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BSc (Honours) Computing with Electronic Engineering

This combined degree develops your skills in and understanding of computing and electronics. These two areas underpin most aspects of the way we live. Gain a sound grasp of the principles of hardware-based, software-based, or systems-based technologies. Developing computing skills alongside knowledge of electronics opens up exciting career opportunities. You’ll be able to apply your knowledge and skills in a range of industries and organisations. It also incorporates transferable skills applicable to professional development in the field.

Key features of the course

  • Practice electronics using our award-winning OpenSTEM Labs.
  • Develop your programming and other computing skills.
  • Choose from four focus options within the computing strand.
  • Develop transferable skills applicable to both computing and engineering professions.

Course Summary

Degree

Degree

  • Also known as an undergraduate or bachelors degree.
  • Internationally respected, universally understood.
  • An essential requirement for many high-level jobs.
  • Gain a thorough understanding of your subject – and the tools to investigate, think critically, form reasoned arguments, solve problems and communicate effectively in new contexts.
  • Progress to higher level study, such as a postgraduate diploma or masters degree.
Course code
R62
Credits

Credits

  • Credits measure the student workload required for the successful completion of a module or qualification.
  • One credit represents about 10 hours of study over the duration of the course.
  • You are awarded credits after you have successfully completed a module.
  • For example, if you study a 60-credit module and successfully pass it, you will be awarded 60 credits.
360
How long it takes
Part time – 6 years
Time limit – 16 years
Study method
Distance learning

Course details

This degree has three stages, each comprising 120 credits.

  • You’ll start Stage 1 with two 30-credit computing modules and two 30-credit engineering modules.
  • Next, in Stage 2, you’ll study two 30-credit modules in a specific area of computing, a further 30-credit computing module of your choice, plus a 30-credit electronics module.
  • Finally, in Stage 3, you’ll study a 30-credit computing module of your choice, a 30-credit electronics module, followed by a 30-credit project module.

Prepare for OU study with an Access module

We offer two starting points depending on how confident you are or how long it’s been since you last studied. Choose to dive straight in at Stage 1, or if you’d prefer some extra preparation, you can get started with an optional Access module. See Entry requirements for more details.

Stage 1 (120 credits)

At Stage 1, you’ll study two introductory computing and IT modules and two introductory engineering modules.

Stage 2 (120 credits)

At Stage 2, you’ll choose an area of computing to focus on and study two modules in that area. You’ll choose a further computing module that fits your needs and interests. Plus, study a module that will develop your understanding of electronics.

Stage 3 (120 credits)

At Stage 3, you’ll continue your study of computing by choosing two modules to complement your focus at Stage 2. You’ll deepen your expertise in electronics by studying a further specialist module. You’ll complete your degree with a project module, where you’ll develop and demonstrate your specialist knowledge and skills.

We regularly review our curriculum; therefore, the qualification described on this page – including its availability, its structure, and available modules – may change over time. If we make changes to this qualification, we’ll update this page as soon as possible. Once you’ve registered or are studying this qualification, where practicable, we’ll inform you in good time of any upcoming changes. If you’d like to know more about the circumstances in which the University might make changes to the curriculum, see our Academic Regulations or contact us. This description was last updated on 17 March 2021.


Accessibility

We make all our qualifications as accessible as possible and have a comprehensive range of services to support all our students. This qualification uses a variety of study materials and has the following elements:

  • studying online – some modules have a mixture of printed and online material, and others are entirely online. Online learning resources may include websites, audio/video media clips, and interactive activities such as online quizzes
  • face-to-face tutorials/day schools/workshops and/or online tutorials
  • using mathematical and scientific expressions, notations and associated techniques
  • working in a group with other students
  • using and/or producing diagrams and/or screenshots
  • practical work
  • finding external/third party material online
  • using technology for research purposes involving access to catalogues and databases online
  • working with specialist reading material
  • continuous and end-of-module assessment in the form of essays, short answer questions, and in some cases an examination
  • using feedback: continuous assessment involves receiving detailed feedback on your work from your tutor and using this feedback to improve your performance
  • engagement with learning and assessment within a pre-determined schedule or timetable – time management will be needed during your studies and the University will help you to develop these skills throughout your degree
  • some modules require you to use specialist software.

