BSc (Hons) Computing and Entrepreneurship

Gain the skills to create your own computing business. Learn to design, develop and deploy real-world software to contribute to a growing industry.

KEY FACTS

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Faculty:
School of Business

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Study Options:
Full/Part Time

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Start Date:
Sept 2024

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Level:
Undergraduate

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Course Length:
3/6 Years

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Fees:

All Students Full-time: £9,250* per annum
All Students Part-time: £4,625* per annum

 

*(Annual fees will remain the same price for the duration of your studies) 

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About this programme

Technology is revolutionizing the way we work and live. The Fourth Industrial Revolution is rapidly approaching, and the World Economic Forum predicts that in the next five years, there will be at least 150 million new jobs available in computing and technology. As a result, business and technology-related jobs will experience unprecedented growth in the new economy, becoming some of the most lucrative and fastest-growing careers.
Companies like Apple, Amazon, Google, and Microsoft didn’t achieve global success by accident; they were supported by individuals who possessed advanced technical and entrepreneurial skills.
The BSc (Hons) Computing and Entrepreneurship programme is designed to provide you with a practical, hands-on approach to developing the technical and business skills required to establish a successful IT product or service and grow your business. Along with real-world software development skills, the programme also provides business and entrepreneurial knowledge and offers industry certifications for various computing modules.
The programme also supports students with the opportunity to obtain a valuable summer placement in a Gibraltar-based tech company, ensuring industry relevance for aspiring entrepreneurs.
Professional IT Certifications
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Professional IT Certifications

In addition to your academic qualification you have the option to complete a number of professional IT qualifications during your time at the University of Gibraltar.

Python

Python is an interpreted, object-oriented, high-level built-in programming language with dynamic semantics. Its high-level built in data structures, combined with dynamic typing and dynamic binding, make it very attractive for Rapid Application Development, as well as for use as a scripting or glue language to connect existing components together.
You will have the option of obtaining an associate certification or a professional certification.

C++

C++ is an object-oriented programming language which gives a clear structure to programs and allows code to be reused, lowering development costs. C++ is portable and can be used to develop applications that can be adapted to multiple platforms.
You will have the option of obtaining an associate certification.

CompTIA Network+

The CompTIA Network+ certification verifies that you have the essential knowledge and skills in networking to develop a career in IT infrastructure. CompTIA Network+ prepares you to support the network regardless of the platform.
You will have the option of completing the CompTIA Network+ (N10-008) certification exam.

Employability Focused Education

With a focus on real world employability our BSc Computing and Entrepreneurship Programme equips our students with practical skills, industry-relevant knowledge, and hands-on experience, ensuring they are well-prepared to navigate the dynamic and competitive Computing  job market while fostering an entrepreneurial mindset essential for success in today’s rapidly evolving technology-driven landscape.

“The programme’s emphasis on practical skills and current working practices has been incredibly valuable. It goes beyond the traditional academic standpoint, ensuring that we are well-prepared for the challenges of our chosen fields, bridging the gap between theory and real-world application."

"The programme has not only broadened my knowledge and skills but also instilled in me a sense of confidence and readiness for my future career. I am grateful for the opportunities
and experiences I have had so far, and I look forward to continuing my journey at the University of Gibraltar.”

Nathania SuissaBSc (Hons) Computing and Entrepreneurship Student

Modules

The BSc (Hons) Computing and Entrepreneurship is designed to prepare you for a successful career in the IT industry, with a focus on software engineering and project management. The programme is delivered by expert teaching staff and industry professionals.
This three-year full-time programme requires a minimum commitment of sixteen hours of class time per week, while the part-time programme is offered over a maximum period of six years, with a minimum commitment of eight hours of class time per week.

Semester 1

Introduction to programming**

This module introduces the fundamentals of computer programming and algorithm construction. Students will develop basic skills in programming by learning the core control structures and problem-solving strategies with Python programming language.

Introduction to Computer & Operating Systems

Operating systems along with hardware and software components form an integral part of Computer Systems. This module focuses on modern computer architecture and system software. It provides an introduction to the structure and mechanism used by the operating system to control the execution of application software and to provide access to the hardware components.

