digital content management
Modern websites are interactive applications rather than repositories of information, and sophisticated features are taken for granted by both users and owners of the sites. Most organisations have large amounts of digital content, whether of the nature of static information, dynamic news or digital assets which are products in themselves. To handle the required level of complexity and interactive sophistication this demands, powerful Content Management Systems have been developed. This module will explore what these systems are, what they do and why they are necessary. Assessment methods: 60% coursework, 40% exam.
- Social & collaborative computing
This module looks at all aspects of social networking that are currently used for both business and pleasure. It also examines collaborative software and how it can be used to best effect. The module provides a thorough understanding of user activity in these areas, how users can be supported and managed and how the various systems can be used to their best effect. Assessment methods: 60% coursework, 40% exam.
- Web services, security and management
- IS project management
As you come towards the end of your honours degree, this module takes a broad and reflective view of the profession in a holistic and critical manner. It considers matters of professional and ethical relevance, and particularly considers issues that are of contemporary significance to the subject area. Assessment methods: 60% coursework, 40% exam.
Project module (June - September)
- Honours Informatics Project
The project contributes significantly towards the final degree. In the final year you spend about 2 days a week on your project. Future employers will probably ask you about your project, and use performance in the project as one of the most reliable guides to your potential. As a final year 40 module for the Honours degree, the project allows you to demonstrate, through a practical application, the extent of theoretical knowledge gained in the first two years of study, practical skills acquired in the subsequent year of industrial or commercial training and further theoretical and practical skills acquired during the final year of study.
This course will prepare you for a career in Information Technology across the private, public and not-for-profit sectors, specifically in roles such as IT Project Manager, ICT Manager, IT System/Business Analyst or Information Systems Manager.
It will also prepare you for roles in technical fields such as computer operations, computer systems sales and service, programming, systems analysis, software engineering and technical authorship.
Skills for work
Our degrees in this area equip working professional who require a combination of computing and other capabilities, especially in the world of business and commerce. You'll develop a wide range of employability skills through an emphasis on a vocational approach to teaching.
What to expect from your career
While technical skills are needed for many roles, you often need strong teamwork, problem‐solving and communication skills as well.
Working in IT is a constant learning process and, in order to be successful, you will need to keep on top of industry developments and teach yourself new skills all the time. There's a definite advantage to being based in London or the South East, where 39% of IT and Telecoms professionals are located. (National Careers Service).
IT consultants work with clients to advise them how best to use information technology to either meet certain objectives, or overcome problems. The average annual salary for an IT consultant is around £43,000. (Prospects)
Web developers work with clients to design, build and maintain websites and website applications. Starting salaries for junior roles are between £19,000- £22,000, although with experience this can rise to £35,000. (National Careers Service)
System analysts design new IT solutions to improve business efficiency and productivity. Junior analysts typically have salaries around £25,000, but more experienced analysts earn up to £40,000. (Prospects)
LSBU Employability Services
LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search. Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or an internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the job you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:
- direct engagement from employers who come in to interview and talk to students
- Job Shop and on-campus recruitment agencies to help your job search
- mentoring and work shadowing schemes.
A key feature of the course is the ability to gain experience in using industry-standard equipment, systems software and simulation packages. You'll undertake the installation, configuration and management of a range of operating systems and carry out assignments in network configuration and management. You'll also have the opportunity to gain professional certifications (such as Microsoft MCP) alongside your academic award.
Teaching and learning
HND in an appropriate subject
- HND in relevant subject with at least 3 merits in HND 2 plus other on merit
How to apply
International (non Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.
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We offer students considerable financial help through scholarships, bursaries, charitable funds, loans and other financial support. Many of our scholarships are given as direct tuition fee discounts and we encourage all eligible students to apply for our Access Bursary. Up to 300 new home full-time undergraduate students meeting eligibility criteria could receive a £2,000 cash bursary by joining us in the 2015/16 academic year. Find out more about all our scholarships and fee discounts for undergraduate students.
As well as being potentially eligible for our undergraduate scholarships, International students can also benefit from a range of specialist scholarships. Find out more about International scholarships.
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Enrolment and Induction
Enrolment takes place before you start your course. On completing the process, new students formally join the University. Enrolment consists of two stages: online, and your face-to-face enrolment meeting. The online process is an online data gathering exercise that you will complete yourself, then you will be invited to your face-to-face enrolment meeting.
In September, applicants who have accepted an unconditional offer to study at LSBU will be sent details of induction, which is when they are welcomed to the University and their School. Induction helps you get the best out of your university experience, and makes sure you have all the tools to succeed in your studies.
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