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Business Computer Systems (Top Up) - BSc (Hons)

Why study this course?

This is a fast-track route to a degree if you already hold a Higher National Diploma (HND) or have completed a foundation year in computing or a similar subject. Built-in opportunities for work placements give you a career edge even before you graduate and the course is taught by staff with industry links who ensure the content remains up-to-date every year. 

In the most recent (2015-16) Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, 100% of graduates from this course were in work or further study within six months.

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This course will help you develop your foundation year or Higher National Diploma into a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Computer Systems. Lectures and seminars are complemented by hands-on work experience provided by our in-house agency.

You’ll have the opportunity to study in our state-of-the-art computer labs, including some of the most advanced Cisco labs in London. Here you’ll develop your knowledge of everything from e-commerce to database management and learn both the practical skills required for a career in computing and the ethical, social, legal and professional issues related to the industry.

You’ll explore topics relevant in your field today, such as cloud security, advanced Structured Query Language (SQL), content management systems and how to identify, analyse and thwart hacking attempts. Our teaching staff have strong connections with the industry and review the course content every year to ensure you’re kept up-to-date with the latest information and practices.

Assessment

You'll be assessed through individual and group project work, essays and written reports, and examinations.

Your individual computing project will be assessed through practical project work and a final dissertation.

You'll receive regular supportive feedback throughout the course.

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements, you should have:

  • 240 credits from a Higher National Diploma (HND) or a foundation degree (FdSc) in Computing, IT or Business Information Technology

Applicants with relevant professional qualifications or extensive professional experience will also be considered on a case by case basis.

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

You will take 120 credits over one year.

Modules include:

  • Advanced Database Systems Development
  • Ecommerce and Ebusiness
  • Management Support Systems
  • Project
  • Work Related Learning 2 (optional)
  • Ethical Hacking (optional)
  • Extension of Knowledge (optional)

The School of Computing and Digital Media's World of Work (WOW) Agency offers opportunities to work on projects for external clients, which is a great way to enhance your employability, gain experience and earn while you learn. Top clients include The Times Online, Comic Relief and EMI Records.

On completion of this course, you'll be equipped to pursue a career as a developer for databases and e-business applications or in software development and project management.

This course also prepares you to continue your studies at postgraduate level.

We're investing in an exciting, multimillion pound transformation of the London Metropolitan University campus, between 2016 and 2020. We’re moving all of our activity to one place, our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching locations of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2018. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

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How to apply

If you're a UK/EU applicant applying for full-time study you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified.

UK/EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University.

Non-EU applicants for full-time study may choose to apply via UCAS or apply direct to the University. Non-EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University, but please note that if you require a Tier 4 visa you are not able to study on a part-time basis.

When to apply

The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September from one year before the start of the course. Our UCAS institution code is L68.

If you will be applying direct to the University you are advised to apply as early as possible as we will only be able to consider your application if there are places available on the course.

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