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Business Information Technology (with integrated foundation year)

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About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time including foundation year | 2022

Subject

Information systems

In choosing to study this Business Information Technology with Foundation Year degree you'll be immersing yourself in how professionals manipulate technology to answer business problems. With exposure to the key building blocks for business efficiency, you will learn how to analyse business requirements and translate them into effective business systems. On successful completion of the Business Information Technology degree, you'll have amassed the range of core and essential skills and capabilities sought by employers of this discipline.

At Aberystwyth University, we endeavour to provide you with an exceptional and memorable student experience. You will have access to dedicated Linux, Mac OS X laboratories and central servers. Employability is at the heart of this degree and you will be taught by lecturers who have close links with the industry and software engineering conferences.

The foundation year will provide an introduction to information technology tools, mathematical skills and programming concepts. You will then progress to discover data modelling, web design, E-commerce and applied graphics to name a few fields. This course will help you attain the knowledge and understanding to make a substantial contribution in the workplace. Our enthusiastic staff will teach you through the medium of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practicals and individual or group based project work.

Employability skills are the core values of our degree. As part of your degree, you will be required to take part in a residential weekend where you and other students will have work in teams to solve problems. This activity will encourage and improve your skills in communication, analysis, time management, independent and group-based working, organisation, implementation, research and technical skills.

Take advantage of the Careers Advisory Service at Aberystwyth for assistance and advice with CV writing, interview technique and application writing. You can also use this service to organise relevant work experience to give insight into your preferred industry. You can enhance your employability skills by taking part in the Year in Employment Scheme (YES) which is managed by our Careers department.

Our degree which is made up of a wide range of interesting modules prepares you for a variety of careers in fields such as communications and networking, web development, IT consultancy and management, systems analysis and development, computer sales and marketing and even education. The skills which will be acquired from this course are highly sought after by employers in computer science-related industries.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,000
per year
England
£9,000
per year
EU
£16,300
per year
International
£16,300
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,000
per year
Republic of Ireland
£9,000
per year
Scotland
£9,000
per year
Wales
£9,000
per year

Extra funding

Aberystwyth University offers a valuable package of scholarships and bursaries to support students. Our long-established Entrance Examination competition means you could get up to £2,000 a year towards your living and study costs. You can combine that with any or all of our other awards, to make your financial package more valuable. Our awards include Sport and Music Scholarships, Bursaries for Care Leavers/Young Carers/Estranged Students and a range of department specific awards. Please visit our website for full details.

The Uni


Course location:

Main Site (Aberystwyth)

Department:

Department of Computer Science

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

67%
low
Information systems

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Information systems

Teaching and learning

67%
Staff make the subject interesting
96%
Staff are good at explaining things
63%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
92%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

79%
Library resources
70%
IT resources
63%
Course specific equipment and facilities
79%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

72%
UK students
28%
International students
87%
Male students
13%
Female students
68%
2:1 or above
24%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

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D
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After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Information systems

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£20,000
med
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
88%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

33%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
26%
Information technology technicians
7%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers

Information systems courses cover a range of areas, including information design, modelling and the finance industry. How well graduates did made a particular difference in 2015 — computing graduates with good grades were much less likely to be out of work after six months. Most students do get jobs, though, and starting salaries are good — particularly in London, and that’s where over a quarter of graduates started work last year. This is also a good degree to take if you want to follow a technical role in the finance or advertising industry. Many jobs for this degree were found in the larger cities last year and opportunities may be more limited outside those areas.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Computing

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£26k

£26k

£30k

£30k

£33k

£33k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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