Accounting for Managers

This module introduces the basic concepts and principles of accounting with an emphasis on their use in business decision-making. As a minimum, understanding the basic format of financial statements, the development of financial budgets and costing of products and services is essential to being an effective business decision maker and manager. The module focuses on the practical and functional nature of business decisions from the perspective of financial accounting; managerial costing and budgetary policies; profit-planning; capital investments and management; and financing of business operations.

Management Information Systems

This module provides the theoretical framework that will allow students to understand the importance of management information systems in an organisation and how this moulds future strategic decisions.

Semester 2

Software Engineering 1

Software engineering 1 is a key component of computer science and is an in-demand skill for the workplace inside and outside of the IT industry. This module introduces the fundamental principles of software engineering using high-level language with complementary tools, including elements of the software engineering life cycle. Students will practise the skills to produce simple products.

Web Programming

This module includes the core concepts of web programming including rendering web pages, client side scripting and server side scripting, and involves various programming languages such as HTML, JavaScript and PHP.

Business Economics

Economic factors can play a vital role in influencing individuals, businesses and governments’ decision-making process. This module aims to provide students with an understanding of such roles by providing students with the basic principles and concepts of macroeconomics and building upon microeconomic foundations.

Principles of Marketing

This module provides knowledge and practice in the analytical, creative and strategic functions of marketing.
It presents a set of approaches and frameworks centred upon the “4Ps” (Product, Price, Place, and Promotion), to develop the student’s competence to create a marketing plan, one of the major tools of business. Marketing starts with understanding consumer’s preferences for products and services and attempts to satisfy their different wants and needs in a profitable manner.

Semester 1

Databases and big data**

The purpose of this module is to provide a comprehensive view of the database design, management and analysis along with the current trends in the database management system.

Software Engineering 2**

Software Engineering 2 builds on the foundation delivered in Software Engineering 1. It covers all stages of the Software Engineering Life Cycle i.e. the process from requirements through to modelling, design and testing with the use of Agile management techniques with a scrum approach to manage this process.

Entrepreneurship

This module provides students with an in-depth understanding of the entrepreneurial process. It includes how to recognise new business opportunities, screen these for commercial and/or social viability, unlock market potential, and assess the potential customer demand in the context of competitive environments and financial constraints. This module requires students to identify a market opportunity and to develop ideas using a variety of tools to assess the viability of new business ideas.

Management Principles

The module seeks to ensure that all graduating students have an understanding of broad management concepts and their inter-relationships in a global context. Effective management is essential for the success of all private, not-for-profit and public organisations no matter where in the world they are located. A pre-requisite for effective management is an understanding of the origins of management and its main theoretical perspectives; how to plan and make decisions, organise, lead and control, how to motivate staff, and manage change in different business environments.
This module provides students with a general introduction to organisations and the functions of management. Topic areas will address issues related to organisations, management, and society. The module will cover the core management functions of leading, planning, controlling and organising.

Semester 2

IT Project Management (inc. Scrum Master)**

Effective project management plays a vital role in the success of commercial organisations. It involves multi-disciplinary activities like planning, resource procurement, scheduling and communication at various organisational levels. This module discusses the key principles of project management with focus on Agile methodology using scrum master.

Networks

This module covers current networks technologies and the required infrastructure which includes the essential stages involved in the communication process. It will establish a solid knowledge of the layered approach that makes design, implementation and operation of extensive networks possible.

Business Law

The module will cover an introduction to Gibraltar and UK law, including company and insolvency law; the impact of civil, criminal and general law on businesses and professional services; and will also introduce students to employment law and practices in the Gibraltar context.

HR Management

This module provides students with a comprehensive overview of various concepts, theories and practices relating to human resource management (HRM). Students will learn about the key functions of HRM including job analysis and design, recruitment, selection, training, development, performance management, health and safety and rewards and motivation. The module will consolidate theoretical developments in HRM alongside practical and strategic considerations of how HRM is practised within diverse and contemporary organisations.

Semester 1

Innovative Studies

This module aims to provide an overview of the latest trends in technology from a computational perspective (e.g. Block Chain/ Crypto/Fintech/Robotics/AI). It will be delivered by a range of specialists who will share their expertise and experiences with students providing insights into the jobs, products and services that may be created by these new technology trends.

