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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*
(*variable offers are available)
BTEC Extended Diploma: DDD

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

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

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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.

UCAS applicants who select this course as their Firm choice may be eligible for our lowered offer scheme. This means that the grades that you will need in order to be accepted on to the course will be reduced.
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. £14,950 for International students (£2,500 during placement year) (2018). 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.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:

  • Virtual Business Simulation 
  • 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  

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

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

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

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. 

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.

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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