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10 Years of Advancing Education Together

Celebrating Our Partnership with UCLan

The partnership between the university and the UK-based Awarding Organisation NCC Education was first established in 2013 with the launch of the BSc (Hons) Business Computing and Information Systems top-up degree, delivered 100% online by NCC Education and awarded by The University of Central Lancashire UCLan.

The BSc (Hons) Business Computing and Information Systems top-up degree is a 120 credit Level 6 programme which gives students the opportunity to take their NCC Education Level 5 Diploma in Computing, or an equivalent qualification, and top it up to a full UK honours degree.

The course is designed to provide students with the fundamental skills and knowledge required by employers in the IT sector, equipping them with a blend of technical IT skills and business expertise and preparing them for careers in senior management.

NCC Education has a network of Accredited Partner Centres and students in over 50 countries worldwide and the partnership between UCLan and NCC to date has afforded 813 students the opportunity to achieve a full UK computing degree from their own country.

The transnational education programme has been able to overcome various barriers over the years including economic crises and the global Covid-19 pandemic.

Rebecca Bewley, Head of Partnerships at NCC Education:

“Both institutions are committed to providing a quality student experience and have worked together over the last decade to provide students with an affordable route to obtain a UK university degree.

We are delighted to be able to celebrate this milestone anniversary with the University of Central Lancashire.”

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is based in Preston, UK with over 500 undergraduate and 200 postgraduate courses. UCLan was the first modern university to enter the QS rankings in 2010 while more recently it has been ranked within the top 7% of all universities worldwide.

The Times Higher Education have also ranked the University of Central Lancashire in the top 20 percent in the world for the positive impact it has on society and the environment in 2023. THE Impact Rankings rate the differences universities are making in the world against the United Nation Sustainable Development Goals.

 Paul Rowe, Director of International Partnerships at UCLan:

“I am delighted to celebrate the anniversary of this 10-year partnership with NCC Education,  a partnership which supports two of UCLan’s key strategic aims: to widen participation by providing the opportunity for students across the globe to study a UCLan qualification wherever they are based and to lead the way in modern learning through delivery of Computing and Cyber Security programmes.

With close to 60 years’ experience of global education delivery, NCC Education has repeatedly proven itself a great collaborative partner.”

Professor Michael Fernando, Head of School of Engineering:

“On this 10th partnership anniversary with NCC Education I want to express my gratitude for all of the hard work and dedication that has gone into this partnership over the years.

Together, we have accomplished so much and I am truly proud of all that both institutions have achieved. Here’s to many more years of success and collaboration in transforming education.”

Since the initial partnership began, the joint offering between UCLan and NCC Education has continued to grow and we are now pleased to offer another top-up degree in the subject of Cyber Security and Networking.

This means that students who hold the NCC Education Level 5 Diploma in Computing (with Cyber Security) are able to build on this knowledge and obtain a full UK honours degree in this specialised area. The course ensures that graduates are prepared for a career in cyber security, an area of expertise which is in high demand in 2023.


We look forward to continuing to work in partnership together to bring high-quality, UK Computing qualifications to students all over the world.