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Business Computing and IT (BCIT)

Information Technology is vital to the management and communication of information in the modern business environment.

Why choose this course?

  • Integrated business and IT degree allowing specialisation in the role of computing and IT systems in business.
  • Top 6 UK Business School (The Times Good University Guide 2008)
  • 24/24 for Teaching Quality Assessment – rated as excellent.
  • Excellent paid professional placement opportunities



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 (340 UCAS points)
IB: 35 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 National 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.

NG45

AAB-AAA (340-360 UCAS points)
35 points. Minimum scores of 6,6,5 at Higher level. Minimum scores of 5 in English and Maths at standard level.
BTEC National Diploma DDD. Access to HE students are eligible to apply for this course.


5 GCSEs A* - C to include:
GCSE Maths – grade C
GCSE English – grade C
Tuition fees: £9,000 (£1,000 during placement year) for UK/EU students. (2013).  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:

IYear 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:
*double module

 

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:

*Double module

 

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.

For further information, see the programme specification (PDF).

 

The careers available to you cover the whole range of business applications of computing and IT. The outstanding reputation of Aston Business School, the experience gained on the placement year mean that Business Computing and IT graduates are well prepared for the challenges ahead.

Aston Business School has an outstanding record of producing successful graduates.  Our recent graduates were extremely successful in finding employment in specialist business IT, consulting and general management roles with companies such as Jaguar Landrover, E.ON, Panasonic, Rolls Royce, CapGemini, Accenture, Hewlett Packard, Ernst & Young, PA Consulting Group, Nestle, Microsoft, IBM, HSBC and Natwest.  

None of our most recent BCIT graduates reported being unemployed with 90% entering employment directly.

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.

Dr Victoria Uren

Dr Victoria Uren has worked at Aston University since September 2011. Before joining Aston she worked as a senior researcher on several collaborative projects and as an Information Scientist. Her research concerns the ways in which the use of structured metadata, including semantic web approaches, can support the provision of rich contextualized knowledge services. The work encompasses semantic search and semantic annotation, in particular the design and evaluation of retrieval systems. This work has been applied in a wide range of contexts including engineering and scientific knowledge.



Phone: +44 (0)121 204 3707
Email: v.uren@aston.ac.uk

Further information

Emma Wainwright
Admissions and Recruitment Co-ordinator
Aston Business School Undergraduate Office
+44 (0) 121 204 3030
e.wainwright@aston.ac.uk

Student Profile

Student Profile

Matt Heron

Final year student

I chose Aston Business School because of the placement and the reputation within the business world. You know if you study here this goes a long way to securing a graduate job.

 
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