Business Information Systems BSc Honours
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TYPICAL OFFER FOR SEPTEMBER 2015
|International Baccalaureate||26 points (minimum)|
|Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma/Diploma||DMM/D*D*|
|Advanced Diploma||Grade C in IT or Engineering and relevant ASL at Grade C. Plus GCSE Maths and English at Grade C or above or equivalent grades in Key Skills|
|Access to HE Diploma||Pass the Access to HE Diploma with 45 credits at Level 3 with a minimum of 27 Level 3 credits at Merit or Distinction|
(Functional Skills qualifications are not accepted)
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.
This course 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. You will take some modules offered by Westminster Business School.
Subjects of study
The following subjects are indicative of what you will study on this course. For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the full course document.
Year 1 (Credit Level 4)
- Business Information Systems Concepts
- Business Mathematics
- Computer Science Practice
- Modelling User and Systems Requirements
- Programming Principles I
- Web Design and Development
Year 2 (Credit Level 5)
- Advanced Client side Development
- Agile Project Management
- Business Analytics
- Business Information Systems Design and Development
- Database Systems
- Information Technology Security
- Server-side Web Development
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.
Some of our past students have been placed in large enterprises such as Accenture, Capita, Carphone Warehouse, GlaxoSmithKline, IBM, Lloyds TSB, Logica, Microsoft, and Volkswagen, while others have been placed in small to medium-sized enterprises.
Year 3 (Credit Level 6)
- 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
As part of your course you can take elective modules at Level 5 and Level 6. 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 electives.
The course is accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS).
Additional costs information
To check what your tuition fees cover and what you may need to pay for separately, see our What tuition fees cover page.
International Foundation course
We work in partnership with Kaplan International College London to provide Foundation courses for international students who don’t meet our Bachelors degree entry requirements. For more information visit kic.org.uk/westminster-london
Our dedicated Career Development Centre is actively working with an ever-expanding network of over 3,000 employers to provide you with exceptional employability support and guidance. As a result we were nominated as finalists for a significant industry award – the NUE Awards Most Improved Commitment to Employability 2016.
We provide our students with work placements and international opportunities to support them in becoming highly employable, globally engaged graduates, and with one million businesses operating within 20 miles of the University of Westminster, over 84% of our students are in work or further study six months after graduation. Our graduates work in a variety of sectors and organisations, from small/medium-sized companies and start-ups to large not-for-profit organisations and corporates.
During your time at Westminster you will be able to use our comprehensive online vacancy service and meet with our experienced careers consultants, providing you with thorough training and support on CV writing, application forms, interview preparation and assessment centres.
In addition to this, you will receive careers support from academic staff and faculty work placement teams, offering targeted course-specific careers advice and assistance in securing a work placement during your time at Westminster. You can find out more about course-specific career opportunities by visiting the Prospects website.
For more details, visit the employability section on our site.
Career Development Centre
Our Career Development Centre can help and support you throughout your study and after graduation.
We can help you to:
- find part-time/vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience
- explore how to develop the skills that employers are looking for
- plan your career development
- identify your career options
- market yourself effectively in CVs, application forms and at interviews
- develop your enterprise skills
We also organise a range of presentations and networking events with employers, professional bodies, alumni and other organisations throughout the year to help you with career planning.
Find out more about the Career Development Centre.
Our Work Placement Teams are based in your Faculty Registry Office and can help you find a suitable placement, as well as support you in making applications, writing CVs and improving your interview technique.
More details on work placements can be found on our Work placements page.
Career options in your subject area
Our team of careers consultants work closely with Faculty departments to deliver tailored employability support, including subject-specific workshops, employer events and careers information, advice and guidance.
Study in the city
If you study at the University of Westminster, everything that London has to offer is on your doorstep.
Our central London campuses are ideally located for the city's fantastic learning institutions including libraries, archives and museums, as well as opportunities for shopping, eating out, enjoying London's nightlife or just simply relaxing.
After choosing your course, one of your biggest decisions will be where to live, and we aim to make that choice as easy as possible. Whether you want to apply for our Halls of Residence or live in private housing, we can help you to find the right accommodation.
