Business Computing and IT BSc

Our four year course, integrated with a placement year, will develop your IT knowledge and give you the skills needed to provide businesses with consultative support, strategic direction and technological insight. There is also an option to gain a double degree (two degrees for the price of one).

Location: Aston University, Birmingham

Course type

Full-time

Course format

Placement year (UK/abroad)

Duration

4 year with integrated placement year / 3 year course without integrated placement year option only available for non-UK/EU students

UCAS code(s)

NG45

Start date

Overview
Explore Business Computing and IT at Aston University

BSc (Hons) Business Computing and IT student Cameron Clasper spent his placement year at Volkswagen. This is his story.

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"Aston is renowned for their Business School with triple accreditation, I knew this was the place to study Business, Computing and IT. I think the lecturers have been fantastic - always going above and beyond to support us!"

Aarti Vashisht

Cyber Security Consultant at IBM

 

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"Aston is renowned for their Business School with triple accreditation, I knew this was the place to study Business, Computing and IT. I think the lecturers have been fantastic - always going above and beyond to support us!"

Aarti Vashisht

Cyber Security Consultant at IBM

 

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Course outline and modules

This degree will develop your understanding of the management and communication of information, as well as the human, managerial and technical considerations.

You will learn the role that information technology plays in modern business environments and societies, and how technology can be the key to solving some of their biggest challenges.

What you’ll learn

This course will provide you with theoretical knowledge and skills, including analysis and problem-solving, which can be applied to a broad range of career paths.

You will learn the relationship between technical knowledge and human design, the complex role of IT in business, and how technology can be used to drive competitive advantage. 

In your first year you will develop a general knowledge of business theories as well as computing and IT. Your second year is focused on building your IT and computing skills. This will help you as you apply for placement opportunities in your third year.

The final year includes both compulsory and elective modules and builds on the knowledge and skills gathered during the placement year and facilitates cultivating advance skillsets relevant to the contemporary business environment. This will include, and not limited to project management, emerging technology trends, and information security. Furthermore, the final year project dissertation enables you to put your skills and knowledge into practice, through collaborative, peer and self-directed learning, working on real-life case studies and applications, which are aligned to your individual career aspirations.

 

Practical experience

As well as developing your skills in analytical thinking, project management, knowledge of business systems and structures, you will also get hands-on practical skills in technology, coding and cyber security.

During your placement year, you will develop your learning and showcase your skills, and improve your employability through real work experience. Students on this course have enjoyed placements at companies including Microsoft and Intel. 

 

Professional accreditation

Graduates from this course 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)
  • Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) 

 

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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. 

 

Two undergraduate degrees

This course offers a double degree option, meaning you could study overseas at one of our partner institutions during your placement year and graduate with two undergraduate degrees for the price of one.

Find out more about double degrees

 

International students

Aston University is a diverse and close community. Students from over 120 different countries choose to study with us every year. Based in the centre of Birmingham, Aston is not only a great place to study, it’s also a great place to live.

Aston’s professional work placements can improve your chance of securing a graduate job. Placements give you experience, confidence and opportunities and, as an Aston student, you’ll be better prepared for your future career. One of the great things about Aston is our focus on employability, and our close links with businesses, industries and professions make this possible.

Foundation programme

Before you start your undergraduate degree, you may choose to study our foundation programme in business. This foundation course will help you develop specialist knowledge and fully prepare you for your chosen undergraduate course. During your foundation year, you will have excellent support from academics, and group projects will give you the chance to meet new people, make new friends and build a network of peers who will share your university journey.

We also have a Learning Development Centre that can provide additional support and offers pre-sessional English language programmes.

 

Post-study work visa

Aston University welcomes the creation of a new immigration route which will enable international students to remain in the UK for two years to find work after they have completed their studies. The new post-study work visa will apply to international students starting undergraduate and postgraduate courses from 2020 at universities with a track record of compliance with immigration policy.

Find out more about post-study work visas.

 

Modules

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:

  • Enterprise Systems
  • 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  
  • Virtual Business Simulation
Year 3

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 

Entry requirements

4 year with integrated placement year / 3 year course without integrated placement year option only available for non-UK/EU students

UCAS Code: NG45

Typical offers:

A Levels

BBB – standard offer

BBC (with EPQ or Core maths minimum grade B)

BCC (contextual offer)*

*For details on our Aston Ready contextual offer scheme, please see here. 

