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Business Computing Systems  BSc (Hons)

A BSc (Hons) Business Computing Systems from City offers students entry into a career as a computing professional. Graduates have the skills to design computer systems, analyse organisational problems and design appropriate IT solutions.

Overview

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

Why study Business Computing Systems at City?

  • The course will provide you with 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.
  • 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 BSc (Hons) Business Computing Systems course includes programming and is primarily technical in nature.

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City's BSc (Hons) Business Computing Systems is accredited by the Chartered Institute for IT (BCS), exempting students from their professional examinations and offering a pathway to Chartered status.

Entry Requirements:

  • 'A' Level: 360 UCAS tariff points or BBB from 3 'A' Levels; reduced offers may be available to some applicants
  • IB: 32 points, including 6 in all higher subjects
  • BTEC: D*DD - D*D*D* (IT/numerate subjects only)
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Course Fees:

  • Full-time EU: £9,000 per year (2015/16 fee; 2016/17 TBC)
  • Full-time Non EU: £13,000 per year
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Start Date:

September 2016

UCAS code:

G422

Entry Requirements

Typical offers require one of the following:

  • ‘A’ Level
    • 360 UCAS tariff points, depending on qualifications. Or BBB from 3 ‘A’ Levels.
    • BB for applicants offering Mathematics or Computing or Computer Science.
    • Reduced offers may be available to some applicants who will be invited to attend an interview.
  • IB
    • 32 points, including 6 in all higher subjects.
  • BTEC
    • IT/numerate subjects only. IT (Software Development) preferred. Typical offers D*DD – D*D*D* to be considered on a case by case basis.

In addition, the following is required:

  • GCSE English Language at grade C and Mathematics at grade C (or equivalents).

Other 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.

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.

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; 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.

When and Where

Start Date:
September 2016
Duration:
3 years, or 4 years with a 1 year placement, or the Professional Pathway scheme (combining the degree with IT work experience).

Course Content

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 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

Year one

In year one, you will study six core modules:

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

All Computer Science courses at City share a common first year and students can select their final degree programme at the end of the final year.

Year two

In year two, full-time students take a further six core modules and undertake a project.

  • Human computer interaction
  • Information technology for business
  • Networks and operating systems
  • Object-oriented analysis and design
  • Professional development in IT.

Year three

In year three, full-time students take one core module in requirements engineering and may choose five elective modules from a list of over twenty. All Honours students undertake an individual project researching and developing systems in an area of their own specialist interest.

Professional pathway students undertake IT work experience while studying part-time for Part Two and Three over three years.

  • Advanced databases
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Business engineering with ERP solutions
  • Cognition and technologies
  • Computer Vision
  • Data visualisation
  • IT security
  • Project management
  • Management of IT strategy.

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

Recommended Reading

You may wish to undertake some preparatory reading.

Barnes, D. and Kölling, M. (2012) Objects First with Java, Fifth edition, Pearson. ISBN 978-0132835541.

Sommerville, I. (2010) Software Engineering, 9th edition. Pearson.
ISBN 978-0137053469.

Lipschutz, S. and Lipson, M. (2009) Discrete Mathematics, 3rd edition. Schaum’s Outlines. ISBN: 978-0071615860

Note that module leaders may choose to use different or additional texts to the ones listed above.

Fees

  • Full-time EU: £9,000 per year (2015/16 fee; 2016/17 TBC)
  • Full-time Non EU: £13,000 per year

Funding

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

Placements

As part of City's 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 innovative scheme is unique to City University London and offers you the opportunity to combine paid placement employment and study.

Placements are a fantastic way to gain professional experience in a relevant field as part of your degree. The School has its own dedicated placements team that provides on-hand support and guidance for students throughout their studies. The team 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.

Career Prospects

City's graduates move on to careers including:

  • Software developer
  • Business analyst
  • Web developer
  • Technical architect
  • User experience designer
  • Helpdesk engineering 

Employers include:

  • Accenture
  • BP
  • BBC
  • DFM
  • Wipro
  • Reuters
  • Menzies Aviation

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This course will enable you to...

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UCAS code: G422


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When to apply

Your application for entry in September 2016 should arrive at UCAS between 1 September 2015 and 15 January 2016. Applications that arrive after 15 January 2016 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.

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