BA (Hons)

Business and Computer Studies

A Learning at Work Bachelor's degree programme

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Why take this course?

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.

What will I experience?

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.

What opportunities might it lead to?

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

Key Facts

UCAS Course Code:
Non-UCAS
Duration
Flexible. Start: Sept, Jan.
Entry
2018 ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
ENTRY
A typical applicant would usually have post-school higher education such as an HNC, or equivalent, or part of a degree course, together with appropriate work experience. See full entry requirements
OTHER QUALIFICATIONS
We accept UCAS points from other qualifications. See full details and English Language qualifications
English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.
Fees

Please contact the Learning at Work department for the latest fee schedules.

Tel: +44 (0)23 9284 6260
Email: learningatwork@port.ac.uk

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Contact
learningatwork@port.ac.uk
+44 (0)23 9284 6260
Department
Learning at Work

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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:

  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL): This allows you to receive credit for the qualifications you already have and for experience that has given you the learning equivalent to academic qualifications. This can include in-service training courses and qualifications, as well as learning from on-the-job experience. Top up a business/computing based Foundation degree, HNC or HND or international equivalent to a BA (Hons).The maximum RPL credit you can receive is two-thirds of the credit for the award. For further information contact the Learning at Work department.
  • Work-based Learning Projects: These usually make up the bulk of the learning contract. They must involve new learning for you, so they cannot be simply the activities involved in your regular job. However, they should be of value to your employer as well as yourself and you should be able to carry out much of the project work in normal working hours. Examples of WBL projects include Building and Developing a High Performing Team, Analysis of IT Support, Development of a Culture of Motivation within Core Services.
  • Taught Units: Campus-based or distance learning units from the University of Portsmouth or other higher education institutions can be included in your programme. They are a good way of acquiring new knowledge in a structured way. Examples include Information Systems Management, Introduction to Financial Management, Business Systems Development.

How are you assessed?

We set the framework for your degree and assess your work, but you choose what to learn, how you will learn and what evidence you will deliver for assessment. We ensure that you achieve the standard appropriate to your award through a process of learning management.

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This Partnership Programme is for those in full-time work. If you are motivated by a course that offers academic credit through the completion of work-based projects, then this programme ensures a rewarding interaction between tutor and student, working together to achieve the highest standards.

Fiona Message, Learning Manager

Paul Ridoutt

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Paul Ridoutt
Tutor

I gained my own Masters and Doctorate by the Learning at Work approach - I found it appropriate and practical and it fitted in with my professional life as an International Management Consultant working globally across 40 plus countries.

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Support

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.

Flexible Learning

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.

University Library

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.

Budgeting for your studies

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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Career prospects

Develop your abilities in the workplace
Develop your abilities in the workplace

Your projects will be commercially valuable to your organisation and will exhibit your enhanced strategic awareness and knowledge of best practice. In turn, your increased motivation and improved performance will undoubtedly lead to further professional opportunities and career progression.

Potential careers include:

  • Software Development
  • Technology Consultant
  • Risk Analyst

Benefits to you

Gain a university qualification without having to take a career break
Gain a university qualification without having to take a career break
  • Your existing knowledge counts towards the degree award
  • You gain a university qualification without having to take a career break
  • Learning through work-based projects reduces the amount of time you have to spend studying at home
  • You learn what you need as you need it
  • You can tailor the pace of learning to suit demands on your time
  • Learning leads to professional recognition and career enhancement

Benefits to your employer

University tutors provide new knowledge and advice
University tutors provide new knowledge and advice
  • Staff education brings commercial and strategic awareness
  • Commercially valuable work projects are part of the learning programme
  • The organisation gains knowledge of best practice and the latest technologies from work-based projects
  • University tutors provide new knowledge and advice
  • Better qualified staff enhance the organisation’s leadership position
  • Staff who have been supported to gain Partnership qualifications show increased loyalty to their employers
  • Employee motivation is increased as they develop their skills

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How to apply

To apply for this course you must request an application form from The Learning at Work office either by emailing learningatwork@port.ac.uk 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:

International Students

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Fees and Funding

Find out more about fees and funding available to you at Portsmouth.