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Manage and improve modern business technology

The BSc Business Technology opens up a wide range of roles and opportunities for you with many organisations, including large blue chip international companies.

Employers require graduates who can combine sound business knowledge with technical expertise to manage, maintain and improve modern business systems. You will regularly work with real companies, which will greatly enhance your appeal to future employers.

This degree is accredited by the British Computer Society as fully meeting the educational requirements for Chartered IT Professional registration.

Honours students must complete a year of postgraduate study if they wish to complete Chartered IT Professional registration. Part-time students must gain their award within six years if they wish accreditation.  

The biztech superstar

No one could ever accuse Ashley Forrester of not trying hard enough. She threw herself into her BSc (Hons) Business Technology course at UWS, taking on a student representative role and participating in many other extra-curricular activities, in much the same way that she’s approached her first job.

On graduating with a first-class Honours degree in 2017, she began her first job with Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) after having worked for one year for HPE as part of her sandwich degree. She is already pushing herself into new challenges by becoming part of the leadership team at the company’s women’s network.

The fact that the course covered both business and technology has really helped me develop a broader understanding of the issues that our business clients are facing, and the solutions to them.

Ashley Forrester

Ashley reckons that the course modules were highly relevant to the job she carries out, but knows that her learning isn’t over. She says, “Right now I’m investigating what other learning and training I can do with HPE to further my knowledge and my career.”

Placement Opportunities

An optional 12-month paid placement in an organisational setting is offered, in the UK or abroad, at the end of year 2 or 3.

Short (8 to 10 week) placement opportunities are also available during years 2, 3 and 4. In recent years, students have completed placements with organisations such as Lenovo, Hewlett Packard and Oxfam.

Study Abroad 

Broaden your horizons, learn a new language and prepare for the best international opportunities available with study abroad at UWS.

Computing at UWS

Computing courses at UWS are designed in collaboration with leading companies to produce work-ready graduates with the skills that industry needs.

We work with major industry leaders to give our students work-based learning opportunities to put their knowledge into practice.

Our students graduate ready for career success in this fast-changing, dynamic industry. 

Learn more about the School of Engineering and Computing at UWS.

94%

overall satisfaction from BSc Business Technology students

93%

of BSc Business Technology students in work and/or study 6 months after graduating

Entry Requirements

What qualifications do you need?

We welcome Scottish, UK and international students and consider all applicants on an individual basis.

Don’t worry if your qualifications are not listed here, we take a range of factors into account when assessing your application and are happy to consider other alternative combinations of qualifications and experience.

If you are applying with an EU or non-EU qualification, please check our Undergraduate Entry Requirements page which gives more information about country-specific entry requirements.

Year 1

  • Scottish Highers: BBBC, or equivalent, or 102 UCAS Tariff points
  • A levels: CCD or 88 UCAS Tariff points
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: H3 H3 H3 H4
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 24 points (including 4, 4 at HL) 
  • SQA HNC/BTEC Level 4 HNC: Administration and IT or Business 
  • Scottish Widening Access Programme: Access to STEM (BBB)
  • African WASSCE (WAEC): a pass in 5 subjects (minimum of 3 at Grade B) including Maths at Grade B

Year 2

  • Scottish Advanced Highers: CCD including Computing or CCD with evidence of programming (112 UCAS Tariff points)
  • GCE A levels: BCC including Computing or BCC with evidence of programming (104 UCAS Tariff points)
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 28 points  
  • SQA HNC / BTEC Level 4 HNC: Information Technology or Computing or other relevant discipline (with A in the Graded Unit) 
  • SQA HND / BTEC Level 5 HND: Administration and IT (with B in the Graded Unit) 
  • BTEC Extended Diploma: DDM

Year 3

  • SQA HND / BTEC Level 5 HND/Foundation Degree: Information Technology or Computing or other relevant discipline (with B in the Graded Unit) 

English Language Requirements

English language requirements for most courses

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. The qualifications below must have been gained within two years of the start of your course.

