The University’s Department of Computing and Communication Technologies has become the first in the UK to offer a Software Development for Business degree approved by e-skills, the Sector Skills Council for Business and Information Technology.

Oxford Brookes becomes first UK University to offer a Software Development for Business degree
The new undergraduate programme will reflect the changing needs of the industry, towards more business focused software qualifications. The course will be based on a similar framework to the Information Technology Management for Business course which the department has run for a number of years. However, Software Development for Business will focus on the more technical capabilities and solid professional skills within a business context. The concept for the degree originated from a growing industry need for an employer-backed degree to support the fastest growing area in the sector.

This new course will include modules in web technology, data structures, human computer interface, advanced programming and advanced web technology. Students will also be offered the chance to do a placement year of work experience, aimed at giving them real industry experience before completing their final year and going on to graduate.

Dr Clare Martin, Principle Lecturer for Student Experience has said this of the programme “Oxford Brookes University is working together with e-skills UK, and major employers such as IBM and Accenture, as well as other partner universities, to make sure that the Software Development for Business degree course will educate students to have the skills that employers need. The employers will stay involved with the students throughout their degree by delivering Guru lectures, offering case studies and project ideas and providing placements too, so students who study on this degree programme will have a higher chance of getting a good job when they graduate.”

For more information on the course email Dr Clare Martin at cemartin@brookes.ac.uk