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Year of Entry 2021/22
BSc (Honours)

Business and Digital Technology with Foundation Year

Full-time Computing

Gain a degree in business and digital communications technology, with an initial foundation year to prepare for the course.


Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home: £9,250 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
International/EU: £13,995 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
How long will I study? 4/5 Years
Where will I study? City Campus
What are the entry requirements? 80 UCAS Points
What is the UCAS code? A018
When do I start? September 2021
Placement year available? Yes

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Course summary

  • Prepare for the degree with an extra foundation year at the start.
  • Learn the essential skills of business management and the role of IT.
  • Increase your employability through industrial placements.
  • Experience a strong sense of community and outreach through various student led social initiatives.

You will develop a solid background in the commercial applications of technology and gain good general business skills, enabling you to pursue a broad choice of careers. You will be equipped with the knowledge to undertake professional accreditations such as PRINCE2 (Project Management) or ITIL (ServiceManagement).

How you learn

The course is suitable if you don’t meet the entry requirements for our BSc (Hons) Business and Digital Technology course, or you want extra preparation before starting degree-level study. You share the first year with other computing foundation year students, then move on to the degree.

You experience and engage in a variety of activities as you progress through the course. We have designed a balanced mix of these activities to help you with the knowledge, understanding and skills we have outlined above, as you develop as a business and ICT student and enhance your employability.

You will learn through

  • lectures, tutorials and seminars
  • work-based learning projects, peer mentoring events and employability fairs
  • group and individual coursework involving written and verbal communication activities, problem-solving activities and information-gathering activities (including desk-based or field research)
  • continuous reflection on your personal and professional development
  • independent study

In the foundation year, you’ll build on your existing knowledge and experience — developing useful academic, computing and IT skills in preparation for undergraduate study. You’ll benefit from innovative course content that allows you to access and use cutting-edge technology. Throughout, you’ll reflect on your progress, and build valuable communication and interpersonal skills.

Applied learning

Work placements

You will have the opportunity to arrange a year-long work placement in between your third and fourth years. We highly recommend a placement year as it helps your personal and professional development through real-world experience, and enhances your career prospects on graduation. Be it a local, national or international industrial placement, you get personal and pastoral support from your allocated tutor during your placement year.

Previous students have taken placements with various organisations ranging from small and medium-sized enterprises to large multinational corporations including IBM, BMW, Boeing, DHL, Intel, Xerox, Bentley and Texas Instruments.


Future careers

You graduate from this course a technically literate business professional. You will be able to appreciate not just the issues of business management or impact of information and communication technology, but also the opportunities and methods of implementation offered. The hybrid curriculum of the course, combined with an optional industrial placement, opens doors for you into any industry or sector.

This course prepares you for careers such as

  • business analyst roles
  • project management roles
  • pre-sales (strategy)
  • general business administration (marketing, finance, human resources)
  • IT consultancy

Previous graduates of BSc (Honours) Business and Information and Communications Technology have gone on to work for

  • Plusnet
  • Xerox
  • Accenture
  • IBM
  • Fujitsu
  • BT
  • Babcock
  • Ford
  • BMW

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus through a structured mix of online lessons and face-to-face teaching with access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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Entry requirements

All students

UCAS points

  • 80

This must include at least one A level or equivalent BTEC qualifications. For example:

  • CDD at A Level.
  • MMP in BTEC Extended Diploma.
  • A combination of qualifications, which may include AS levels, EPQ and general studies

You can find information on making sense of UCAS tariff points here and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

GCSE

  • English Language or English Literature at grade C or 4
  • Maths at grade C or 4

• Access - an Access to HE Diploma with at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2. At least 15 level 3 credits must be at merit grade or above from a QAA-recognised Access to HE course, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate.

We may also accept you, if you have limited qualifications but can show evidence of ability and a genuine commitment to studying the subject.

Some applicants may be invited to attend an informal interview with the course leader to ensure that the programme is suitable for themselves and their aspirations.

UK students may be able to claim financial support for the course.

If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or equivalent. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 at the point of enrolment.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Modules

Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

You will be able to complete a placement year as part of this course. See the modules table below for further information.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Computing Projects Credits: 120

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Employability And Work Based Learning Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Information Analysis For Business Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Information Systems Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Introduction To Digital Technology Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Practical
Module: Managing And Understanding Customers Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Understanding Organisations Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam

Year 3

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Database Administration And Security Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Databases For Business Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Practical
Module: Employability And Project Based Learning Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Managing And Developing People Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Managing Business Finance Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Service Operation And Service Transition Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Business Analysis For Enterprise Systems Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Digital Marketing Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Information Management Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: It Infrastructure And Emerging Technologies Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Managing For Performance Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Practical

Year 4

Optional modules
Module Credits
Module: Placement Year Credits: -

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Developing Strategies For Change Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Entrepreneurial Theory And Practice 3 Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Marketing Planning And Management Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Practical
Module: Professional Practice Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Relationship Marketing Management Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Applied Business Intelligence Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Dissertation Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Innovative Multimedia Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Knowledge Management Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2021/22 is £9,250 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2021/22 is £13,995 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

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