Computer Science with Business BSc (Hons)

Course overview

Entry requirements

  • A level (2020 entry)
    ABB – BBB
  • BTEC
    Extended Diploma: DDM. For more details see below.
  • International Baccalaureate diploma
    31 overall points and above with 5, 5, 5 in Higher Level subjects
  • GCSE
    Maths and English Grade C/4 and above
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Computer Science at Aston is ranked 4th out of 107 institutions for Graduate Prospects (Complete University Guide 2018)

Accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS) and by Tech Partnership Degrees as Tech Industry Gold

Undertake a placement year and gain valuable skills

Gain specialist knowledge required to start a successful career in computer science and business

Course summary

Our graduates are highly attractive to employers and well prepared for a rewarding career as a computing professional. Recent graduates have found stimulating positions with companies such as Capgemini, Microsoft, Toyota, KPMG and Coca-Cola.

Entry Requirements & Fees for 2020

4 years full-time with placement year

Please note: this is an E-skills Information Technology Management for Business (ITMB) programme.

UCAS Code: G460

Please note:

GCSE requirements: Maths and English Grade C/4 and above. 

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and the whole application is reviewed which includes previous and predicted qualifications, any experience, references and motivation.

 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 of CCC if the application is of a high standard which includes a strong personal statement and academic reference. However, any offer made will not be lower than stated below.

More on Admissions Policy

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.

Applicants receiving offers are invited to an Applicant Visit Day.

Tuition fees:

£9,250 (£1,250 during placement year) for UK/EU students (2020/21)                             
£16,700* for Outside EU students (2020/21)
Placement Year: £2,500 for International Students

*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.

More on fees


Typical offer level:

A level: ABB-BBB


  • Extended Diploma and National Extended Diploma (any subject): DDM

  • National Diploma and Diploma (Any subject): DD plus 1 A-Level at grade B or above

  • Foundation or 90 credits Diploma (Any subject): DD plus 2 A-level grade B or above

  • National Extended Certificate or Subsidiary Diploma (Any subject): D plus 2 A-level Grade B or above

International Baccalaureate: 31 overall points with 5, 5, 5 in Higher Level subjects

Access to Higher Education: Subject related Access with at least 30 Distinctions and 15 Merits at level 3

Non-standard qualifications


Year 1 entry: We may consider applicants for year 1 entry who are undertaking a 1st year degree elsewhere. You must meet the GCSEs and A level (or equivalent) requirements as listed. In order to be considered you will need to submit a UCAS application as we do not accept direct applications and this must include an academic reference.

Year 2 entry: Please note that second year transfers are not part of the standard admissions process and is up to the discretion of the admissions team and tutor. Applications are only considered if there is space on that year of the programme. Typically, applicants for second year entry must meet the GCSEs and A level (or equivalent) requirements as listed. Alongside this you must have gained (or be expected to gain) 65% overall and 120 credits  on an equivalent programme at another recognised university. The equivalency of the programme is reviewed by the Admissions Tutor and you will be required to provide an official copy of the programme specification of this. In order to be considered you will need to submit a UCAS application as we do not accept direct applications and this must include an academic reference.

Year 3: We will not be able to consider any application for Year 3 

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.

Course Outline & Modules

The BSc (Hons) Computer Science with Business aims to produce Graduate Software Developers who specialise in managing software development for business. We focus on the design, construction and application of computing systems to meet the requirements of business organisations.

The Aston University BSc (Hons) Computer Science with Business programme is one of only 13 in the UK to be endorsed as an ITMB programme by the E-skills council, giving our students access to top companies, projects and graduate opportunities. Aston also offers an optional integrated placement year.

You will extend your knowledge beynd the traditional business use of IT and be fully up to speed with new developments with the internet, e-business and distributed computing/multimedia systems.

Subject Guide & Modules:

This programme has two main study themes: the methods of computing and how businesses operate and exploit computing effectively. The core of this programme is the design and construction of systems to inform management decision-making and facilitate business activity. 

