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Year of Entry 2022/23
BSc (Honours)

Information Technology with Business Studies with Foundation Year

Full-time Computing

Gain a degree in information technology with business studies, with an initial foundation year to prepare for the course.

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What is the fee? Home: See fees section below
International/EU: £14,415 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? A019
When do I start? September 2022
Placement year available? Yes

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Course summary

  • Prepare for the degree with an extra foundation year at the start.
  • Gain the skills and knowledge to manage the technological solutions at the heart of every modern organisation.
  • Develop knowledge in data analysis, IT management, IT infrastructure and web content management systems.
  • Gain entrepreneurship and enterprise skills and manage full live projects.
  • Undertake professional accreditations such as PRINCE2 (Project Management) and ITIL (Service Management).

On this course you learn contemporary approaches towards business modelling, supporting you in your analysis, design and implementation of IT solutions. You will gain knowledge in using and manipulating contemporary web-based content management systems, and the opportunity to develop digital marketing strategies that complement web systems.

How you learn

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

The course is suitable if you don’t meet the entry requirements for our BA (Hons) Information Technology with Business Studies 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.

This course offers a diverse approach towards teaching and learning. Staff members teaching on this course have valuable industry experience in both business management and information technology. The course has been consistently recognised for high levels of student satisfaction and experience.

You learn through

  • lectures and seminars
  • tutorials and workshops
  • practical activity-based sessions
  • group and individual project work
  • independent study
  • work placements

The wide range of methods applied to assessment enables a differentiated approach towards assessing your learning. This also allows you to undertake modes of assessment that simulate typical industry practice within respected business and IT environments.

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.

Course leaders and tutors

Matthew Love
Matthew Love
Principal Lecturer & Quality Lead

My own skills have developed in line with the changes in technologies, from microprocessor programming, though team building of software, multimedia technologies, sy … Read more

Applied learning

Work placements

You will have the opportunity to arrange a year-long work placement in between your third and fourth years. This gives you real-world experience to prepare you for your future career. You can apply what you've learned on a paid placement with organisations such as IBM, BMW, Nissan, Xerox and Boots.

Live projects

You benefit from our working with business programme, Venture Matrix, which has won the National Enterprise Educators Award.

The core entrepreneurial modules effectively engage you with external business clients, public sector organisations and internal and external voluntary groups. This provides a bespoke and unique project work based learning experience. It also provides the opportunity for you to apply your learning from other modules towards meaningful projects, thus providing an effective means of developing transferable employability skills.

It is increasingly popular amongst graduates to run their own business. We have therefore developed a unique series of modules that allow you to explore your entrepreneurial abilities and creativity in a safe environment. Students and graduates have the opportunity to access our enterprise resources providing office space, office equipment, meeting facilities and tailored business support.

Networking opportunities

Our course has strong links with a range of employers that enables us to hold employer specific events giving you opportunities to enhance your placement and graduate career prospects.

Future careers

This course embodies employability throughout each academic year. We prepare you for a position in industry or commerce as technically literate business professionals. When you graduate from the course you will be able to demonstrate acumen in business management, information technology and methods of implementation.

We typically achieve over 80% employment rates among our graduates.

This course will prepare you for a career as a

  • marketing manager
  • business analyst
  • IT service manager
  • web designer
  • supply chain manager
  • retail manager
  • human resource manager
  • project manager

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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Equipment and facilities

On this course you work with

  • a registered SAS academy, developing your skills with one of the leading industry technologies in data analysis
  • Oracle, a leader in database management software

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.


  • 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'.


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: Exam
Module: Introduction To Digital Technology Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: It Service Support Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Understanding Organisations Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 3

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Business Analysis For Enterprise Systems Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Employability And Project Based Learning Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Introduction To Cloud Computing Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: It Infrastructure And Emerging Technologies Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Digital Marketing Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Information Management Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Managing For Performance Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Web Analytics And Search Engine Optimisation Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 4

Optional modules
Module Credits
Module: Placement Year Credits: -

Final year

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

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fees for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2022/2023 are regulated by the UK government and are yet to be confirmed. For an indication, 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 2022/23 is £14,415 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

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Financial support for home/EU students

How tuition fees work, student loans and other financial support available.

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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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