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Computer Science with Business BSc

Enjoy computer science and want to understand its direct relevance in a business environment? Then Computer Science with Business could be for you.

Location: Aston University, Birmingham

Course type

Full-time

Course format

Placement year (UK/abroad)

Duration

4 years

UCAS code(s)

G460

Start date

Overview
Explore Computer Science with Business at Aston University

Computer Science almumni Minita Unadkat talks about her experience of studying at Aston.

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“For my course particularly the teaching was very good. All the lecturers seemed to know a lot about what they were teaching and were very passionate about it. In addition, the lecturers were open to explaining everything in more detail when asked about it.”

Denver Fernandes
Graduate Software Developer, PCMS Group PLC

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“For my course particularly the teaching was very good. All the lecturers seemed to know a lot about what they were teaching and were very passionate about it. In addition, the lecturers were open to explaining everything in more detail when asked about it.”

Denver Fernandes
Graduate Software Developer, PCMS Group PLC

Course outline and modules

The BSc (Hons) 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. 

What you’ll learn

With students joining the programme from a variety of different backgrounds, year one brings everyone to the same level of knowledge.  
 
The remaining years of the Computer Science with Business programme will give you a firm grounding in the principles of computer programme design and business organisation.  You will also have the opportunity to extend your knowledge beyond the traditional business use of IT, getting fully up to speed with new developments with the internet, e-business and distributed computing and multimedia systems.  
 
If you choose our four year course, you’ll 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 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 and TNT. 
 
In your final year, you’ll be able to select options of relevance to your chosen career and also undertake an in depth project on a subject of particular interest. Your project could be based on a topic from an extensive list or you can suggest your own, perhaps based on your professional placement. 
 
We provide opportunities to get involved in our student-run software development organisation, Beautiful Canoe (https://beautifulcanoe.com/), through the provision of a number of summer internships every year. 

There is also an Industry Club, open to everyone, which gives you opportunities to meet with employers and showcase your work, increasing your chance of securing that all-important graduate job or placement. 

Accreditation

The Aston University BSc (Hons) Computer Science with Business course is one of only 12 in the UK to be accredited as an IT Management for Business programme by Tech Partnership Degrees (https://www.tpdegrees.com/), the not-for-profit organisation that unites employers and universities to improve the flow of talent into the digital workforce. 

Modules

Year 1

•    Introductory Accounting for Business 
•    Economic Environment of Business 
•    Foundations of Object Oriented Programming
•    Professional and Social Aspects of Computing
•    Internet Applications and Database Design
•    Computer Systems
•    Mathematics for Computing Professionals 

Year 2

•    Software Engineering
•    Human Computer Interaction 
•    Fundamentals of Strategy
•    Doing e-Business
•    Information Security
•    Data Structures and Algorithms in Java
•    Team Project

Year 3 - Placement year

Find out more about the Aston placement year.

•    EAS Study Placement Year 
•    EAS Industrial Placement Year 
•    EAS Study/Work Placement Year 

Final Year 

Core modules

•    Individual Project 
•    Enterprise Computing Strategies 
•    Software Project Management
•    Entrepreneurial Marketing and Strategy
•    Principles in Business Analytics

Optional modules: 

•    Interaction Design 
•    Advanced Database Systems and GIS
•    Techniques for Data Analysis (Data Mining)
•    Computational Intelligence 
•    Consumer Research and the Customer Experience 
•    Enterprise Systems
•    Strategic Finance

International students

Aston University is a diverse, close community and welcomes international students on many of our undergraduate programmes. Students from over 120 countries choose to study with us every year and Aston is not only a great place to study, based in the centre of Birmingham, 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.  

Choosing to start your Aston journey with one of our foundation programmes will help you develop specialist knowledge to ensure that you are fully prepared to study your chosen undergraduate course. During your foundation year, you’ll 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 offer pre-sessional English language programmes.  https://www2.aston.ac.uk/international-students

Entry requirements

Typical offers:

GCSE

GCSE requirements: Maths and English Grade C/4 and above. 


