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BSc(Hons)

Business Computing (with Foundation Year)

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
2018/19
Course code:
N1IF
Applications:
UCAS
Level:
Undergraduate
Tariff points:
72
Department:
Computer Science and Creative Technologies
Campus:
Frenchay
Duration:
Four years full-time; five years sandwich
Delivery:
Full-time; sandwich
Programme leader:
Yasmine Rosunally
Key fact:
Develop an attractive mix of skills, a strong network and practical experience that will prepare you brilliantly for a career in computing, web, data analytics or marketing.

Page last updated 18 October 2017

Introduction

Why study 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. So is data analytics, 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 UWE Bristol?

BSc(Hons) Business Computing teaches you the fundamentals of computer science, with a particular focus on applying different technologies to the needs of businesses.

Gain core knowledge of programming, web development, databases and information systems, as well as technical skills in data manipulation and software design. Learn about data analytics, and specialise in aspects of marketing, business or advanced computer science topics. Develop broader skills employers value in IT professionals, from teamwork and leadership to problem-solving and project management.

Supported by UWE Bristol's engineering and computing partner employers, this 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 can it take me?

As a graduate, you'll have 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 a few.

Structure

Content

You need to pass your foundation year before going onto year one. 

The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.

Foundation year (year zero)

You will study:

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

Year one

You will study:

  • 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

You will study:

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

Plus optional modules (the number according to credit requirements):

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

Placement year (if applicable)

If you study on the five year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work or study placement after year two.

Depending on which you choose, you'll either complete a placement learning or learning and development module.

See the Placements and Fees sections for more information.

Final year

You will study:

  • 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.

Plus one optional module from:

  • Entrepreneurial Skills
  • Digital Marketing Communication
  • Requirements Engineering
  • Professional Development.

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. You'll learn through a mix of lectures, seminars, lab classes and workshops, as well as through our online learning environment and working with student mentors. You'll also take part in group projects to develop your technical and soft skills.

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

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

In year two, you'll 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).

In your final year, you'll 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'll undertake a project or dissertation, and take optional modules to specialise in either business, marketing or advanced computer science topics.

Percentage of time spend in different learning activities, per year.

YearScheduled learning and teaching studyIndependent studyPlacement study% check
032%68%0%100%
124%76%0%100%
224%76%0%100%
315%85%0%100%

Study time

You'll 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 spent on absorbing and developing your knowledge independently, and preparing for exams and coursework

Assessment

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

See our full glossary of assessment terms.

Percentage of time spend in different assessment methods, per year:

YearWritten exam assessmentCoursework assessmentPractical exam assessment% check
031%61%8%100%
132%48%20%100%
238%58%6%100%
312%69%19%100%

Features

Placements

Students who get work experience are more likely to gain a better degree and obtain higher quality work on graduation. Experience also hones your skills, industry knowledge and professional network, increasing 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 Ministry of Defence (MOD) and CERN. Others have taken up teaching placements in schools, or gone on to work with their family businesses.

Study facilities

Our industry standard facilities will help you develop practical skills and bring ideas to life.

Access over 500 workstations in UWE Bristol's 24-hour computing laboratories. Create and test software on dedicated servers with Windows, Linux and Unix based operating systems.

Collaborate with classmates and discuss ideas in our well-equipped studios, designed to reflect a real-world development environment.

Access UWE Bristol's extensive online library and resources with free software, tools and industry journals. Develop your web design skills at free Adobe workshops in our multimedia labs. 

A mix of traditional and creative learning environments will enable you to learn essential knowledge and real-world skills, standing you in good stead for your professional career.

Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.

Careers

Careers / Further study

You'll graduate with an attractive set of skills and knowledge, that will help you move into a wide range of IT roles including business analyst, software developer, data analyst, marketing analyst and many more. 

Get inspired

Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.

We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.

Visit our employability pages to learn more about careers, employers and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

Fees

Full time course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee12750
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1594

Full time course with placement year

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year9250
Home/EU-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
Home/EU-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1156
Home/EU-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year8094
International-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee12750
International-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year12750
International-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1594
International-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1594
International-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year11156
Offshore-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year8312

Supplementary fee information

Your overall entitlement to funding is based on how long the course is that you're registered on. Standard funding is allocated based on the standard number of years that your course lasts, plus one additional year.

You'll apply for funding each year that you study and Student Finance will take into account how long the course is in each year that you apply. So if you register for the five year course and then transfer to the four year course, the number of years you can apply for funding will change. Student Finance will reassess your funding based on how many years you have been in study, not just those years for which you received student finance.

Always seek advice before taking any action that may have implications for your funding.

Learn more about funding.

Additional costs

This refers to items you could need during your studies that aren't covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, textbooks, travel, clothing, software or printing.

Learn more about costs.

Entry

Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 72
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C/4 or above in English Language and Grade D/4 or above 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.

How to apply

Read more about undergraduate applications.

For further information

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