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Information Technology for Business

BSc (Hons)

Key facts

UCAS code

G407

Start dates

September 2022 / September 2023

Location

Wheatley

Course length

Full time: 3 years, or 4 years sandwich

Part time: up to 8 years

Accreditation(s)

Accredited by the British Computer Society (full CITP)

UCAS Tariff Points

112

  • The British Computer Society

Overview

Our Information Technology for Business course equips you with the range of skills you need to manage IT for a diverse job market, including;

  • technical knowledge
  • business understanding
  • interpersonal skills
  • project skills. 

You will learn about programming, information systems, business and practical management skills. You will have access to excellent facilities and state-of-the-art technology.

 You will hone key professional skills through;

  • technical presentations
  • team exercises
  • interviews
  • mock assessment centre days. 

In Year 3 you have the opportunity of a work placement, with a wide range of organizations. Many graduates go on to work for their placement employers. Students from Oxford Brookes University have obtained placements at the following companies, among many others;

  • IBM
  • BT
  • Procter & Gamble
  • Cisco
  • Deloitte
  • Hewlett-Packard
  • SAS 
  • Unilever.
     
Student study group

How to apply

Wherever possible we make our conditional offers using the UCAS Tariff. The combination of A-level grades listed here would be just one way of achieving the UCAS Tariff points for this course.

For more information about how we are supporting applicants impacted by Covid-19, please see our information for applicants page.

Standard offer

UCAS Tariff Points: 112

A Level: BBC

IB Points: 30

BTEC: DMM

Further offer details

We welcome applications from candidates with alternative qualifications, and from mature students.

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements

GCSE: grade 4/C minimum in Mathematics; grade 4/C minimum in English Language normally required

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

English language requirements

Please see the University's standard English language requirements.

International qualifications and equivalences

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English requirements for visas

If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.

Pathways courses for international and EU students

If you do not meet the entry requirements for this degree, or if you would like more preparation before you start, you can take an international foundation course. Once you enrol, you will have a guaranteed pathway to this degree if you pass your foundation course with the required grades.

If you only need to meet the language requirements, you can take our pre-sessional English course. You will develop key language and study skills for academic success and you will not need to take an external language test to progress to your degree.

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Credit transfer

Many of our courses consider applications for entry part-way through the course for students who have credit from previous learning or relevant professional experience.

Find out more about transferring to Brookes. If you'd like to talk through your options, please contact our Admissions team.

Application process

Full time Home (UK) applicants

Apply through UCAS

Part time Home (UK) applicants

Apply direct to the University

International applicants

Apply direct to the University

Full time applicants can also apply through UCAS

Tuition fees


Please see the fees note
Home (UK) full time
£9,250

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module

Home (UK) sandwich (placement)
£1,500

International / EU full time
£15,200

International / EU sandwich (placement)
£1,500

Home (UK) full time
£9,250 (subject to OfS confirmation, Sept 2021)

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module (subject to OfS confirmation, Sept 2021)

Home (UK) sandwich (placement)
£1,500

International / EU full time
£15,500

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees

2021 / 22
Home (UK) full time
£9,250

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module

Home (UK) sandwich (placement)
£1,500

International / EU full time
£15,200

International / EU sandwich (placement)
£1,500

2022 / 23
Home (UK) full time
£9,250 (subject to OfS confirmation, Sept 2021)

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module (subject to OfS confirmation, Sept 2021)

Home (UK) sandwich (placement)
£1,500

International / EU full time
£15,500

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088

Please note tuition fees for Home students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.

Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning Home students at the maximum permitted level.

Financial support and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see our Fees and funding pages.

Additional costs

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed below.

The most likely extra costs involved in studying this course are computers, books and printing.

You are not required to have your own computer though many students choose to. We have computer rooms available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week on campus, so you should always be able to work if you don't have your own machine. Students who choose to buy a computer are advised to avoid low-end machines since reliability will be important; a budget of around £600 should suffice, although some modules may require use of higher-end hardware which is available on campus. Since computers are always available when on campus, it is not necessary to use a laptop computer; a desktop at home or in your Hall will provide greater value for money. The Department does not provide any Apple MacOS machines and their use is not required, but their use is supported if you wish to bring your own. Tablet or smartphone devices may be useful for taking notes but are usually not sufficient for completing Computer Science lab work.

