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BSc (Hons) Software Development for Business

UK industry has a significant shortage of people with the IT software development skills and business understanding to make a real difference to their operations.  

The Software Development for Business (SDfB) degree provides you with the mix of technical, business and professional skills that businesses and the IT sector are looking for.  

This degree is ideal for future techies who want the added opportunity to learn the project management and communication skills required to work in a technology and business environment.

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Codes:

College C58

UCAS I300

Course Length:

3 years (4 years with work placement) Full Time

Entry Requirements

Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):

A levels: BBC - CCC

A level / BTEC / Cambridge Technical combination (including AS / EPQ): 104 to 120 UCAS Tariff Points

BTEC / Cambridge Technical: DDM –DMM

GCSEs: English language and mathematics at grade C or better

International Baccalaureate: 28 points

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Postgraduate Pathway

The Business School has a diverse and exciting range of full and part time postgraduate programmes including:

*Alumni receive 15% discount on postgraduate fees

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Work Placements

We understand the importance of ensuring that you have the knowledge, skills and experience to compete successfully in today’s challenging job market. As a Business School student, you’ll have a wide range of opportunities to undertake work-based learning as well as the option to take a full year’s paid professional placement in year three or a shorter 10 week placement in the final year of your studies.

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Where this can take you 

Alumnus profile: Pete Baston

"I was offered a full time position shortly after I finished my placement and was able to start almost straight after I finished the course. I have recently finished the graduate scheme for Capgemini and am now working in a more senior role for a smaller company in Guildford."

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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

You will undertake your workshops in training rooms that are up to date with design features, touch screen 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

Our IT graduates have successfully gone into wide range of areas including business analysts, consultancy, project management, software designers etc. Employers include large name organisations such Accenture, Capgemini, Deloitte, Debenhams, and also a range of smaller yet still exciting and innovative.

Work placements

Our Business and Management degrees have a strong vocational focus and are enhanced by our optional work placement programmes.  Work placements and internships give students the opportunity to implement skills and knowledge gained during their time on campus in a real-world setting and allows them to develop their employability skills.

What our students think...

"I feel that the work placement was an extremely valuable experience to me and would thoroughly recommend it to any student going into their third year. I think in order to do the placement you do need to be self-motivated, however the benefits are endless. The support from the University was good - it is always good to know people are there, the Placement coordinator has been a great support."

"If I hadn't done the work placement I wouldn't have had the confidence that I now have. It prepared me for the working world and I would advise anyone who has the opportunity to do one to take the opportunity. I recently accepted an offer for a job with another company but I think that one of the reasons that I got the job was because I was able to talk about my experience on placement."

Professional Placement – 1 Year Internship

All students are able to take a 'Professional Placement' during their third year which is a one year paid internship. Great significance is placed on providing a learning experience that assists with the students understanding of business practice and the context in which it takes place.  The University is committed to working closely with business and the community, offering support, opportunities and facilities to both organisations and individuals in the local community, business and public services.

10 Week Work Placement

The majority of our business and management programmes offer our students the opportunity to undertake a 10-week full-time work placement as they begin the final semester of their degree. Placements begin mid-January each year and run until the end of March.  Whilst on placement the students focus on a management project which is normally concerned with investigating management issues within the organisation.  Many placement students are offered full time jobs even before their results are published and they believe that the placement was “Extremely beneficial to finding employment opportunities straight after completion of the course”.

Placement Office

The Business School has a dedicated placement office which works with students and businesses to help them find their perfect match whilst ensuring that all placements are of the appropriate level and suitability for the students degree routes.

Students are ultimately responsible for finding their own placement, however the placement office has built up many contacts and advertises opportunities from organisations many who come back to us each year looking for new students. 

While a large proportion of students secure placements in London and the South East we have students who have travelled overseas for their placements for example, Bahrain, India, Singapore and Australia.

Types of Placement

Students find placements in all areas of business, some recent examples:

  • Accounting and Finance - Rolls Royce Motorcars, Cap Gemini
  • Business Studies – Nissan Motorcars, Gatwick Diamond Initiative
  • Business Studies & Marketing – Rolls Royce Motorcars, Bentley Motorcars, The Dreyfuss Group
  • Events Management – Shangri-la Hotel the Shard, Rugby Players Association
  • Human Resource Management – Condair, Hays Recruitment
  • Marketing – Brandwatch, Hewlett-Packard, Toyota Motorcars, TUI
  • IT Management for Business – Cap Gemini, Debenhams, Accenture, Eaton

For further details please contact the Business School Placement Office.

 

Indicative modules

Year 1

  • Introduction to Marketing
  • Development Programming Language 1
  • Fundamentals of Website Development
  • Programming for the Web
  • Academic and Professional Skills
  • Business Information Systems
  • Management and Organisations
  • Entrepreneurial Mind-set

Year 2

  • Dynamic and Data Driven On-line Systems
  • Project Management
  • Networked World: Systems and Architectures
  • Developing Real Systems for Customers
  • Development Programming Language 2
  • Data Analytics (SQL & No SQL)
  • Guru Lectures
  • Professional Graduate

Year 3

  • Developing an Information Strategy
  • IT Management Project
  • Critical Issues in Managing IT Service Support
  • Personalising the Commercial Web Experience
  • Either a 10 week work placement OR two modules

International English Studies

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International English Studies

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.

Additional Costs

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Additional Costs