Business Computing and IT BSc (Hons)

Course overview

  • Course level
    Undergraduate
  • Course type
    Full-time
  • Duration
    4 year with integrated placement year / 3 year course without integrated placement year option only available for international students
  • Course options
    Placement year (UK/abroad)
  • UCAS code(s)
    NG45
  • School

Entry requirements

  • A-levels (2020 entry)
    ABB - BBB
  • BTEC extended diploma
    DDD
  • International baccalaureate diploma
    32 points overall with 6,6,5 - 6,5,5 at HL. Minimum scores of 5 in English and Maths.
  • Further requirements
    GCSE: 5 GCSEs at C or above, including Maths Grade C/4 and above and English Language OR English Literature Grade C/4
More information
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Key Dates

  • Start date
    September
  • Open Days
    Our next Open Day is taking place on:
    Saturday 23rd November
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Gain experience for your CV with the integrated placement year

100% of Business, Computing and IT students said they had been able to contact staff when they wanted to (National Student Survey, 2018)

Five years after graduating, employed Aston business graduates earn an average of £35,900 (Longitudinal Education Outcomes (LEO), 2018)

The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) Gold award for teaching quality – the highest possible accolade

Course summary

Enhance your interest in IT with the skills needed to provide organisations with consultative support, strategic direction and technological insight. Our graduates go on to work at companies such as the Bank of England and Salesforce.

This course offers a double degree option. Achieve two degrees for the price of one, and study abroad at one of our partner institutions.

Entry requirements and fees

4 year with integrated placement year / 3 year course without integrated placement year option only available for non-EU students

UCAS Code: NG45
Typical offers:
A Levels: ABB - BBB
IB: 32 points overall in the IB diploma with 6,6,5 - 6,5,5 at HL. Minimum scores of 5 in English and Maths at Standard level.
BTEC, Access & other: BTEC Extended Diploma DDD. Access to HE students are eligible to apply for this course.

Further requirements:
5 GCSE grades A* - C to include:
GCSE Maths – grade C/4
GCSE English Language OR English Literature – grade C/4
Please note that General Studies does not contribute towards the UCAS points requirement but is welcomed as an additional qualification.

Whilst the grades listed here are our entry requirements, we understand that predicted grades are only an estimate. We will therefore consider applicants with predicted grades that fall below these entry requirements if the application is of a high standard (however, initial offers will not be lower than stated above).

Tuition fees: £9,250 (£1,250 during placement year) for UK/EU students. £15,600* for International students (£2,500 during placement year) (2020/21). More on fees 

*Tuition fees are reviewed annually and may increase in subsequent years in line with inflation linked to the Retail Price Index (RPI) to take account of the University’s increased costs of delivering the Programme. When undertaking a placement year a placement year fee applies.

The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor.

International students: 

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification. Find out more about our English language requirements. For more information about qualifications view our Aston in your country webpage.

 

Course outline

Information Technology (IT) is vital to the management and communication of information in the modern business environment, and effective business computing requires managers with knowledge of human and managerial issues in addition to technical considerations. You will learn about the relationship between technical knowledge and human design, understanding the complex role of IT in business and how it can be used to drive change for competitive advantage.

This programme meets the needs of students interested in pursuing careers that will provide organisations with management support, advice and consultancy where computing and IT is involved. 

Subject guide and modules

Year 1

You will study a range of topics, designed to give you a solid foundation for your business degree.The core and compulsory modules are: 

  • Applications Development
  • Introductory Accounting for Business
  • Introduction to Organisation Behaviour
  • Introduction to Marketing Management
  • Principles of Operations Management
  • Business Analysis Tools
  • Foundations of Business Analytics
  • Economic Environment of Business

Year 2

From the second year onwards your studies focus on business computing and IT and will involve ‘hands-on’ work with spreadsheets, databases, simulations and knowledge-based systems. Organisational aspects you will cover will include systems analysis and decision support, whilst management aspects will include effective management consultancy and the management of IT resources within a business. The core and compulsory modules are:

  • Enterprise Systems
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Analysis Project
  • Database Applications 
  • Dashboards and Spreadsheets
  • Personal and Professional Development 

You can then select two single modules from the following options: 

  • Doing e-Business
  • Effective Teamwork
  • Digital Marketing
  • Marketing Communications
  • Business Operations Excellence 
  • Enterprise Systems 
  • Optimisation and Decision Analysis  
  • Virtual Business Simulation

Year 3 - Placement year

The placement year will give you valuable practical experience of business computing and IT in an industrial, commercial or public sector organisation. You will spend this year in professional placement or you may choose to take up an international study opportunity at one of our partner institutions. This year is compulsory for all UK and EU students. 

