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Computing for Business
Undergraduate course
BSc (Hons)

Computing for Business

International Scholarships available

Overview

At a time when big business is increasingly relying on technology, companies are eager to employ skilled graduates who understand computing technology and know how it can be used to help businesses succeed. This course will enhance your computing expertise and technical skills while developing your awareness of the business environment, putting you at an advantage in today’s competitive jobs market.

You will begin by studying the fundamentals of computing before investigating in your second year how businesses use computer systems and technology. In your final year, you will focus on key industry themes, including IT strategy, emerging technologies and managing change. A choice of option modules will allow you to hone the technical skills you will need to deal with a wide range of business problems.

Throughout the course, you will enhance your employability by learning a range of key competencies, including building websites, designing information systems and writing code to generate reports that will allow you to make strategic predictions for businesses. Learning how to communicate information and ideas clearly and in a compelling way will be an important element of the course. Coupled with proven skills in data and information analysis, you will graduate with the confidence and ability to shape business decisions at the highest level.    

Our partnership with global communications technology giant Avaya brings the company’s cutting-edge expertise to the heart of Headingley Campus. You will have direct access to the Avaya Breeze, Avaya Aura and Avaya Equinox platforms as you explore the real-time optimisation of new middleware. This facility forms the company’s regional base, meaning you will be part of a community that includes potential employers who use Avaya’s products, enabling you to start building your professional network while you study.

We are committed to providing you with hands-on experience. This course is all about learning and doing, so you will combine theoretical knowledge with developing practical skills in a range of areas including building dashboards, analysing data and designing and coding websites. You will also learn from industry experts who will deliver guest lectures focusing on how advances on computing technology are revolutionising the world of business.

You will learn from specialist tutors, and you will be encouraged to challenge them with new ideas and projects. With their support, you will cultivate an enquiring mind that is primed to analyse, to question and to seek out answers.

We understand that full-time study does not suit everyone. That’s why we offer courses which give you the opportunity to decide where, when and how you can get involved in learning. Studying a distance learning course offers the convenience and flexibility to make education work for you. Whether you’d like to fit your studies around childcare, develop your skills while working or, quite simply, want to learn from the comfort of your own home, we can help you gain a qualification at a time and pace that suits your lifestyle.

Like our students on campus, you will have the same excellent teaching and learning resources, however you’ll find these online instead of in a lecture theatre. Not only are all the modules taught online, but you will also have access to an online community and more than 140,000 books and journals in our online library.

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This course offers the opportunity to take a ‘sandwich’ year – a year of paid employment in industry which will build your skills and experience. This is usually taken between the second and third year of your degree, typically making your course four years in total.

Students who choose the sandwich route find it helps with both their studies and getting a job after graduation. It can build your confidence, contacts, and of course your CV. Leeds Beckett advertise lots of placement opportunities and provide support in helping you find the right placement for you.

Course Features

  • 24/7 Library
  • Expert careers service
  • Placements
  • Sandwich year
  • Study abroad option
  • TEF Silver Award
  • University accommodation
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Entry Requirements

96
POINTS REQUIRED
If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
UCAS Tariff Points: 96 points required. (Minimum Minimum 64 from 2 A Levels or equivalent, excluding General Studies). Additional Requirements: ).

Additional Requirements


GCSEs:
GCSE English Language and Maths at Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy/Numeracy are accepted in place of GCSEs.
Access to HE Diploma:
Pass overall with a minimum of 96 UCAS tariff points.
Scottish Awards:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade B at Higher Level.
Irish Leaving Certificate:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade C1 or above at Higher Level of which at least 3 must be at B2 If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
Selection Criteria:
We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.

International Baccalaureate

24 points
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu. If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website. Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.
UCAS Tariff Points: 96 points required. (Minimum Minimum 64 from 2 A Levels or equivalent, excluding General Studies). Additional Requirements: ).

Additional Requirements


GCSEs:
GCSE English Language and Maths at Grade C or above (Grade 4 for those sitting their GCSE from 2017 onwards) or equivalent. Key Skills Level 2, Functional Skills Level 2 and the Certificate in Adult Literacy/Numeracy are accepted in place of GCSEs.
Access to HE Diploma:
Pass overall with a minimum of 96 UCAS tariff points.
Scottish Awards:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade B at Higher Level.
Irish Leaving Certificate:
Minimum of 5 subjects at Grade C1 or above at Higher Level of which at least 3 must be at B2 If you're applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.
Selection Criteria:
We may use selection criteria based on your personal attributes; experience and/or commitment to the area of study. This information will be derived from your personal statement and reference and will only be used if you have met the general entry requirements.

