Computing (Business Information Systems) | BSc Four-Year Foundation Entry


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93% of UWTSD students at the School of Applied Computing were satisfied with their course – NSS 2017.

The Foundation Year is designed to allow students to gain the correct skills for entry on to the BSc Business Information Technoligy programme within the School of Applied Computing.

The course is for students that want to learn how to use up-to-date Computer Technology and the contemporary Management practices associated with managing people projects and change in Organisations today.

The BIT programme is unique in that students learn to understand and manage both information systems and human resources gaining valuable transferable skills in both disciplines. 

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Key Facts

Awards: Mcomp | BSc | HND | HNC
UCAS Code (MComp): 876R
UCAS Code (BSc): 276S
UCAS Code (HND): 989T
UCAS Code (Foundation): G51F
Institution Code: T80
Course Length:
MComp 4 years f/t
BSc 3 years f/t - up to 6 years p/t;
HND 2 years f/t - up to 4 years p/t;
HNC 1 years f/t - up to 3 years p/t;

Location:
Swansea
School/Faculty:
School of Applied Computing
Contact Email:
computing@uwtsd.ac.uk
Language Choice
English  

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  • Everything was enjoyable at UWTSD! Very useful for future purposes – employment focused. I love that the course connects business and computing. It enabled us to understand business needs and IT solutions and communicate between both departments. Almost as a decoder translating between two languages.

    Reham Ismail Saeed Al-ShaibaniFirst Class Honours BSc (Hons) Business Information Technology

  • Holding CITP status reflects your integrity, professionalism and dedication to your work. Your status will be recognised in a formal listing of Chartered IT Professionals on a register available to potential clients and employers on the BCS website.

    Professor Ian WellsHead of School of Applied Computing


The School of Applied Computing has a long history of "Reaching Wider" and we appreciate the challenges that students can face, often through no fault of their own. We also appreciate the challenges presented to individuals wishing to change career. This programme is intended to address and resolve any deficiencies in students' skills in order to meet the entry requirements for our degree. We have a friendly team of academics who are dedicated to the well-being and academic progress of our students and offer excellent support to students on this Foundation Year.

This course aims to produce graduates who will have a sound knowledge of business and computer concepts to allow them to develop IT and business strategies for an organisation. IT plays a pervasive role throughout Society and is an essential consideration for Organisations to realise their potential. Our graduates will be able to clearly understand and develop the use of human resources and contemporary information systems within an organisation.

The course looks at how the use of different IT applications can benefit Organisations and covers up-to-date developments in many areas such as e-Business, Web Technologies, E-Commerce, M-commerce, Social Media, Entrepreneurship and Human & Organisational behaviour. Students will learn how to use up-to-date technology to support business needs, how to solve complex problems, finance, marketing, enterprise and management skills.

In the first year, you will study a broad range of subjects common to several courses within the Computing Portfolio. These provide the underpinning required for later years and allow flexibility to transfer across pathways in your first year of study. During your second year, you will study modules that provide a greater depth for your chosen programme. In the final year, you will undertake a major project which provides a focus for your studies.

The student will focus on acquiring and using the expertise required by a systems analyst to design solutions to business problems and manage the change of working practices of the people involved.  The expertise and skills you develop from designing and managing software solutions as part of a team is highly regarded by employers.

Year 0 modules - Foundation Entry - UCAS Code: G51F

  • Academic Writing (20 credits)
  • Integrating Project (20 credits)
  • Mathematics (10 credits)
  • Science (10 credits)
  • Computer Systems (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Computer Programming (20 credits)
  • Analysing and Solving Problems or Further Mathematics (20 credits)

Year 1 modules - MComp/BSc/HND/HNC

  • Academic & Employability Skills (10 credits)
  • Business and IT Management (20 credits)
  • Computational Thinking (10 credits)
  • Computer Architecture and Networks (20 credits)
  • Data Analysis and Visualisation (20 credits)
  • Information Engineering (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Web Development (10 credits)
  • Web Design and Online Marketing (10 credits)

Year 2 modules - MComp/BSc/HND

  • Accounting and Accounting Software (20 credits)
  • Business Application Development (20 credits)
  • Cybersecurity (10 credits)
  • Database Management Systems (20 credits)
  • eCommerce (20 credits)
  • Enterprise and Innovation (10 credits)
  • Project Management (10 credits)
  • Research Methods (10 credits) 

Year 3 modules - MComp/BSc

  • Major Project (40 credits)
  • Business Intelligence Systems (20 credits)
  • Geographical Information Systems (20 credits)
  • Information Systems Strategy (20 credits)
  • Usability Engineering (20 credits)