IB

31 points overall in the IB diploma with 5,5,5 at HL.

BTEC, Access & other

BTEC Extended Diploma DDD – standard offer

BTEC Extended Diploma DDM – (Contextual offer)*

We accept the QAA-recognised Access Diploma which must consist of 45 credits at Level 3. You must obtain a minimum of 30 distinction and the rest must be at merit or distinction. Please note that we do not accept the English and Maths components within the Access qualification and you must meet the GCSE entry requirement.

*For details on our Aston Ready contextual offer scheme, please see here. 

Further requirements

5 GCSE grades A*/9 – C/4 to include:

GCSE Maths – grade C/4

GCSE English Language OR English Literature – grade C/4

Please note that General Studies does not contribute towards the UCAS points requirement but is welcomed as an additional qualification.

 

View our Admissions Policy. 

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).

Entry onto our Foundation Year maybe offered as an alternative to the degree course if lower entry grades are achieved.

*For details on our Aston Ready contextual offer scheme, please see here.

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.

International students

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. For more information about qualifications view our Aston in your country webpage.

Learning, teaching and assessment

Our close links to industry informs the learning and business experiences we provide during your degree to make sure you have the right skills and knowledge required by industry and increase your employability.

We make extensive use of working within a team and delivering presentations to develop your negotiating skills, all of which help prepare you for your career.

Your placement year will give you practical work experience that is invaluable in developing skills, and provides an experience that cannot be replicated in the lecture room.

The approximate weighting for this course is 60 per cent business and 40 per cent computing and IT, with an emphasis on the integration of the two subjects.

Learning and teaching

As a business computing and IT student at Aston, you will experience our innovative approach to teaching, which combines a range of teaching methods including lectures, seminars, tutorials, group working, case studies, and individual and group presentations.

Traditional teaching is supported by our virtual learning environment which hosts 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.

In your first year you will be taught using the Google design kit tool. In your second and final year you will get to use the resource TWINE, which is a decision/story making tool.

You will also utilise debates in seminars to discuss learning and the exercise ‘think, pair, share’, which encourages you to formulate ideas about a topic, pair up and discuss further and then share your ideas.

We pride ourselves on our teaching, which is recognised as Gold standard by the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) – the highest possible accolade, and the benchmark by which the UK government evaluates the quality of university teaching.

Assessment

You will be assessed through a mix of coursework and examinations.

Students who are made an offer will receive a detailed programme specification which forms part of our terms and conditions.

Personal development

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. This experience will develop your team working and negotiating skills.

The integrated 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.

Our close links to industry and our focus on delivering practical business experiences provides a blend of learning and teaching experience to equip you for your future career.

Placement year

The integrated 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.

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.  

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

Find out more about the Aston placement year, and view the careers and placements page.

Fees and scholarships

UK/EU students (2020/21)

Annual tuition fees: £9,250

During placement year: £1,250

International students (2020/21)

Annual tuition fees: £15,600

During placement year: £2,500

Tuition fees are reviewed annually and may increase in subsequent years in line with inflation linked to the Retail Price Index (RPI) to take account of the University’s increased costs of delivering the Programme. When undertaking a placement year a placement year fee applies.

More information on fees

Scholarships

At Aston University we are committed to supporting the most talented and hardworking students to achieve their potential by providing a range of scholarships to help lower tuition and living costs. Find out more about our scholarships here.

Career prospects

Today, the majority of roles in business incorporate some form of technology. Having a clear understanding of technology, computing and systems, and how these can be applied in a business setting is a highly sought-after skill.

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 multinational company, to running a handful of computers in a small firm.

Recent graduates

Recent graduates are now working in roles such as:

  • IT security Consultant
  • Business Analyst
  • Digital Supply Chain Consultant
  • Innovation Analyst.

 

Graduates have gone on to work at companies including Capgemini, Deutsche Bank, Shell, Atos, IBM Security Services and Sales Force, the Ministry of Defence and Eon.

