BA (Hons) Business and Computing with Foundation Year

Business and Computing

BA (Hons) & Foundation Year

Summary

Study level
Part time
4 years+
Location
Online
Faculty of Business

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 you a structured pathway to the higher education you 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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Course details and modules

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 computing and business, then this online business and computing course is for you.

We believe that everyone deserves the opportunity to study a degree, no matter your academic background. That’s why we offer this computing business degree with an integrated foundation year. The foundation year has been designed to provide you with the toolkit you need to succeed on an undergraduate degree course, as well as in the workplace and beyond it. 

Adrian Williams

"I was already in the working world and running two businesses. Not to mention I also have a young family, so the freedom online learning offered, and the cost effectiveness of the course, was a big draw for me."

Adrian Williams
BA Business (Human Resource Management)

Modules

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. 

  • Using Numeracy, IT & Data
  • Research Skills & Using Information
  • Values, Ethics & Working Collaboratively
  • Developing Academic Skills
  • Structure of Business 
  • Effective Interdisciplinary Study
  • Computer Technology 
  • Information Systems in Organisations 
  • Understanding the Business Environment 
  • Principles of Marketing 
  • People in Organisations
  • Research Ethics in Action
  • Data Communications
  • Quality Systems in IT
  • Strategic Information Systems
  • Managing Across Cultures
  • Enterprise & Entrepreneurship
  • 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.

Study options

This course is available to students as a fully online programme, which gives you the convenience of being able to study from anywhere worldwide. 

Martin Scahill

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)

Online learning

How does it work?

Studying this course online gives you the ultimate in convenience. You can enrol with Arden from anywhere in the world and study your degree from the comfort of home, without the requirement to attend classes in a physical location.  

Our online students study their degree through ilearn, Arden’s university campus in the cloud. ilearn provides everything you need to study at University. It offers an integrated virtual learning experience, including your virtual classroom, lecture theatre, and online library (which when used along with our supplementary library, Perlego, gives you access to almost half a million books and journals – yours for free while you study with us).

ilearn is also integrated with Zoom, making it easier to chat with your course tutor during your scheduled seminar sessions. You can even integrate our study materials into your Kindle, making it possible to study wherever you have you Kindle handy. 

Studying online doesn’t mean studying alone. As well as receiving regular feedback and guidance from your course tutor, you’ll be studying with likeminded students who you can meet with through our Unitu community, and you’ll have access to community message boards to discuss your course and the topics being raised within it. We’ve even set up community boards embedded into each of the course modules so you can have discussions with your tutor and classmates on the topics you’re currently learning. 

Online learning students resident in the UK can apply for a Tuition Fee loan to pay for their course. If you cannot attend your course in person because of a disability, you may also be entitled to a Maintenance Loan to cover living expenses. Please find more information on our fees and funding page. If you're a student from Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland you can find information about obtaining a student loan to cover your costs from your student finance body.

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Entry requirements

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.

Eligibility

To be able to study this course, we need to see that you have: 

  • Passes at grade C (grade 4) or above in three subjects at GCSE level OR 45 credits at Level 2 or equivalent – if your qualifications are older than 3 years we would also ask to see a professional CV.
  • Applicants may be considered based on a minimum of 12 months of professional work experience evidenced with a CV and Reference if they do not meet the qualification requirements.  
  • We also offer this course as a standard bachelor’s degree without foundation year. To view the course details, please click here

Candidates are required to submit a personal statement (of between 350-550 words) or attend an interview demonstrating an ability to study for the programme. This statement should include:

  • Your motivation for undertaking the programme
  • Why you’ve chosen your particular course
  • Any long-term goals or career aspirations

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.

Before you start studying

Whilst you can read your study materials on your smart phone or tablet, to make the most of your learning experience, you will need access to a laptop or computer (we recommend one running the latest version of Windows), and a good stable internet connection.

Course fees and funding

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Meet the faculty

Dilshad Sheikh

Here at Arden University we strive to provide a fresh and unique approach to your business and management education. With ideas and experiences taken from employers and thought leaders across the world, we give you the opportunity to put proven business skills and techniques into practice during your studies. I look forward to welcoming you to the Arden University family.

Dilshad Sheikh
Dean of the Faculty of Business

Career prospects

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.

Industry skills

Study an industry-certified course alongside your degree


If you're looking to gain some additional skills as you study, you can take an industry-certified online course while you’re studying your Arden degree, at no extra cost.

You can choose to become certified on Salesforce Trailhead, gain certification through Cisco’s Networking Academy, or take courses on Amazon’s cloud-based learning platform, AWS Educate. All of these courses complement our degree modules and are highly valued by employers worldwide.