Information Systems BSc (Hons)

Information Systems BSc (Hons)

School of Physical Sciences and Computing




Under- graduate



Foundation Entry Route

If you do not meet the formal entry requirements specified, Foundation Entry offers an alternative route to study this degree.

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  • Duration:

    3 years (4 years with sandwich)

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • UCAS Code:

    G500; Short form: BSc/IS

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:

    September 2016

  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons)

Why study this course?

BSc (Hons) Information Systems is a vocational course which focuses on the analysis, design, implementation and administration of the information systems that are vital to business, and the critical roles of database designer and administrator. There are strong elements of analysis techniques, development methodologies and the management of Information Systems from a business perspective. As a member of the Oracle Academic Initiative, we use Oracle material to enhance our teaching and you will have the opportunity to try for Oracle accreditation (not directly a part of the course). You’ll also study Agile computing, the de facto development method for many government projects, as a fundamental core theme. 

Entry Requirements 2017/18

112 - 120 points at A2; General Studies accepted  
OCF BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit
QCF BTEC Diploma: Distinction* Distinction*
Access to Higher Education: 112 UCAS points
International Baccalaureate Diploma: 28 Points
GCSE: 5 GCSEs at grade C including Maths and English.
IELTS: grade 6 with no subscore lower than 5.5

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.

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Course at a Glance

Year 1

  • Introduction to Programming (10 credits)
  • Programming (10 credits)
  • Computing Skills
  • Introduction to Networking
  • Systems Analysis & Database Design
  • Interactive Applications
  • Practitioner Skills

Year 2

  • Professional Skills
  • Agile Systems Design
  • Information Systems Management
  • Database Systems
  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Information Modelling
  • Optional after Year 2
  • Industrial Placement Year

Year 3

  • Systems Concepts
  • Advanced Database Systems
  • Double Project

Two from:

  • Computers, Society & Law
  • E-Business
  • Database Driven Websites

Further Information

Information Systems develops your technical, business and people-oriented skills to produce a multi-skilled graduate capable of succeeding in a variety of careers including: analysing clients' business requirements and specifying appropriate IT systems, designing, implementing and managing information systems.

This course has the same first year as most of the other Computing degrees, which allows a free choice of progression at the end of Year 1. 

You can take a one-year industrial placement after completing your second year. Most placements are UK-based, but we regularly place students in English-speaking workplaces elsewhere in Europe. It is also possible to study the second year of the course at a university abroad (subject to approval on curriculum).

National Student Survey Results

In the 2015 National Student Survey (NSS) results Computer Science courses at UCLan have been ranked top in the North West for overall satisfaction, and 13th nationally out of 105 providers.

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A very good balance of modules including analysis, design, implementation and management.

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A broad skills base will allow you to pursue a range of careers without specialist entry requirements. One of our graduates is working for NATO. Others are working in local industry for organisations such as BAE. Several other graduates have gone on to teach in primary, secondary, further and higher education.

Several graduates are working as junior DBAs with progression paths into senior DBA posts. Some are system analysts or system developers with clear career paths to Systems Management. Nearly a half of the other graduates have gone on to further postgraduate study.

Many of our graduates continue studying, mostly at MSc level, but some embark on PhDs. Good graduates can take a taught MSc at UCLan in: Agile Software Projects, an MRes in: Child Computer Interaction; or a research degree: MSc (By Research), MPhil or PhD.


Course Specification and Handbook

For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

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You can apply through UCAS to start in September 2017 until 30th June

Contact Us

+44(0)1772 892400

Fees 2017/18

Full-time: £9,250 per year (UK/EU)

Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate

Further information:

For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

Professional Accreditation

The course has accreditation leading to MBCS, CITP and partial CEng exemption from the British Computer Society, the computing professional body.

Learning Environment and Assessment

Our Information Systems course is supported by excellent facilities – such as specialist Oracle and JAD labs, research and industry active staff.

We emphasise practical-based learning using purpose-built laboratories. All modules have lectures to guide you through the relevant topics. People learn practical skills best by doing, so you apply the material to relevant and real world examples in practicals, tutorials, seminars and directed work. You will develop your ability to work and learn independently as you progress.

Our laboratories allow you to use specialist software and to do things that would not be allowed on a public network: for example, configuring networks or database servers or testing system security.

Our Joint Application Development Lab allows the recording and evaluation of meetings to help develop interpersonal skills. Where possible, we make software available for your own PC. You will use an online learning environment that supports flexible learning by providing additional, resource-rich, online materials.

The course is assessed using individual coursework assignments, group work, presentations and exams, which may be seen or unseen. There is a practical emphasis with the main contribution to your degree classification coming from coursework.