University of Brighton

Business Computer Systems

  • Course summary and entry requirements

    Course duration Help

    Full-time: 3 years

    Part-time: 6 years

    With placement year: 4 years

    UCAS code G610

    Professional accreditation

    This course is accredited by the British Computer Society, the chartered institute for IT professionals.

    About the course

    There is a continuing industry demand for hands-on computing professionals, and this course is designed to give you the transferable skills and practical knowledge for you to excel in your career.

    You will acquire the skills to develop and maintain the software components of business systems, with an emphasis on technical and programming skills needed to construct these systems, which are often web-based.

    As a University of Brighton student, you'll also benefit from our location at the heart of the 'digital corridor', along with the town's culture of creativity and open-mindedness.

    Typical entry requirements Help

    The entry requirements listed here are for students starting their course in 2014.

    Applicants whose predicted grades fall below these requirements, but who can demonstrate a high commitment to the subject discipline or have relevant work experience, are still encouraged to apply and will be considered on an individual basis.



    International Baccalaureate:
    32 points.

    Access to HE Diploma
    pass (at least 45 credits at level 3), with 18 credits at merit or above. Level 3 units in computing required.

    GCSE (minimum grade C) or Access Equivalent
    at least three subjects including English language and mathematics or a science.

    Foundation degree/HND
    may enable you to start the course in year 2 or 3.

    For non-native speakers of English:
    IELTS 6.0 overall, with 6.0 in writing and a minimum of 5.5 in the other elements.

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  • Course content

    Course structure

    Increasingly valued by employers, the course incorporates an optional paid placement year. During this year you will put your specialist skills and knowledge into practice and gain vital experience, giving you a head start in the job market. A number of placement companies also use this time as a 'nine month interview' for students, with the result that many are asked to become full employees as soon as they graduate.

    Areas of study

    You don't need specific computing knowledge before starting the course. The first semester is an introduction to topics including programming, databases and web development, and after this you'll be able to choose the area in which you'd like to specialise, with a focus on either business analysis or software development.

    To enable you to maximise the potential of your career outside of the UK, you can also choose to undertake additional modern language modules.


    Year 1
    - Programming Concepts
    - Databases
    - Web Design Development
    - Requirements Analysis
    - Human-computer Interaction
    - Professional Practice
    - Computing Context
    - Introduction to Organisations
    - Business Requirements

    Year 2
    - Object-oriented Software Design and Implementation
    - Web Application Development
    - Databases
    - Systems Analysis and Design
    - Project Management
    - Networking Technologies
    - Socio-technical Approaches to Information Systems

    Optional placement year

    Final year
    - A major project
    - Data Management
    - Advanced Internet Application Development
    - Options

    You can view the programme specification for this course as a PDF file by clicking on the link below:

    Programme Specification

  • Fees and costs

    The fees listed here are for full-time courses beginning in the academic year 2014-15. Further tuition fees are payable for each subsequent year of study and may be subject to small increases, in line with inflation.

    The tuition fee you have to pay depends on a number of factors including the kind of course you take, and whether you study full- or part-time. If you are studying part-time you will normally be charged on a pro rata basis depending on the number of modules you take.

    What's included in the fee?

    When costs such as health or criminal record checks, field trips or use of specialist materials are incurred as a mandatory requirement of the course they are included in your tuition fee.

    You may incur additional costs depending on the optional modules or activities you choose. The cost of optional activities is not included in your tuition fee and you will need to meet this cost in addition to your fees. Before you apply please check with the school that provides your course using the contact details on the left of this page for advice about what is included and what optional costs you could face so you can budget accordingly.

    Our website provides advice about funding and scholarships as well as further information about fees and advice on international and island fee paying status.

    BSc(Hons) Business Computer Systems  [J4EG028]
    UK/EU 9,000 GBP
    Island Students 9,000 GBP
    International 13,220 GBP

    If you choose to take the professional placement (sandwich) year offered on this course you will pay a reduced fee during this year. Our fee for the professional placement year is currently £750 for Home and Island Students and £1,760 for International students. This fee may be subject to small increases, in line with inflation.

  • Location

    Location Help Moulsecoomb

    Located to the north of Brighton city centre, the Moulsecoomb campus offers students an excellent learning environment and a wide range of facilities. It is the largest of our five campuses with over 8,000 students.

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    Living in Brighton

    Brighton’s rich mix of historic architecture, lively arts scene, varied shopping and cosmopolitan community make it a vibrant, enjoyable place to live. It is no wonder that many Brighton graduates choose to stay here.

    Social scene

    Alongside the traditional seaside attractions, Brighton is famed for its exciting social scene with a wide choice of pubs, clubs and restaurants.

    Music event on the beach


    The highlight of the city’s cultural year is the Brighton Festival. The event is held each May and is England’s biggest arts festival, which showcases arts and performance from around the world. Brighton is also home to the UK’s oldest working cinema, the Duke of York’s, which shows alternative and mainstream films. The city is also well known for its exciting music scene and hosts The Great Escape music festival.

    Burning the Clocks winter solstice festival


    Whether you take your sport seriously or just want to keep fit, Brighton offers all kinds of sports opportunities and facilities, on and off campus. You can also make the most of the location, and play volleyball, basketball and windsurfing down by the beach. The seafront is also the finishing point for the famous London – Brighton bicycle ride and the quirky veteran car run.

    Playing volleyball on the seafront
  • Career opportunities

    Graduates have become network managers, business software developers and architects, web application developers, and database designers and administrators.

    Recent graduates are working at Accenture, Pepsi, Intel, HP, Vodafone, Arcadia Group, Capgemini and BNP Paribas.

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Find out more

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