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Business Computing Systems

BSc (Hons) |
A BSc (Hons) Business Computing Systems from City offers you entry into a career as a computing professional.

Key Information

Start date

September 2017


3 years, or 4 years with a 1-year placement or the Professional Pathway scheme (combining the degree with IT work experience).



Full-time: £9,000 per year (2016/17 fee; 2017/18 TBC)


Full-time: £13,000 per year (2016/17 fee; 2017/18 TBC) (fees may increase in subsequent years in line with the Retail Prices Index)

UCAS code


Application period

From 1 September 2016

Until 15 January 2017

Who is it for?

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 includes programming and is primarily technical in nature.


Graduates of City's BSc (Hons) Business Computing Systems have the skills to design computer systems, analyse organisational problems and design appropriate IT solutions.

The course provides the technical and managerial knowledge to implement computer solutions to business challenges and will enable you to develop commercially valuable skills in City's laboratories.


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This course is accredited by the Chartered Institute for IT (British Computing Society), exempting you from their professional examinations and offering a pathway to chartered status.

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

Typical requirements:

  • 'A' Level: BBB (Computer Science, Mathematics or Physics preferred)
  • Tariff: 120 UCAS tariff points. See the UCAS website for information on the new tariff.
  • BTEC: D*DD (IT/numerate subjects only)
  • Extended Project Qualification (EPQ): We welcome applications that include the EPQ. Where relevant, this may be included in our offer, resulting in an 'A' Level offer reduced by one grade
  • IB: 32 points total including Higher Level subjects at grade 6
  • Mixed qualifications: We do accept applications from students who are completing a combination of qualifications. For this course, this would be something like: BTEC D* in IT with a grade B in 'A' Level Computer Science and a grade B in another 'A' Level. We may also take 'AS' Level grades into consideration.

In addition, the following is required:

  • GCSE: A minimum of grade 4 (C) in GCSE English and a minimum of grade 5 (B) in GCSE Mathematics.

Other suitable qualifications

  • Access to Higher Education will be considered when combined with substantial work or other experience.
  • Other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis.

If you do not qualify for direct entry, you may wish to take a foundation programme first. These programmes are designed to prepare students for entry to City's undergraduate courses.

INTO City University London

INTO City University London offers an International Foundation programme in Computer Science. This course offers a route to City University London through an excellent teaching and learning experience located in purpose-built study facilities. Successful completion of the International Foundation programme at INTO City University London to the standard required provides guaranteed progression to this degree.

English requirements

  • IELTS: 6.0 overall to include 6.0 in writing and 5.5 in all other components.
  • PTE Academic: 58 overall with a minimum of 50 in each component.

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; 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 any City University London courses on a part-time basis.

For more information see our main Visa page.

How to apply

Applications for degree courses must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). You can apply through your school or college using the Apply system, which enables you to submit your application directly to the UCAS website.

You can apply to up to five universities on the form. The UCAS code for City University London is C60.

Please take care to enter the correct course code when applying, particularly for subjects with a Foundation year or with BEng (Hons) and MEng (Hons) or BSc (Hons) and MSci (Hons) options.

UCAS has implemented an ‘invisibility of choices’ policy so that, on the initial application and while you are receiving decisions, each university can see only their entry and not those of other universities you have chosen. This ensures that your application for a course at City is considered solely on your academic and personal qualities.

You should submit your completed application form to UCAS with a £23 application fee. If you want to apply to City University London only, you can make a single choice application at a reduced rate of £12.

When to apply

Your application for entry in September 2017 should arrive at UCAS between 1st September 2016 and 15th January 2017. Applications that arrive after 15th January 2017 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.


For general enquiries about the admissions process at City, please contact our Admissions Office:

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7040 8716.

If your enquiry is about admission to a particular course, please use the contact details provided on the course page.

Contacting UCAS

Address: Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), Rosehill, New Barn Lane, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL52 3LZ
Telephone: from inside the UK 0871 468 0468; from outside the UK +44 (0)871 468 0468
For callers with hearing difficulties: from inside the UK use the Text Relay service on 18001 0871 468 0468; from outside the UK dial +44 151 494 1260 (text phone) and then ask the operator to dial 0871 468 0468.

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The School has its own dedicated placements team that provides on-hand placement and internship support and guidance for students throughout their studies. You can undertake one of the following 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 innovative scheme is unique to City University London and offers you the opportunity to combine paid placement employment and study (gaining up to three years of professional experience alongside your degree).
  • Summer internships - these can be taken every summer on completion of the academic year

Our dedicated team of placement specialists, the Professional Liaison Unit, has extensive experience in helping students to secure placement employment across a range of industries. The team also has longstanding relationships with an impressive and diverse range of companies spanning both large and small organisations including start-ups in Tech City.

Placements are highly encouraged at City; students that complete a placement year benefit from gaining professional experience working on real-life projects and are also more likely to; achieve higher grades, secure a graduate-level job and earn a higher salary.

Academic facilities

The School's computer science laboratories are equipped with modern and up-to-date hardware and software required for you to progress through your studies and acquire skills and knowledge that will form basis for your future career within IT.

From Oracle’s leading commercial object-relational database server to PCs with state-of-art NVidia GPUs, used for computer graphics, students will have access to all necessary tools required for their studies across all computer science disciplines.

All of City's computer lab Windows 7 PCs are equipped with a huge range of software. View a full list of the pre-installed software.

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Teaching and learning

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 City's 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 determined from assessments in year 2 (40%) and year 3 (60%).

Assessment weightings by year

  • Year 2: 40%
  • Year 3: 60%


City's BSc (Hons) Business Computing Systems degree course will develop your skills to enable you to create computer solutions for business challenges.

While at City, 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.

Year 1

All Computer Science courses at City share a common first year. You can select your final degree course at the end of the first year.

In year one, you study six core modules:

  • Business systems
  • Computation and reasoning
  • Mathematics for computing
  • Software engineering
  • Systems architecture
  • Programming in Java.

Year 2

In year two, as a full-time student, you take a further six core modules and undertake a project. If you are on the Professional Pathway scheme, you undertake IT work experience while studying part-time for Part 2 and Part 3 over three years.

Core modules include:

  • Human computer interaction
  • Management of information technology
  • Networks and operating systems
  • Object-oriented analysis and design
  • Professional development in IT.

Year 3

In year three, as a full-time student, you take one core module in requirements engineering and may choose four elective modules from a list of over twenty. As an Honours student, you undertake an individual project, researching and developing systems in an area of your own specialist interest.

Elective modules include:

  • Advanced databases
  • Cloud computing
  • Business engineering with ERP solutions
  • Cognition and technologies
  • Data visualization
  • IT security
  • Project management
  • Management of IT strategy.

Career prospects

City's BSc (Hons) Business Computing Systems graduates move on to careers including:

  • software developer
  • business analyst
  • web developer
  • technical architect
  • user experience designer
  • helpdesk engineer.

Employers include:

  • Accenture
  • BP
  • BBC
  • FDM
  • Wipro
  • Reuters
  • Menzies Aviation.

Find out how studying at City University London helps to improve your job prospects

85% of graduates are in full time employment / further study

Information taken from Unistats.

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