Management Strategy for Entrepreneurs

Strategy, both at the level of corporations and that of strategic business units, provides the framework within which business operates by setting goals and establishing the means (tactics, plans, policies, and actions) to achieve those goals. As organisations and their environments are continually changing, this requires the mastery of a wide range of topics and the ability to analyse, synthesise, and integrate information and concepts quickly to ensure effective management decision-making.
This module addresses the practice of strategic decision-making through an intensive examination of key topics including the nature of strategy; competitive strategies and frameworks for analysis; strategies in different industry environments, including mature and new or innovative industries; strategy and organisation; and strategy in an international competitive environment.

Business Ethics and Corporate Governance

Ethics is more than a descriptive study of morality. Rather, this module considers ethics as a normative study of morality that requires people to make judgments. When a person begins questioning their own, or society’s, moral standards they begin to engage in ethical decision making. Students will be introduced to ethical and governance issues in the context of business ethics, and will learn how to use ethical theories and frameworks to better support their analysis of ethical issues and subsequent conclusions/decisions.

Semester 2

Cyber Security

This module aims to equip students with knowledge of how to build a security system and embed the latest technology/tools and techniques to predict intruders, defend to minimise damage and attack to preserve security and the economy.

Cloud Computing **

This module aims to provide students with an understanding of the impacts of cloud computing on businesses and society in general by providing the principles and concepts of cloud computing and then building upon these foundations.

Dissertation/ Final Project

Students will have the opportunity to independently tackle a large project that reflects real world software development. They will apply their computational and entrepreneurial skills to solve a problem in an innovative and practical way.

**Potential certifications.

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Career Opportunities

The comprehensive skillset provided by the BSc (Hons) Computing and Entrepreneurship programme opens up many career opportunities in both computing and business, including roles such as:
  • Systems analyst;
  • Data management and analytics;
  • Project management;
  • Entrepreneur;
  • Software Engineer;
  • Systems administrator.
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QAA Global Accreditation

The University is delighted to have achieved global accreditation from the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA), the UK’s independent quality body and a global leader in quality assurance for higher education. All our degrees are globally recognised.

“In achieving QAA’s global accreditation, the University has displayed its compatibility with international best practice.”

Vicki Scott, UK Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) Chief Executive.

Entry Requirements

Typically, all applicants should have:

  • BCC at ‘A level’ (104 UCAS) points or international equivalent; to include one from Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Computer Science, Information or Design Technology.

All applicants should have:

  • 5 GCSE’s at grade 4 or above (A* – C pre 2017) including English Language, Mathematics, and Science (or international equivalent).
  • Strong communications skills with the ability to communicate your ideas effectively in discussions, presentations and writing.

If you do not meet our entry requirements, you can still apply as we will consider your application.

English Language Requirements:
  • An overall IELTS test result of 6.5, including a minimum of 6.0 in all sub-tests. Equivalent awards will be considered (e.g. Pearson’s Test of English, Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English, Duolingo English Test, City & Guilds International ESOL 8984, or the TOEFL- IBT test of English proficiency).
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Offers are based on a combination of qualifications or predicted grades, the applicant’s personal statement and references. For guidelines on personal statements and references please click here.

Access to Higher Education Programme

Should you not meet the entry requirements for the BSc (Hons) Computing and Entrepreneurship, our admissions team may recommend you complete the Access to Higher Education summer programme.
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Fees

Programme Fee (per annum) Years
Home Full-Time £9,250 3
Home Part-Time £4,625 6
International and EU £12,500 3 (For 2024, international and EU fees will be the same as Home fees)

Note: the above fees are for the Academic year 2024/25 and are subject to indexation.

*Additional costs: while most of the programme costs are covered by your tuition fees, additional certifications may need to be paid for separately.

Bursaries and Scholarships

The University of Gibraltar hosts or directly offers a limited number of scholarship programmes to support your studies. These scholarships are highly competitive; they are available to support undergraduate, Master’s degree and PhD programmes and are made available to students based on certain criteria.

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Student Accommodation

Student accommodation is available at the purpose built Europa Suites. Located just a two-minute walk from our Europa Point Campus, each self-contained studio apartment features a compact kitchen, en-suite bathroom and large desk.
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