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Business Computing Systems  BSc (Hons)

A degree in Business Computing Systems from City University London will help you enter a career as a computing professional for tomorrow's business.

Overview

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A BSc (Hons) Business Computing Systems from City University London offers you entry into a career as a computing professional. You will gain the skills to design computer systems, analyse organisational problems and design appropriate IT solutions.

The course provides the technical and managerial background to implement computer solutions to business challenges and will enable you to develop commercially valuable skills in City's laboratories. There is the option of paid, professional experience in the IT industry. For your project, you can work with an organisation to develop real-world business solutions.

This degree is suitable for students who have the breadth of mind to tackle both computer and management science and want to build the businesses of tomorrow with computer technology.

The course is primarily technical in nature and may not be suitable for students seeking a business major.

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Why study Business Computing Systems at City?

  • Develop commercially valuable skills in our laboratories and work with colleagues on business related software projects
  • Over 70% of our undergraduate students were employed within six months of graduation - compared to the national average of 68.7% (HESA statistics, 2010)
  • Each course shares a common first year, which gives you the flexibility to change course (to any of those listed below - subject to approval) after a year's study if required.

Placements

Additionally, as part of your course, you will have the opportunity to gain practical experience, whilst earning, alongside your studies - through one of our placement schemes:

  • One-year placement - These are taken after students have successfully completed their second year of studies; students work between nine and fifteen months on placement before returning to City to complete their final year
  • Professional Pathway Scheme - This scheme is unique to City and offers students the opportunity to combine placement employment (and earnings) whilst studying.


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Entry Requirements:

  • 'A' Level: 360 UCAS tariff points (typically ABB at 'A' Level)
  • BTEC: DDM
  • IB: 32 points
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Course Fees:

  • Full-time EU: £9,000
  • Full-time Non EU: £13,000
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Start Date:

September 2014

UCAS code:

G422

Entry Requirements

For entry in 2014

Typical offers require one of the following:

  • 'A' Level: 360 UCAS tariff points (typically ABB at 'A' Level).
  • BTEC: DDM
  • IB: 32. Science, technology and mathematics subjects are preferred and at least one such subject should be offered.
  • Overseas, other UK qualifications and relevant work experience will be considered on the basis of equivalence to our 'A' Level intake.
  • We accept the 14-19 Advanced Diploma on the same standing as 'A' Levels based on the UCAS tariff.

Pre-requisites

Mathematics GCSE at grade C or above (or equivalent).

Other Suitable Qualifications

Foundation Programmes

If you do not qualify for direct entry, our partner INTO City University London offers academic preparation programmes which focus on the skills you need. Successful completion of the International Foundation in Engineering, Computer Science and Mathematics at INTO City University London means guaranteed progression to this degree.

English Requirements

English language requirements:

  • IELTS: 6.0 overall with a minimum 5.5 in each component.
  • GCSE: English Language grade C.

Please note that due to changes in the UKVI's list of SELTs we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require a CAS as of April 2014.

English Language Programmes

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner, INTO City University London offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree. Please click the links below for more information.

English for Undergraduate Study

Pre-sessional English

Visa Requirements

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.  

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course at City, there are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than 6 months
  • Students on courses of less than 6 months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English Language course

Please note: If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake a part-time course.

For more information see our main Visa page.

When and Where

Start Date:
September 2014
Duration:
Full-time: 3 years or 4 years with a one year placement, or the Professional Pathway scheme (combining the degree with 3 years of IT work experience)

Course Content

The BSc (Hons) Business Computing Systems degree course will develop your skills to enable you to create computing solutions for business challenges.

While at City University London, you will:

  • develop the practical skills to design computer systems that meet business needs;
  • gain the technical and managerial skills to implement computer solutions for business;
  • have the opportunity to gain paid, professional experience in the IT industry.

You will:

  • develop commercially valuable skills in our laboratories and work with colleagues on business-related software projects;
  • learn to analyse organisational problems and design appropriate IT solutions.

For your project, you can work with an organisation to develop real-world business solutions.