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; elearning resources like podcasts, interactive media and online materials; tutorial groups and community forums.

Read the detailed learning outcomes here

Credit transfer

If you’ve already completed some university-level study somewhere else, you may be able to count it towards this 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. For more details and to download an application form, visit our Credit Transfer website.


Classification of your degree

On successfully completing this undergraduate course, you'll be awarded the BSc (Honours) Computing with Electronic Engineering degree. The class of degree (first, upper second, lower second or third-class honours) depends on your grades at Stages 2 and 3.

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

Recognition in your country

If you intend to use your Open University qualifications to seek work or undertake further study outside the UK, we recommend checking whether your intended qualification will meet local requirements for your chosen career. Read recognition in my country.

Regulations

As a student of The Open University, you should be aware of the content of the qualification-specific regulations below and the academic regulations that are available on our Student Policies and Regulations website. 

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements to study this qualification. However, you’ll need:

  • some basic knowledge of computing
  • some knowledge of mathematics
  • the ability to read and write to a good standard of English.

Mathematics is a key part of both computing and engineering. The level of mathematics you’ll need for this degree is higher than for the single subject BSc (Hons) Computing and IT (Q62) and the same as for the Bachelor of Engineering (Q65). Consider this when deciding which degree is right for you.

Check you have the necessary skills at students.open.ac.uk/openmark/engineering.ayrf1.

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How much time do I need?

  • Most of our students study part time, completing 60 credits a year.
  • This will usually mean studying for 16–18 hours a week.
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How much will it cost?
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How much will it cost in England?

We believe cost shouldn’t be a barrier to achieving your potential. That’s why we work hard to keep the cost of study as low as possible and have a wide range of flexible ways to pay to help spread, or even reduce, the cost.

  • Fees are paid on a module-by-module basis – you won't have to pay for the whole of your qualification up front.
  • A qualification comprises a series of modules, each with an individual fee. Added together, they give you the total cost.
  • Most OU students study part time at a rate of 60 credits a year.
  • Our current fee for 60 credits is £3,168*.
  • Our current fee for 120 credits, which is equivalent to a year's full-time study, is £6,336*.
  • At current prices, the total cost of your qualification would be £19,008*.
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*The fee information provided here is valid for modules starting before 31 July 2022. Fees normally increase annually in line with inflation and the University's strategic approach to fees.


Skills for career development

This degree course is useful if you already work or would like to work with computing and IT systems. Equipping you with a sound grasp of hardware-, software-, and systems-based technologies. And preparing you for employment in software engineering, communications, networks, or web technologies. Also, you’ll be able to practise as a designer of a wide range of instruments. Examples are industrial process monitoring equipment such as meters and gauges, production line systems, and industrial robotic systems. And to be a useful member of a systems integration team. You’ll develop transferable skills such as teamwork, time management, numeracy, and problem solving.

Career relevance

The digital sector must meet the need for skills in IT and telecommunications. Computing and IT graduates are in demand by providers (such as software houses) and user organisations. The range of organisations employing computing and IT graduates is extensive. It includes:

  • broadcast media
  • digital media
  • financial services
  • healthcare
  • leisure and gaming
  • manufacturing
  • retail
  • telecommunications
  • the public sector
  • transport
  • tourism.

The electronic engineering aspect provides access to careers designing or working with a wide range of instruments, and in industries such as automotive or aerospace.

Exploring your options

Once you register with us (and for up to three years after you finish your studies), you’ll have full access to our careers service for a wide range of information and advice – including online forums, website, interview simulation, vacancy service as well as the option to email or speak to a careers adviser. Some areas of the careers service website are available for you to see now, including help with looking for and applying for jobs. You can also read more general information about how OU study enhances your career.

In the meantime if you want to do some research around this qualification and where it might take you, we’ve put together a list of relevant job titles as a starting point (note that some careers may require further study, training and/or work experience beyond your degree):

  • app developer
  • automation engineer
  • control and instrumentation engineer
  • cyber security manager
  • data analyst
  • electronic engineer
  • manufacturing engineer
  • network administrator
  • network architect
  • security analyst
  • software engineer
  • web developer.

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Start dates
Credit transfer: apply by 05/08/2021
Credit transfer: apply by 10/02/2022

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