1. 2015 Entry

Business Computing Systems  BSc (Hons)

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


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City's BSc (Hons) Business Computing Systems graduates 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.

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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This course shares a common first year with the following City courses, giving you the flexibility to change course after a year's study if required (subject to approval):

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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 grades BBB at 'A' Level
  • IB: 32 points, 6 in all higher subjects
  • BTEC: DDD.

Course Fees:

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

Start Date:

September 2015

UCAS code:


Entry Requirements

For 2015 entry

Typical offers require one of the following:

  • 'A' Level: 360 UCAS tariff points or grades BBB at 'A' Level
  • IB: 32 points, 6 in all higher subjects
  • BTEC: DDD.

In addition, the following is required:

  • GCSE: English Language grade C and Mathematics grade C (or equivalent).

English Requirements

  • IELTS: 6.0 overall to include 6.0 in writing and 5.5. in all other components.

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 this course part-time.

For more information see our main Visa page.

When and Where

Start Date:
September 2015
3 years or 4 years with a 1 year placement, or the Professional Pathway Scheme (combining the degree with 3 years of IT work experience)

Course Content

City's 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

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.

A common first year syllabus with three other City courses offers flexibility, as you can make your final choice of degree at the end of the first year.

Year two

In year two, you will take a further six core modules and can choose to undertake a project. Professional Pathway students take the core modules over a period of two years.

Core modules include:

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

The course is available with or without a placement between year two and year three.

Year three

In year three, you will take one core module in Requirements engineering and may choose five elective modules from a list of over 20. You will also undertake an individual project researching and developing systems in an area of your own specialist interest. Professional Pathway students take these core and elective modules over a period of two years.

Elective modules include:

  • Advanced databases
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Business engineering with ERP solutions
  • Cognition and technologies
  • 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.

"Objects First with Java, Fourth edition" D. Barnes and M. Killing. Pearson, 2009. ISBN 13: 978-0-13-700562-8.

"Software Engineering" Ian Sommerville. Addison-Wesley, 8th edition, 2006
ISBN 0321313798.

Discrete Mathematics by Lipschutz and Lipson (3rd edition)  'Inside the Machine' by Jon Stokes

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


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


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


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 scheme is unique to City University London and offers you the opportunity to combine paid placement employment and study.

Outstanding BSc (Hons) 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.

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 a first - 48% of students that completed a placement were awarded a first class degree overall*
  • Secure a graduate-level job - 100% of students that completed a placement year secured graduate level work within six months of graduation*
  • Earn a higher salary - placement students earn on average £3,000 more than non-placement students*

*Data source: HESA DLHE survey 2011/12

Career Prospects

City's graduates move on to careers including the design of business-critical computer systems, consultancy on computer development and managerial roles with responsibility for an organisation's computing resources.

This course will enable you to...

...move on to further study. City offers a range of Masters degree courses related to Business Computing Systems, including:

Business Computing Systems

UCAS code: G422

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When to apply

Your application for entry in September 2015 should arrive at UCAS between 1 September 2014 and 15 January 2015. Applications that arrive after 15 January 2015 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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