Cloud Computing - BSc (Hons), HND, HNC, Foundation Entry

The outline of a cloud on a blue interface patterned with translucent circuitry.

The Cloud Computing course focuses on the design, implementation, testing and maintenance of high-quality information systems and data-driven applications.

You will learn database design, creation, administration and the development of data-driven applications. Additionally, you will use statistical methods to analyse and visualise data, develop skills in data mining and the use of data centre technologies.

The focus of this course is on acquiring and using the expertise required to create solutions to large and complex problems; the expertise and skills you develop from engineering network solutions as part of a team is highly regarded by employers.

Cloud Computing is a specialisation of computer networking that is concerned with the management of large data in data centres, virtualisation and the provision of cloud services.

Applicants to this programme would typically be technically minded and they may have previously studied engineering, computing or the sciences.

This programme is designed for students interested in computer networks but specialising in areas such as virtualisation and the computer systems used in data centres that support cloud based services.

They would also be interested in databases and developing an understanding of managing and analysing big data, and implementing cloud services.

Applicants for this programme will be interested in computer networking and networked application development and are likely to have some web programming experience.

Students will study a balance of modules around the themes of data storage technologies and cloud based services including both the provision and consumption of those services.

Large scale data is stored in data centres and with networked services provided using virtualisation technologies, while “big data” requires a number of different application specific approaches for storage and analysis.

Graduates will also be able to implement services to provide this data for manipulation and analysis by a variety of applications they will also be able to develop.

Graduates of this programme would be expected to seek employment as data analysts, application developers, data centre engineers, etc.

Module Topics

Level 4 HNC

  • Computer Architecture and Operating Systems
  • Data Analysis and Visualisation
  • Introduction to Web and Database Concepts
  • Learning in the Digital Era
  • Networks and Cyber Security Essentials
  • Software Development

Level 5 HND

  • Advanced Networking
  • Changemakers: Creativity and Value Creation
  • Cloud Computing Architecture
  • Data Security, Governance and Research Methods
  • Network Operating Systems and Services
  • Network Programmability

Level 6 BSc

  • Advanced Cyber Security
  • Cloud Computing Administration
  • Emerging Trends
  • Independent Project
  • Switching, Routing and Wireless


The School of Applied Computing aims to produce graduates that help shape the future of computing and information systems development.  The course content is contemporary and shaped for employability and development of industry skills through close links with local and national employers.

Students are assessed through a combination of worksheets, practicals, presentations, projects and examinations. Module assessment is often by assignment, or assignment and examination.

The final mark for some modules may include one or more pieces of coursework set and completed during the module. Project work is assessed by written report and presentation.