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What makes Business Information Technology at Worcester special?

This course develops your ability to work at the interface of IT and business. It combines a study of the fundamental aspects of IT applications and processes. You’ll explore the key issues that determine business profitability and sustainability. Alongside core modules, you will be able to follow your interests by choosing from a wide range of optional business and computing modules.

The course has been designed to prepare you for a career in IT and management, such as consultancy, systems analyst or business analyst. You’ll be able to develop your leadership and management skills through live client projects at our Media Lab. You’ll also have the opportunity to start up your own consultancy business through the Business School's Business Incubator or get talent spotted through our annual Computing Showcase.

Overview

Overview

Key features

  • You will be taught by experienced computing and business professionals, specialising in the application of new technologies in business (such as social media, cyber security, e-business, data analytics and big data).
  • Option to take a 1-year paid placement, engage in client-based consultancy projects or develop software for clients through the Business School's Media Lab (our student led-software consultancy).
  • Option to start your own consultancy business through the Business School's Business Incubator.
  • 24/7 access to excellent IT facilities, including dedicated PC and Mac labs, featuring industry-standard software.
  • The course has been designed in consultation with employers, aligned with industry standards (ACM, BCS, IEEE).

"I really believe my degree has given me a good stepping stone in my job, and I am using parts that I learnt in the degree most days."

Andrew Hodgson, Graduate, Business Information Technology BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

96
UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

96 UCAS Tariff points and Grade C/4 in GCSE English and Mathematics

Applicants with no formal qualifications may be considered for Mature Student Entry Routes

Other information

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email admissions@worc.ac.uk for advice.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from http://www.ucas.com

If you are an international student who does not have the relevant entry requirements for direct entry onto this course, our pathway courses at University of Worcester International College could be the right option for you and enable you to still graduate with this degree. To find out more visit the Accountancy, Business & Marketing pathway page.

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Course content

What will you study?

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this might not be offered, but we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative. 

Year 1

Mandatory

  • Foundations of Computing
  • Web Technologies
  • Customer Insight and Marketing
  • Data Driven Decisions OR Language Module
  • Financial Management OR Language Module

Year 2

Mandatory

  • Systems Analysis and Design
  • Distributed Systems OR Web Application Development
  • Digital Content Systems and E-commerce
  • Social Commerce

Optional

  • Distributed Systems
  • Web Application Development
  • SME Management
  • Responsible Business
  • Global Economy: Institutions Trade and FDI
  • Mobile Application Development
  • Interaction Design
  • Advanced Creative Computing
  • Digital Advertising Applications
  • Creating a High Performance Workforce
  • Developing Employee Talent
  • New Venture Formation
  • Business Law: Rights and Obligations
  • Selling and Sales Management
  • Cultivating the Entrepreneurial Mind-set
  • Managing Successful Projects
  • Language modules

Optional Placement Year or Year Abroad

You can choose to take a placement year and convert your degree to a 4-year sandwich degree with virtually all of our full-time Single Honours degrees in Business or Computing by taking a year in industry between your second and final years.

You will be able to apply to spend your placement year at an organisation of your choice, anywhere in the UK. Placement opportunities are available in all business sectors, including marketing, advertising, PR, HR, business management, finance, economics, programming and game design.

Year 3

Mandatory

  • Computing Project
  • IT Systems Consultancy
  • Digital Business
  • Business Intelligence and Analysis

Optional

  • Advanced Web Application Development
  • International Business Strategy
  • Rethinking Organisational Value
  • Business Investigation
  • Digital and Social Media Marketing
  • Advertising and Digital Communications
  • Drones: Technology, Legislation and Safety
  • Managing Cyber Risks
  • International Marketing
  • Customer Relationship Management
  • Dark Side of Management
  • Coaching and Mentoring
Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

The University places emphasis on enabling you to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement. A mixture of independent study, teaching, academic support through integrated coaching and the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will enable you to flourish and be successful.

Accreditation

All of our courses and modules have been mapped to take advantage of curriculum recommendations and aims developed by three professional bodies (BCS, (British Computing Society) IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) and ACM (Association of Computing Machinery).

Teaching

You are taught through a combination of interactive workshops, lectures, seminars, laboratory practical sessions, fieldwork, practical activities, etc. Interactive workshops take a variety of formats and are intended to enable the application of learning through discussion and small group activities. Seminars enable the discussion and development of understanding of topics covered in lectures, and laboratory practical sessions are focused on developing subject specific skills and applied individual and group project work.

In addition, meetings (both individual and group) with personal academic tutors are scheduled throughout the academic year. There is an opportunity to undertake a year-long placement in the third year of the course, supervised by a work-based mentor and a University tutor. Depending upon the course, there may be an opportunity to study abroad at one of the exchange partner universities.

Contact time

In a typical week there will be at least 12 hours of timetabled teaching in lectures, seminars and small-group work. The precise contact hours will depend on the optional modules selected. If the degree requires a Research or Consultancy Project, students will have guided supervision time with a Project Supervisor.

Typically class contact time will be structured around:

  • Information giving, facilitated discussions, small group work, presentations
  • Practical skills - the opportunity to practise group facilitation, presentation, communication and listening skills
  • Visiting speakers and opportunities to visit other settings are regular features of the course.

