The foundation degree in information systems management has been developed by DeMontford University and the Institute for the Management of Information Systems.
It is aimed at IT specialists who want to broaden their business knowledge and managers who want to understand what IT can do for their business.
"We think this is an ideal vehicle for people who want to acquire skills in information systems management," said course director Chris Wood. "They may be people who are looking to switch careers or who want to develop in their existing job."
Small businesses can qualify for financial assistance to cover the cost of the first year's fees for the three-year foundation degree course. Students attend classes two nights a week between 4pm and 7pm.
Those who take the course will qualify automatically for Imis associate membership. They can also go on to take a BSc in information systems management, by taking another two years of part-time study.
The course covers management of information systems, technological support, the development of IT and professional ethics.
"It is not necessary for people to have IT skills. We are quite prepared to be flexible as long as people have the potential to benefit," said Wood.