BSc (Honours) Information Technology with Business Studies with Foundation Year

Year of Entry 2024/25
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BSc (Honours)

Information Technology with Business Studies with Foundation Year

Course in clearing 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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Apply for a place on this course starting in 2024. Get started with our online form, or call 0330 024 6390.

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    What is the fee?

    Home: £9,250 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
    International/EU: £16,655 per year (£1,200 for placement year)

  • Time

    How long will I study?

    4/5 Years

  • Location

    Where will I study?

    City Campus

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  • Date

    When do I start?

    September 2024

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Course summary

  • Prepare for the degree with an extra foundation year at the start.
  • Learn to manage the technological solutions at the heart of modern organisations.
  • Study data analysis, management, infrastructure and web content management.
  • Gain entrepreneurship and enterprise skills and manage full live projects.
  • Prepare to undertake professional accreditations such as PRINCE2 (Project Management), AGILE and ITIL (Service Management).

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

If you don’t meet the entry requirements for our BSc (Hons) Information Technology with Business Studies course, or you’d like extra preparation before starting degree-level study. You’ll share the first year with other computing foundation year students, then move on to the degree.

How you learn

The course is suitable if you don’t meet the entry requirements for our BSc (Hons) Information Technology with Business Studies course. You share the first year with other computing foundation year students, then move on to the degree. During the first year of study, you will enhance your skills to maximise your academic potential ready to start your learning against the content of the main degree.

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.

This course offers a diverse approach towards teaching and learning. You’ll be taught by experts with 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. You’re also able 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.

You will be supported in your learning journey towards highly skilled, graduate level employment through a number of key areas. These include

  • access to our unique student support triangle to help with your personal, academic and career development
  • access to our Skills Centre with one to ones, webinars and online resources, where you can get help with planning and structuring your assignments
  • industry-specific employability activities such as live projects, learning in simulated environments and networking opportunities

Applied learning

Work placements

You’ll have the opportunity to arrange a year-long work placement in between your third and fourth years. Previous placements have taken place at organisations such as IBM, BMW, Nissan, Xerox and Boots.

Live projects

We work with industrial advisers to make sure the design of the curriculum is aligned with the needs of industry. You’ll work on client-based projects from the public services sector, private sector SMEs and large corporate organisations. This facilitates a closer connection to industry, where you’re able to apply theory to real projects.

You can also work with our business programme, Venture Matrix, winner of the National Enterprise Educators Award.

Core entrepreneurial modules on the course mean you can engage with external business clients, public sector organisations and voluntary groups. This provides a unique project-based learning experience, and allows you to develop transferable employability skills.

As it’s increasingly popular for graduates to run their own business, we’ve developed a unique series of modules that allow you to develop your entrepreneurial skills and creativity. Both students and graduates have the opportunity to access our enterprise resources – providing office space, office equipment, meeting facilities and tailored business support.

You’ll also have unique certification opportunities through PRINCE2 (Project Management), ITIL (IT service Management) and Business Architecture Expert (LEADing Practice Enterprise Standards Body).

Networking opportunities

As our course has strong links with a range of employers, we’re able to hold employer-specific events to give 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’ll 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 prepare you for a career in:

  • marketing management
  • business analysis
  • IT service management
  • web design
  • supply chain management
  • retail management
  • human resources
  • project management

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus through a structured mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions as well as access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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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

We’ve invested over £100m in new facilities in the last five years, to help you study how and when you want. This means 24-hour libraries and study spaces designed by our students

Entry requirements

All students

We will offer flexibility on our usual entry requirements for clearing applicants. Please call us on 0330 024 6390 to discuss your options and apply.

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.

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


Important notice: The structure of this course is periodically reviewed and enhanced to provide the best possible learning experience for our students and ensure ongoing compliance with any professional, statutory and regulatory body standards. Module structure, content, delivery and assessment may change, but we expect the focus of the course and the learning outcomes to remain as described above. Following any changes, updated module information will be published on this page.

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

Foundations In Computing 1
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Foundations In Computing 2
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Maths For Foundation Computing
Credits 20
Assessment Practical(100%)
Study Skills For Computing Students
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Year 2

Compulsory modules

Customers & Markets
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Employability And Organisation Based Learning
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(40%) , Practical(60%)
Information Systems Analysis
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Technology And Information Analysis For Business
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(60%) , Practical(40%)
Year 3

Compulsory modules

Business Analysis For Enterprise Systems
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Employability And Project Based Learning
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(40%) , Practical(60%)
Introduction To Cloud And Emerging Technologies
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(40%) , Practical(60%)
Service Operation And Service Transition
Credits 20
Assessment Practical(100%)
Year 4

Optional modules

Placement Year
Credits -
Final year

Compulsory modules

Applied Business Intelligence
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(50%) , Practical(50%)
Business Architecture Expert
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Credits 40
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Entrepreneurship And Strategic Management
Credits 20
Assessment Coursework(100%)

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2024/25 is £9,250 per year. These fees are regulated by the UK government and are therefore subject to changes in government policy. 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 2024/25 is £16,655 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.

Additional costs for Computing courses (PDF, 330.6KB)

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