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IT innovation on your doorstep

Why move across the country, when you can study for your degree locally with one of the UK's top 30 universities for computer science?

  • Information Technology BSc(Hons) starts September 2021
  • Cutting-edge facilities and expert lecturers
  • Full degree validated by UWE Bristol

UWE Bristol is ranked 26th out of over 100 UK universities for computer science and information systems in the 2021 Guardian league table, with excellent student satisfaction and value added scores.


Why GC?

Lower cost

Studying closer to home can significantly reduce the cost of gaining a degree, with competitive fees and no relocation costs.

GC course fees cost £22,650 whereas university fees cost £27,750.

Plus, if you've already studied a Level 3 course at GC, you could be entitled to a bursary to help cover some of the cost of your course.

More qualifications

You'll get three qualifications with GC (HNC, HND and degree), whereas you'll gain the one degree at university.

If you have already achieved a computing HNC/D, you may join this course at year 2 or year 3 depending upon the units achieved.

Top teaching

Our lecturers are experts in their fields. They've had successful careers in industry and know what employers want from graduates.

NEW facilities

Over £3m has been invested into new cutting-edge facilities dedicated to our computing, cyber and engineering courses at Cheltenham Campus, including:

  • Computing labs
  • Attack and defence rooms
  • Forensic tool kits
  • Eco study pods
  • Spaces for collaborative working
  • Employer networking zone

These will ensure you can keep pace with technology and develop high-value skills to become the next generation of industry leaders.

Plus, our higher education students enjoy access to facilities including an exclusive HE social space, on-site coffee shops and more.

Our current computing students have come from schools across Gloucestershire and beyond, including Balcarras, Pate's, Newent and many more.

About the degree

A three-year course to qualify you for a career in systems analysis, database analysis, programming, software engineering, network administration, web administration or e-commerce.

Year 1 - HND (Level 4, Pearson)

  • Programming
  • Networking
  • Professional Practice
  • Database Design and Development
  • Security
  • Managing a successful computing project

Year 2 - HND (Level 5, Pearson)

  • Computing Research Project and Networking (Core)
  • Business Intelligence (Core)
  • Cryptography (Security Pathway)
  • Forensics (Security Pathway)
  • Information Security Management (Security Pathway)

Plus 2 optional from:

  • Network Security
  • Internet of Things
  • Cloud Computing
  • Emerging Technologies

Year 3 - top up degree (Level 6, validated by UWE Bristol)

Typical modules may include:

  • Information Technology Project
  • Ethical and Professional Issues in Computing and Digital Media
  • Big Data Analytics
  • Advanced Topics in Web Development
  • Mobile Applications
  • Security Management in Practice
  • Security Data Analytics and Visualisation

Apply for your place before the UCAS deadline of Friday 15 January 2021!

For more information about the degree, please contact our Head of IT and Computing:


For more general information on funding or applications, please call Student Services on 0345 155 2020 or email 


Why Gloucestershire College?

We have a lot of experience offering Apprenticeships and work-related training. We have industry-standard facilities and experienced teaching staff which provide the ideal complement to work-based learning.

We are here to help

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90% of students would recommend GC and 95% said that the teaching on their course was good.

Ofsted has rated us good.

  • We offer industry relevant facilities
  • Our lecturers are passionate subject specialists
  • Employers value our students' skills

We'll look after you. We have dedicated teams to help you and a great Learning Mentor scheme.