Business and Computing

BA (Hons) & Foundation Year

Study level
4-12 years
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BA (Hons) Business and Computing with Foundation Year

Course Overview

Are you interested in studying for a business and computing course, but need a little extra preparation? Arden University’s BA (Hons) Business and Computing with Foundation Year course will first help you gain the core knowledge required to progress to degree-level study. These key skills will continue to be built and developed throughout the remainder of your programme – from basic numeracy and research skills to IT and fundamental business and computing topics. 

The foundation year of this course gives students a pathway to an education they deserve. Once completed, your computing and business degree will help you to understand how an organisation’s information systems adapt to change, while also gaining highly relevant hands-on experience that provides immediate appeal to potential employers after graduation. 

Having the foundation year under your belt will give you a valuable head start on your degree programme, giving you everything you need to progress in your dream career. 

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Computing in business has never been more important, with companies around the world seeking talented graduates who demonstrate a good grasp of both disciplines. If you’re looking to stay ahead of the curve and analyse the latest technologies in leading computer and business theories, then this online business and computing course is the one for you.

We believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to graduate with a degree, no matter what your academic background is. That’s why we offer this computer business degree with an integrated foundation year that is designed to provide you with the toolkit you need to succeed in an undergraduate degree, and in the workplace. The content in this vocational course gives students a solid base layer for studying their degree at Arden University.


You have 4-12 years to complete this course, meaning that you can take up to 3 years for each level – however, many of our students complete the course in 4-8 years. 

Foundation Year Modules

  • Using Numeracy, IT & Data
  • Research Skills & Using Information
  • Values, Ethics & Working Collaboratively
  • Developing Academic Skills
  • Structure of Business 

Year 2

  • Effective Interdisciplinary Study
  • Computer Technology 
  • Information Systems in Organisations 
  • Understanding the Business Environment 
  • Principles of Marketing 
  • People in Organisations

Year 3

  • Research Ethics in Action
  • Data Communications
  • Quality Systems in IT
  • Strategic Information Systems
  • Managing Across Cultures
  • Enterprise & Entrepreneurship

Year 4

  • Current Trends in Networking 
  • Management in IT
  • Contemporary Management Issues
  • International Management
  • Research Planning & Project

How do we assess you?

At Arden University, we use a range of methods to assess your progress and strengths, providing you with the opportunity to demonstrate what you’ve learnt. These could include: 

  • Assignments
  • Essays
  • Presentations
  • Case studies
  • Portfolios of work
  • Exams

To ensure you have the support and resources needed to successfully complete your module assessments, we’ll provide you with feedback for every piece of work you submit – from suggestions for improvement to applying your newly acquired skills to real-life settings.

At Arden University we consider applications on a case by case basis. If you have significant work experience, have qualifications you have gained elsewhere, or a degree or qualification that isn't a clear pathway to this degree - we are more than happy to discuss your application.

What do you need to study with us?

Our aim is to make learning as accessible as possible by ensuring that you can join us, wherever you are.

That's why we keep our requirements simple. All you need is a laptop or computer (we recommend one running the latest version of Windows), and a good stable internet connection.

With this one tool, you'll be able to access information, advice, support, learning materials and our online library, as well as create assignments, keep notes, and collaborate with other students effectively.


Candidates for our BA (Hons) Business and Computing foundation degree are required to submit a personal statement (of between 350-550 words) or interview demonstrating an ability to study for the programme. This statement should include:

  • Your motivation for undertaking the programme
  • Relevant work experience
  • Prior qualifications
  • References

English Proficiency

  • IELTS 6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any element); or TOEFL iBT 80; or equivalent

We also offer an internal English test for applicants. More information on this can be found here.

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Use the dropdown above to find course fees and funding information for your country. If you can’t find information for your country in the dropdown, visit our International support page.

Before you join a degree programme, it’s always nice to know exactly who you’ll be learning from. The School of Business and Management is formed of a group of experienced, qualified and enthusiastic tutors who design the courses alongside leaders from the business community. Heading up our foundation year programme is Towella Ngambi, who has a wealth of experience in up-skilling individuals to help accelerate their career and personal growth. 

The specialist skills you’ll have after graduating include analytical and critical thinking, problem-solving, strong interpersonal and communication skills and an appreciation of organisational behaviour and structures – all of which are highly valued by employers and validate your potential for future development your chosen sector.

What can a business and computing foundation degree do for me?

Our business and computing graduates acquire a wide range of versatile and transferable skills that can be applied in the professional workplace, opening up a range of career opportunities – whatever your goals! The modules taught on this course will provide you with: 

  • A thorough understanding of business and computing organisations and their key elements
  • Skills to explore wider considerations, such as environments, markets and processes (and how they work together)
  • The ability to relate your studies to your own experience
  • A wide range of employment opportunities across business and computing sectors

Where can I go after Arden University?

The world is reliant on computers - and business skills are relevant to almost any sector. So, for a skilled business and computing graduate, the variety of employers is vast! Designed to enhance your employability factor, some of the jobs you might consider following your business and computing foundation degree are:

  • IT Solutions Specialist
  • IT Manager
  • Business Manager
  • Business Development Executive
  • Business Analytics & Modelling Consultant
  • Business Performance & Transformation Consultant
  • Operations Manager
  • Retail Manager

Thinking about continuing your academic development? Stand out from the crowd with postgraduate study with Arden University.

Your next step into the professional world

Studying with Arden is all about getting career-ready. Alongside your foundation course, you’ll also have access to several extra online resources for professional development. You can use these to explore a specialist area of interest and to enhance your CV even further.

Throughout your studies, you’ll have access to student support advisors who are exclusively there to help you. They’ll help you to enhance your academic skills, guide you with your orientation and offer tailored career support. This means you’ll have guidance at every stage of your degree from our extensive community of students and fellow alumni, who can offer 1-2-1 advice for your future beyond Arden University.

Outside of this, you’ll also have unlimited access to our online platform, iLearn – providing you with all the learning resources and tools needed to excel in your studies. 


The course gave me the confidence and skills to go for senior jobs that I wouldn’t have previously. I have been promoted several times since.

Martin Scahill
BSc (Hons) Business & Computing (Top-Up)
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Online Learning

How does it work?

With online learning, you decide when and where you work through your self-guided learning materials, without being held to a set lecture timetable. If you’re interrupted during a lesson, simply pause the materials and continue later. You can also communicate and collaborate with your tutor and classmates through live online forums and email. 

Find out more about how Online Learning works.