Independent self-study

In addition to the contact time, full-time students are expected to undertake around 24 hours of personal self-study per week, plus additional preparation for assessments and examinations. Typically, this will involve meeting with individual tutors to discuss progress and feedback, completing online activities, reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library and online. In addition to this, students will spend time sharing ideas with fellow students, taking part in extra-curricular learning activities and engaging with external employers.

Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including the Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources as well as our network of employers and entrepreneurs. 

Teaching staff

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics, professional practitioners with industry experience and business leaders and employers.

Teaching is informed by research and consultancy, and many lectures are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy. Teaching is informed by the research and consultancy work carried out by staff and staff profiles can be view at the WBS Staff Profile Page.

Assessment

The precise assessment requirements in an academic year will vary according to the mandatory and optional modules taken. The assessment strategy has been designed so that:

  • All modules have both formative and summative assessment elements. Formative assessment allows tutors and students to recognise strengths and weaknesses in learning and to address those issues immediately. Summative assessments are graded and count towards the final module grade, and they are assessed against the specific module learning outcomes
  • Typically 15 credit/ one semester modules will have one assessment item; 30 credit/ two semester modules will have 2-3 assessments
  • Across each individual year and cumulatively across all three years the concept of continuous assessment and/or building up expertise in different assessment types applies. A variety of assessment types (reports, portfolios, presentations, essays and a final year research or consultancy project) are designed to suit different learning styles
  • There may be some specialisation by subject: e.g. exams are more common in Accounting, Finance and Economics modules because the professional bodies prefer this method of assessment for exemption/ accreditation purposes and many of our modules are linked to those bodies in order to obtain such exemption/ accreditation
  • Different types of employability skills are embedded in all modules

Feedback

You will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal coursework assessments. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader.

Feedback is intended to support learning by indicating how you can improve in future assignments and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors to help support personal and academic development and enhance employability skills. Feedback on formal course work assessments is normally provided within 20 working days of hand-in.

Programme specification

For comprehensive details on the aims and intended learning outcomes of the course, and the means by which these are achieved through learning, teaching and assessment, please download the latest programme specification document.

Careers

Where could it take you?

Employability

We recognise that optimising your future employment and earning potential are a key factor in selecting your degree. All of our courses:

  • offer the option of a paid placement year which significantly increases your chance of getting a job when you graduate, possibly even with your placement company (except Information Technology for Education BSc (Hons)). We also advertise short-term vacancies on our VLE (Virtual Learning Environment)
  • offer the option to spend a year abroad at one of our exchange universities in the USA, Canada, Europe, Australia or New Zealand to help you develop the intercultural skills that are so highly sought after by today's employers
  • target selected Employability Standards in every module. These are designed by Worcester Business School in consultation with employers so you will always be able to see the employability relevance of what you are studying
  • include automatic access to our electronic CV Compiler Tool to create a live and evidence-based CV
  • are accredited by, recognised by or mapped to professional qualifications and/or associations as appropriate
  • provide access to our broad network of business managers and employers (including our own Business School Advisory Board) who work closely with us to design courses, offer scholarships and prizes, host student visits, support student competitions, provide work-related projects and contribute to teaching activities
  • offer employment preparation workshops which include CV preparation, mock interviews/assessment centres and meetings with employers
  • are written and taught by business professionals and practitioners who are fully aware of what today's employers are looking for
  • include work-based learning modules where you can learn via a live work-based project
  • adopt a real-world, applied approach to learning, teaching and assessment so that what you learn is relevant and useful to your future employer(s)
  • offer access to a host of CV-enhancing co-curriculum activities such as our start-up café, international study weeks, case study/business plan competitions, vacation research projects, mentoring activities, etc
  • promote 'earn as you learn' part-time work opportunities which will significantly boost your employability after graduation
  • potential to progress onto the Business School's MBA or DBA.

Read some of our work placement student stories

Gino Cubeddu

Gino Cubeddu

Gino was delighted to obtain a full-year work-placement offer from IBM.

Prior to coming to Worcester, Gino completed a BTEC in Information Technology. Since studying for his BSc (Hons) degree at the University of Worcester, Gino’s academic achievements have been top-notch, becoming one of the University Academic Award winners for Computing in October 2016.  According to his lecturer in web design and development “Gino’s development of the CSS and HTML has gone beyond the limits of the tasks taught; he has been able to offer a much-extended interpretation”.

Gino’s high scores and excellent interview really impressed IBM, where he will be trained to use Python - a high-tech language that will be new to Gino and add to his skillset and future employability.

Gino came to university with no knowledge of object-oriented programming knowledge or concepts. He feels the excellent teaching and experiences in multiple modules has helped him go above his expectations in achieving a prestigious Computing placement.

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Costs

How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in the academic year 2020/21 will be £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in the academic year 2019/20 was £12,400 per year. Details of the 2020/21 fee will be available soon.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students registering on this course in the academic year 2019/20 were £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module and £2,313 per 30-credit module. Details of the 2020/21 fees will be available soon.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying. The amounts vary between courses.

If your course offers a placement opportunity, you may need to pay for a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check.

Accommodation

Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls of residence. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £105 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £169 per week (2020/21 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page.

How to apply

How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

Business Information Technology BSc (Hons) G500
Business Information Technology (Placement Year) 4 Yr: I161

UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.

Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.

UCAS Code

G500 or I161

Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Viv Bell

Admissions Tutor

Dr Joy Garfield

Course Leader