Course Structure

The structure of your BSc (Hons) Business Computing Systems degree is based around three parts, each corresponding to one year of the three-year course. Commonality with other computing courses is emphasised as far as possible allowing you maximum flexibility to change your degree course once registered.

A one-year placement is invariably taken between the second and final year. In the case of the Professional Pathway, Parts II and III are spread over three years.

Part I: Foundations

You will gain a firm foundation in computing covering topics such as programming, software engineering, computer architecture, databases and the mathematics needed to understand and model computer systems. Communication and business skills, essential for a successful career in IT, are also covered.

We offer a common first year for all our courses, allowing you ample time to make an informed choice of which computing degree to study.

Part II: Core knowledge and skills

You will learn the core knowledge and skills needed in the IT profession, including topics such as networking and human-computer interaction. A group project plays an important role in developing your team-working skills in a software development environment. You will also study topics relevant to your specialism, such as data structures and algorithms for computer science, and organisational behaviour for business computing.

Part III: Advanced topics

You will have the opportunity to gain knowledge of your specialism and broaden your education by selecting topics from our wide range of final year elective modules. Your individual project will demonstrate to employers that you can apply your knowledge and devise a novel solution to a problem. Your project may be undertaken in conjunction with one of our research groups in artificial intelligence, human-computer interaction or software engineering. Alternatively, you may undertake your project with the company you worked for while on placement.

Electives

We offer you a wide range of regularly updated elective topics allowing you to specialise or broaden your studies as you wish.

Specialist topics include:

  • Electronic commerce in all its various forms
  • Management of IT services
  • Systems theory and methods for organisational problem solving.

A common first year syllabus offers flexibility as you can make your final choice of degree at the end of the first year. The course is available with or without a placement.


Read the full programme specification

Teaching and Assessment

You will learn through a combination of lectures, case studies, seminars and laboratory sessions. Project and group work aim to develop creativity and problem-solving and play a major part in the course.

Learning is also supported by the online e-learning system.

Assessment is by examination and coursework although some components, such as the team project, are assessed by coursework alone.

Your final degree classification is calculated from the second and final years, with weightings of 40 per cent and 60 per cent respectively.

Fees

  • Full-time EU: £9,000
  • Full-time Non EU: £13,000

Funding

For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Undergraduate Fees and Finance.

Placements

As part of the BSc (Hons) Business Computing Systems, you may gain paid work experience as part of your degree through one of our placement schemes:

  • One-year placement - these are taken after you have successfully completed your second year of studies; students work between nine and fifteen months on placement before returning to City to complete their final year;
  • Professional Pathway Scheme - this scheme is unique to City University London and offers you the opportunity to combine paid placement employment and study.

Outstanding BSc Business Computing Systems graduate, Georgi Zhivankin, sings the praises of the School's Professional Liaison Unit (PLU) in helping to fulfil his career ambitions. Read his story.

Career Prospects

Careers include designing business-critical computer systems, providing consultancy on computer development and taking up managerial roles with responsibility for an organisation's computing resources.

Professional accreditation

City's BSc (Hons) Business Computing Systems degree is recognised by the British Computer Society, exempting you from their professional examinations and offering a pathway to chartered status.

Business Computing Systems

UCAS code: G422


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You can apply for up to five universities on the form. Please take care to enter the correct course code, particularly for subjects with a foundation year or with BSc and BEng options. UCAS has implemented an 'invisibility of choices' policy so that, on the initial application and while you are receiving decisions, each university can only see their entry and not those of other universities you have chosen. This ensures that your application for a course at City University London is considered solely on your academic and personal qualities. You should submit your completed application form to UCAS with a £21 application fee. If you want to apply to City only, you can make a single choice application at a reduced rate of £11. The UCAS code for City University London is C60.

When to apply

Your application for entry in September 2014 should arrive at UCAS between 1 September 2013 and 15 January 2014. Applications that arrive after 15 January 2014 will be considered only at the University's discretion. When your application is acknowledged by UCAS, you will be sent a personal identification number so that you can access your records via Track on the UCAS website.

Enquiries

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