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Computing (Digital Consultancy) (2 year Accelerated)

Computing (Digital Consultancy) (2 year Accelerated)
BSc (Hons)

I272 BSc/CompDC


Course overview

This accelerated two-year degree includes blended learning elements and client focused assignments. It will appeal to mature, motivated and self-driven individuals who are looking for a fast track into a demanding workplace.

The course addresses the skills shortage in the digital industry and has a strong emphasis on industry connections. It prepares you to work in partnership with clients. You will specialise in offering strategic guidance to clients with regards to IT infrastructures and systems and will contribute to solving real IT problems encountered by organisations. Consulting assignments can vary from advising organisations to full systems implementation. The unique learning strategy of the course is based around your involvement in a range of client-facing assignments with, in addition, the possibility to spend time in industry (one year industry placement).


Course details

Course structure

Year 1 core modules

Business Systems Development

Business intelligence combines the business world and the technical world using technologies, applications and practices for the study of business information, influencing business decision making.

You will combine the analysis of given data sets from business case studies and the subsequent visualisation of narratives identified within the data. You must present business information on a variety of platforms and devices so you will learn how to develop responsive websites using HTML5 and CSS for presentation.

Consultancy Theoretical Framework

Consultancy is appropriately advising organisations to solve business problems. This gives you an insight into consultancy, it details the consultancy theoretical framework and the skills required to be a digital technology consultant. You will also develop your theoretical knowledge of how to manage consultancy assignments by developing your understanding of project management competencies. Finally, the module provides the opportunity for you to investigate consultancy related topics of your choice.

Industry Based Consultancy

Reaping the benefits of what digital technologies have to offer may be poorly understood by organisations. So, many companies use digital technology consultants to advise them on how to achieve their business objectives, using technology.

By following the consulting process, you will be able to offer strategic guidance for an environment’s (e.g. studio, department, business) digital infrastructures and systems. You will familiarise yourself with the environment current situation and get a holistic view of the digital technology setting in order to propose solutions (no implementation required) that fits with the environment business objectives.

Information Security and Cybercrime

You cover a range of issues relating to information and computer security, including systematic approaches to managing security risks, elementary cryptography, how computers are used in the execution of crime, and how such crimes are investigated.

Introduction to Programming with Javascript

An introduction to programming using JavaScript as the implementation language.

You learn how programming language constructs are applied to different problems of increasing complexity.

All programming solutions are executed in a web-browser, however there is focus on developing your core programming knowledge and skills.

Rapid Application Development

You will learn rapid development applications. It will give you experience of analysing, designing and building web-database applications using a tools-driven approach.

Secure Data Acquisition

You will be introduced to the world of data available to organisations, and to the tools and techniques that are used to acquire, filter and process that data legally and ethically. You will explore issues of data representation and data quality, information architectures and scale. The principles and techniques of information security and governance will be introduced.

Systems Design and Databases

Successful, robust and user-friendly systems or applications begin with a requirements analysis and detailed design. You are introduced to the concepts and techniques of systems analysis and design, enabling you to break down and simplify complex systems and represent them visually using industry-standard approaches such as Unified Modelling Language (UML). In industry, the resulting models are used to communicate designs to developers and stakeholders prior to implementation.

You learn to design and implement fully normalised relational databases as part of an information system. Using data modelling techniques you define how the system stores data and interacts with it. You implement your design using Structured Query Language (SQL): Data Definition Language for creating tables, and Data Manipulation Language for accessing the data.

You develop professional practice and transferrable skills essential for industry, including project management."


Year 2 core modules

Client-focused Business Solutions

Technical consultancy is widely used within industry. Close collaboration between the client and the consultants allows the design and implementation of information technology projects to be made based on informed decisions.

You work in close collaboration with your client(s) by taking on the role of the IT consultant as part of a team. You have the opportunity to go through the full consultancy cycle and manage your client’s project from the start to completion using industry standard methodologies such as PRINCE2®.

