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Undergraduate course

Business Information Technology BA (Hons) Top Up

Topping-up your previous qualifications with a BA (Hons) degree in Business Information Technology is a great opportunity to gain a degree that is focused on developing your long-term career prospects.

Topping-up your previous qualifications with a BA (Hons) degree in Business Information Technology is a great opportunity to gain a degree that is focused on developing your long-term career prospects in a wide variety of contexts.

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  • UCAS Code – N1I2
  • Duration – 1 year full-time | 1-3 years part-time
  • Start date – September 2019
  • School – York Business School

York Business School

Course overview

Focusing on the application of business information systems and web technologies, you will acquire the skills needed to solve business problems. Develop a broad-range of business skills, with a particular focus on a software-based approach to business information systems and web technologies.

You will also have the opportunity to achieve the Microsoft Office Specialist qualifications. It is possible to study abroad as part of the course and to learn a language, without extending the length of your degree. For those who want to boost their practical experience the programme can offer a year in industry.

You will be equipped to go into a wide range of careers, including: business process analysis / engineering, technical consultancy and general information technology-related business positions.

Christine O'Dea - Course Leader

The programme is committed to the provision of skills that will enhance your employability in an business management environment. 

Aiming to ensure that students are thinking strategically, the course makes reference to current professional and academic practice, considering alternative theoretical 4 perspectives, and applying their knowledge and skills to current and important events (e.g. the continuing economic and financial crisis and the impact on organisations).

The awards will develop both specialist skills and knowledge and also wider graduate attributes. Alongside this, students will develop research skills by undertaking a Research Preparation module and an (independent) Business Research Case Study.

Students complete a total of six taught modules and the Business Research Study (two 10 credit modules plus five 20 credit modules) accumulating to 120 credits.

In the first Semester students will undertake an introduction to case study research module (10 credits). The aim of this module is to prepare students for the independent research they will undertake in their second Semester.

Independent study will be undertaken in Semester 2, which is the 20 credit Business Research Case Study. The focus of the research will be related to the subject area of Business Information Technology and a subject specialist supervisor will be allocated.

Students are allocated 3 hours of tutorial support and additional support will be provided through the appointment of academic tutors to support students on an individual basis and the provision of regular (monthly) group tutorials. The prgramme may be may be entered into in September or January. All modules operate independently of each other with the exception of the Introduction to Case Study Research and Advanced Communication Skills modules which must be undertaken prior to the Business Research Case Study Module.


Course structure

Level 1


Modules include:

  • Developing e-Commerce
  • e-Business
  • Digital Marketing and Communication
  • Contemporary Issues in the Tech era
  • Independent research project

You will also undertake an Independent Research activity which may take one of the following forms:

  • Dissertation
  • Business Research Project
  • Organisation-Based Project

Entry requirements


The admission of any applicant to a programme of study is based on YSJU admissions criteria and that the applicant has a reasonable expectation of being able to:

  • Fulfil the aims and outcomes of the course
  • Achieve the standard of the course

Admissions policies and procedures are designed to ensure that students who meet the minimum criteria for entry set by YSJU are eligible for admission to the programme. All applicants will be expected to have a minimum level qualification comparable to students at YSJU who have completed level 2.

Entrants to the programme will therefore have the equivalent of 240 credits with a minimum of 120 at level 2. Accepted example qualifications are:

  • HND Business (Information Technology)
  • HND Business (but must have achieved units 33, 35 & 36)
  • FdA in Business Information Technology or equivalent from a UK HEI
  • International qualifications (equivalent UK Diploma in HE) approved via the NARIC database and in line with common competitor practice, for example:

       - Diploma In Business Information Technology at Nilai University College, Malaysia

The programme specific elements of the entry qualification will normally have been taught and assessed in English.

Non UK applicants whose home language is not English must be able to demonstrate a proficiency in English equivalent to IELTS band score of 6 overall, with not less than 5.5 in any section in line with 

 Entrants to the programme may be full or part time.

Personal statement

Essential criteria

As well as a strong standard of written English, we also look for an interest and enthusiasm for the subject. This can be done in a variety of ways, either from an academic viewpoint, for example prior study, or through relevant experience.

Valued criteria

Candidates can demonstrate a real enthusiasm for the subject that goes beyond achieving good grades in exams. Examples of this include:

  • Career plans
  • Attending workshops or seminars related to the chosen subject area
  • Showing leadership and teamwork skills through project work or awards such as the Duke of Edinburgh
  • Candidates may also look to undertake professional qualifications such as accounting qualifications or CIPD
  • Interest or experience in internet technology

Terms and conditions

Our terms and conditions, policies and procedures contain important information about studying at York St John University. These can be accessed through our Admissions webpages.

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