Business Information Technology with Computing Foundation Year Solent University (Southampton)

Undergraduate

Awarded by: Southampton Solent University

Passionate about computing careers, but not quite ready to undertake a full honours degree? Coming to computing with no formal background in the subject? This one-year computing foundation is the ideal way to learn essential programming, web design, networking and security skills before starting a specialist three-year course.

Our computing courses are part of the School of Media Arts and Technology, where there are courses covering every aspect of computing and media technology. On completion of the Foundation Year you will be able to join the first year of a course within the computing area.

You’ll get to grips with the basics of computer programming by taking part in creative and fun practical projects. These will be carried out under the guidance of a teaching team with a wide portfolio of experience and skills.

Personal development is crucial - you will be supported in improving your academic confidence and start on the road to becoming an independent learner. We encourage teamwork and cross-discipline collaboration, both of which are highly valued by employers.

Solent’s computing team maintain a strong network of industry and employer contacts. You will be encouraged to utilise these networks to seek work experience placements, attend industry events and learn from specialist guest speakers. Successful completion of the Computing Foundation year will provide a pathway to the BSc (Hons) Business Information Technology degree.

Students studying information technology management here at Solent will have the opportunity to use the latest software and hardware in our dedicated computing and networking labs. These include our usability labs, which use eye-tracking technology to test the functionality of digital platforms and the quality of the user experience.

Southampton Solent University also operates a devices lab - an area which contains a range of mobile devices for website and application testing.

Successful students will have the opportunity to gain an Oracle certification alongside their degree. This shows employers that they possess proven skills and opens up the door to further certification through the ‘Oracle University’ programme.

Business information technology at Southampton Solent University has a strong focus on employability. This means that the curriculum is designed to equip students with skills that are relevant to employers. Students are also encouraged to take part in placements in their third year of study, or during their summer breaks.

  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

  • Study mode

    Full-time

  • Location

    Main Site

  • Start date

    17 September 2018

  • Duration

    4 years


Course details

Modules

Following your Foundation Year you will studyYear oneCore unitsSystems Analysis and DesignIntroduction to DatabasesWeb Technologies Problem Solving through ProgrammingIntroduction to Professional PracticeBusiness Information ManagementYear twoCore unitsInformation Systems DesignEnterprise Database DevelopmentAnalytics and Business IntelligenceDeveloping for the InternetGraduate and Professional DevelopmentOptionsHuman-Digital Interaction Design
Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.
Year threeCore unitsProject (double unit) Decision Support Systems and Business Intelligence Software Requirements Project ManagementOptionsHuman-Computer InteractionWeb Application DevelopmentInternet of ThingsData Science*Curriculum Plus
*Creative Business Start-up
*Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.


How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January *

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code I20I
Institution code S30
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

Points of entry

This means the year in which you would like to start the course.

‘Year 1’ means you will start in the first year.

‘Year 0’ means you will enter onto a foundation year.

You may be able to start some courses in the second or third years, if you meet certain criteria. You will need to discuss this with the university or college directly.

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

International applicants

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are: IELTS 5.5 overall with a minimum of 5.0 in each individual component TOEFL IBT 71 with a minimum of 19 in in each individual component- TOEFL is only valid for EU students or equivalent. Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University. The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course. Note to all international students requiring a visa: All international applicants need to be aware that the English language requirements to attend Southampton Solent University, and the English language requirements to obtain a visa from the Home Office, may be different. This means that if you meet the Southampton Solent University language requirement to gain a place on the course, you may still have to meet additional requirements to be granted with a visa by the Home Office. We strongly advise all applicants to visit the Home Office website which outlines all the requirements for a successful visa application and to take a look at this PDF document which outlines both Solent University and Home Office requirements for a number of language tests.


Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 48 points A minimum of two completed A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at PPP or BTEC Diploma at MP or equivalent.
We will consider mature students who haven't recently undertaken a formalised course of study at A-level or equivalent, but who can demonstrate relevant workplace or voluntary experience, indicating their ability to complete the course successfully.
We will also consider overseas applicants in an equivalent situation to UK students (as outlined above) and who have been taught in English or have IELTS 5.5 or equivalent.

We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds. Applicants who are not in possession of the minimum entry requirements but are able to demonstrate aptitude, enthusiasm and motivation will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview and/or portfolio. Please contact us for further details.
A level D D From a minimum of two A levels
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) PPP
AQA Level 3 (Foundation) Technical Level (360 glh) D
AQA Level 3 Technical Level (1080 glh) PPP
AQA Level 3 Technical Level (540 glh) MM
AQA Level 3 Technical Level (720 glh) MP
AS In combination with other qualifications.
Extended Project In combination with other qualifications.
OCR Cambridge Technical Certificate In combination with other qualifications.
OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma MP
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate D
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma PPP
OCR Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma MM
OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma D
OCR Cambridge Technical Subsidiary Diploma MM
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) In combination with other qualifications.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) MP
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) D
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Foundation Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) M
Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015) A

IELTS minimum score of 5.5 overall with a minimum 5.0 in each component of reading, writing, speaking and listening.
TOEFL (IBT) minimum score of 71 overall with a minimum of 19 in each component of reading, writing, speaking and listening.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £12,500 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

Sponsorship information

Southampton Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.