Course Overview

Attendance
UK/EU Fees £9,250 *
International Fees £13,400 *
Duration 4 or 5 years

* Price per academic year

Course summary

Our degree courses with Foundation year offer the opportunity to prepare you for advanced study before you progress onto a full honours degree at the University of Westminster. Whether you do not feel ready for degree-level study, don’t have the right qualifications, want to change your subject specialism or return to study after an absence from education, we aim to encourage a broad range of students to undertake our Foundation year in order to progress onto their full honours degree with us.

The Foundation year is designed to give you the opportunity to explore new ideas, opening up new perspectives on the key debates within your chosen field. During the foundation year you will explore a range of creative disciplines and get a chance to develop in your chosen field, benefiting from workshops in our high end facilities and working with leading academics who will encourage you to become a confident and creative thinker. Core modules accelerate your academic and professional development and you will also take modules within your chosen field, giving you the chance to develop a cross-disciplinary perspective on your course. 

On successful completion of the Foundation year (Year 0), you will be able to move on to study for the Business Information Systems BSc Honours over a further three years study.

Working in the world of information systems can be exciting and rewarding, as businesses become more and more reliant on information systems to support innovation, decision making and day-to-day operations. The creative use of information systems can transform organisations, and successful enterprises require hybrid managers and analysts who can evaluate and use the tools, gauge the risks and provide the key insights and sound direction for strategic business planning.

The Business Information Systems BSc Honours develops your understanding of the business challenges of an enterprise, and your ability to conceive and manage solutions which are increasingly ICT-dependent. You will integrate your skills of problem solving and information systems modelling with your knowledge of business processes and environments. You will be able to consult on, support or develop the technological platforms of an enterprise to achieve competitive advantage, building a career in roles ranging from systems developer to business manager.

This course will give you a clear perspective of the current nature and practice of business information systems. In Year 1 you will be introduced to the main fundamental concepts and in Year 2 and Year 3 you will follow the specialist themes which interest you the most.

Course structure

The following subjects are indicative of what you will study on this course.

To help you make an informed decision, you can have a look at how marks have been calculated and study time has been distributed on this course in the past.

Subjects of study include:

  • Computer Systems and Networks
  • Critical Thinking for Academic and Professional Development
  • Foundation Mathematics
  • Information Systems and Data Representation
  • Introduction to Academic Practice
  • Programming

Credit Level 3

Subjects of Study include:

  • Business Information Systems Concepts
  • Business Mathematics
  • Computer Science Practice
  • Modelling User and Systems Requirements
  • Programming Principles I
  • Web Design and Development

Credit Level 4

Subjects of study include:

  • Advanced Client side Development
  • Agile Project Management
  • BIS Design and Development
  • Business Analytics
  • Database Systems
  • Information Technology Security
  • Server-side Web Development

Credit Level 5

Sandwich placement year

You will have the opportunity to take a year-long placement between Year 2 and Year 3, giving you practical skills to accompany your theoretical knowledge, and bring you a competitive edge in the job market.

In previous years, our students have successfully completed placements in various organisations such as IBM, GE, TFL, FDM, Emailvision, Verizon etc.

Subjects of study include:

  • Business Intelligence
  • Digital Marketing, Social Media and Web Analytics
  • Final Year Project
  • Information Driven Entrepreneurship & Enterprises
  • Mobile User Experience
  • Security and Forensics
  • Strategic Management of Information Systems

Credit Level 6

Westminster Plus Electives

 
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As part of your course you may be able to take elective modules. Electives are an exciting opportunity to widen your experience at university and to gain skills and knowledge that will help make you more employable.

Find out about Westminster Plus Electives.

Professional accreditation

This programme is accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, for fully meeting the educational requirement for Chartered IT Professional (CITP) status. Note that there are additional requirements, including work experience, to achieve full CITP status. Graduates of this accredited degree will also be eligible for professional membership of BCS (MBCS).

The BCS accreditation is an indicator of the programme’s quality to students and employers; it is also an important benchmark of the programme’s standard in providing high quality computing education, and commitment to developing future IT professionals that have the potential to achieve Chartered status. The programme is also likely to be recognised by other countries that are signatories to international accords.

Course Leaders

Mark Baldwin

Associate Head - DCDI - ES

Mark has worked as a research engineer for the Eurocontrol air safety and navigation organisation for Europe. 

His research and development work included development of software for real-time tracking of air traffic over the north Atlantic using satellite automatic dependent surveillance. 

Other projects Mark has worked on included the development of algorithms for aircraft tracking from limited satellite data and statistical modelling of the ADS data flow.

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Kamalini Sivagurunathan

Assistant Head of School

Kamalini is a Principal Lecturer at the department of computer science and has been working at University of Westminster for nearly three decades. She has a BSc in Mathematics and Computer Science, MSc in Information Systems Design, MEd in Leadership and Management and PG Certificate in Teaching. She is also a Fellow of British Computer Society and a Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy.

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Entry Requirements

Typical Offer

  • A Levels – DDE/CC
  • Access to HE Diploma – 64 UCAS tariff points from the Access course
  • International Baccalaureate – 24 points
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended National Diploma/National Diploma – MPP/MM

We consider applications that reflect a mixture of Level 3 qualifications as long as they are equivalent to our typical offer requirements. Mature entrants without formal qualifications will be considered on an individual basis.

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS score of 5.5 overall, with 5.5 in each element.

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Typical Offer

  • International Baccalaureate – 24 points

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each element.

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Careers

Our Careers and Employability Service is here to support you to achieve your full potential.
 
With a growing network of over 3,000 employers around the world and a team of experienced careers consultants, we provide you with a variety of opportunities to work and develop new skills. As a University of Westminster student, you’ll have access to our services throughout your studies and after you graduate.
 
We can help you:
    •    find work placements, graduate jobs or voluntary experience related to your course
    •    discover international opportunities to enhance your employability
    •    write effective CVs and application forms
    •    develop your interview and enterprise skills
    •    plan your career with our career consultants
    •    gain insights into your chosen industry through mentoring
    •    meet employers and explore your career options at our employer fairs, careers presentations and networking events 
 
Find out more about the Careers and Employability Service.

 

Find out more about other employability initiatives at the University of Westminster. 

Fees and Funding

UK and EU tuition fee: £9,250 (Price per academic year)

The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

Funding

As well as tuition fee loans, there is a range of funding available to help you fund your studies.

Find out about undergraduate student funding options.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

International tuition fee: £13,400 (Price per academic year)

The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

International student funding

Find out about funding for international students.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Course Location

Our Cavendish Campus in the heart of London is home to our science and technology disciplines. With first-class facilities, the campus houses subjects from Biosciences, Computer Engineering, Nutrition and Psychology and benefits from advanced state of the art science and psychology labs. For more details, visit our Cavendish Campus page.

Contact us

Contact the Course Enquiries Team:

+44 (0)20 7915 5511

[email protected]

Opening hours (GMT): 9am–4.30pm Monday to Friday

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