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Business Computing (with placement year)

BSc (Hons)
Entry 2017: This course is not running
Duration: 4 years
Attendance mode: Full-time
Award: BSc (Hons)
UCAS code: G511
Placement: Placement year available
Suitable for international students
Faculty of Engineering & Informatics
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Modern business increasingly depends on information systems.

This course covers the techniques and principles of computing that will allow you to become a professional in this high demand area.

You will undertake practical work throughout the course, underpinned by theory.

The course also includes a software engineering group project to develop team-working skills, and a major individual project in the final year in an area of your choice.

Your time is divided between modern business and management skills and the fundamentals of computing. Specialised modules each year in business and management are provided at the University’s prestigious School of Management.

Professional Accreditation/Recognition

This course is accredited by the British Computer Society for partial CITP (Chartered IT Professional) Status.

Why Bradford?

At Bradford, you will have 24-hour access to the Faculty’s student labs with Tomcat, Apache, PostgreSQL and MySQL servers for student use.

There is the opportunity for an industrial training (sandwich) year in paid employment, applying your computing skills within a workplace.

This often improves your chances of finding a job after graduation, as well as helping your progression to full membership of a professional body.

Entry requirements


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A levels:

There are no specific subject requirements.

BTEC Extended Diploma:

There are no specific subject requirements.

Applicants on Access Programmes:

Access to Higher Education Diploma with at least 45 Level 3 credits at Merit.

Plus minimum of:

GCSE English Language and Maths at grade C.

English language requirements:

Minimum IELTS at 6.0 or the equivalent.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.


New UCAS tariff

We use the UCAS tariff system to help us compare different qualifications. For courses starting from September 2017 onwards, the way points are calculated is changing.

The number of points you get for each qualification and grade will be lower, for example, an A* grade at A level will be worth 56 points from 2017 onwards, instead of 140 in 2016. Despite the lower points, you will still need to achieve the same grades. The only exception to this is that AS Levels will now be worth 40% of an A Level, instead of 50%.

All qualifications that are currently on the UCAS Tariff will continue to attract points under the new system. More qualifications are also being brought into the UCAS tariff system for the first time, including Access to Higher Education courses.

Work out your UCAS tariff points using the UCAS Tariff Calculator (link opens in a new window/tab).

This course is not running for 2017.



Module name Type
Year 1
Developing Professional Skillscore
Foundations of Marketingcore
Fundamentals of Internet Technologycore
Operations and Information Systems Managementcore
Software Development (Part 1)core
Software Development (Part 2)core
Year 2
Computer Communications & Networkcore
Database Systemscore
Electronic Business core
Information Systems Analysis and Designcore
Software Engineering with Group Projectcore
Consumer Behaviouroption
Management of Service Operationsoption
Marketing Management and Strategyoption
Year 4
Final Year Projectcore
AI for Gamesoption
Cyber Securityoption
Decision Support Systemsoption
Global Business Environmentoption
Human Resource Management option
Information Engineeringoption
Large Scale data Driven Appoption
Marketing and Entrepreneurshipoption
Organisational Changeoption
Project Management and Strategyoption
Real Time Systemsoption

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.

Career support and prospects

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career Development Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Employment statistics

85% of our 2015 computing graduates found employment or went on to further study within six months of graduating.

Career prospects

Business Computing should open opportunities in computing for careers in banking, marketing, human resources, etc. Recent employers include Santander, HM Revenue and Customs, and Lombard Risk Management.

Salary expectations

The average starting salary for our 2015 Business Computing graduates was £21,000.

Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees


  • Home/EU: £9,250*
  • Home/EU, sandwich placement year fee: 10% of the applicable full-time fee
  • International: £16,970
  • International, sandwich placement year fee: £1,700

* Home/EU fees will be subject to an annual increase, set in line with government policy. A percentage of any additional higher fee income will be used to support student opportunity through increased expenditure on access, student success and progression activities.

See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.

Financial support

See our Fees and Financial Support website.

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