If you are looking to pursue a career in the application of information technology (IT) and computing in a business or social context then the BSc (Hons) Business and Computer Studies through the Learning at Work Partnership Degree Programme allows you to study for a university degree without leaving your job.
Our programme aims to help you develop your understanding of key business functions and the role IT and computing have in helping it achieve its goals. Whether you need a breadth of knowledge or to specialise in one area such as emerging technologies, programming or web design this course will enable you to gain the practical skills and learning relevant to your professional and personal development aspirations.
A unique flexible course that allows you to set your own objectives, choose your specific course content and tailor the pace of learning to suit the demands on your time. It is a three-way partnership between you, your employer and the University which enables you to make an effective contribution to your workplace, as well as improving your career prospects.
Much of your learning comes from work-based learning (WBL) projects that form part of your daily workload, which ensures that the knowledge gained is relevant to your employer's business. University taught units and other training programmes can provide additional learning.
This course is ideally suited to employers who wish to develop their employees as the contract can be designed to match the current and future creative and innovative requirements of their business.
One of the reasons for completing the degree was to develop my technical skills, so that I could confidently manage the IT department. I am now able to produce professional technical and reflective reports, and effectively research and critically analyse new subject areas.
Helen Quaintmere, BA (Hons) Business and Computer Studies
The time you take to complete your studies is up to you and is not tied to the academic calendar. It depends on the point at which you start the course and your personal circumstances at work and at home.
Students make up the academic credit required for achievement of their award through a combination of different learning all of which is detailed in a learning contract. The balance of elements in a learning programme is agreed by negotiation between you and your Workplace Partner, Academic Tutor and Learning Manager. The learning can include:
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Due to the distance-learning nature of this course and the potential pressure of juggling your course alongside your work and home life, we aim to provide you with as much support as possible. You will have three channels of support. Firstly, a Workplace Partner chosen by you – someone at work who can offer advice, guidance and moral support as well as an Academic Tutor specialising in your area of study and finally, a Learning Manager.
It is essential that you have access to the web as this will be the main source of your learning material. You will be supported through our online virtual learning environment called Moodle. The Moodle environment will be a rich source of information - both formal and informal. You are directed towards independent study through selected activities including virtual tutor-led discussion sessions, providing you with the opportunity to interact with staff and fellow students, podcasts and webinars.
Online tutorials and lectures will assist students with a variety of study skills and research methods. The Academic Skills Department are also on hand to support students with the requirements of academic writing. Although you are not required to study on campus throughout the course, you are invited to attend an induction session at the start of the programme and, of course, your graduation ceremony at the end. For those unable to attend induction in person, we provide an online induction course to get you off to the best start in your studies.
Tap into our Library’s vast selection of electronic resources including e-books and journals, which are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help. We have created a series of videos aimed to help you use the University Library resources and to effectively search for the information you require for your research and assessments.
There may be extra costs arising from your studies which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.
Some are common costs to all courses of study. These may include the cost of study texts, reference books, photocopying and computer supplies. Others relate to specific courses and may include field trips, materials and specialist equipment.
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To apply for this course you must request an application form from The Learning at Work office either by emailing email@example.com or phoning on 023 9284 6260.
To find out more about the application process please visit one of the following links, depending on you your course of interest: