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Course summary

**Please note that the information provided relates to the current academic year and is subject to change without notice by Sheffield Hallam University. Please check the Sheffield Hallam University website for the latest information.** Course summary

  • Prepare for the degree with an extra foundation year at the start.
  • Learn the essential skills of business management and the role of IT.
  • Increase your employability through industrial placements.
  • Experience a strong sense of community and outreach through various student led social initiatives.
  • You will develop a solid background in the commercial applications of technology and gain good general business skills, enabling you to pursue a broad choice of careers. You will be equipped with the knowledge to undertake professional accreditations such as PRINCE2 (Project Management) or ITIL (ServiceManagement).
How you learn All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive. The course is suitable if you don’t meet the entry requirements for our BSc (Hons) Business and Digital Technology course, or you want extra preparation before starting degree-level study. You share the first year with other computing foundation year students, then move on to the degree. You experience and engage in a variety of activities as you progress through the course. We have designed a balanced mix of these activities to help you with the knowledge, understanding and skills we have outlined above, as you develop as a business and ICT student and enhance your employability. You will learn through:
  • lectures, tutorials and seminars
  • work-based learning projects, peer mentoring events and employability fairs
  • group and individual coursework involving written and verbal communication activities, problem-solving activities and information-gathering activities (including desk-based or field research)
  • continuous reflection on your personal and professional development
  • independent study
  • In the foundation year, you’ll build on your existing knowledge and experience — developing useful academic, computing and IT skills in preparation for undergraduate study. You’ll benefit from innovative course content that allows you to access and use cutting-edge technology. Throughout, you’ll reflect on your progress, and build valuable communication and interpersonal skills.
Applied learning Work placements: You will have the opportunity to arrange a year-long work placement in between your third and fourth years. We highly recommend a placement year as it helps your personal and professional development through real-world experience, and enhances your career prospects on graduation. Be it a local, national or international industrial placement, you get personal and pastoral support from your allocated tutor during your placement year. Previous students have taken placements with various organisations ranging from small and medium-sized enterprises to large multinational corporations including IBM, BMW, Boeing, DHL, Intel, Xerox, Bentley and Texas Instruments.


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances. You will be able to complete a placement year as part of this course. See the modules table below for further information. Year 1 Compulsory modules Foundations In Computing - 120 credits Year 2 Compulsory modules Employability And Work Based Learning - 20 credits Information Analysis For Business - 20 credits Information Systems - 20 credits Introduction To Digital Technology - 20 credits Managing And Understanding Customers - 20 credits Understanding Organisations - 20 credits Year 3 Compulsory modules Database Administration And Security - 20 credits Employability And Project Based Learning - 20 credits Managing Business Finance - 20 credits Service Operation And Service Transition - 20 credits Elective modules Business Analysis For Enterprise Systems - 20 credits Digital Marketing - 20 credits Information Management - 20 credits It Infrastructure And Emerging Technologies - 20 credits Managing And Developing People - 20 credits Year 4 Optional modules - Placement Year - 0 credits Final year Compulsory modules Developing Strategies For Change - 20 credits Entrepreneurial Theory And Practice - 20 credits Professional Practice - 20 credits Relationship Marketing Management - 20 credits Elective modules Applied Business Intelligence - 20 credits Dissertation - 20 credits Innovative Multimedia - 20 credits Knowledge Management - 20 credits

Assessment method

Coursework, Exams, Practicals

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

We may also accept you, if you have limited qualifications but can show evidence of ability and a genuine commitment to studying the subject. Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 at the point of enrolment.

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course

Additional entry requirements


Some applicants may be invited to attend an informal interview with the course leader to ensure that the programme is suitable for themselves and their aspirations. UK students may be able to claim financial support for the course. Please note that the information provided on this web page relates to 2022 courses and is subject to change without notice by Sheffield Hallam University.

English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic)6IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills or equivalent.

If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £15860 Year 1
International £15860 Year 1

Additional fee information

Please refer to our website for up-to-date information on costs and fees:

Sponsorship information

Scholarships, discounts and bursaries may be available to students who study this course.

Business and Digital Technology with Foundation Year at Sheffield Hallam University - UCAS