BSc Computer Science with Business

Computer Science with Business Aston
My placement moulded me into a young professional and gave me the confidence I needed to secure a graduate role before I'd even graduated."

Anish Kanabar
Programme Lead, Rolls-Royce PLC

Entry requirements

ABB – BBB (or equivalent) 

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.

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 the Tech Partnership as an ITMB programme
Opportunity to undertake a placement year
Gain specialist knowledge required to start a successful career in computer science and business

3 years full-time / 4 years full-time with integrated placement year

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

UCAS Code: G460

Please note:

GCSE requirements: Maths Grade B and English Grade C
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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 

Tuition fees:

£9,250 (£1,250 during placement year) for UK/EU students (2018/19)                             
£16,000 for Outside EU students (2018/19)
Placement Year: £2,500 for International Students

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Applicants receiving offers are invited to an open day.

Typical offer level 


Maths or Computing or Business preferred but not essential.

General Studies accepted.

32 overall points with 555.
BTEC Extended Diploma: DDD including minimum 13 Distinction out of 18 Units from a relevant Science or Technical Diploma.
A subject related Access to Higher Education with 45 credits at Level 3 and at least 30 Distinctions and 15 Merits.

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.

The BSc 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 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. 

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 (BF1120)
  • Economic Environment of Business (BS1195)
  • Java Programming Foundations (CB) (CS1020) 
  • Information Systems and Databases (CS1050)
  • Computational Reasoning and Communication Skills (CS1060)
  • Introduction to Computer Systems (CS1170)
  • Internet Computing (CS1240)
  • Mathematics for Computing Professionals (CS1260)

Year 2 

  • Management Accounting (BF2262)
  • Business Analytics and Data Mining (BN2254)
  • Business Policy (BS2232)
  • Group Project (CS) (CS2010)
  • Software Lifecycle and Design (CS2090)
  • Professional and Social Aspects of Computing (CS2160)
  • Human-Computer Interaction (CS2260)
  • Java Program Construction (CS2300)
  • Internet Applications and Techniques (CS2410)
  • Project Management (LT2306)

Year 3 - Optional placement year

  • EAS Study Placement Year (SEP001)
  • EAS Industrial Placement Year (SEP002)
  • EAS Study/Work Placement Year (SEP003)

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

Final Year

Core modules
  • Entrepreneurial Strategy (BS3357)
  • Individual Project (CS3010)
  • Information Security (CS3190)
  • Software Project Management (CS3360) 
  • Enterprise Computing Strategies (CS3460)

Optional modules: 

  •  Finance (BF3351)
  • Effective Teamwork (BH2286)
  • Digital Marketing (BM2243)
  • Marketing (BM2257)
  • Consumer Research and the Customer Experience (BM3345)
  • Knowledge at Work (BN3386)
  • Value-Based Strategy (BS3352)
  • Enterprise Application Technology (CS3160)
  • Geographic Information Systems (CS3210)
  • Testing and Reliable Software Engineering (CS3270) 
  • Multi Agent Systems (CS3340)
  • Interaction Design (CS3410)
  • Data Mining (CS3440)
  • Advanced Database Systems (CS3800)
  • Computational Intelligence (CS3910)

Choose our 4-year sandwich programme and you will 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.

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%.

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•The Aston University Computing 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. This gives our students access to top companies, projects, employer networking events and graduate opportunities.

Career prospects continue to be strong for our computing 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.

Of our 2008 Computing for Business graduates, 75% went into employment or onto further study.

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
Dr Anthony Beaumont
My research interests are Computer communications, Networks, andParallel and distributed systems. I am currently involved in research projects on Research on languages on the Internet (in response to one of UNESCO's objectives regarding Multilingualism for Cultural Diversity and Participation of All in Cyberspace) and Electronic Coursework Assessment and Feedback (e-CAF).
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