BSc Computing for Business
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DescriptionWhy Take This Course?
Long gone are the days when computing professionals were solely writing programs to satisfy their appreciative business users. Clients now have higher expectations and rightly want a greater degree of involvement throughout the development process. This partnership approach has been found to substantially increase the chances of creating successful systems. Nowadays developers must be able to communicate with users at all levels of an organisation and to do that they need to know something about the businesses in which they work. The Computing for Business degree is specifically designed to integrate both the exciting subject areas of Business and Computing. It provides…
Frequently asked questions
Long gone are the days when computing professionals were solely
writing programs to satisfy their appreciative business users.
Clients now have higher expectations and rightly want a greater
degree of involvement throughout the development process. This
partnership approach has been found to substantially increase the
chances of creating successful systems. Nowadays developers must be
able to communicate with users at all levels of an organisation and
to do that they need to know something about the businesses in
which they work. The Computing for Business degree is specifically
designed to integrate both the exciting subject areas of Business
and Computing. It provides a thorough understanding of systems
development while at the same time providing a sound knowledge of
modern business operations. Studying on the Computing for Business
degree will also develop important transferable skills, such as
critical thinking, problem solving, communication, organisation and
The Computing for Business degree is excellent for students wanting to pursue a career in a commercial computing environment. Students will acquire a wide range of techniques and tools for use in the construction of sophisticated information systems with particular emphasis on software within business. You can also apply to a 4 year course, Computing for Business with a Year in Industry (G511), in which the third year is spent on a relevant work placement.
The degree is delivered using modules from both the School of Computing Sciences and the Norwich Business School. Both of these Schools have close contacts with industry, for example, through research funding, knowledge transfer programmes, external advisory panels, and consultancy. The School of Computing Sciences also has its own consulting company called SYSCO. Guest professionals are frequently invited to give talks and meet with students. These links with business and industry are exploited in the degree by setting real world problems and using real data in practical projects and coursework. A significant proportion of the assessment is made up of such projects - both individually and in groups.
The course has a compulsory first year that develops your skills in computing and introduces you to business. In the second and third years you study further commercially oriented computing modules and learn about the workings of organisations. You are free to choose further computing and business modules that suit your interests and your career aspirations. You will complete a substantial individually supervised project in your final year.
This programme has full Chartered IT Professional (CITP) accreditation as well as leading to Chartered Engineer (CEng) status from the (BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT)
Students have on average 15 hours of contact time per week with teaching staff through lectures, laboratory sessions and seminars, though this may vary depending on module choices. Additionally, students should allocate at least 25 hours per week for study, coursework assignments and projects.Career Opportunities
Computing graduates who also have some understanding of business, its organisation, its motivations and its priorities, are highly sought after. The majority of our students gain employment in UK industry. Frequently occurring job titles are software developer, systems analyst, software engineer, database designer, programmer, web developer, IT consultant, management consultant, and usability consultant. Some graduates choose to go on to postgraduate studies and a few move into the teaching profession.
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We welcome applications from students from all academic backgrounds. We require evidence of proficiency in English (including writing, speaking, listening and reading). Recognised English Language qualifications include:
- IELTS: 6. overall (minimum 5.5 in any component)
- TOEFL: Internet-based score of 78 overall (minimum 20 in Speaking component, 17 in Writing and Listening components and 18 in Reading components.
- PTE: 55 overall (minimum 51 in any component).
If you do not meet the University's entry requirements, our INTO Language Learning Centre offers a range of university preparation courses to help you develop the high level of academic and English skills necessary for successful undergraduate study.Interviews
The majority of candidates will not be called for an interview. However, for some students an interview will be requested. These are normally quite informal and generally cover topics such as your current studies, reasons for choosing the course and your personal interests and extra-curricular activities.Gap Year
We welcome applications from students who have already taken or intend to take a gap year, believing that a year between school and university can be of substantial benefit. You are advised to indicate your reason for wishing to defer entry and may wish to contact the appropriate Admissions Office directly to discuss this further.Special Entry Requirements
We ask our applicants to have at least one of the following A
Levels (or equivalent): Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology,
Computing, Electronics, Economics or a Business related
General Studies and Critical Thinking are not accepted.
The School's annual intake is in September of each year.Alternative Qualifications
We encourage you to apply if you have alternative qualifications
equivalent to our stated entry requirement. Please contact us for
Pass the Access to HE Diploma with Distinction in 36 credits at Level 3 and Merit in 9 Level 3 credits, including 12 Level 3 credits in either Mathematics, Science Business or Economics related subjects.
Students are required to have Mathematics and English Language at minimum of Grade C or above at GCSE Level.
The School of Computing Sciences (CMP) has an excellent reputation in teaching. 90% Satisfied with teaching in Guardian University Guide 2013.
The school offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses in Computing Science and subject areas allied to it that include computer graphics, computer systems engineering, actuarial sciences, business information systems and computational biology.
- All of our degree courses are designed to give you a flexible structure that enables you to choose subjects that interest you and that are aligned with your career aspirations.
- You will be taught by academics at the cutting edge of their respective fields. In the last research assessment exercise 95% of our research was regarded as world-leading or as internationally excellent or recognised.
- The School of Computing Sciences has an excellent reputation in teaching having been awarded the top grade of ‘commendable’ in all categories from the Quality Assurance Agency (QAA).
- Our undergraduate computing degrees have full Chartered IT Professional (CITP) accreditation (many of the Masters programmes also have the Further Learning Element status)as well as leading to Chartered Engineer (CEng) status from the (BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT).
- Much of our work is concerned with real-world problems and applications and we have excellent links with industry both for our teaching and research.
- The facilities and student experience in the school are excellent. We have a range of different laboratories for students that cater for the different disciplines taught in the school. We also have a Help Desk that provides support for our students, as well as a student common room and a Staff Student Liaison Committee.
- Our teaching is delivered in a variety of ways including lectures, laboratory classes, seminars and group projects. Our laboratory class and seminars are run with a 1-to-16 staff to student ratio ensuring you can obtain good support.
- The School of Computing Sciences leads the university in utilizing its internationally recognized research commercially, through SYS Consulting, its Consulting company and through Knowledge Transfer Partnerships.
- Our students also use their technical and entrepreneurial skills to play influential roles in the creation of companies such as Travel Republic, Evoke systems, Fyfo and Shoretech systems.
We are committed to ensuring that Tuition Fees do not act as a barrier to those aspiring to come to a world leading university and have developed a funding package to reward those with excellent qualifications and assist those from lower income backgrounds. Full time UK/EU students starting an undergraduate degree course in 2013 will be charged a tuition fee of £9,000. The level of fee may be subject to yearly increases. Full time International students starting an undergraduate degree course in 2013 will be charged a tuition fee of £14,400. The level of fee may be subject to yearly increases.Scholarships and Bursaries
Home/EU - The University of East Anglia offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships. To check if you are eligible please visit http://www.uea.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/finance/university-financial-support
International Students - The University offers around £1 million of Scholarships each year to support International students in their studies. Scholarships are normally awarded to students on the basis of academic merit and are usually for the duration of the period of study. Our University international pages gives you more details about preparation for studying with us, including Fees and Funding http://www.uea.ac.uk/international