General English language requirements at UWS: International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • overall score 6.0
  • no sub-test less than 5.5

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:

  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII with the minimum of a Pass in all sub-tests
  • PTE Pearson Academic English: An overall score of 54 with no element below 51 (for programmes that require IELTS 6.0 with no element below 5.5). An overall score 61 with no element below 51 (for programmes that require IELTS 6.5 with no element below 6.0)

 

IELTS Score Exceptions (DBA, Certificate of Higher Education, PhD, etc.)

For our research degrees (MRes, MPhil, PhD, DBA, DProf), applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0

For Health, Nursing & Midwifery courses that lead to professional registration with the Nursing & Midwifery Council, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 7.0
  • no sub-test less than 7.0

For our Certificate of Higher Education courses, applicants are required to have an IELTS score as follows:

  • overall score of 5.0
  • no sub-test less than 4.5

 

TOEFL IBT

TOEFL IBT*: 78; no sub-test less than:

  • Reading: 17;
  • Listening: 17;
  • Speaking: 17;
  • Writing: 17

* Please note that TOEFL is still acceptable for admission to this programme for both home/EU and international students.
For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use TOEFL to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level courses. We therefore still accept TOEFL tests taken in the last two years for admission to this programme.

 

West African Senior School Certificate of Education (WASSCE)

West African Senior School Certificate of Education (WASSCE) including acceptance of WAEC Scratchcard*

  • C6 or above in English

*UWS will accept a WAEC scratchcard confirming that an applicant has achieved C6 or above as evidence of meeting English language requirement from Nigeria if the student graduated within the last 5 years. After 5 years applicants would be required to provide the WAEC Certificate.

 

Pre-sessional courses

Applicants who do not meet the minimum English language requirements have the option to study one of our preparatory and pre-sessional English courses. The UWS courses available are:

  • 10 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.0 with no element below 4.5.
  • 5 week pre-sessional - entry criteria UKVI IELTS 5.5 with no element below 5.5.
  • English Language for University Study - entry criteria UKVI IELTS with score of 4.0 in all elements (10 month course), or 4.5 with no score below 4.0 (7 month course).

Course details

Industry requires graduates who can combine sound business knowledge with technical expertise to manage, maintain and improve modern business technology. You will regularly work with real companies, which will greatly enhance your appeal to future employers.

Guest lectures from industry are included in the programme. Ann Davidson from the Scottish Institute for Enterprise recently delivered an enterprise workshop to students.

Year 1

Understand the fundamentals of business operations, computer systems, networks, web development, programming and design.

Year 2

Learn how to analyse, innovate, propose and procure business technology requirements and solutions. You will undertake either a team-based computing project (which may involve direct interaction with a local business) or a short individual placement.

Year 3

You will improve your knowledge on business systems analysis, project management, and recent advancements in areas such as business intelligence and information security management.

Sandwich Placement (optional)

Between years 2 and 3 or years 3 and 4, you may undertake a placement on a full-time basis over a minimum 36 weeks duration, leading to a sandwich award

Year 4

You will conduct an individual research project and study key strategic level aspects of business technology. 

This course can also be studied part-time (day, evening and distance learning). 

Detailed course content available at www.uws.ac.uk/ug2017

Course Structure

Find out more about the structure, learning outcomes, compulsory and optional modules in this course.

Course Structure (17/18)

Career Prospects

Jobs

UWS graduates have found employment with organisations including Oracle, Hewlett Packard, Dell, Aggreko, Lloyds Bank, Clydesdale Bank, Hitachi Solutions Europe and Standard Life. 

Roles include Project Manager, SharePoint Consultant, Information Security Analyst, Systems Administrator, Business Intelligence Analyst, Data Loss Prevention Analyst, Social Media Consultant, Cloud Projects Engineer, Digital Marketing Manager, Data Analytics Specialist.

Further Study

Some graduates choose further study, leading to an MSc, PhD or teaching qualification. See list of courses available.

