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Manage and improve modern business technology

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

You will learn about the fundamentals of business operations and technology, and progress to the in-depth study of systems analysis, project management, and recent advancements in business intelligence and information security management.

With industry placements, business-focused content and work-related learning, the BSc (Hons) Busienss Technology prepares you for a modern career in technology-reliant businesses.

Professional Recognition

This course is accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS) as fully meeting the academic requirements for registration as a Chartered IT Professional. Part-time students must complete their studies within 6 years to gain BCS recognition.

Find out more about the BCS

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Our Programme Leaders have recorded Zoom sessions to help you discover all there is to know about our courses. From professional accreditation to programme modules and career opportunities, our Programme Leaders will help answer all your questions. You can find them on our YouTube Channel or by clicking the link below. 

Business Technology Programme Leader

Practical focus

Placements

Optional industrial placements are designed to make you work-ready and able to meet the needs of industry:

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.

In addition, short (8 to 10 week) work-based placement opportunities are also available during years 2, 3 and 4. 

Industry input

The course is designed to be practical in nature and up-to-date equipment, teaching methods and industry-standard software tools are used throughout.

Guest lectures and seminars are organised on a regular basis with industry specialists.

Where possible, visits to local businesses, attendance at industry conferences and direct involvement in industry projects will be used as integral aspects of module and programme delivery.

92%

of Business Technology graduates in work and/or study 6 months after graduating - HESA performance indicator 2016/17

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Computing @ UWS

UWS has been delivering career-focused computing degrees for 50 years.

With a focus on producing work-ready computing graduates, many of our computing courses are professionslly recognised by the British Computer Society (BCS), the Chartered Institute for IT in the UK. Aligning our courses to the BCS agenda is essential in producing IT professionals of the future who will focus on making IT good for society.

In additional, our 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.

At UWS, we are committed to ensuring that our students graduate ready for career success in this fast-changing, dynamic industry. 

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Ashley Forrester

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."

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 (102 UCAS Tariff points)
  • A levels: CCD (88 UCAS Tariff points)
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: H3 H3 H3 H4
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 24 points
  • SQA HNC/BTEC Level 4 HNC: Administration and IT or Business 
  • Scottish Widening Access Programme: Access to STEM (BBB)

Year 2

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

Year 3

  • SQA HND / BTEC Level 5 HND/Foundation Degree: Information Technology or Computer Science or Computing or other relevant discipline (for SQA HNDs, with Grade 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 (Research degrees, Nursing & Midwifery degrees with NMC registration, Certificate of Higher Education, 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 or Occupational English Test (OET)*.

For such courses, the IELTS score is as follows:

  • overall score of 7.0
  • score of at least 7.0 in reading, listening and speaking and no less than 6.5 in writing

* Note that the Occupational English Test (OET) will now be accepted in addition to IELTS as proof of a Nurse's English Language Competence (Nursing & Midwifery Council, 2019). 

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).

Find out more about our English lanaguage Courses.

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.

The course is designed to be practical in nature and up-to-date equipment, teaching methods and industry-standard software tools are used throughout.

Guest lectures and seminars are organised on a regular basis with industry specialists.

Where possible, visits to local businesses, attendance at industry conferences and direct involvement in industry projects will be used as integral aspects of module and programme delivery.

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, BSc (Hons) Business Technology graduate

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.

12-month 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' degree 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). 

Teaching & Assessment

The programme delivers a combination of technology and business related modules in every year, some of which are designed around accredited material from organisations such as Microsoft , Cisco and the British Computer Society, affording you the opportunity to supplement academic studies with professional certification, if you so desire.

The main teaching instruments are lectures, tutorials and laboratory work.

Classes are divided into smaller groups for laboratory work and tutorials. Seminars and group work are used where appropriate. Many of the modules place a focus on interactive student-centred learning using online materials or interactive systems or applications that the you can work through at your own pace.

Course Structure

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

BSc Business Technology Course Structure

Career Prospects

The BSc Business Technology produces graduates with multidisciplinary skills. Graduates will therefore be of interest to almost all businesses, particularly those with a need to employ someone who can analyse and understand how their business works and how best to use modern business technology to help the business develop and grow.

Jobs

In previous years, graduates have found employment with large organisations such as Oracle, Dell, Aggreko, Hewlett-Packard, Ernst & Young, Pernod Ricard, Clydesdale Bank, Standard Life, and McLaren Software.

Typical roles include: Business Systems Analyst; Data Analyst; Project Manager; Technical Support Specialist; Systems Administrator; Business Intelligence Analyst; Data Analytics Specialist; Business Technology Consultant; Technology Trainer; and Teacher.

Further Study

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

Undergraduate Tuition Fees

Undergraduate fees for this course 2020/21

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)

£13,000 per year of study

More on current & future tuition fees

Modular fee 2020/21

Scottish & EU

£305 per module (20 credit)

English, Northern Irish & Welsh

£1,550 per module (20 credit)

Channel Islands & Isle of Man

£1,550 per module (20 credit)

More on current & future tuition fees

2021/22 Undergraduate Tuition Fees - Full-time

Scottish

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

Rest of UK (English, Northern Irish, Welsh)

£9,250 Cost of study per year (for four years but you will not pay more than £27,750)

Republic of Ireland

£9,250 Cost of study per year (for four years but you will not pay more than £27,750)

International (including EU)

£13,325 Cost per year of study

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2021/22 Tuition Fees for 20-credit Modules (face-to-face)

Scottish

£305 Cost per 20-credit module of study

Rest of UK (English, Northern Irish, Welsh)

£1,550 Cost per 20-credit module of study

Republic of Ireland

£1,550 Cost per 20-credit module of study

Check Your Tuition Fee Status

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 on-time application deadline for 2021/22 entry is 29 January 2021, 18:00 (UK time). For some courses it may still be possible to apply beyond this period, subject to suitable vacancies remaining. The final deadline for late applications via UCAS is 30 June 2021, 18:00 (UK time). Beyond this deadline, you may be able to apply via ‘UCAS Clearing’ if the course you are interested in has remaining places.

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.

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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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