University of East London

BSc (Hons) Computing for Business with Foundation Year

Our Computing for Business course teaches you how to apply emerging technology in a business environment. It covers core computing skills and specialised modules focusing on business intelligence - database systems, project management, analysis and design.

You'll have the opportunity to work on projects in the local community and further afield, applying your developing knowledge and providing practical solutions for real-life problems.

Whether you choose to continue with your studies or go straight into work, the course will equip you with the skills and expertise employers and investors are looking for.

Our Industrial Liaison Group maintains close links with industry and employers, ensuring our course reflects the latest developments in business practice and technological development. 

The extended course is perfect if you want a degree in Computing for Business but you don't have the standard entry requirements.  First we prepare you for your degree during an extra Foundation year, bringing you up to speed with academic skills and a firm grounding in the subject. Then you can go on to do the full undergraduate degree.

Entry Requirements


64 UCAS Points from

  • A LEVEL- Must include passes at A2 in at least one subject.
  • BTEC- Extended Diploma or Diploma
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE- Diploma with 24 points including a minimum of 15 points at Higher Level

Other entry routes

Access to HE Diploma (QAA approved) with 60 credits overall and 45 credits at Level 3

English Language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 5.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking (or recognised equivalent).If you do not meet the academic English language requirements for your course, you may be eligible to enrol onto a pre-sessional English programme. The length of the course will depend on your current level of English and the requirements for your degree programme. We offer a 5-week and an 11-week pre-sessional course. 

Alternative GCSE Qualifications

Level 2 equivalences such as Level 2 Functional Skills in English / Maths, Level 2 Key Skills in Communication / Application of Number and Level 2 Adult Literacy / Adult Numeracy

Mature applicants and those without formal qualifications

As an inclusive University, we recognise that applicants who have been out of education for some time may not have the formal qualifications usually required for entry to a course. We welcome applications from those who can demonstrate their enthusiasm and commitment to study and have the relevant life/work experience that equips them to succeed on the course. We will assess this from the information provided in your application – in particular your personal statement - to help us decide on your eligibility for the course.

Career Prospects

IT skills really matter in today's business world, from small start-ups to huge multinational companies. There's a shortage of people with up-to-date skills and understanding, and organisations need these to fully realise their potential.

Our Computing for Business graduates combine business knowledge with technical ability. You'll be qualified for many different IT jobs including a systems/business/information analyst, a systems developer or integrator or a web applications developer. You could also progress quickly into management roles in the IT and information systems fields.

For graduates who want to continue their studies at postgraduate level, the Computing for Business undergraduate course provides a suitable entry route to a variety of master's courses, both at UEL and elsewhere.

Some of our graduates work with local businesses to develop their projects from the initial idea to a complete solution as full stack developers. We have graduates working with web technologies, making and developing apps, working on information analysis and supporting IT infrastructures.

The combination of theory and practical projects that you'll experience during your course will give you a head start when looking for a job. You'll have hands-on experience of using open source software such as PHP, MongoDB, MySQL and corporate software such as Oracle and SAS. 

Course Details

The Computing for Business course is either three years full-time, four years with an optional one-year work placement or five years part-time. We're fully accredited by the British Computer Society, the chartered institute for IT, so our course will set you on the path to becoming a Chartered IT Professional (CITP).

In your first year, you'll cover core components of computing in business such as information systems modelling and design, programming, web technologies and network systems. Our practical approach to learning will ensure you get plenty of hands-on experience.

You'll also complete a year-long project of your choice in your final year, with the chance to work with others nationally and internationally.

There's also the option to undertake a year-long industrial placement after your second year, usually paid. We have long-standing links with many well-known employers who can offer you a worthwhile placement. Like many of our students, you could go on to gain permanent employment with your placement organisation.

Foundation Year

Key Skills
Mental Wealth; Professional Life (Group Project)
Level 4 Primers
Applied Maths
Introduction to Computing
Develop a better understanding of computations to solve problems, analysing problems and procedures.

Year 1

Information Systems Modelling and Design
Software Development
Web Technologies
Maths for Computing
Computer Systems and Networks
Mental Wealth; Professional Life 1 (IT Project Pitching)

Year 2

Database Systems
Business Intelligence Analysis
Web and Mobile App Development
Mental Wealth; Professional Life 2 (Computing in Practice)
Cyber Security
Information Systems, Strategy and Management

Optional Placement

This course offers the opportunity of year-long placement between years two and three. If you choose to take this option, you’ll spend your third year on a placement with a relevant company or organisation, adding valuable practical experience to your growing academic knowledge.
The extra placement year means it will take four years to complete your studies, instead of three.

Year 3

Business Continuity Planning
Project Management
Enterprise Architecture and Cloud Computing
Advance Topics in Business Computing
Mental Wealth; Professional Life 3 (Project)

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