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BSc Business Computing and IT (BCIT)

Nimra Chaudry Business Computing and IT Aston University

My placement year was a big learning curve. It expanded my commercial awareness, gave me greater confidence and a better insight into how large businesses work.”

Nimra Chaudry
Graduate Scheme, LLoyds Banking Group

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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Employed Aston business graduates earn £9,300 (35%) more than the UK average five years after graduating
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100% Overall Satisfaction (National Student Survey, 2017)

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: 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 – grade C/4
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 (£2,500 during placement year) (2017). More on fees 

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.

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. 

Year 1

You will study a range of topics, designed to give you a solid foundation for your business degree.

  • 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 compulsory modules are:
  • Business Policy
  • Strategic Finance
  • Business Game
  • Business, Government & Society 
  • Dashboards and Spreadsheets
  • IT and Web Development
  • Databases
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Analysis Project
You can then select two optional single modules or one double module from the following: 
  • Making Managerial Decisions Using Accounting Information
  • Financial Accounting
  • Effective Teamwork
  • Strategy for Future Leaders
  • Principles of Intellectual Property Law
  • Principles of Commercial Law
  • Introduction to 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:

  • Strategic Management
  • Effective Management Consultancy
  • Theory and Practice of e-Commerce

  • Effective Project Delivery

  • Simulation

  • Managing Information Technology in a Global Context

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 Intermediate & Advanced level (French, German, Spanish, Chinese, Portuguese, Japanese or Arabic)

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 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

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

Mr Paul Bocij

Telephone: +44 (0)121 204 5278
Email: p.bocij@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.

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)
  • Association of International Accountants (AIA)
  • Chartered Insurance Institute (CII

 

Our integrated placement year course allows you to undertake a professional paid placement, where you will  gain valuable, practical experience within your chosen subject area.

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 Aston placement year, and view the careers and placements page.

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

Interested?
I'd love to hear from you. 

Business Computing & IT course director
Paul Bocij, Course Director

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