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BSc (Hons) Business Information Technology

Unlock a career in business IT with this practical, challenging course

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Are you hoping to start a career in information technology? This British Computer Society accredited degree will show you how information technology helps to support modern businesses as they strive to accomplish their strategic priorities. You’ll also learn a range of essential business and management skills which are vital for an exciting and challenging career in IT.

  • Information technology management at Southampton Solent is accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS). This is an award reserved for courses which meet strict standards set by the industry itself.
  • Technical computing studies are supported by strategic decision-making, entrepreneurship and project management units.
  • Learning is supported by the use of industry-standard facilities. These facilities include IT suites, a usability lab, modern network simulators and a selection of robots and drones.
  • Students are given the opportunity to gain Oracle Certification alongside this degree.
  • Optional units in the second and third year of study enable learners to build a degree that is suited to their interests.
  • Southampton Solent University host regular British Computer Society (BCS) events featuring external industry speakers.
  • Students have the opportunity to showcase their final year project to industry employers at an end of year degree show.
  • The teaching team place a strong focus on employability and encourage students to seek work experience throughout the course. Students may also wish to undertake an optional placement year during their third year of study.

The industry

The UK’s IT industry is worth £58 billion annually. With employment of IT professionals expected to grow nearly twice as fast as the UK average between now and 2020 (e-skills UK), it looks like demand for well-qualified information technology graduates is set to remain strong.

The programme

Students studying information technology management here at Solent will have the opportunity to use the latest software and hardware in our dedicated computing and networking labs. These include our usability labs, which use eye-tracking technology to test the functionality of digital platforms and the quality of the user experience.

Southampton Solent University also operates a devices lab - an area which contains a range of mobile devices for website and application testing.

Successful students will have the opportunity to gain an Oracle certification alongside their degree. This shows employers that they possess proven skills and opens up the door to further certification through the ‘Oracle University’ programme.

Business information technology at Southampton Solent University has a strong focus on employability. This means that the curriculum is designed to equip students with skills that are relevant to employers. Students are also encouraged to take part in placements in their third year of study, or during their summer breaks.

Students are supported to develop a range of transferable skills throughout the course. These include valuable project management, problem solving and analytical skills that empower students to work in a range of professional industries after graduation.

The course team have a strong network of industry contacts. This has enabled past students to work on live briefs and case studies as part of the curriculum. Students are also encouraged to seek work experience placements each summer - previous students have found placements at IBM, NATS and Accenture.

Next steps

Are you ready for a diverse career in the IT industry? Whether you’re looking to secure a technical role or are more interested in IT management and business development strategy, Southampton Solent’s practical business information technology degree can help you gain the skills and experience you’ll need to succeed.

Have you got a question about applying?

Email: ask@solent.ac.uk

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UCAS codes

Full-time

  • 4 Years Technology Foundation Year G594
  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year G5Q3
  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year (Jan Start) N190
  • 3 Years Standard entry G593

Placement (480 credit course)

  • 5 Years Technology Foundation Year G568
  • 4 Years Standard entry G562

Typical entry requirements

2016 entry
220 UCAS Tariff points

2017 entry - New UCAS Tariff
88 UCAS Tariff points

 

Year one:

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Core units

  • Systems Analysis and Design
  • Introduction to Databases
  • Internet Technology
  • Introduction to Programming and Problem-Solving
  • Introduction to Professional Practice
  • Business Information Management
  • Event-Driven Programming.

Year two:

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Core units

  • Information Systems Design
  • Enterprise Database Development
  • Analytics and Financial Analysis
  • Developing for the Internet
  • Graduate and Professional Development.

Options

  • Human-Digital Interaction Design
  • Curriculum Plus (including languages and entrepreneurship).

Year three:

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Core units

  • Project (double unit)
  • Decision Support Systems and Business Intelligence
  • Software Requirements Project Management.

Options

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Web Application Development
  • Enterprise Data Modelling
  • Curriculum Plus (including languages and entrepreneurship).

Teaching, learning and assessment

Most units are taught in small class-based sessions, usually in IT labs. You’ll prepare for classes and activities through individual directed learning.

This format allows for relaxed, informal teaching where staff and students can discuss and debate, encouraging more active engagement with the material and allowing for individual feedback.

In the last year of the course you’ll undertake your own individual project, supported by an assigned project tutor.

Work experience
A recent Confederation of British Industry (CBI) report emphasised the demand for graduates with relevant work experience, and the work placement variant of the course provides exactly that.

Placement students will have extensive support in finding a suitable position between years two and three, as well as guidance on carrying out their placement.

Past students have obtained placements in the local region and further afield, including at leading marketing automation consultancy Clevertouch.

Assessment
Presentations, practical work, written assignments and group work. There are very few formal examinations.

Our facilities

You’ll have access to the latest software and hardware in our dedicated IT laboratories, and access to our specialised user-experience lab featuring eye-tracking technology. Students can also get hands-on with robotic devices including robot arms and drones to learn about data flow language, and have access to our devices lab. The devices lab is a test area integrated within one of our existing software development spaces, giving students the chance to ‘field test’ their websites and apps on real mobile and tablet devices, as well as through online emulators.

Study abroad

Students have the opportunity to study abroad through the Erasmus programme for part or all of the second year.

For more information, see www.solent.ac.uk/exchange

If you're a non-UK student studying at an EU university, the Erasmus programme gives you the chance to come to the UK and study business IT units at Solent for between three months and a full academic year.

University students from non-EU countries can also spend a semester or academic year studying at Solent University through our Study Abroad programme.