BSc (Hons) Computer Science with Business is approximately two thirds computing and one third business with considerable emphasis given to the integration of the two subjects. 

Since students join the programme from a variety of different backgrounds, year one brings everyone to the same level of knowledge. The principles of computer programme design and business organisation provide a firm grounding for the remaining two years of the programme. A wide range of options in the final year allow you to select specialised topics of particular interest to your chosen career.

Year 1

  • Introductory Accounting for Business 
  • Economic Environment of Business 
  • Foundations of Object Oriented Programming
  • Professional and Social Aspects of Computing
  • Internet Applications and Database Design
  • Computer Systems
  • Mathematics for Computing Professionals 

Year 2 

  • Software Engineering
  • Human Computer Interaction 
  • Fundamentals of Strategy
  • Doing e-Business
  • Information Security
  • Data Structures and Algorithms in Java
  • Team Project

Year 3 - Placement year

  • EAS Study Placement Year 
  • EAS Industrial Placement Year 
  • EAS Study/Work Placement Year 

Final Year

Core modules

  • Individual Project 
  • Enterprise Computing Strategies 
  • Software Project Management
  • Entrepreneurial Marketing and Strategy
  • Principles in Business Analytics

Optional modules: 

  • Interaction Design 
  • Advanced Database Systems and GIS
  • Techniques for Data Analysis (Data Mining)
  • Computational Intelligence 
  • Consumer Research and the Customer Experience 
  • Enterprise Systems
  • Strategic Finance
Placement Year

Our 4-year sandwich programme gives you the ability to spend your third year in a paid professional placement of direct relevance to your studies. This placement will give you invaluable practical experience in a real work environment and will further enhance your career prospects.

Our staff will help you find a suitable placement and support you during your year.

Our current and recent placement employers include companies in the UK and abroad such as: IBM, 3M, Hewlett Packard, Microsoft, Intel, BT, Corus, TNT.

Find out more about placement years at Aston.

Learning, teaching & Assessment

You will benefit from our range of teaching methods and learning styles including: lectures, seminars and small group discussions, lab exercises and practical classes, computer-aided learning, individual and group projects.

Assessment is by a combination of written exams, projects and coursework. The proportion of each varies according to the modules chosen but examinations typically comprise around 75% and continuous assessment around 25%.

Career Prospects

The Aston University BSc (Hons) Computer Science for Business programme is one of only 16 in the UK to be accredited as an ITMB programme by the Tech Partnership, the UK’s network of employers creating skills for the digital economy. 

Programmes accredited by Tech Partnership Degrees as Tech Industry Gold meet industry standards for quality, relevance and employer focus. Students can choose Tech Industry Gold programmes with confidence, knowing they meet industry standards for quality, relevance and employer focus.

Employers actively support Tech Industry Gold degrees in both design and delivery, giving students unique opportunities to learn from many different companies throughout their studies

Career prospects continue to be strong for our computer scientists, with their sound understanding of the principles and practical applications of computing. The majority of our graduates find stimulating and rewarding positions in computing related activities with suppliers and users or within a wide range of careers for which a university degree is a prerequisite e.g. programmer, systems analyst, systems engineer or teacher.

Recent graduate roles include:

  • Cap Gemini - Graduate Programmer
  • Microsoft - Software Developer
  • Toyota - Graduate Trainee
  • Unisys - Consultant
  • KPMG - New Media Programmer
  • Nortel Networks - Software Developer
  • Secondary Teaching
  • Coca-Cola - Network Analyst
  • IBM UK - Software Engineer
  • Ford - Systems Analyst
  • Hewlett Packard - Graduate IT Trainee
  • Logica CMG - IT Consultant
  • Intergra-Net UK - Software Engineer
  • Oxford University - Programmer
  • EDS - Graduate Trainee
  • Point 4 Consulting Ltd - Internet Applications Developer
  • HSBC - Systems Analysts
  • Goldman Sachs & Co - Programmer - Programmer
  • Oxford University - PhD in Computer Science
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