Framework for Higher Education Qualifications (FHEQ) Level 6
The BSc (Hons) Business Computing and Information Systems, delivered online by NCC Education and validated and awarded by the University of Central Lancashire, has been designed to prepare students for employment in the IT sector. The qualification equips students with a blend of technical IT skills and business expertise that will prepare them for a career in senior management IT roles. The qualification units are designed to provide the fundamental skills and knowledge required by employers in the IT sector.
The final year online top-up qualification is a natural progression from our legacy International Advanced Diplomas; the Level 5 Diploma in Computing (RQF) (L5DC) or Level 5 Diploma in Business IT (RQF) (L5DBIT).
- The NCC Education Level 5 Diploma in Computing (RQF) (L5DC)
- The NCC Education Level 5 Diploma in Business Information Technology (RQF) (L5DBIT)
- The NCC Education International Advanced Diploma in Computer Studies (IADCS)
- The NCC Education Level 5 Diploma in Computer Studies (NQF) (L5DCS)
The qualification is made up of four 20-credit units, each of which requires an average of 200 hours of study and a project unit which accounts for 40 credits and requires approximately 400 hours of study.
Units comprise of weekly video lectures, tutorial exercises, a discussion forum and live chat sessions with subject experts. Students will have the opportunity to interact with other students from around the world and with subject experts through discussion forums.
When taken full-time, the qualification is delivered in two 15-week semesters (12 teaching weeks). Two units are studied in each semester, with the project being studied over two semesters.
Part-time students study one or two units per semester over four semesters, with the project being studied over four semesters.
- Advanced Database Management Systems – builds upon general understanding of database systems, ensuring that students develop significant knowledge of the major topics (both theoretical and practical) relating to the development and management of modern database systems. The unit introduces current database research topics, thereby increasing understanding of future trends and the latest developments in the field.
- Corporate Communication Systems Management – enables students to understand the management of telecommunications and computer networks for corporate systems and the underlying technologies, including network management, communications media and services, global availability and reliability, eCommerce and internet services.
- eBusiness – is concerned with the use of the Internet to conduct business electronically. The commercial application of the Internet has grown rapidly in recent years and the technological and business environment remains dynamic. This unit adopts a critical, strategic approach to business and to the use of the Internet.
- Managing Information Systems Projects – explores the theoretical underpinning of different approaches to project management, examines a range of techniques for tackling the problems of project management and develops a rigorous attitude to quality in software development.
- Information Systems Project – aims to provide the opportunity for in-depth individual study of a specialised area of computing and information systems; to develop the ability to tackle a selected problem of significant scale and complexity and to develop the ability to present ideas in written reports.
Assessment for each 20-credit unit includes, but is not limited to, a mid-semester assignment and an end-of-semester examination. The 40 credit project is assessed by written reports and progress.
The BSc (Hons) Business Computing and Information Systems will be awarded when students have successfully passed all units. The degree will be classified into one of the following honours categories:
- Upper Second
- Lower Second
A unit is passed when an overall unit mark of 40% or more is attained. If a resit of an assessment is required this must be done within a twelve month period.
The BSc (Hons) in Business Computing and Information Systems is a final year top-up qualification validated and awarded by the University of Central Lancashire.
- Graduates are eligible to apply for the Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Business IT (RQF) (L7DSBIT) awarded by NCC Education. Upon successful completion of the L7DSBIT, students can apply to progress onto various MSc qualifications. Alternatively, graduates of the qualification can expect to obtain a management level position in the IT industry.
Progression routes can be found on our University Progression page.
The University is registered by Royal Charter in the UK and regulated and inspected by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA)
- Ranked in the top 3.7% of all worldwide universities according to the Center for World University Rankings (CWUR)
- Ranked 31 in the UK for Computer Science and Information Systems in the Guardian League table (2016)
“Growing up, I had always attended classroom-based learning and UCLan’s online learning was a new experience for me. I am impressed by the quality of education that I received. Despite being hearing impaired, I was able to secure a first class degree and I have to thank NCC Education, UCLan and Softwarica for that. My tutors were knowledgeable, approachable and accessible. I am also very satisfied with all the transcribed documents of video lectures and I actually enjoyed studying them.”
Anima Acharya BSc (Hons)
“The BSc (Hons) Business Computing and Information Systems programme provides a good coverage of both IT and business aspects. I truly believe that the knowledge that I have acquired from this programme will allow me to succeed in my career either as a businessman or programmer. I am very happy to be awarded this degree. The support from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) and NCC Education through regular chat sessions and emails has definitely helped me a great deal. Thank you to the NCC Education and UCLan team!”
Prabin Baral BSc (Hons)
“What would i say to students thinking of doing this programme? It is a great programme. I got hired immediately after finishing it so don’t hesitate to go for it!”
Boago Mazongo BSc (Hons)