Web-based learning

Solent’s virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

Meet the Team

The course team has wide-ranging experience of business computing, computer systems, data analysis, web development and software engineering.

UCAS codes

Full-time

  • 4 Years Technology Foundation Year G594
  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year G5Q3
  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year (Jan Start) N190
  • 3 Years Standard entry G593

Placement (480 credit course)

  • 5 Years Technology Foundation Year G568
  • 4 Years Standard entry G562

What do we offer?

From a vibrant city centre campus to our first class facilities, this is where you can find out why you should choose Solent.

The degree provides graduates with a diverse set of business and IT skills that are applicable across a range of corporate IT environments. It also explores how IT can benefit the performance of a company – making it more efficient in terms of time, resources, cash and manpower.

This lucrative and specialist industry is searching for graduates with the skills and know-how to support growth and innovation. What better time to be working in business IT?

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Business analyst
  • Project manager
  • Web developer
  • System analyst.

Links with industry

The course benefits from Solent’s extensive links with the business community. Recent guest speakers have included representatives of British Gas and Enterprise Rent-a-Car.

Industry liaison panels inform course design and development; we also encourage and support you to gain industry experience during holidays, or to develop your final-year project in conjunction with industry.

You’ll have the opportunity to take part in competitions such as the Microsoft Imagine Cup. Students have also been involved in industry projects through our Solent Creatives agency, as well as the Wessex Round Table of Inventors.

Transferable skills

Through extensive training in business and management, particularly the Introduction to Professional Practice and Graduate and Professional Development units, you’ll develop skills in communication, strategic planning, project management, analysis and problem-solving, teamwork and presentation.

Examples of employment obtained by recent graduates

Previous students have entered careers with companies such as NATS, Goldman Sachs, Softech, BT, Estee Lauder, NOCS and Saatchi & Saatchi.

Two business computing graduates talk about how their courses prepared them to work at Clevertouch

 

Key facts

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Location of study: East Park Terrace

Study mode: Full-time, Placement (480 credit course)

Course also available on a flexible learning basis, whereby students study between 40 and 100 CATS per year taking units from the available timetable.

Accreditations: The course is accredited by the British Computing Society (BCS), the Chartered Institute for IT.

Entry requirements

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UCAS have updated their tariff points for 2017 entry. Please click here for more information.

220 points (for 2016 entry) or 88 points (for 2017 entry) from:

  • A minimum of two A Levels including minimum Grade D excluding General Studies and Key Skills, a BTEC Extended Diploma at MMM or BTEC Diploma at DD or equivalent.
  • Alternative entry to this course is available through the Technology Foundation Year or the International Foundation Year.
  • Direct entry to year two may be offered to holders of an HND or HNC in an appropriate subject.
  • Note: if you’re interested in computer programming and software development rather than using IT as a business tool, consider our BSc (Hons) Computing or BSc (Hons) Software Engineering courses.
  • The course is also available on a flexible learning basis, studying between 40 and 100 CATS points per year from units available on the timetable.
We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds. Applicants who are not in possession of the minimum entry requirements but are able to demonstrate aptitude, enthusiasm and motivation will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview and/or portfolio. Please contact us for further details.

Costs involved

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Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2016/2017 academic year are:

UK and EU full-time fees: £9,000 per year

International full-time fees: £11,000 per year

UK and EU placement year fees: £1,350

International placement year fees: £1,500

Graduation costs 

Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2015, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £42 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost.

For more details, please visit: www.solent.ac.uk/studying/graduation/home.aspx

Bursaries and scholarships

Southampton Solent University offers a range of scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our scholarships page to find out more.

 

How to apply

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Any student applying for the first year of a full-time/sandwich undergraduate course must apply through UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service). This includes mature, overseas and EU students.

Nearly all schools and colleges offer their students the facility of applying electronically through the UCAS website using 'Apply'; it may also be used by those applying independently in the UK and overseas. This facility and all course information can be found on the UCAS website: www.ucas.com.

Your application should reach UCAS by January if you hope to enter a course the following autumn. Early application is advised for the most popular subject areas. Late applications may be made until June. The UCAS Code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

Part-time and distance learning courses

Applications for part-time and distance learning courses are made directly to the University and can be made at any time prior to the start of the course. Please contact the admissions office for further details, contact details are at the top of the page. Print the application form below, complete and return to the admissions office, addresses are given on the form.

Part-time undergraduate study application form

Student support and services

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Student welfare

Southampton Solent University is committed to giving you the best possible educational experience during your time with us. As such we have a number of support services and policies set up covering funding, careers and employability, chaplaincy, counselling, international advice, student affairs, key academic skills, disability support and general student advice. Find out more about our approach to student welfare.

University facilities

You will have access to a modern, comfortable and efficient environment in which to study, following our extensive refurbishment and modernisation over recent years. Some key facilities include Mountbatten library, a wide variety of sports and watersports facilities, plus superb IT and media facilities. Find out more about our first-class facilities here.

Living in Southampton

Southampton is a vibrant student city and studying at Solent means that you will be at the very heart of the action. Find out more about being a student in Southampton.

Solent Students’ Union

Run by students for students, Solent Students’ Union is a key part of any student’s time at Solent. Visit the Students’ Union website for more information.

 

UCAS codes

Full-time

  • 4 Years Technology Foundation Year G594
  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year G5Q3
  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year (Jan Start) N190
  • 3 Years Standard entry G593

Placement (480 credit course)

  • 5 Years Technology Foundation Year G568
  • 4 Years Standard entry G562



 

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