3 years full-time / 4 years full-time with integrated placement year
Please note: this is an E-skills Information Technology Management for Business (ITMB) programme.
UCAS Code: G460
Typical offer level
A Level: BBB-ABB
BTEC National Diploma: DDD in relevant National Diploma
IB: 32 points
Specific subject requirements
A Level: Maths or Computing or Business preferred but not essential
General Studies accepted
GCSE: Maths Grade B and English Grade C
A suitable combination of two A Level and two AS Level subjects may be accepted
£9,000 (£1,000 during placement year) for UK/EU students. (2013). More on fees
Applicants receiving offers are invited to an open day. Information on visas for international students
Gain practical skills at designing software systems
Endorsed as an ITMB programme, one of only 13 offered at UK Universities.
Excellent career prospects
Includes elements of software engineering, programming and internet computing
Paid professional sandwich placement opportunities
No prior knowledge of computing required
The research expertise of Computing Science staff is integrated into undergraduate teaching
Wide range of Combined Honours options also available
A new approach to collaborative learning with the Capgemini challenge
The BSc Computing for Business aims to produce Graduate Software Developers who specialise in managing software development for business. We focus on the design, construction and application of computing systems to meet the requirements of business organisations.
The Aston University Computing for Business programme is one of only 13 in the UK to be endorsed as an ITMB programme by the E-skills council, giving our students access to top companies, projects and graduate opportunities. Aston also offers an optional integrated placement year.
You will extend your knowledge beynd the traditional business use of IT and be fully up to speed with new developments with the internet, e-business and distributed computing/multimedia systems.
This programme has two main study themes: the methods of computing and how businesses operate and exploit computing effectively. The core of this programme is the design and construction of systems to inform management decision-making and facilitate business activity.
Computing for Business is approximately two thirds computing and one third business with considerable emphasis given to the integration of the two subjects.
Since students join the programme from a variety of different backgrounds, year one brings everyone to the same level of knowledge. The principles of computer programme design and business organisation provide a firm grounding for the remaining two years of the programme. A wide range of options in the final year allow you to select specialised topics of particular interest to your chosen career.
Year 3 - Optional placement year
See placement year section below
or find out more about the Aston placement year
You will benefit from our range of teaching methods and learning styles including: lectures, seminars and small group discussions, lab exercises and practical classes, computer-aided learning, individual and group projects.
Assessment is by a combination of written exams, projects and coursework. The proportion of each varies according to the modules chosen but examinations typically comprise around 75% and continuous assessment around 25%.
For further information, see the programme specification (PDF).
Choose our 4-year sandwich programme and you will spend your third year in a paid professional placement of direct relevance to your studies. This placement will give you invaluable practical experience in a real work environment and will further enhance your career prospects.
Our staff will help you find a suitable placement and support you during your year.
Students typically find work with major organisations such as IBM, 3M, Hewlett Packard, Microsoft, Intel, BT, Corus, TNT.
Find out more about placement years at Aston.
This course is accredited by the British Computer Society: BCS: The Chartered Institute for IT for the purposes of Chartered IT Professional (CITP) qualification and E-skills UK.
The Aston University Computing for Business programme is one of only 13 in the UK to be endorsed as an ITMB
programme by the E-skills council
This gives our students access to top companies, projects and graduate opportunities.
Career prospects continue to be strong for our computing scientists with their sound understanding of the principles and practical applications of computing. The majority of our graduates find stimulating and rewarding positions in computing related activities with suppliers and users or within a wide range of careers for which a university degree is a prerequisite e.g. programmer, systems analyst, systems engineer or teacher.
Of our 2008 Computing for Business graduates, 75% went into employment or onto further study.
Recent graduate roles include: Cap Gemini
- Graduate Programmer Microsoft
- Software Developer Toyota
- Graduate Trainee Unisys
- Consultant KPMG
- New Media Programmer Nortel Networks
- Software Developer
Secondary Teaching Coca-Cola - Network Analyst IBM UK
- Software Engineer Ford
- Systems Analyst
- Graduate IT Trainee Logica CMG
- IT Consultant Intergra-Net UK
- Software Engineer Oxford University
- Programmer EDS
- Graduate Trainee Point 4 Consulting Ltd
- Internet Applications Developer HSBC
- Systems Analysts Goldman Sachs & Co - Programmer
- Programmer Oxford University
- PhD in Computer Science
Amongst the most advanced in British Higher Education, Aston University recently invested £4m in a major upgrade of its campus IT network. The facilities specifically provided for our computing students include a 100-seat PC teaching lab with AV projection facilities and three other labs containing Pentium PCs and multimedia capable iMacs. Additional labs provide high performance workstations reserved for project work and specialist teaching.
Our Programming Support Office is available to help you with computer programming modules.
All our computers are connected by means of an ethernet network, which in turn interconnects with the rest of the University and provides direct connections to the internet. Some of our dedicated computing laboratories are open to our students 24 hours a day.
Dr Anthony Beaumont
My research interests are Computer communications, Networks, andParallel and distributed systems. I am currently involved in research projects on Research on languages on the Internet (in response to one of UNESCO's objectives regarding Multilingualism for Cultural Diversity and Participation of All in Cyberspace) and Electronic Coursework Assessment and Feedback (e-CAF).
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