Computer Networking

UCAS codes

  • H601 -

Course contact

Chris Armstrong (Hamilton), Duncan Thomson (Paisley)
0800 027 1000 +44 (0)141 849 4101


  • School of Engineering and Computing

Qualifications and durations

  • BSc - 3 Years
  • BSc Hons - 4 Years
  • BSc Hons - 5 Years (sandwich)


Tuition Fees

Additional costs
Please note that for some programmes of study there may be additional costs involved which are not included in the tuition fee advertised. These could be, for example, for study materials, fields trips or equipment. Programme leaders will be able to provide detail of any additional costs.

The BSc Computer Networking equips you with the skills to specialise in networking technology. The programme covers knowledge required for CISCO Certified Networking Associate (CCNA), a worldwide recognised qualification.

BSc Computer Networking - University of the West of Scotland

SQA Highers: BBBC including Computing Science or Maths or Physics
GCE A-Levels: CC including Computer Science or Maths or Physics
Irish Leaving Certificate: HL: BBBC including Maths or Physics or Technology
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 24 points (including 4, 4 at HL)
SQA Advanced Highers: CCD including Computing or evidence of programming
GCSE A-Levels: BCC including Computing or evidence of programming
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 28 points
SQA HNC (Grade A) / BTEC Level 4 HNC: Computing: Technical Support, Computing (Internetworking). Applicants to Year 2 must also have partially completed CCNA at a recognised Cisco Networking Academy
SQA HND (Grade B) / BTEC Level 5 HND: Computing: Technical Support; Computing (Internetworking)

The modern world cannot function without computers and the networks which connect them. The related technology, infrastructure, hardware and software needs to be specified, designed, installed and maintained. Cisco networking equipment is available on all campuses.

Guest speakers from industry also form part of the programme to further deepen your understanding of the subject.  Richard Edmonstone delivered a lecture on career opportunities within Cisco and former graduate of the programme, Nelson McKinnon, now Infrastructure Development Consultant at NHS Glasgow also contributed to students’ learning.

Year 1

Computing topics include basic web authoring and the operation of computing hardware and software.

Year 2

You will examine networking infrastructure, such as routers and switches and undertake a group project or placement. Depending on options chosen, you may be ready to sit the industry-recognised CCNA certification at the end of Year 2.

Sandwich Placement (Optional)

You may take a paid full-time placement over a minimum 36 weeks duration, leading to a sandwich award. This can be taken between years 2 and 3 or years 3 and 4.

Year 3

Studies include exploring the Windows and Unix/Linux system administration, data security and the operation of networks.

Year 4 (Honours)

You will study more advanced networking topics, including wireless networks and virtualisation, and undertake a network project designed to integrate your knowledge and skills.
UWS graduates work for companies including BT, Dell, HP, IBM, Iomart, Prudential and Tiscali. Careers include network engineer, IT specialist and customer operations engineer.

You may undertake full-time or part-time placements in a commercial organisation. In recent years students have undertaken placements with West College Scotland, the Department for International Development and Peugeot-Citreon.

Study abroad

You may study abroad while gaining credit towards your degree at one of our 80 educational partner organisations.

The Honours degree is accredited by the British Computer Society*, fully meeting the educational requirements for Chartered IT Professional registration. Honours students must complete a year of postgraduate study if they wish to complete Chartered IT Professional registration. Part-time students must gain their award within six years if they wish accreditation.

*Subject to re-accreditation approval

In response to your request I thought I would share with you my own story regarding UWS and the BSc Computer Networking Degree.

In 2009 whilst working at HP in Erskine as a Test Technician in their Engineering department I found myself suddenly facing redundancy after 11 years, when the company announced its decision to "outsource" all manufacturing to Foxconn in the Czech Republic.

As a result of this announcement the government sent in a special team of experts from the Job Centre to counsel all affected staff and look at possible training opportunities and mitigating unemployment from the 900 people concerned.

It was during one of these counselling sessions where I was exploring training opportunities that I was lucky enough to meet a lady whom has a personal friend at UWS called Simon Carr who happened to be a student guidance counsellor. She called him and set up a meeting between us so that I could explore what UWS had to offer that might be of interest and after meeting with him I agreed to embark on a BSc Computer Networking degree on a part time basis over 2 years, which took into account my previous qualifications and credits.

I found my time at UWS very enjoyable and informative and I was given the opportunity to learn skills that had not previously been available to me completing modules in Computer Ethics, Project Management, SQL Database Admin, Linux Admin, Windows Network and Domain Admin and Web Authoring & Design to name a few,

The really important thing was I learned skills and met people that have influenced my career way beyond UWS. I was lucky enough to finish my degree just before I was made redundant as it took 2 years eventually to transfer manufacturing out of HP Erskine.

By this time I had secured a new job with HP as a direct result of graduating from UWS in Computer Networking as these were skills they were actively seeking for their new facility in Erskine carrying out work for the UK Government.

After joining them as a Test Analyst I have moved on after nearly 4 years to become an Integration Engineer, having continued my education doing various industry related certifications, which mean I get to come back regularly to UWS for a visit!

I have very fond memories of UWS and the excellent tutors I had, yourself included and I'm sure it was the help they gave me and the inspiration to succeed that was catalyst that set me on this career path, so I would recommend it to anyone who is considering it.
Kenny Cropper , Senior Test Analyst at HP Enterprise Services UKPS

Useful Information

  • 89% of students in work/further study 6 months after graduating (HESA performance indicator 2014/15)
    This course can also be studied part-time (day, evening and distance learning). Please contact us for more information.