Undergraduate Tuition Fees

Scottish campuses lab-based 2018/19

Scottish & EU

£1,820 cost per year of study (paid by the Scottish Government via SAAS*)

English, Northern Irish & Welsh

£9,250 per year of study

Channel Island & Isle of Man

£9,250 per year of study

International (Non-EU)

£12,100 per year of study

More on current & future tuition fees

Part-time / online study lab-based 2018/19

Scottish & EU

£305 per module (20 credits)

English, Northern Irish & Welsh

£1,550 per module (20 credits)

Channel Islands & Isle of Man

£1,550 per module (20 credits)

International (Non-EU)

£2,350 per module (20 credits)

More on current & future tuition fees

Scottish campuses lab-based 2019/20

Scottish & EU

£1,820 cost per year of study (paid by the Scottish Government via SAAS*)

English, Northern Irish & Welsh

£9,250 Cost per year of study for four years but not more than £27,750

Channel Islands & Isle of Man

£9,250 Cost per year of study for four years but not more than £27,750

International (Non-EU)

£14,000 per year of study

More on current & future tuition fees

Additional Costs & Sources of Funding

The cost of attending university is an investment in your future career.
 
In addition to tuition fees and living expenses, some courses involve extra costs like study materials, field trips, equipment and uniforms.
 
Fortunately, there is a great deal of financial support available to help students meet the cost of their study. This ranges from:

  • statutory government loans to pay for tuition fees
  • scholarships for Scottish, EU and International (non-EU) students
  • bursaries to help towards living expenses

The sections below provide details of additional costs that your course may involve along with any financial support that may be available.
 
You can also find additional information in our Undergraduate Money, Fees & Funding section.

Additional Costs

Students on certain degrees will incur some additional costs not covered by their tuition fees. These could be for things like specialist equipment, study materials, work placements, graduation, membership of relevant organisations or costs related to carrying out fieldwork.

For students on course with an element of fieldwork, there may also be extra costs for travel and accommodation.

Please contact the course leader for details of the additional costs associated with this course.

Tuition Fees* & Living Cost Support

Tuition Fees & Additional Costs

Tuition fees are calculated based on where you are from and what you are studying. Some courses also involve additional costs, such as mandatory field trips, equipment or studying abroad.

Find out how much it will cost you to study at UWS as an undergraduate student.

Funding for Scottish Students

Scottish students studying at undergraduate level at UWS are entitled to various funds and support towards tuition fees and living costs.

Find out more.

Funding for English, Welsh & Northern Irish Students

English, Welsh and Northern Irish students studying at undergraduate level at UWS are entitled to various funds and support towards tuition fees and living costs.

Find out more.

Funding for EU Students

EU students studying at undergraduate level of UWS may be eligible for SAAS funding, as well as support to meet the costs of childcare and various sources of additional funding.

Find our more.

Funding for International Students

There are several scholarship and incentive schemes available to international students studying at undergraduate level at UWS, as well as support to meet the costs of childcare and various sources of additional funding.

Find out more.

Additional Costs

Students on certain degrees will incur some additional costs not covered by their tuition fees. These could be for things like specialist equipment, study materials, work placements, graduation, membership of relevant organisations or costs related to carrying out fieldwork.

For students on course with an element of fieldwork, there may also be extra costs for travel and accommodation.

Please contact the course leader for details of the additional costs associated with this course.

How to apply

Full-time (domestic & EU/EEA)

All UK and EU applicants for undergraduate study, not applying through an agent or partner, should apply through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service)

The deadline for the 2018/19 entry was 15 January 2018, 18:00 (UK time). For some courses it is  still be possible to apply beyond this period, subject to suitable vacancies remaining. The final deadline for late applications with UCAS course choices is 30 June 2018, 18:00 (UK time). If you have missed the last deadline, you might be able to apply via ‘Clearing’ if the course you are interested in has remaining places for this session.

Please refer to our Undergraduate Application Guide for domestic & EU/EEA to find more information on when and how to apply to study at UWS.

Apply on UCAS

Full-time (non-EU/non-EEA), Part-time & Online (all students), Erasmus & International Exchange

Students from non-EU/non-EEA countries can apply directly to UWS via our dedicated online application system. The latest we can process your application is 6 weeks before the course start date to allow for visa processing times. For more information on when and how to apply to study at UWS please refer to our International Undergraduate Application Guide.

For part-time & online study, you should apply directly to the University through our online application system, not through UCAS. Please select the part-time mode of study when submitting your application. Before you begin your application, it is important to read the part-time application step-by-step guide for a smooth process.

To come to UWS as a visiting student on a study abroad or exchange programme, you must apply entirely through our online system.

 

An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.

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