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University of Portsmouth

Business Information Systems

UCAS Code: G521

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


104-120 Tariff points to include a minimum of 2 A levels.

106 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma.

Cambridge Pre-U score of 44.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

3 GCSEs at grade C or above to include English and Mathematics/3 GCSEs at grade 4 or above to include English and Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

25

25 points from the IB Diploma, to include 3 Higher Level subjects.

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H3,H3,H3,H4,H4

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

D*D

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DMM

104-120 Tariff points.

UCAS Tariff

104-120

104-120 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent.

96%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Other options

4 years | Sandwich | 2019

Subject

Information systems

**Overview**On this BSc (Hons) Business Information Systems degree course, which is accredited by the Chartered Institute for IT (BCS), youll develop knowledge about the information systems that global organisations rely on.Youll learn the combination of systems analysis, management and technical skills you need to work as an information systems professional who understands the evolving needs of businesses. The course opens doors to a career in fields such as business analysis, systems analysis and design, system management, security management, project management and business consultancy. You can register as a Chartered IT Professional (CITP) after you graduate.**On this course youll:**- Learn the technical and managerial skills you need to be a professional information systems analyst or designer- Explore the tools and technologies that help modern businesses work smarter, in areas such as mobile applications, security, business intelligence and data analytics- Get a practical understanding of how computers work and how information systems are developed- Undertake a range of study methods including seminars, workshops and practical classes working with real examples- Develop an enquiring mind ready to engage with emerging technologies and make them work for business- Take what you learn in the classroom and apply it to real scenarios, with visits to global companies like IBM and SAP- Have the option to take a placement year in the industry or study abroad for a year**Work experience and career planning**To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, youll develop and practise the skills youll use in your career throughout the course. As well as this, our Careers and Employability service and placements team work closely with local, national and international businesses. We can help you identify and prepare for placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities that will complement your studies.**Placement year**On this course, you can get valuable experience and grow your network with a year-long salaried industrial placement before your final year.Information systems are a key function of all businesses, from small start-ups to SMEs and multinational corporations. So youll have plenty of options when it comes to finding a placement. Previous students have secured placements -- and in some cases, gone on to full-time roles -- at companies such as:- Marks & Spencer- Adatis- BAE Systems- Lilly- Caterpillar- Lockheed Martin- DisneyInterested in running your own business on your placement year instead? You can start up and run your own company for a year as an alternative to a work-based placement. You'll work alone or with fellow students to build and launch a successful venture with support from our Enterprise Team.**Careers and opportunities**With your versatile BSc (Hons) Business Information Systems degree, you could go on to work in various fields and roles including:- IT management- business intelligence- business analysis- project management- business continuity analysis- information systems security- risk management- IT consultancy- systems designOur Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in industry. You'll get help, advice and support for up to 5 years after you leave the University.**Professional accreditations**This course is accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT and meets the academic requirements for registration as a Chartered IT Professional (CITP). This accreditation lets potential employers know that this course gives you the relevant skills and abilities you need to work in the information systems industry when you graduate. This gives you an edge over students who didnt do an accredited course when youre applying for jobs.

Modules

Your first year provides a solid technical foundation, which involves a practically based understanding of how computers work and how software systems are developed. You’ll also be introduced to how such systems are applied in a business context and use case studies to explore what works well in modern business practice. The main focus of your second year will continue to be on information systems and business systems analysis however you'll also have a choice of topics from computer science and information systems disciplines, enabling you to focus on computing topics or those with more of a business or programming flavour. By your final year you will have a good understanding of industry-standard techniques, equipment and software packages. Alongside some further units on information systems management and project management, you’ll be expected to put your new skills into practice in a large-scale personal project. This final year project gives you the freedom to analyse, design, build and evaluate your own work.

Assessment methods

We assess you in a variety ways that encourage a deeper understanding and allow you to develop your skills. Assessment methods include multiple choice tests, essays, written exams, mini projects, presentations and review articles.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£15,900
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Portsmouth

Department:

Faculty of Technology

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

77%
med
Information systems

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Information systems

Teaching and learning

79%
Staff make the subject interesting
90%
Staff are good at explaining things
88%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
84%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

91%
Library resources
91%
IT resources
88%
Course specific equipment and facilities
78%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

77%
UK students
23%
International students
73%
Male students
27%
Female students
65%
2:1 or above
11%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
D

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Information systems

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£24,000
med
Average annual salary
98%
high
Employed or in further education
64%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

27%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
15%
Information technology technicians
14%
Business, research and administrative professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

Information systems courses cover a range of areas, including information design, modelling and the finance industry. How well graduates did made a particular difference in 2015 — computing graduates with good grades were much less likely to be out of work after six months. Most students do get jobs, though, and starting salaries are good — particularly in London, and that’s where over a quarter of graduates started work last year. This is also a good degree to take if you want to follow a technical role in the finance or advertising industry. Many jobs for this degree were found in the larger cities last year and opportunities may be more limited outside those areas.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Information systems

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£20k

£20k

£25k

£25k

£27k

£27k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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