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BSc (Hons) Software Development for Business

The level of demand for software developers is increasing both in the UK and globally. Additionally the current trend of bringing back computer services into the UK (onshoring) has increased the need for employable and productive software engineering/design graduates.

Developed in partnership with e-skills UK, with the input of national and international companies our ITMB students develop the technical and business skills that employers value.

Employers continuously tell us that they prefer students who have work experience and therefore we would encourage you to undertake the one year professional placement option. 

Student view

Ashley Wan
The reason I chose the University of Chichester is because of the location, exclusive teaching method and excellent rates of student satisfaction. I am now working as a Business Analyst for an IT company in Hong Kong.

Course content

Typically you will be studying four modules a semester over the two semesters that make up our academic year. You will be introduced to Programming For The Web, Sequential Programming along with other technical and general management themes. 

The pattern of your study in the second year is similar to that of the first and you will be studying subjects including Project Management, Developing Real Systems for Customers (working with external clients) and Object Oriented Programming. 

Within the third year, in addition to relevant modules such as Critical Issues in Managing IT Service Support and Developing and Information Strategy you will undertake your System Development Project. This will be your final and most significant piece of work using the skills you have developed while studying with us. 

Most of your classes will be based in the recently renovated 'Dome', Georgian exterior - modern interior. Students state they benefit from our decision to run small classes (typically 20-25) which enables easier communication with staff in addition to offering a supportive community with fellow students. The campus is a short walk away from the beach, town and train station with a direct train service to London Victoria and Gatwick international airport.

Our facilities

Our facilities content

You will undertake your workshops in training rooms that are up to date with design features, touch screen electronic white boards and high speed wifi; housed across three stunning Georgian mansions. All of our current students love the learning environment, the culture, camaraderie and the fact that tutors know them by name so they are more than just a ‘face in the crowd’. 

What's more you have lots of other facilities on this dedicated university campus including latest books, journals and online data in a truly modern library, an IT centre, a student zone complete with Costa Coffee, a gym and much more, oh and if that’s not quite enough for your needs we are just across the road from the beach - brilliant for creativity and inspiration.

Where this can take you

Graduates from the Business School have taken up exiting roles at companies including: Google Europe, Shangri La Hotels, West Sussex Country Council, Vent Axia, R21 Media, St Martins in the Fields, Grange Hotels, Hays, The Goodwood Group.

Work placements

Students are encouraged to take a placement in the third year of their studies and have the opportunity to undertake a 10 week placement as part of their final year studies. Work placement gives students the opportunity to implement skills and knowledge gained during their time on campus in a real-world setting. Placements begin early to mid January each year.

Indicative modules

Year one of the degree is a broad business programme giving you a robust underpinning of key business areas before progressing to years two and three and more focused modules in software development.

Specialist modules include: development programming using procedural methods and object orientated programming; business information systems; programming for web; dynamic and data driven systems; data science and analytics; networked world systems and architectures; analysing and improving web design and performance.

Teaching and assessment

Our approach to supporting your learning, and how your learning is assessed, is designed to enable you to become a confident and enterprising graduate.  It is focused on seeking to support your ambitions, in parallel with ensuring that the needs of employers are met.  With this in mind, key features of our approach to learning and assessment include the following:

  • In place of the more traditional large group lecture method to teaching undergraduate students adopted by most University Business Schools, our approach involves tutors working with relatively small numbers of students at a time.  As well as providing an excellent environment for supporting you in the development of your subject expertise, it also helps you to develop a wide range of soft skills, such as teamwork, communication and time management.  These attributes are highly valued by graduate employers. 
  • Opportunities to work with organisations on current commercial/business problems and projects.  These experiences are used to provide the basis for assessments that enable you to apply your learning within authentic commercial situations.

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Course length

3 years (4 years with work placement)
Full Time

Entry requirements 2017 - 2018

Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):

A levels: BBB – BCC

A level / BTEC combination (including AS / E.P.): 112 to 128 UCAS Tariff Points


GCSEs: English language and mathematics at grade C or better

International Baccalaureate: 28 points

Access to HE Diploma to HE Diploma: Pass with at least 15 credits at Merit