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BSc (Hons) Computing

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Find out more about Computing courses at ARU Peterborough

Studying Computing at ARU Peterborough

Learn and hone the skills in software development, networking, and cyber security that are in demand in the industry on our Computing degree at ARU Peterborough.

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Our employment-focused Computing degree is designed to equip you with a broad understanding of many computing principles and build skills in programming, database management, web development, and software engineering. This will enable you to explore which part of the diverse IT industry you want to kick-start your career in.

You’ll explore various areas of computing, such as computer networks, cyber security, data analytics, and artificial intelligence. You'll also gain hands-on experience through internships, research opportunities and final year projects.

You’ll spend lots of time in our dedicated computing suite, learning on industry-standard equipment and software on a course that we co-created with employers, so you can be confident that you’ll graduate with the attributes that are in demand within the sector.

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Industry-standard labs and equipment

As a Computing student at ARU Peterborough, you'll use:

  • specialist computing labs
  • industry-standard equipment and software.

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Outstanding student support

Join our student community and:

  • learn from experienced tutors, who'll provide encouragement and feedback
  • make full use of our brand-new computer lab facilities
  • access support, should you need it, with study skills, careers advice, health and wellbeing, and more.


If you're interested in database management, you could pursue a career as a database administrator, responsible for managing and maintaining databases to ensure that they are efficient, reliable, and secure. Or, as a network administrator, you would be responsible for designing, building, and maintaining computer networks.

Alternatively, if you're interested in cybersecurity, you could look into a career as a cybersecurity analyst, responsible for protecting computer networks and systems from security threats and breaches.

These are just a few of the many potential career paths available to computing graduates. With the ever-growing importance of technology in today's world, a degree in Computing can provide you with the skills and knowledge you need to succeed in a variety of exciting and rewarding careers.

Graduation doesn’t have to be the end of your time with us. You might decide to stay at ARU and study for a Masters. We’re planning a range of postgraduate degrees at ARU Peterborough, and there is a selection of existing courses in Cambridge and Chelmsford.

Employability and personal career development

Informed by employers, our courses support an integrated approach to employability. You’ll have opportunities to develop the skills and abilities they are looking for and gain a deeper understanding of how your academic learning relates to the world of work through Live Briefs and Ruskin Modules.

To amplify your career ambition, you will need to actively dedicate time outside of your studies, whether you choose to explore placements, internships or volunteering. Or you could make a social impact by collaborating with our partner organisations through our volunteer scheme Students at the Heart of Knowledge Exchange (SHoKE). These all give you an edge, providing you with experience that you will be able to evidence on your CV and talk about in interviews.

Our Employability and Careers Service offers a range of expert advice and support to build your unique professional profile, including tailored career appointments, advice on writing your CV, and help to complete job applications. You’ll have 24/7 access to the Careers Centre, our comprehensive online digital resource, which empowers you to start building a Personal Career Development Plan from the very start. Design your future at ARU.


“Studying Computing at ARU Peterborough has given me the skills I know employers need, and access to fields I never thought of. Engagement with local industry professionals has been invaluable.”


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Life in Peterborough

Study in the heart of Peterborough, a historic yet thriving city that's a great home for students. ARU Peterborough is easily accessible by public transport, making it ideal for you to live and study locally.

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We're here Monday-Thursday 9am-5pm (please note we close at 3.30pm on the first and third Thursday of the month for staff training), and Friday 9am-4.30pm.

Foundation year available

This course offers a foundation year – an extra year of study to help you prepare for university, and build your knowledge and skills.