Course Overview

Attendance
Duration 4 or 5 years

* Price per academic year

Course summary

The Business Information Systems with Foundation BSc Honours offers an entry route for those students who do not have the required entry requirements for all three-year degree pathways in the department of computer science. Successful completion of the foundation year enables an automatic progression onto the first year of any Computer Science undergraduate degree: Computer Science BSc, Software Engineering BEng, Digital Media Development BSc, Business Information Systems BSc and Computer Games Development BSc. Students who progress to the three-year degrees via this foundation year route have traditionally performed very well.

The foundation year route may also be of interest if you do not feel ready to start the first year of an undergraduate course, perhaps because you have been out of education for some time or you feel your current qualifications will not equip you to attempt a three-year undergraduate computing course directly.

Working in the world of information systems can be exciting and rewarding, as businesses become more and more reliant on information systems to support innovation, decision making and day-to-day operations. The creative use of information systems can transform organisations, and successful enterprises require hybrid managers and analysts who can evaluate and use the tools, gauge the risks and provide the key insights and sound direction for strategic business planning.

This course develops your understanding of the business challenges of an enterprise, and your ability to conceive and manage solutions which are increasingly ICT-dependent. You will integrate your skills of problem solving and information systems modelling with your knowledge of business processes and environments. You will be able to consult on, support or develop the technological platforms of an enterprise to achieve competitive advantage, building a career in roles ranging from systems developer to business manager.

This course will give you a clear perspective of the current nature and practice of business information systems. In Year 1 you will be introduced to the main fundamental concepts and in Year 2 and Year 3 you will follow the specialist themes which interest you the most. You will take some modules offered by Westminster Business School.

Course structure

The following subjects are indicative of what you will study on this course.

Subjects of study include:

  • Mathematics and Problem Solving (Double module)
  • The Computer and Software Development (Double Module).
  • Cyber Security Fundamentals
  • Academic Skills.

Credit Level 3

Year 1 modules provide the foundations upon which you will build your insights into the business environment, information systems and the available technologies. You will also develop essential skills such as analysing customer needs, information modelling, business mathematics, academic writing and communication.

Credit Level 4

Year 2 is the development stage of the course. The focus of the modules will be mainly on the design and development of information systems, project management, e-commerce and understanding available solutions in databases, web interfaces or analytics. The Professional Practice module covers professional and ethical issues as well as career management. You will also have the flexibility to take an option module in a relevant area of your choice in each semester.

Sandwich placement year

You will have the opportunity to take a year-long placement between Year 2 and Year 3, giving you practical skills to accompany your theoretical knowledge, and bring you a competitive edge in the job market.

Some of our past students have been placed in large enterprises such as Accenture, Capita, Carphone Warehouse, GlaxoSmithKline, IBM, Lloyds TSB, Logica, Microsoft, and Volkswagen, while others have been placed in small to medium-sized enterprises.

Credit Level 5

Year 3 modules will develop your critical, evaluative and strategic thinking. You will look at the strategies and methods that organisations employ to deliver information systems solutions which are usable, secure, appropriate, and necessary for achieving market edge. You will also have the opportunity to choose options in starting your own business or going further into business analytics. There will be a double project module in which you will use your knowledge and skills, conduct independent research and investigation, and develop a solution for a problem of your choice.

Credit Level 6

Westminster Plus Electives

 
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As part of your course you may be able to take elective modules. Electives are an exciting opportunity to widen your experience at university and to gain skills and knowledge that will help make you more employable.

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Course Leaders

Mark Baldwin

Principal Lecturer

Mark has worked as a research engineer for the Eurocontrol air safety and navigation organisation for Europe. 

His research and development work included development of software for real-time tracking of air traffic over the north Atlantic using satellite automatic dependent surveillance. 

Other projects Mark has worked on included the development of algorithms for aircraft tracking from limited satellite data and statistical modelling of the ADS data flow.

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Kamalini Sivagurunathan

Principal Lecturer

Kamalini is a Principal Lecturer at the department of computer science and has been working at University of Westminster for nearly three decades. She has a BSc in Mathematics and Computer Science, MSc in Information Systems Design, MEd in Leadership and Management and PG Certificate in Teaching. She is also a Fellow of British Computer Society and a Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy.

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Entry Requirements

Typical Offer

  • GCE (A2): DDE/CC
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma: MM
  • Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (QCF): MPP
  • Access to HE Diploma : Pass with 45 credits at Level 3 with a combination of Distinctions, Merits and Passes that equate to 64 new UCAS tariff points plus Maths and English GCSEs grade C
  • International Baccalaureate (IB): 24 points and Grade 5 or above in either A1 or A2 level (SL or HL) English OR Grade 6 or above in B (HL)
  • Plus Maths & English GCSEs grade C

Functional Skills accepted in lieu of GCSE English/Mathematics

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Typical Offer

  • International Baccalaureate – 24 points

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In 2015–16, we helped over 1,500 students find work placements across a range of sectors, with 250 employers attending 14 on-campus skills and careers fairs.

As a Westminster student, you’ll have access to our services throughout your studies and after you graduate.

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  • develop your interview and enterprise skills
  • plan your career with our careers consultants
  • meet employers and explore your career options at our employer fairs, careers presentations and networking events throughout the year

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Course Location

Our Cavendish Campus in the heart of London is home to the Faculty of Science and Technology. With first-class facilities, the campus houses subject areas ranging from biosciences to electronic engineering. For more details, visit our Cavendish Campus page.

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