Fees, funding, bursaries and scholarships
In recent years the University of Westminster's scholarship scheme has been the largest university scholarships scheme in the UK, and our Scholarships Department won the Times Higher Education inaugural Award for Outstanding Support for Overseas Students.
All students on courses of a year or more and who are registered for more than three modules will be allocated a personal tutor.
Your personal tutor will be there to support you from induction onwards, helping you to integrate into the University, academically and socially, at an early stage. They will be able to give you advice and support on academic and personal matters affecting your study, as well as developmental advice through regular individual and group tutorials.
Polylang is a University-wide programme through which you can study a language as a free choice module.
Personal advice and counselling
While most students overcome any problems with help from friends, family or a personal tutor, the University's free counselling and advice services are there if you need them.
With one of the UK's largest international student populations, the University of Westminster has plenty of experience in giving you the help and support you need to make the most of your time with us.
Study Abroad and Summer School programmes
Westminster's Study Abroad programme has been running for more than 15 years, and is one of the largest in the UK – each year we welcome hundreds of visiting students from universities all over the world.
If you are already studying outside the UK, the programme offers you the opportunity to study with us for one or two semesters, or for a period in the summer.
Sport and recreation
The University has extensive sport and recreation facilities, with a sports hall and gym at Harrow, a state-of-the-art gym at Regent Campus, and the University sports ground by the River Thames at Chiswick.
University of Westminster Students' Union (UWSU) aims to make sure you have the best university experience possible by providing a range of activities and support, from sports clubs to society groups, educational advice and social events.
Alex Oppong graduated from the Business Information Systems BSc (Hons) course in 2012, and is now studying for an MA in International Management
"The main reasons I decided to study at the University of Westminster were the course and the location. I really liked the location, because I wanted to be in central London, and the course was different to anything being offered by other universities. I didn’t know the city well before I came to study at Westminster – I was living in Italy – but it lived up to my expectations.
The course modules were good; in a lot of cases they were very technical, and quite focused on the business analysts role, which was really useful when I went on my placement. I spent a year working with Accenture, based for six months in London and six months working on the client side in Newbury, and it was definitely a year well spent.
I would recommend doing the placement year to everyone – it makes such a massive difference when you come back to do your final year. I know it can be tough to find somewhere to do you placement sometimes, but it’s really worth it, and you can learn so much. It was mainly down to me to find somewhere to do the placement, although my tutor did recommend a couple of roles that we could apply for. I also got some support from the Career Development Centre, where I had a couple of mock interviews to prepare me for the placement interviews.
I’m doing my Masters now – I did an internship with JP Morgan between finishing my degree and starting my Masters – and I’m thinking about a career in consulting once I’ve finished my course.
I think generally my degree has prepared me really well to go on with my career, and some of the modules have already been really helpful – the project management module is one which I found very useful, and very focused.
The overall facilities at the University are really good, and I think that gives students at Westminster a bit of an edge. And I think, as student, you definitely get more opportunities to develop your career if you are based in London; when it comes to placements when you are on the courses, and internships and jobs once you’ve graduated, London is the best place to be.”
David Raper graduated from the Business Information Systems BSc (Hons) course with a First in 2012
“I chose to study at the University of Westminster because the course content seemed to be very suitable for what I wanted to study, the University is well known with a good reputation, and it was in a convenient location for daily commuting.
And the course lived up to my expectations, it was excellent. It covered a variety of topics and the options that were offered at each level gave good flexibility to students, especially if they had areas of study that they were more interested in. For example, I was much more interested in the technical side of information systems rather than the business side, and the options enabled me to focus on technical modules and leave to one side the business school modules, which made study much more interesting and motivating for me.
The course was very enjoyable, and all the modules were delivered to a very high standard. I found the teaching staff to be excellent in terms of their passion and delivery of the subject material – and were also all really nice people! I like to feel that I had great relationships with them, and they were always available for advice and feedback on work that was being done.