Utilising and developing previously acquired technical skills and knowledge, you research industry-standard tools such as open source content management systems (CMS) that allow you to advise and influence your clients appropriately on the most suitable platform to use in their organisation. Client relationships are key as you are heavily involved in client-facing activities in order to collect data and present findings.

You widen your experience of working as part of a team and grow your understanding of the theories underpinning effective teamwork.

Computing (Digital Consultancy) Project

You will create a large piece of work, under the supervision of a member of the academic staff, including an artefact related to the digital consultancy field. Culminating in the writing of a report and a viva consisting of the presentation, demonstration and discussion of the artefact.

Initially, you will learn different research strategies and data generation methods, how they fit into primary research, the use of the academic research literature and research ethics. You will then take responsibility for the planning and execution of an extended piece of work including the consideration of associated legal, social, ethical and professional issues. You will explore in depth a chosen subject area, and develop the ability to analyse and synthesise previous work whilst demonstrating critical and evaluative skills and professional awareness.

Data Analytics for Enterprise

Business intelligence tools are used to show the state of the business to facilitate better and faster business decision making. The next evolution is business analytics which is a technology-aided process which analyses the data to predict future performance.

You will develop skills in combining the analysis of a given data set from a business case study and the creation of dynamic, interactive visualisations that enable decision makers to explore the data through a variety of perspectives.

Using an interactive graphic gives the option to zoom in on sections of the data which are of interest, explore more than one dimension at a time, and sort and filter to discover new patterns and themes within the data.

Information Governance

You identify the goals of information governance, from protecting the needs of the stakeholder to ensuring the transparency of processes and how these link together to support data governance principles such as integrity, transparency, auditability, accountability, standardization and change management.
You study a range of governance topics including law, regulations, and compliance; security governance and risk management; security for cloud architectures and issues around 3rd party data storage.


Modules offered may vary.


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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

A typical offer is 96-112 tariff points.

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International applicants can find out what qualifications they need by visiting Your Country

You can gain considerable knowledge from work, volunteering and life. Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credit for this which can be credited towards the course you want to study.
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Career opportunities

This course opens the door to a wide range of digital careers, including roles like: -
• digital strategy consultant – building client-centric digital business strategies
• digital consultant – delivering consultancy and business analysis
• digital business consultant – delivering on business process optimisation and change

The rapid growth in demand for digital skills has resulted in a skills shortage in the field. With businesses continually looking for efficiencies and business improvement through the implementation of digital solutions this degree will ensure that you will be well equipped to pursue a career in digital consultancy.
Throughout your course we offer a wide range of business networking opportunities for you to extend your knowledge of the industry and show case your skills, enhancing your opportunity of securing your dream job.
We host events such as:-

ExpoTees our end of course showcase of graduate work which attracts over 150 business partners each year, these are businesses who are looking for the emerging talent in the digital fields.

ExpoTential and ExpoTalent are student showcase events taking place in the first and second year of your course. They are aimed at preparing you for the final year ExpoTees event, ensuring you are at your best when you exhibit in your final year. These events attract around 80 business representatives all looking to identify future digital talent.

Students Futures Week – a week-long event in which business partners network with our students across all years of study. Providing industry panels, presentations and networking opportunities the weeks builds your professional skills and knowledge preparing you for the next step in your career.

Drawing on our extensive industry links we invite guest speakers in your field to present to our students. Throughout your course we bring in industry speakers to ensure that you develop your knowledge of the industry that you plan to build your career in. In addition to covering technical subjects these speakers provide an insight into what employers are looking for in their employees, from technical to professional skills.


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Entry to 2020/21 academic year

Fee for UK/EU applicants
£11,100 a year

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What is included in your tuition fee?

  • Length: 2 years
  • UCAS code: I272 BSc/CompDC
  • Semester dates
  • Typical offer: 96-112 tariff points and interview

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  • Not available part-time


ExpoTalent is a unique opportunity to meet businesses to secure placements, internships and future employment opportunities.


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