BA (Hons) Business and Computing

Business and Computing

BA (Hons)


Study level
Part time
3 years+
Faculty of Business

Course Overview

Are you interested in how computing and information systems fit into business structures and management functions? This course will help you gain fundamental business skills along with learning about many of the latest themes and trends in business computing and IT. Studying your business with computing degree with Arden means taking your understanding of these issues to an advanced level, which will help you demonstrate your value to employers through a specialised set of skills.

Why is our bachelor’s in business and computing course different to other business and computing degrees? We’ve made certain that you’ll learn about the key areas in both disciplines that matter most to organisations today. You’ll study computing topics such as data communications, information systems, and networking trends, complemented by business and management subjects including people in organisations, principles of marketing, managing across cultures, and more.

The BA (Hons) Business and Computing degree at Arden is strongly career-focused and has been developed by industry experts with your long-term future in mind. When you graduate from this course, you’ll do so as a well-rounded, highly-employable and self-motivated professional ready to enter the world of work – whichever career pathway you choose.

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This course is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute, supporting your career and connecting you with likeminded professionals. 

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Course details and modules

On this degree you’ll develop a wider understanding of business functions and operations in a range of exciting industries. You’ll also gain computing and management skills throughout your studies and in dedicated skills-related modules to help build your professional profile. As well as gaining an understanding of the world of business and computing through practical case studies on a range of international organisations, you’ll also acquire research skills using academic and industry focused texts, articles, and reports.

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)


  • 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, Arden will 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.


To be eligible for this business computing course, you must have either:

  • Two subjects at GCE A-Level or equivalent, plus passes at grade C or above in three subjects at GCSE level or equivalent
  • If you don’t currently hold the above qualifications, we also offer this course with an additional foundation year, which is designed for students who need extra support when starting their degree course.

English Proficiency

  • IELTS 6.5 (no less than 6.0 in any element); or TOEFL iBT 90; or equivalent

We also offer an internal English test for applicants. More information on this can be found here.

Do you have work experience? We’re happy to consider an application from you if you can show us that you have the motivation to study this online business computing degree. We’ll ask you for a personal statement that demonstrates your ability to study the course, along with references and evidence of your previous work experience.

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

Perhaps you have a strong idea of where you want to go with your business and computing degree, or perhaps you're still a little unsure. Don’t worry if you’re still weighing up your future career options. We prepare you with a range of advanced skills that employers from a variety of organisations will value, so that you’ll eventually feel confident enough to make a decision about where your future lies.

What can a business and computing degree do for me?

As a business computing student, you’ll acquire a huge range of transferable skills that will help you stand out in the competitive job market. Your business computing degree will provide you with:

  • An understanding of computing within several different organisations 
  • Skills to explore wider considerations such as environments, markets and process (and how they interlink)
  • Help in relating your studies to your own experience
  • A wide range of employment opportunities across business and computing sectors

Where can I go after Arden University?

Simply put, the possibilities are endless! Generally, graduates have a much wider range of options available to them than just the subject matter of their online degrees. Most organisations are reliant on computers, meaning that anyone with expertise in computers or IT can use their skills in almost any sector they wish. Business skills are, of course, also relevant to almost any sector – so that’s a lot of potential jobs!

Some professional roles you might consider are:

  • IT Solutions Specialist
  • IT Manager
  • Business Manager
  • Business Development Executive
  • Business Analytics & Modelling Consultant
  • Business Performance & Transformation Consultant
  • Operations Manager
  • Retail Manager

Industry skills

Chartered Management Institute (CMI)

The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) promotes excellence in UK management and leadership. The institute aims to boost career development across the management sector and connect you with likeminded professionals across diverse sectors. 

As the CMI possesses a Royal Charter, they are the only organisation in the UK that can award Chartered Manager status to their members – the gold standard in management. They are also active in business policy making across the globe, and ensure that their more than 140,000 members are represented in policy decision making. 

As an Arden student, you’ll have free CMI Membership throughout your studies, giving you access to a range of additional resources including a mentoring service and invitations to networking events both online and offline.