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BSc Business Computing and IT (BCIT)

Aston University Business Computing & IT
The placement year structure was very much my favourite unique selling point for Aston.”


Luke Isherwood 

Entry requirements

A Level Entry: AAB/ABB

BTEC Extended Diploma: DDD

Enhance your interest in IT with the skills needed to provide organisations with consultative support, strategic direction and technological insight. 

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Integrated placement year
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Integrates business with essential IT skills
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Specialise in your final year project
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Aston Business School holds triple accreditation status

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 for companies such as:

  • Product Manager- Thomson Reuters
  • SAP Supply Chain Consultant- Capgemini
  • Project Manager - Capgemini 
  • Business Development Manager- Aston University
  • Managing Director- The App Experts (self-employed)
  • Business Analyst- Deutsche Bank 
  • IT Infrastructure Project Manager- Shell
  • Assistant Information Security Specialist- Atos
  • Commercial Project Manager- IBM Security Services
  • Junior NetSuite ERP Implementation Consultant- NoBlue
  • Project Manager - Blue Hive

Course information 

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: AAB - ABB 
IB: 35/34 points. Minimum scores of 6,6,5 at Higher level. 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
GCSE English – grade C
Please note that General Studies does not contribute towards the UCAS points requirement but is welcomed as an additional qualification.

Tuition fees: £9,250 (£1,250 during placement year) for UK/EU students. £14,630 for International students (2017). More on fees.


Applicants receiving offers are invited to an open day.

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.

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 & modules

Business Computing and IT is taught entirely within Aston Business School and is approximately 60% business and 40% computing and IT, with an emphasis on the integration of the two disciplines.

 

Year 1

You will follow the Aston Business School common first year studying a wide range of business subjects. This approach gives you a solid foundation in all of the key areas of business and management which is required by all business professionals.  The modules are:

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 compulsory modules are:
You can then select two optional single modules or one double module from the following:
  • Making Managerial Decisions
  • Financial Accounting
  • Effective Teamwork
  • Strategy for Future Leaders
  • Principles of Intellectual Property Law
  • Principles of Commercial Law
  • Market Research
  • Digital Marketing
  • Business Analytics & Data Mining
  • Consumer Behaviour
  • Advanced Consumer Behaviour
  • Marketing Communications
  • Total Quality Management
  • Doing e-Business
  • Enterprise Resource Planning
  • Operational Research Techniques
  • Business Economics
  • Language Modules at Beginners or Intermediate level (French, German, Spanish, Chinese, Arabic, Japanese or Portuguese) 

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 compulsory modules:
You will also undertake two single or one double optional module from the list below:
  • Knowledge at Work
  • International Marketing
  • Operations Strategy
  • International Operations
  • BCIT Final Year Project
  • Innovation
  • Entrepreneurial Management
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Data Envelopment Analysis
  • Language modules at Beginners or Intermediate level (French, German, Spanish, Chinese, Portuguese, Japanese or Arabic)

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 external employers

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

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. 

Our integrated placement year course allows you to undertake a professional paid placement, where you gain valuable practical management experience within accounting, finance or management

We have links to over 1000 different organisations and advertise around 3000 posts each year to our students.

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 placement year at ABS.  

Find out about graduate destinations.

Graduates can register to the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants qualification. There are no exemptions awarded for completion of this programme.  They can also gain exemptions from specific Association of International Accountants modules available on completion of the degree.

Our teaching accommodation has very recently been completely refurbished and all lecture theatres and seminar rooms are fully equipped with the latest teaching aids. Extensive use is made of our Virtual Learning Environment to help support your studies. 

Aston Business School has dedicated computer suites for the exclusive use of its undergraduates and many campus areas are WI-FI networked. The university library facilities are extensive, modern and accessible and specialist staff are available to help you find the information you need.


Interested?
I'd love to hear from you. 

Business Computing & IT course director
Paul Bocij, Course Director

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