International Baccalaureate

24 points
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Verify your qualifications
If you are an international student, we can help you to compare and verify your qualifications. Please contact our International Office on +44 (0)113 812 1111 09.00 to 17.00 Mon-Thurs / 09.00 to 16.30 Fri GMT or email internationaloffice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
Need to improve your English Language skills?
Don't worry if you don't have the level of English required for your chosen course. We offer a wide range of courses which have been designed to help you to improve your qualifications and English language ability, most of which are accredited by the British Council. Check your English and find out more about our English courses.
More questions?
No matter what your questions, we are here to answer them, visit our International website to get more information and find out about our online open days.

Careers

Computing for Business

Careers

Teaching and learning

Learn how to develop technological solutions to meet the needs of organisations and communities. You will be able to integrate technologies, products and services from multiple sources to serve the needs of a global society.
You will start to explore the core areas of computing that underpin the use of technology in organisations. Your six core modules will enable you to develop an understanding of application development which provides a sound underpinning to the development of systems for business.
Core Modules

This module will introduce you to the fundamental concepts of programming. Typical content will include variables and data types; understanding sequence, selection and Iteration; basic algorithms; structured programming and reuse.

Exploring technologies that support website development, you will study user-centred design principles and apply appropriate evaluation techniques.

Computing Systems

You will explore the stages involved in the development of database systems. You will acquire modelling and systems development skills, and examine ethical and professional issues related to the database development process.

You will develop your skills in report writing and presenting as you enhance your understanding of many aspects of computer science, including software engineering, computer networking, digital media, AI, cloud computing, sustainable computing and big data.

Studying the system development life cycle, you will focus on requirements capture, analysis and the modelling needed for the design of information systems.

Studying six core modules, you will strengthen your understanding of the core areas of business process and computing technology redesign and the use of computing facilities. You will complete a team project focused on a core area such as problem solving, systems analysis or web development.
Core Modules

You will develop your understanding of concepts relating to project management, focusing particularly on planning, organisation and control of resources in order to address a specific task, event or project towards completion.

You will increase your appreciation of the role of information in organisational environments. You will focus on the development and implementation of both packaged solutions and bespoke developments.

You will be introduced to the technological and managerial issues of organising in the digital era.

Business Concepts & Information Systems

You will explore the design and development of dynamic websites. You will examine the design process as applied to the development of websites alongside server-side web development to a point where you will be able to build a well-designed, interactive site.

Building on your experience of designing and implementing databases, you will use your database application development skills and programming knowledge to build robust applications.

This course offers the opportunity to take a ‘sandwich’ year – a year of paid employment in industry which will build your skills and experience. This is usually taken between the second and third year of your degree, typically making your course four years in total.

Students who choose the sandwich route find it helps with both their studies and getting a job after graduation. It can build your confidence, contacts, and of course your CV. Leeds Beckett advertise lots of placement opportunities and provide support in helping you find the right placement for you.

Your core modules and year-long Production Project module will develop your IT strategy management and business intelligence knowledge. Your option modules will enable you to appreciate the concepts, application and impact of your work as you learn to evaluate situations and make recommendations supported by research.
Core Modules

You will enhance your understanding of management and planning concepts in the exploitation of information systems, technologies and resources to sustain corporate competitiveness.

You will develop a product, ideally for an external client. You will research, generate ideas, design, create, implement and evaluate your product, reflecting on your performance throughout the process.

Option modules may include:
Business Intelligence

You will apply a practical perspective to data and database development and management. You will seek to justify and implement appropriate modelling, design and programming strategies that satisfy the requirements associated with a range of modern data/database applications.

Jackie Campbell
Jackie Campbell
Course Director
Jackie has had a varied career in systems development and data analytics working for many major international businesses prior to joining the University. Her teaching areas focus on databases, database design and implementation, data analysis, databases in forensics, and data warehousing and mining.
Innovative use of technology is one of the keys to the success of businesses’ operations. The ability to think creatively about the interaction between technology, data, businesses and lifestyle combined with the skills to communicate and implement these ideas will be what drives this innovation.
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Fees & funding

Fees for this course are not yet confirmed.
Fees for this course are not yet confirmed.

Facilities

  • IT Labs
    IT Labs

    The University is home to a number of modern specialist IT labs equipped with all the up-to-date hardware and software our computing students could need.

Location

Headingley Campus

Headingley Campus

Home to our first-rate sporting facilities – Headingley Campus has a rich and diverse history having played to visitors such as Winston Churchill and Oscar Wilde. Set in 100 acres of parkland, with easy access to Leeds city centre, many of our buildings look out onto our grassy acre – a perfect place for hanging out, playing games and catching up with friends on long summer days. Headingley Campus has modern sport science laboratories, animation and music studios and the latest computing labs, as well as one of our libraries, open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

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