Business Technology at University of the West of Scotland - UCAS

Course summary

OVERVIEW The professionally-accredited BSc Business Technology opens up a wide range of roles and opportunities for you with many organisations, including large blue chip international companies. You will learn about the fundamentals of business operations and technology, and progress to the in-depth study of systems analysis, project management, and recent advancements in business intelligence and information security management. The course is designed to be practical in nature and up-to-date equipment, teaching methods and industry-standard software tools are used throughout. PRACTICAL FOCUS With industry placements, business-focused content and work-related learning, the BSc (Hons) Busienss Technology prepares you for a modern career in technology-reliant businesses. Optional industrial placements are designed to make you work-ready and able to meet the needs of industry: // an optional 12-month paid placement in an organisational setting is offered, in the UK or abroad, at the end of year 2 or 3. // a number of shorter (8 to 10 week) work-based placement opportunities are also available during years 2, 3 and 4.  The course is designed to be practical in nature and up-to-date equipment, teaching methods and industry-standard software tools are used throughout. Guest lectures and seminars are organised on a regular basis with industry specialists. Where possible, visits to local businesses, attendance at industry conferences and direct involvement in industry projects will be used as integral aspects of modules and the degree delivery. PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION This course is accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS) as fully meeting the academic requirements for registration as a Chartered IT Professional (CITP). CAREER PROSPECTS The BSc Business Technology produces graduates with multidisciplinary skills. Graduates will therefore be of interest to almost all businesses, particularly those with a need to employ someone who can analyse and understand how their business works and how best to use modern business technology to help the business develop and grow. Jobs In previous years, graduates have found employment with large organisations such as Oracle, Dell, Aggreko, Hewlett-Packard, Ernst & Young, Pernod Ricard, Clydesdale Bank, Standard Life, and McLaren Software. Typical roles include: Business Systems Analyst; Data Analyst; Project Manager; Technical Support Specialist; Systems Administrator; Business Intelligence Analyst; Data Analytics Specialist; Business Technology Consultant; Technology Trainer; and Teacher. Further Study Many graduates have advanced their studies to master's degrees or research degrees in a variety of business areas.


In Year 1, you will gain an understanding of the fundamentals of business operations, computer systems, networks, web development, programming and design. In Year 2, you will learn how to analyse, innovate, propose and procure business technology requirements and solutions. You will undertake either a team-based computing project (which may involve direct interaction with a local business) or a short individual placement. In Year 3, you will improve your knowledge on business systems analysis, project management, and recent advancements in areas such as business intelligence and information security management. In your final year of study, you will conduct an individual research project and study key strategic level aspects of business technology.

Assessment method

The course delivers a combination of technology and business related modules in every year, some of which are designed around accredited material from organisations such as Microsoft , Cisco and the British Computer Society, affording you the opportunity to supplement academic studies with professional certification, if you so desire. The main teaching instruments are lectures, tutorials and laboratory work. Classes are divided into smaller groups for laboratory work and tutorials. Seminars and group work are used where appropriate. Many of the modules place a focus on interactive student-centred learning using online materials or interactive systems or applications that the you can work through at your own pace.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • British Computer Society

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

How to apply

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Paisley Campus
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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3
  • Year 4

International applicants

ENGLISH LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS: For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. These are shown below.

Entry requirements

Standard Qualification Requirements

Year 1 entry with SWAP (BBB) Access to STEM.

Minimum Qualification Requirements

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6IELTS 6.0 with 5.5 minimum in each skill / component.
Cambridge English Advanced176 overall with no sub-test less than 169
Cambridge English Proficiency176 overall with no sub-test less than 169
Trinity ISEPassISEII with the minimum of a Pass in all sub-tests
PTE Academic54An overall score of 54 with no element below 51
TOEFL (iBT)78no sub-test less than: Reading: 17; Listening: 17; Speaking: 17; Writing: 17

DUO LINGO In addition ot the above English Language tests, for 2022-23 entry, the University has approved the use of the online Duolingo English test as evidence of English language ability. UWS will accept an overall score between 90-115 with no component score below 90. For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level. The reason for this is that it’s essential that you are able to read, speak and understand the English language to get the most out of your time at UWS. All international applicants are required to meet minimum English language standards, with the exception of: // Native speakers of English // Erasmus students (unless advised otherwise) // non-Erasmus students from EU partner institutions (your institution must provide confirmation of your English language ability in the absence of a formal qualification) The qualifications above must have been gained within two years prior to the start of your course at UWS.

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Student Outcomes

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Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
Go onto work and study

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Scotland £1820* Year 1
England £9250* Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250* Year 1
Wales £9250* Year 1
Channel Islands £9250* Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250* Year 1
EU £14500* Year 1
International £14500* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

TUITION FEE INFORMATION - SCOTTISH STUDENTS: Eligible Scottish domiciled students can usually apply to have their tuition fees paid for them each year of their studies by the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS). If you're not sure about your eligibility, you should contact SAAS. You need to apply to SAAS each year of study to have your tuition fees paid directly to UWS. TUITION FEE INFORMATION - UK, IRISH & GIBRALTARIAN STUDENTS: Eligible students who are domiciled in England, Wales, or Northern Ireland as well as from the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, Gibraltar or the Republic of Ireland will qualify for tuition fees of £9,250 per academic session of study to a maximum of three years if you are studying on a four year bachelor degree course (eg. BAcc (Hons) / BA (Hons) / BEng (Hons) / BSc (Hons)). So, if your degree is four years' duration, you will only be charged tuition fees for three years. Similarly, if you are studying a five year integrated master's degree course (eg. MEng (Hons)) the you will only be charged tuition fees for four years. TUITION FEE INFORMATION - INTERNATIONAL (NON-EU) & EU STUDENTS: These tuition fees apply to all non-EU, EEA, and all other EU students (excluding those from Republic of Ireland and Gibraltar, whose fee level is as per UK (non-Scottish) students - see section above for more details). ADDITIONAL COSTS: The cost of attending university is an investment in your future career. In addition to tuition fees and living expenses, some courses involve extra costs such as consumable study materials, field trips, equipment and uniforms. You may also want to purchase some core texts and technology such as a new laptop etc. Some of these additional costs are optional, some, such as uniforms or safety equipment may be mandatory. Check the course entry on our website for more more information.

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Business Technology at University of the West of Scotland - UCAS