Year 4 Integrated Masters - MComp

MComp Business Information Systems is a four-year fully-funded undergraduate programme, leading to a Masters-level qualification. You would be expected to join employers on a fast track to management by learning specialist skills in:

  • Data Security (20 credits)
  • Leadership and Management (20 credits)
  • Marketing and Web Analytics (20 credits)
  • Group Project (60 credits)

This BCS accredited degree scheme is designed to produce suitably equipped graduates to work in the Information Technology industry within the UK. The programme includes the traditional concepts, principles and techniques of modern business and information technology but applies these within the context of the cutting edge technologies used in industry and commerce. Through our industrial links we have developed a program structure to provide students with the latest skills along with an appreciation of the industry needs. This course contributes fully to the academic requirements for graduates to register for the status of Chartered IT Professional (CITP).

Applicants to this programme will learn more specialised, systems analysis, people management and data management skills. They would learn in-depth, a range of project management concepts and data visualisation to develop and maintain sophisticated and complex information systems solutions. Graduates would seek positions in business management, project management, ICT teaching, web design and development, systems analysis, and consultancy.

The School of Applied Computing aims to produce graduates that help shape the future of computing and information systems development.  The course content is contemporary and shaped for employability through close links with local and national employers.

Students are assessed through a combination of worksheets, practicals, presentations, projects and examinations.  Module assessment is often by assignment, or assignment and examination. The final mark for some modules may include one or more pieces of course work set and completed during the module. Project work is assessed by written report and presentation.

Students are encouraged to use our links with Software Alliance Wales and Go Wales to work on commercial schemes for their Major Project module.  Go Wales provides the opportunity of paid work placements with local businesses.

Foundation Year in STEM

32 UCAS tariff points. Applications from those offering alternative qualifications, or with no formal qualifications are welcome. Please contact the computing@uwtsd.ac.uk for more information.

MComp Business Information Systems - UCAS CODE: 876R

120 UCAS tariff points (previously 300) to include:

Two C grades at A-Level/AVCE; or 
BTEC National Diploma grades Merit, Pass, Pass; or 
BTEC National Certificate grades Merit, Merit; or 
NVQ Level 3 - Pass

Subjects at Advanced Level should include Computing, ICT, Maths, Science or similar.
GCSE Maths Grade 4 (previously C) or above is preferred.

BSc Business Information Systems - UCAS CODE: 276S

104 UCAS tariff points (previously 260) to include:

Two C grades at A-Level/AVCE; or 
BTEC National Diploma grades Pass, Pass, Pass; or 
BTEC National Certificate grades Merit, Pass; or 
NVQ Level 3 - Pass

Subjects at Advanced Level should include ICT, Computing, Maths, Physics or similar.
GCSE Maths Grade 4 (previously C) or above is preferred.

HND Business Information Systems - UCAS Code: 989T

48 UCAS tariff points (previously 120) to include:

A C grade at A-Level/AVCE; or
BTEC National Diploma/Certificate/Award - Pass; or
NVQ Level 3 - Pass.

Subjects at Advanced Level should include Maths, ICT, Physics or similar.
GCSE Maths Grade 4 (previously C) or above is preferred.

HNC Business Information Systems - UCAS Code: 477H

40 UCAS tariff points (previously 100) 

Grades are important; however, our offers are not solely based on academic results. We are interested in creative people that demonstrate a strong commitment to their chosen subject area and therefore we welcome applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds. To assess student suitability for their chosen course we normally arrange interviews for all applicants at which your skills, achievements and life experience will be considered as well as your qualifications.

Typical International Baccalaureate Offer:

Please contact the computing@uwtsd.ac.uk for more information.

Other:

Applications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome. Please contact the computing@uwtsd.ac.uk for more information.


Our graduates have excellent employment prospects in the computing, teaching, lecturing and ICT industry, as well as in other areas of the economy. Recent statistics show that the vast majority of graduates from the Computing portfolio are following their chosen career paths within six months of graduating.

Career pathways include Website Management, e-Marketing & Social Media Management, Business Analyst, IT Service & IT System Management, Business IT Communication Manager, Project Manager, Business Innovation Management, Change Management, IT Consultant.

Here are some profiles of graduates from this programme and where they are now:

 

It is possible to complete this programme of study without any additional costs.

Students may wish to purchase materials for modules, such as major project but this is not a requirement and will have no bearing on the final grade. 

Successful completion of the Programme offers the eligibility for registration by the British Computer Society (BCS) of Chartered IT Professional (CITP) full status.