Business and Computer Studies (Learning at Work) BA (Hons)

Do you want to boost your career prospects by studying for a business and computing (IT) degree alongside your current job?

On this BA (Hons) Business and Computer Studies Learning at Work course, you'll develop your understanding of key business functions, such as marketing, finance and human resources, and learn about the role IT and computing has in helping companies achieve their goals. You'll graduate with a BA (Hons) Business and Computer Studies degree.

The course is work-based, so you need to already be in a full-time, part-time or voluntary role. The way you learn is flexible, so you can study wherever is most convenient for you and schedule your studies around your existing commitments.

You can tailor the course to match your professional and personal aspirations and your employer's objectives. You can specialise in areas such as emerging technologies, programming or web design.

You'll get to put the skills you learn to work instantly in your job, contributing to the success of your company while learning about the current and future IT and computing requirements of businesses competing in the digital age.

When you complete the course, you'll improve your career prospects and have the skills and knowledge to perform more effectively in your job.

Entry requirements

Careers and opportunities

When you finish the course, you'll have the skills and knowledge to advance your career with your current employer and boost your long-term career prospects.

Previous students have gone on to work in areas such as:

  • software development
  • technology consulting
  • risk analysis

After you finish your course, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

What you'll study on this BA (Hons) Business and Computer Studies (Learning at Work) degree

At the start of the course, you'll put together a Learning Contract with the University and your employer that outlines what you'll study.

To get a degree, you need to accumulate a total of 360 credits. You can get these credits in 3 ways:

1. Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

You can get credit for the qualifications you already have, such as a business-based Foundation degree, HNC, HND or international equivalent. You may also be able to get credit for relevant business-based work experience.

This is called Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). You can use RPL for up to 240 (two thirds) of the 360 credits you need to get your degree.

Contact us to find out if you can receive RPL credit for your current qualifications or work experience.

2. Work-based learning (WBL) projects

Most of your learning will come from work-based learning (WBL) projects. These are projects that are valuable to your employer, which you complete at work. For example, developing an IT solution for your organisation. You'll research, analyse and present a well-reasoned recommendation to your employer as a professional report.

These projects won't involve activities you do in your day-to-day job as they need to involve new learning for you. You'll do most of the work for these projects in your normal working hours.

3. Taught modules

You can study campus-based or distance learning modules to expand your knowledge and understanding or to develop new skills in a more structured way.

Modules that previous students have studied include Information Systems Management, Introduction to Financial Management and Business Systems Development.

We'll also encourage you to take modules that develop your longer-term transferable skills. Previous students have studied modules such as Strategic Organisational Excellence and Business Transformation through Quality Management.

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn't run, we'll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Academic skills support

As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University's Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • Academic writing
  • Note taking
  • Time management
  • Critical thinking
  • Presentation skills
  • Referencing
  • Working in groups
  • Revision, memory and exam techniques

If you have a disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.

Extra support

To help you juggle this course alongside your work and home life, you'll get extra support from:

  • a Workplace Partner chosen by you and someone at work who can offer advice, guidance, and moral support
  • an Academic Tutor specialising in your area of study
  • a Learning Manager who oversees your programme

Teaching

How you're taught will depend on which modules you take and the work-based learning projects you do.

Most of the course is delivered via our interactive virtual learning environment. With access to all the study material you'll need, discussion forums and the chance to connect with peers and lecturers via chat sessions, you'll have plenty of academic support and heaps of resources.

Depending on the modules you study and your location, you may also be able to study on campus, experiencing face-to-face teaching methods.

How you're assessed

The way you're assessed will depend on which modules you take and the work-based learning projects you do.

Course costs

Tuition fees (January 2021 start)

Your tuition fee depends on if you have been awarded any Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and how many credits you need to study. To achieve an undergraduate Bachelor's degree you need to accumulate a total of 360 credits. Tuition fees may be subject to annual increase.

Tuition fees terms and conditions

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren't included in the tuition fees. So you'll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

Contact us if you want to do this course. Before you apply, we'll work with you to develop a programme of study that's tailored to your aspirations and work objectives.  Read our information about the application process to find out more. 

When you're ready to begin your application, follow the link below:

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