BSc (Honours) in Computing & IT and Business

The Open University

Programme Description

BSc (Honours) in Computing & IT and Business

The Open University

This is one of several subject combinations available in our BSc (Honours) Computing & IT and a second subject (Q67).

Computing and business have become closely intertwined throughout the world of work. You will gain insight into all facets of the world of business: markets, organisations, processes, strategies, policies and decision making.

You can choose the focus for your studies in computing & IT, selecting from computer science, digital technologies, networking, software development or web development. On completion of this degree, you will have the knowledge and skills to take part in the management and execution of computer-related projects in a business setting.

Key features of the course

  • Offers a 50:50 split between computing & IT and business
  • Provides a choice of computing & IT routes: computer science, digital technologies, networking, software development or web development
  • Accredited by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT, as partially satisfying the educational requirements for CITP (Chartered IT Professional)

Course details

This degree has three stages, each comprising 120 credits.

  • You’ll start Stage 1 with two 30-credit computing & IT modules followed by a 60-credit business module.
  • Next, in Stage 2, you’ll study 60 credits in a specific area of computing & IT and follow this with a second 60-credit business module.
  • Finally, in Stage 3, you’ll study a further 30 credits in computing & IT, plus another 60-credit business module. You’ll conclude Stage 3 with a 30-credit computing & IT project module.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements to study this qualification; however, you’ll need some basic knowledge of computing, and the ability to read and write to a good standard of English.

Skills for career development

Organisations increasingly value IT teams with skills relevant to wider business in addition to technical ability. This joint honours degree enables you to develop specialist knowledge and understanding in computing and IT, and to combine these with expertise in an additional discipline. Depending on your choice of second subject – business, design, mathematics, applied psychology or statistics – you’ll have a unique and focused skills set that will enhance your existing career and put you in a strong position in the jobs market, which increasingly depends on computing technologies across all sectors. You’ll also develop important transferable skills such as teamwork, time management, numeracy, analysis and problem solving.

Please note that if you choose to study this degree with psychology as your second subject, your degree will not make you eligible for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) by the British Psychological Society (BPS).

Career relevance

Research by e-Skills UK has shown that IT and telecommunications now employs 1 in 20 of the UK workforce. It also suggests the digital sector will need nearly 300,000 new recruits by 2020 to meet the demand for skills in this area.

Computing and IT professionals are in demand by providers (such as software houses) and user organisations alike. Organisations increasingly value IT teams with skills relevant to wider contexts in addition to technical ability. This degree will open the way for careers in sectors including retail, finance and commerce, leisure and gaming, telecommunications, broadcast media, digital media, manufacturing, transport, tourism, government, health, education, and the voluntary sector.

Growth areas and areas of high demand include cyber security, mobile development, cloud computing and the management of Big Data.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
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Last updated December 30, 2017
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