All candidates are considered on an individual basis and the whole application is reviewed which includes previous and predicted qualifications, any experience, references and motivation.

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 of CCC if the application is of a high standard which includes a strong personal statement and academic reference. However, any offer made will not be lower than stated below.

A Levels

BBB, BBC if grade B achieved in EPQ or Core Maths, BCC Contextual/DTUS offer 

IB

31 overall points with 5, 5, 5 in Higher Level subjects

BTEC, Access & other

BTEC

  • Extended Diploma and National Extended Diploma: DDM 
  • National Diploma and Diploma: DM plus 1 A-level at minimum Grade B 
  • Foundation or 90 credits Diploma: DM plus 2 A-level minimum grade B 
  • National Extended Certificate or Subsidiary Diploma: M plus 2 A-level minimum Grade B
  • Certificate/ National Certificate Level 3: Not accepted


Access to Higher Education

  • Subject related Access with at least 30 Distinctions and 15 Merits at level 3


Non-standard qualifications

Degree: 

  • Year 1 entry: We may consider applicants for year 1 entry who are undertaking a 1st year degree elsewhere. You must meet the GCSEs and A level (or equivalent) requirements as listed. In order to be considered you will need to submit a UCAS application as we do not accept direct applications and this must include an academic reference.
     
  • Year 2 entry: Please note that second year transfers are not part of the standard admissions process and is up to the discretion of the admissions team and tutor. Applications are only considered if there is space on that year of the programme.
    Typically, applicants for second year entry must meet the GCSEs and A level (or equivalent) requirements as listed. Alongside this you must have gained (or be expected to gain) 65% overall and 120 credits  on an equivalent programme at another recognised university. The equivalency of the programme is reviewed by the Admissions Tutor and you will be required to provide an official copy of the programme specification of this. In order to be considered you will need to submit a UCAS application as we do not accept direct applications and this must include an academic reference.
     
  • Year 3: We will not be able to consider any application for Year 3. 

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

Your learning experience will be a combination of lectures and seminars and more practical teaching, including lab exercises, practical classes and computer-aided learning. This variety enables you to develop the skills and experiences you need to create, analyse, test and develop systems in the workplace.

Assessment is through of written exams, projects and coursework. The proportion varies according to the modules chosen but examinations typically comprise around 75% and continuous assessment around 25%.

Fees and scholarships

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: £16,700*

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

Employers actively support Tech Industry Gold degrees in both design and delivery, giving students unique opportunities to learn from many different companies throughout their studies and, on graduation, students are highly attractive to these students.

Our graduates have also gone on to work at exciting businesses including Capgemini, Microsoft, Toyota, KPMG and Coca-Cola.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why study Computer Science with Business at Aston? 

You’ll gain all the skills you need to pursue a computing career in business or industry with the added bonus of specific business and management knowledge and experience.

What will I be doing on the Computer Science with Business course at Aston?

You will be gaining the necessary skills and experience to develop a career specialising in managing software development for business.  
You’ll learn in a range of ways, from classroom to lab, and have the opportunity to take a year in industry and research a specific topic during your final year. 

Why should I spend a year in industry? 

The optional placement year is available with all our computer science courses, giving you invaluable practical experience and enhancing your career prospects through a paid professional placement in the UK or abroad.  

We have excellent links with industry and will help to arrange this placement for you. 

Does accreditation matter?

Yes. The IT Management for Business accreditation from Tech Partnership Degrees demonstrates that this degree programme is among the best in its class. It also provides you with additional opportunities to work with business during the course of your studies as employers are actively engaged with the design and delivery of the accreditation. 

Why should international students choose Aston University?

Aston University is a diverse, close community and welcomes international students on many of our undergraduate programmes. Students from over 120 different countries chose to study with us every year and Aston is not only a great place to study, based in the centre of Birmingham 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.  

Choosing to start your Aston journey with our foundation programme will help you develop specialist knowledge to ensure that you are fully prepared to study your chosen undergraduate course. 

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