BSc (Hons) Business and Computing

About the course



Gain a firm understanding of the role of business in society and develop knowledge of the main functional areas; accounting, marketing and human resources through a creative mix of academic study, skills development and practical training. This can lead into a wide range of careers or focus on one functional area for more specific career prospects. 


Computing will provide you with an understanding of theoretical foundations, as well as building your knowledge as a designer and developer. Practical work is carried out in well-equipped and spacious laboratories and because of our strong links with commerce; the subject materials are regularly updated and therefore relevant to today's computing industry.

The first year introduces you to the fundamentals of information systems development in a visual programming environment. Previous programming experience is not required.

Within the general use of the computer as a tool, three main study themes may be followed in the second and final years: development of information systems; program design and the internal organisation of systems and networks.

Why choose this course?

  • An ideal choice even if you have no previous experience of business before. It will give you the opportunity to develop strong intellectual abilities and a range of practical business and interpersonal skills.
  • At the end of the programme you will be able to apply the knowledge and skills acquired in a wide variety of professional, vocational or postgraduate careers.
  • Our computing facilities are among the best offered by any university in the country. We have constantly updated contacts with industry and commerce while the computing courses are arranged to give practical experience with a variety of computer systems and work situations.
  • This module requires no previous experience in computing.


This programme gives you flexibility in your studies at university resulting in flexibility in your choice of career at the end of your course. You will acquire a much broader base of knowledge and experience that could really widen your employment opportunities. Graduates have found employment in diverse roles such as computer programmers, design engineers, management development specialists, accountants and project managers. 95.2% of University of Hertfordshire students are in work or further study six months after graduating, according to the latest Destination of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey.

Teaching methods

You experience a wide variety of learning styles when you study on the programme. During your time with us we will develop your capacity for self-learning and your interpersonal skills. We particularly emphasise the importance of structured research; well-prepared written and verbal presentations; and computer literacy. Alongside elements of standard lectures, seminars, tutorials and laboratories, you also learn through case studies, individual and group projects and other student centered activities. In your final year you will normally have the opportunity to practise your self-learning and interpersonal skills by undertaking a Major project or dissertation.

Work Placement

You will have the opportunity to take a paid work placement or study abroad for a year between your second and final years, extending your degree from a three year to a four year qualification. You will not be required to pay tuition fees for this year and you will gain excellent experience that sets you apart from the crowd in the graduate jobs market.

A work placement provides you with an excellent opportunity to gain valuable experience and put your theoretical knowledge and understanding from your studies in to practice.

Our Careers and Placements service will help you to develop your CV and support you through the application process for a wide range of placement opportunities in a variety of sectors and organisations.

Study Abroad

This course offers you the opportunity to study abroad in the Sandwich Year through the University's study abroad programme. Study abroad opportunities are available worldwide and in Europe under the Erasmus+ Programme.
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Level 4

Core Modules

  • Principles of Marketing - 15 Credits
  • Accounting for Business - 15 Credits
  • Global Perspectives in Business - 15 Credits
  • Quantitative Methods for Business (UJH) - 15 Credits
  • Human Dimensions of Computing (A) - 15 Credits
  • Programming (A) - 15 Credits
  • Programming (B) - 15 Credits
  • Models and Methods in Computing (B) - 15 Credits


Level 5

Core Modules

  • Managing People - 15 Credits
  • Exploring Business Ethics - 15 Credits
  • Information Technology Development Exercise - 30 Credits
  • Web Scripting - 15 Credits
  • Enterprise Databases - 15 Credits
  • Graduate & Employability Skills - 0 Credits


  • Human Computer Interaction for Commercial Applications - 15 Credits
  • Project Planning and Control - 15 Credits
  • Principles of Operations Management - 15 Credits
  • Marketing for the Small Enterprise - 15 Credits
  • Marketing Planning - 15 Credits
  • Management Accounting for Business Decisions - 15 Credits
  • Cross-cultural Management - 15 Credits
  • Business Analysis Tools - 15 Credits

Level 6

Core Modules

  • Leadership and Organisations - 15 Credits
  • Business Strategy - 15 Credits
  • User Experience - 15 Credits
  • Information Security Management - 15 Credits
  • Advanced Web Scripting - 15 Credits
  • Graduate & Employability Skills - 0 Credits


  • Industrial Placement Year - 0 Credits
  • Placement Study Abroad (South East Asia) - 0 Credits
  • Placement Study Abroad (North America) - 0 Credits
  • Placement Study Abroad (Australia) - 0 Credits
  • Placement Study Abroad (Europe) - 0 Credits
  • International Human Resource Management - 15 Credits
  • Understanding Challenges in the Third Sector - 15 Credits
  • Social Networking and Enterprise - 15 Credits
  • Small Business Management - 15 Credits
  • Service Operations Management - 15 Credits
  • Management Science in Business - 15 Credits
  • Contemporary Issues in Business and Management - 15 Credits
  • Performance Strategy - 15 Credits
  • HBS Placement - 0 Credits
  • Professional Work Placement in Computer Science - 0 Credits
  • Software Quality - 15 Credits
  • Enterprise Systems - 15 Credits
  • Year Abroad - 0 Credits

Fees & funding

Fees 2018

UK/EU Students

Full time
  • £9250 for the 2018/2019 academic year

Part time
  • £1155 per 15 credits for the 2018/2019 academic year

International Students

Full time
  • £11950 for the 2018/2019 academic year

Part time
  • £1500 per 15 credits for the 2018/2019 academic year

*Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

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Other financial support

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Living costs / accommodation

The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

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Entry requirements...

112 UCAS points 

IB - 112 points from a minimum of 2 HL subjects at H4 or above.

GCSE Maths and English Language at Grade 4 or above (Grade C or above under the old grading structure).

All students from non-majority English speaking countries require proof of English language proficiency, equivalent to an overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band.

If you do not have the required IELTS or equivalent for direct entry on to your degree programme, our Pre-sessional English and International Foundation courses can help you to achieve this level.

For country specific qualifications, please visit our Your Country page.

How to apply


Start DateEnd DateLink
28/09/201820/05/2019Apply online (Full Time)
28/09/201820/05/2019Apply online (Part Time)
28/09/201820/05/2019Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
28/09/201820/05/2019Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)


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28/09/201920/05/2020Apply online (Full Time)
28/09/201920/05/2020Apply online (Part Time)
28/09/201920/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
28/09/201920/05/2020Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)