See placement year section or find out more about the Aston placement year.

Final Year

During your final year you will study the following core and compulsory modules:

  • Effective Management Consultancy l
  • Technology and Practice of e-Commerce
  • Effective Project Delivery l
  • BCIT Final Year Project 

Students must choose one module from the following options: 

  • Effective Management Consultancy ll 
  • Effective Project Delivery ll 
  • Implementing Business Decisions 

Students must choose one module from the following options: 

  • Information Security 
  • Managing Information Technology in a Global Context

Students must also choose one module from the following options: 

  • Simulation 
  • Knowledge at Work 
  • Operations Strategy 
  • International Operations 
  • Innovation 
  • Business Analytics and Data Mining 
Learning, teaching and assessment

Learning & teaching

You will experience a range of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials, group-working, case studies and both individual and group presentations. 

Traditional teaching is supported by a virtual learning environment that is used to host a range of electronic supporting materials. For example, all business students undertake the Business Game module and compete in teams in a computer simulation exercise that culminates in a presentation to a panel of internal employers

Teaching on the degree is provided by Aston Business School and the approximate weighting is 60% business, 40% computing and IT, with an emphasis on the integration of the two subjects.

Assessment

Assessment is provided by a mix of coursework and examination.

Students who are made an offer will receive a detailed programme specification which forms part of our terms and conditions. 

Course director

Dr Soumyadeb Chowdhury

Telephone: 0121 204 3088
Email: s.chowdhury5@aston.ac.uk

Deputy course director 

Ms Amara Cynthia Ajaegbu

Telephone: 0121 204 5399
Email: a.ajaegbu1@aston.ac.uk

Personal devleopment 

Our business degrees are designed to also give you a range of transferable and practical skills to succeed within your chosen career. We make extensive use of group working and presentations to prepare you for the reality of working life. Such work develops your team working and negotiating skills.

Our placement year gives you the genuine practical work experience that is invaluable in developing an appreciation of issues such as office politics which cannot be replicated in the lecture room.

Professional accreditations and exemptions

BCIT graduates can claim exemptions from the examinations of a number of professional bodies. Exemptions are dependent upon the options you have followed. 

At present exemptions are available from:

  • Associations of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
  • Chartered Insurance Institute (CII

Accreditation is a stamp of quality and prestige for a business school and its programmes. Aston is proud to be among 1% of business schools worldwide with triple accreditation. 

Placement year

Our four year course with an integrated placement during the third year gives you the chance to put theory into practice, gain relevant work experience, and develop professional and transferable skills.  

We have a dedicated Employer Team within our Careers and Placements department who have links with local, national and international organisations and advertise vacancies to students through an online platform exclusively for Aston students and graduates.  

The opportunity to undertake a study placement with one of our international partner institutions is also available if you would prefer. 

Find out more about the Aston placement year, and view the careers and placements page.

Erasmus+

Study or work in another country

The University has secured Erasmus+ mobility funding for students going on placement during the academic year 2019/20.  For students planning their placement in the academic year 2020/21, Erasmus+ mobility funding will be dependent on the Exit date and whether a Withdrawal deal is agreed. The University’s Brexit information page is regularly being updated and will have the latest information.  

Career prospects

The careers available to you cover the whole range of business applications of computing and IT. They range from managing a department or company’s personal computer network to building links over the Internet for a multi-national company to running a handful of computers in a small firm. 

Recent graduates are now working in roles such as Product Manager, Supply Chain Consultant, Business Development Manager, Managing Director, Business Analyst, IT Infrastructure Project Manager, Assistant Information Security Specialist and Commercial Project Manager at companies such as Capgemini, Deutsche Bank, Shell, Atos, IBM Security Services, Sales force, Ministry of Defence and Eon.

What's it like to study at Aston?

Aston is renowned for their Business School with triple accreditation, I knew this was the place to study Business, Computing and IT. I think the lecturers have been fantastic - always going above and beyond to support us!

Aarti Vashisht
Cyber Security Specialist, IBM

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