 

(BSc Business Computing and IT, 2018) and (BSc Business & Politics, 2018) Founders of Narce Media

Connor Watt (BSc Business Computing and IT, 2018) and Joe Housley (BSc Business & Politics, 2018)
Founders of Narce Media

Connor Watt and Joe Housley tell us about their journey

We’re two working class lads who have always wanted to have our own business but we were faced with the problem of being two poor students with no money. But we made no excuses. We started recording a podcast back in February as it required no money to set up and we’re both avid fans of podcasts. We began recording a couple with just ourselves, but we knew we needed to upgrade our equipment and reach out to guests. We entered the Santander Enterprise competition in March and secured £250 seed funding which went on upgrading microphones and allowing us to buy a camera.

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Subsequent to being successful in the competition we were fast tracked onto BSEEN where we then received another £500 which went on upgrading kit. We reached out to a number of academics at Aston with large profiles to guest. We recorded six podcasts with lecturers however May came and it was our final exams, university was almost over and we didn’t want to go down the graduate job route and knew we needed something more commercial in the short term to generate income.

So, with our kit we had bought through prize winnings we took a right turn and went down the video production route. We used our networks and found a gap in the B2B space and started recording for a small number of clients. This then turned into more and more clients with us investing everything back into our business. We are now at a stage where we have cinema range cameras, high end lighting rigs, top of the range microphones and editing equipment.Our pipeline opportunities are every growing and we’re looking at acquiring office space and hiring in the near future.

Why did you decide to study at Aston Business School?

The reputation and the placement year opportunities. - Connor & Joe

What was the highlight of your Aston experience?

Meeting so many different people - Connor
Passing economics exam - Joe

How has your time at Aston Helped your business?

The support from BSEEN has been unbelievable, the opportunities, advice and mentorship from them have been incredible, I couldn’t recommend them more to up and coming entrepreneurs. - Connor and Joe

What is next on the career horizon for you?

We are going to build Narce Media to be the go to b2b video producer in Birmingham within the next 2 years and nationwide within 5. During this time we will be looking to get our fingers in other business ventures along the way. - Connor and Joe

What advice would you give to someone looking to start or run their own business?

Just start. Just start doing something and the rest will follow. You can try and plan everything out but things always change. Also use all the opportunities available to you at Aston. BSEEN is such a great unit and everyone at Aston looking at starting a business should go and check them out. - Connor and Joe

Frequently asked questions

Why study business computing and IT at Aston?

Our BSc Business Computing and IT will develop both theoretical and hands-on experience that are highly sought after in modern business. Business-critical understanding of the technological management and communication of information as well as the human, managerial and technical considerations are of value in all forms of business and wider society.

Is a placement useful for business computing and IT?

It is important that you develop your knowledge across business, human and technical aspects. You will also develop the skills needed to inform strategic decisions, solve real-world business issues and offer advice and support that is easy to understand to a range of audiences you may face in your career.

Your placement year allows you to increase your understanding of the subject, and identify areas of interest you wish to pursue in your career. A placement year also shows employers that you have both knowledge and experience within your field.

What kind of jobs does a degree in business computing and IT lead to?

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.

Why Aston Business School?

Aston Business School is part of the top 1 per cent of business schools globally to have triple accreditation from AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS. We are also recognised for the quality of our teaching. The Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) rates us Gold, and we are ranked first in the UK for Value Added by Guardian University Guide 2020, based on our students’ entry grades with their final degree result. All of this demonstrates our commitment to your learning experience and the skills you develop and demonstrate as part of your course. 

What is the double degree at Aston Business School?

You can deepen your learning and stand out from other graduates whilst gaining a fantastic learning experience overseas. The double degree is similar to an exchange programme. During your placement year, you’ll follow a curriculum that sets you on track for our partner institution’s degree award. This means, if successful, you will graduate with two undergraduate degrees.

Find out more about the double degree

Why should international students choose Aston University?

Aston University is a diverse, close community and welcomes international students. Students from over 120 different countries choose to study with us every year. Based in the centre of Birmingham, Aston is not only a great place to study, it’s also a great place to live.

Aston’s professional work placements can improve your chance of securing a graduate job. Placements give you experience, confidence and opportunities and as an Aston student, you’ll be better prepared for your future career.

 

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