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Business Computing (with Foundation Year)

This course is open for applications

About this course

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Course code:
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Computer Science and Creative Technologies
Four years full-time; five years sandwich
Full-time; sandwich
Programme leader:
Yasmine Rosunally
Key fact:
Whether you are interested in computing, web, data analytics or marketing, this course provides an excellent foundation for your career. You will develop an attractive mix of skills, a strong network and practical experience that will prepare you brilliantly for roles in the digital industry.

Page last updated 17 July 2017


Why study BSc(Hons) Business Computing?

Businesses need good IT people - and that means people who understand the technology, but also how to apply it to real business challenges. Web, programming and data analysis are all important strands - and these days, data analytics is too, with businesses increasingly using it for consumer research, marketing and social media. Having a solid base of IT knowledge across all these areas, with a relevant mix of business skills thrown in, will put you in a strong position for current and emerging roles in the digital industry.

Why study this course?

You will learn the fundamentals of computer science, with a particular focus on applying different technologies to the needs of businesses. You will gain core knowledge of programming, web development, databases and information systems, as well as technical skills in data manipulation and software design. You will learn about data analytics, and specialise in aspects of marketing, business or advanced computer science topics. You will also gain broader skills employers value in IT professionals, from teamwork and leadership to problem-solving and project management.

Real-world experience

Supported by UWE Bristol's engineering and computing partner employers, the course is strongly rooted in industry. Guest lecturers from businesses will regularly share their insights with you, and you'll have the chance to work on live briefs to apply what you learn to actual business scenarios. Depending on where you want to specialise, work placements are available in a choice of organisations.

Where it can take you

By the time you graduate, you will have gained a strong mix of computing and data analytics skills within a business environment. This will put you in an excellent position for a wide range of IT-focused careers including business analyst, software developer, data analyst and marketing analyst, to name just a few.



This course covers the broad spectrum of computing disciplines. It is structured to allow you to select a choice of options from the year two onwards.

Foundation year (Year zero)

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Professional and Communication Skills
  • Maths for Computing
  • Computer Architecture
  • Information Systems Fundamentals
  • Internet Systems
  • Programming Project
  • Programming Design and Implementation.

Year one

Students joining this course will come from a variety of backgrounds and the first year brings everyone to the same level of knowledge in computer science subjects (programming, web development and databases). You will also be introduced to business subjects such as organisation and people, and business analysis.

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Introduction to Object Oriented Systems Development
  • Information Technology
  • Business Applications
  • Understanding Organisations and People
  • Understanding the Principles of Marketing (Business, International and Management).

Year two

In year two, you will develop technical skills in data manipulation and software design. You will undertake a group project to further develop your teamwork and communications skills, and explore data analytics more fully, focusing on a particular area of interest (such as software development, project management or marketing).

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Data, Schemas and Applications
  • The Information Practitioner 2
  • Foundation for Business Analytics.

In addition, you will select optional modules (according to credit requirements):

  • Object Oriented Systems Development
  • Project Management
  • Integrated Marketing Communications
  • Advanced Topics in Web Development
  • Technical Writing and Editing.

Optional placement year

All students are encouraged to spend Year three in a work placement. 

Final year

In the final year, you will explore further advanced topics on data analytics, and gain an overview of the management security aspects of software systems, as well as ethical and professional issues that affect your practice. You will undertake a project or dissertation, and take optional modules to specialise in either business, marketing or advanced computer science topics.

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Software Development Project or Information Systems Dissertation
  • Business Intelligence and Data Mining
  • Security Management in Practice
  • Ethical and Professional Issues in Computing and Digital Media
  • Sustainable Business and Computing.

You will also study one of the following optional modules:

  • Entrepreneurial Skills
  • Digital Marketing Communication
  • Requirements Engineering.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

We want to make your learning experience as interesting and stimulating as possible. With that in mind, you'll attend a mix of lectures, seminars, lab classes and workshops, as well as doing some of your learning in our online learning environment and working with student mentors. You'll also take part in group projects to develop your technical and soft skills.

For more details, see our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Study time

You will need to devote around 150 hours to each 15 credit module on the course. For each module, this includes around 36 hours of tutor-led class contact time, with the rest of the time being spent on absorbing and developing your knowledge independently, and preparing for exams and coursework.


We use a variety of assessments, including exams, practical work, reports and portfolios, to assess your learning.

For more details see our full glossary of assessment terms.



Students who do a work placement are more likely to graduate with a better degree and obtain higher quality work on graduation. So, as well as helping hone your professional skills, industry knowledge and network, a placement should increase your chances of getting the job you want.

Our organisational partners often provide placements for students, as do a host of companies from all over the world. Past students on our computing courses have worked for companies ranging from dynamic start-ups, to large corporations such as Intel, the MOD and CERN. Others have taken up teaching placements in schools, or gone on to work with their family businesses.

Study facilities

This course will help you develop practical skills and bring ideas to life in our well-equipped IT facilities. You'll be able to:

  • Collaborate and discuss ideas in our labs, which are designed to emulate a real-world IT environment.
  • Create and test software on dedicated servers with Windows, Linux and Unix based operating systems.
  • Develop your web skills at free Adobe workshops in our multimedia labs.
  • Access UWE Bristol's extensive online library and resources with free software, tools and industry journals.

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE Bristol has to offer.


Careers / Further study

This course is designed to give you a solid understanding of the principles and practical applications of computing and data analytics within a business environment. You will leave with an attractive set of skills and knowledge, that will set you up well for moving into a wide range of IT roles including business analyst, software developer, data analyst, marketing analyst and many more.

Award-winning careers service

Our award-winning careers service is there to help you develop your graduate employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, graduate jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity plus support for entrepreneurs and access to employer events.

Graduate destinations

Find out what our graduates are doing six months after graduating - includes examples of careers, employers and further study. Download a PDF from graduate destinations.

See great graduate prospects for further information.

Creating employable students

UWE Bristol places strong emphasis on employability and skills development at every level. Through work placements, volunteering, study abroad and UWE Bristol initiatives which nurture talent and encourage innovation, students gain valuable real world experience and graduate with diverse career opportunities and a competitive place in the job market.


Supplementary fee information

Further information about fees and funding.


Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 72
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C or above, or Grade 4 under newly reformed GCSE grading, in English Language and Grade D or above, or Grade 4 under newly reformed GCSE grading, in Mathematics or equivalent. Please note the University does not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required. Points from General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) can be included towards overall tariff. You must have a minimum of one A-Level.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; no specific subjects required.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.

Entry requirements

The 'Typical offers' information above is only for full-time students entering the foundation year.

We are happy to consider your application if you have a mixture of A-Levels and BTEC qualifications.

We also welcome applications from highly motivated students who do not meet the usual entrance requirements given above, so we will consider you if you have gained equivalent knowledge and skills from substantial relevant work or other experience.

If you expect to achieve a higher tariff score, you may also be interested in our BSc(Hons) Business Computing course.

UWE Bristol's International College

If you are an international student who does not meet the academic or English language requirements to study this course, you can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.

Please read the general information about entry requirements.

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