Most software used on the course is freely available to students. The Department is a member of the Microsoft Imagine scheme and other programs designed to grant access to professional-grade software tools (which would normally be very expensive) for free.

Your University library membership includes access to an extensive electronic library so in many cases, you will be able to read coursebooks online without extra cost. You can of course buy physical copies of books as well if you wish. Computing textbooks generally vary in price between £20 and £60 depending on the degree of specialism.

Most submission of work for Computing modules is electronic, so there is little need for printing.

If you undertake a placement you will be responsible for the cost of travelling, which will be affected by the placement's location. As Oxford and the surrounding area have a strong IT industry, many placements are available near the University.

The published course and module descriptions were accurate when first published and remain the basis of the course, but the University has had to modify some course and module content in response to government restrictions and social distancing requirements. In the event of changes made to the government advice and social distancing rules by national or local government, the University may need to make further alterations to the published course content. Detailed information on the changes will be sent to every student on confirmation in August to ensure you have all the information before you come to Oxford Brookes.

Learning and assessment

In Year 1 you will learn programming and information systems. You will also gain key business and practical management skills. These encourage your professional development and introduce you to key business, management and computing technology. 

In Year 2 you will continue your studies in business and management. You will also study subjects which are key to working in IT management, including;

  • business intelligence programming
  • computer security
  • database management.

In Year 3 you can take a work placement. We encourage professional working practices and we support you through our involvement with international companies. 

Students working in library

Study modules

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Information Systems

Problem Solving and Programming

Digital Technology and Mathematics for Business

Networking and Multimedia

Professional Applications of Communication Theories

Exploring International Business & Management

Year 2

Compulsory modules

Business Intelligence Programming

The Human Computer Interface

Databases

Web Application Development

Innovative Product Development

Foundations of Security

Optional modules

Management Information Systems

Year 3 (optional placement year)

Optional modules

Optional Work Placement Year

We encourage you to take the optional, supervised work placement in the computing industry for 12 months between Year 2 and your final year. You will need to apply for your placement position yourself; however you will be taught about how to apply for jobs effectively in a second year module, and we have a placements office with dedicated staff to provide information and advice to help you secure a placement. We maintain links with industry and most students who go on placement obtain their position through the Department. More and more students are finding that a placement benefits their final-year studies and career prospects. Possible placement organisations include IBM, Microsoft and PepsiCo. On returning to University for your final year, the experience you have gained will improve your academic performance. In addition, we have an excellent record of students gaining full-time employment on graduation, often with their industrial placement company or organisation.

Year 4 (or year 3 if no placement)

Compulsory modules

BSC Computing Project

Software Engineering

Software Project Management

Cloud Computing & The Internet of Things

Artificial Intelligence

Business at the cutting edge

Optional modules

Communicating and Teaching Computer Science

Business Ethics

Independent Study

Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you can choose from may vary from that shown here. The structure of the course may also mean some modules are not available to you.

Learning and teaching

Our teaching methods include;

  • lectures
  • practical activities
  • problem-solving classes
  • tutorial support.

We supplement these with materials produced by the relevant departments in the University.
 

Assessment

Assessment methods used on this course

We assess your core modules through a mixture of coursework and examination. Our assessment methods vary according to course content.

Study Abroad

You may be able to go on a European or international study exchange while you are at Brookes. Most exchanges take place in the second year. Although we will help as much as we can with your plans, ultimately you are responsible for organising and funding this study abroad.

After you graduate

Career prospects

Successful completion of this course will give you excellent employment prospects. The profile of students from this programme has been tailored to match the requirements of some of the biggest employers of IT graduates.

The combination of technical knowledge, business awareness, and interpersonal and project skills will make you especially well qualified for an increasingly diverse job market in managing IT applications.

A number of our students go on to work for companies involved in the course.

Further study

World-class research and superb links with industry come together to make Oxford Brookes one of the best places in the UK to study technology at postgraduate level, whatever your subject interest.

Our courses, taught by leading academics with active research programmes, are designed to meet the needs of modern industry. And our location in Oxford places us at the heart of one of Europe's biggest concentrations of high-tech businesses - opening up opportunities for research collaboration and employment.

Further information about our postgraduate courses at Oxford Brookes can be found here.

Free language courses

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

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Part-time study

Programme Changes: On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website.

For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.