The facilities offered at the University are also excellent. I was always able to find computer access and good places to study.
Settling in wasn’t a problem, I was there to study and that was that. Making friends was a little trickier, because as a mature student I was twice the age of most of the other students! I finished the course with a group of good friends; we did a lot of group course works together and were all really up for the course. And London is a great city for students – it’s extremely diverse and interesting, you never run out of things to do or see.
Since I graduated I have continued running my own recruitment company. I recently realised my main goal, which was to embark on a teaching career, and I have just been accepted on a school direct salaried course teaching computer science, starting in September 2013.
I would recommend this course to anyone interested in either the business side of information systems or the more technical side. Everyone studies the main core modules but the options available are excellent if you are more interested in a different angle. The staff in the School are extremely knowledgeable, very flexible and easy to get on with; the University is in a great location, easy to get to with excellent facilities.”
Jonathan Posner graduated with a First from the Business Information Systems BSc (Hons) course in 2012.
“I chose to study at the University of Westminster because of both the course and the location. I knew the course was one that I wanted to do, and I also knew I wanted to study in London, so it was a great combination.
The course certainly lived up to my expectations, and the relationship with my lecturers and tutors was certainly one of the high points. They were very supportive, extremely knowledgeable and they were always around to help.
The modules were some of the best things about my course, particularly the database module in the second year; the tutor for that module went on to become my dissertation supervisor, and we had a very good relationship.
I started work in the October, a few months after I finished my degree, as a business analyst for Towergate Insurance. Working as a business analyst was certainly one of the careers that was talked about on the course, and while some of the things I’m doing in this role are new, a lot of the work is related to the modules I took at Westminster. I’ve also been able to use a lot of the technical skills and knowledge I gained while studying, so in that sense I think the course certainly prepared me for my career.
One bit of advice I would give to anyone thinking of studying an electronics and computer science course at Westminster is that you need to be prepared to work hard. There’s a lot of studying involved, and you have to be willing to put the time and effort in, but if you do you can do really well. I worked hard for my degree, and I graduated with a First, so it was certainly worth it.”
Liliana Draghici graduated from the Information Systems with Business Management BSc (Hons) course in 2012, and now works for IBM
Liliana Draghici graduated from the Information Systems with Business Management BSc (Hons) course in 2012, and now works for IBM
“At the time I was looking for a course, there were only two or three universities offering a degree that combined IT with business studies. The University of Westminster stood out for me through its facilities, opportunities and reputation. On top of that, it’s located in central London, the hub of the business world in the UK.
The course was exactly what I expected it to be. It combined theory with practical work, which gave me a good base to my career. After my second year at university I undertook a one-year work placement as a programmer analyst, and I found myself applying a lot of what I’d already learned during the first two years.
The modules chosen for the course were spot on with what you’re required to know when you start work – Project Management was one that I particularly found very useful. And throughout the course and especially during my final year, the lecturers and tutors were always there to help. I couldn’t have completed and gotten a First in my final year project, if it wasn’t for my project supervisor’s support.
The University of Westminster had a wide range of social life opportunities: trips in the UK and to Europe, parties, interest societies for you to join, sports teams to be part of and many, many more. The large number of social activities made it easier for me to meet new people and make friends. All one needs to do is to attend these events.
Studying was just part of what made my student experience outstanding. London is, by day or night, vibrant and energetic. As a city it offers multiple layers of social opportunities and cultural riches, and gave me access to professional networks which can only lead to career opportunities. And for me, London is simply the best city for shopping. As a student you get plenty of discounts across multiple shops.
Before I completed my final year, I already had a job waiting for me. Since graduating I’ve been working as a Client Technical Specialist for the systems and technology group, IBM. My role entails understanding the client’s business and technical requirements, and providing a range of technical sales support, such as defining and designing the technical aspects of proposed solutions, delivering capacity planning studies, and supporting critical situations.
Choosing a university is a big step in one’s life. You need to pick a university that will allow you to learn and grow as an individual and a professional. The University of Westminster was that for me.
You will not regret it. You’ll enjoy every minute of it.”