Business Computing (BSc Hons)

Business information technology

Study mode

Full-Time or Placement


3 Years (Full-Time)
4 Years (Placement)


Park, Cheltenham

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This degree combines the best parts of business and computing degrees. By the time you graduate, you will understand what makes the business world tick and how information systems are integral to business growth in the 21st century.

You'll look at how successful companies such as Amazon and Superdry drive growth and increase profits through IT systems. Our guest lecturers have a range of experience from business start-ups to multi-national companies. They'll share expert insights and knowledge on how IT professionals help solve business challenges.  You'll learn through real-life case studies. For example, how Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Group uses IT systems to track his vast network of multi-national brands.

Starting with building and managing an Oracle database, you'll work on real-life business problems right from the first year. Our business challenges will help you understand some of the most complex problems businesses have to overcome such as merger and acquisitions.  We'll explore why almost 90% of mergers fail (Forbes 2015) and how you, as a skilled graduate, can overcome these challenges using IT systems. If you want to start your own business, we'll help you develop skills and knowledge to create a business idea, establish a viable product or service, and market it. Our students compete for blue-chip placement opportunities at companies such as GSK (GlaxoSmithKlein).  Other placement companies include Intel, Yell and Cadbury. Your lecturers all have business and IT experience, often acting as consultants. They bring real-world experiences into your lessons, such as helping businesses implement Big Data or improve systems such as Oracle and Microsoft. This ensures you're learning from the most up-to-date challenges.

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Study style

The course bridges theory with practical, preparing you to meet ever-changing industry demands and solve complex business problems. You'll explore a range of scenarios, learning from current business challenges. By the time you graduate you will understand a wide range of systems and IT business tools to ensure you progress as a professional. This includes knowledge of Oracle databases, introducing automation, SPSS software and hypothesis testing. Assessment is through individual portfolios, team projects, essays and presentations.

Course modules

Take a look at the course map for a breakdown of modules that you'll study to complete the course.

Entry requirements

Tariff information for 2019 entry

112 tariff points

Typical offers

BBC at A levels, DMM at BTEC or use a combination of your qualifications to achieve the required tariff total.

2019 UCAS tariff table

Mature Applicants: We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants.

International Students: Please see the full details of entry requirements in your country. If you do not meet the academic and English language requirements, you should consider a preparation course at INTO University of Gloucestershire, which will help to prepare you for study on this degree. INTO University of Gloucestershire is based at our Park campus and offers a range of courses including International Foundation Business, Hospitality and Tourism.

Grade 4/C in GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent) are normally required. If you don't meet your tariff points total we may still consider your application. Please email our admissions team for further information.


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UCAS codes

UCAS codes available for this subject
BSc (Hons) - 3 years full-time2A9C
BSc (Hons) - 4 years placementY2L4


  • Business/ systems analyst
  • Database administrator
  • IT manager
  • Project manager
  • Data scientist

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Student Focus

Carol-Ann Freeman

I implemented a new global performance IT strategy on my placement at GlaxoSmithKline. It’s great to know I made such a change to the organisation.

The experience changed me, too. I learnt a lot about myself and how a global organisation works, the roles and responsibilities involved. I came back to university with a different attitude, I’m more focused and determined. When learning, I think ‘I know how this works, I’ve done it before in real business’. Before my placement, I wanted to be a project manager. I've done that now and I’m so much more ambitious!

Placement information

Andrew Shelton, Graduate.

"The vast number of placements was simply outstanding." Andrew Shelton, Graduate

Placement type:

12-Month, Optional


12 months, full-time (minimum 35 hours per week)


Placements can be carried out in the UK or overseas; popular overseas placement destinations include the USA, China and Europe. You may even wish to source your own placement in other countries.

Visa requirements:

If carrying out a placement abroad, there may be a visa requirement.

Financial arrangements:

On your placement year you will pay a reduced tuition fee and are still eligible to apply for a maintenance loan. Financial support is also available from the Student Finance Team by contacting

Placement support:

You will have access to guidance from the Placements Team throughout your placement search, and for the duration of your placement year. You can contact the Placements Team on

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Combines business and computing

This degree combines the best parts of business and computing degrees. By the time you graduate, you will understand what makes the business world tick and how information systems are integral to business growth.

Design, build and manage real business information systems

Right from your first year, you will work on real-life business problems, starting with building and managing an Oracle database. Our business challenges will help you understand some of the most complex problems businesses have to overcome - such as mergers and acquisitions.

Business information technology

Solve real-world business problems

Course leaders have strong business links, both locally and nationally. You'll learn with business experts in lectures and work through business IT challenges in workshops.

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