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BSc(Hons)

Information Technology

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About this course

Entry year:
2018/19
Course code:
G560
Applications:
UCAS
Level:
Undergraduate
Department:
Computer Science and Creative Technologies
Campus:
Frenchay
Duration:
One year
Delivery:
Full-time
Programme leader:
Delia Fairburn
Key fact:
Top-up your IT, ICT or Computing Foundation Degree or equivalent Computing, Information Systems or IT qualification, to turn it into an honours degree on this one-year course.

Page last updated 3 March 2017

Introduction

Why study BSc(Hons) Information Technology?

Information technology (IT) is now integral to our lives. It helps make scientific breakthroughs and whole sectors of our economy depend on it. Used effectively, IT can transform organisations. This requires professionals with a solid understanding of technology and the environment in which organisations operate. As a result, IT employment is forecast to grow at almost twice the UK average through to 2020. 

Why study our course?

This one-year course will enable you to top-up your IT, ICT or Computing Foundation Degree or equivalent Computing, Information Systems or IT qualification, to turn it into an honours degree. You will develop vital professional skills in programming, security, the web, forensics and business.

Real world experience

You will apply what you've learnt on a computing project or Information Systems dissertation during the final year of the course. You will also gain an inside track on the industry through presentations from visiting professionals.

Where it can take you

On graduation, you will be able to choose from a broad range of IT careers. Opportunities include Systems Analysis, Database Analysis, Programming, Software Engineering, Network Administration, Web Administration and e-commerce. If you choose a more business-based course of study, there will be career options in business-oriented roles, such as management consultancy and training.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

Structure

Content

You will study one of the following options:

  • Computing Project

or

  • Information Systems Dissertation
  • Ethical and Professional Issues.

In addition, you will study a selection of optional modules from the list below, according to credit requirements:

  • Technical Writing and Editing
  • Security Management in Practice
  • Advanced Topics in Web Development 1
  • Advanced Topics in Web Development 2
  • Cryptography
  • Interaction Design
  • Forensic Computing Practice
  • Ethical and Professional Issues in Computing and Digital Media
  • Information, Networks and Society
  • Entrepreneurial Skills
  • Business Innovation and Growth
  • Strategic Management
  • Organisational Leadership.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

The majority of the taught material is presented in two semesters. Some modules are shorter and therefore taught over one semester. You may find yourself studying more in one semester than the other, depending on the choice of modules that you have made. You will be taught alongside final year students from other degree courses for many of your modules.

Teaching on most modules consists of a mixture of formal lectures, small group tutorials or practical sessions in laboratories. You will be expected to prepare for classes by undertaking specified reading and practical work. Some modules require extensive collaborative working with fellow students in project groups.

For more details, see our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Assessment

Assessment on most modules is a combination of coursework assignments and end-of-year examinations. The coursework can vary from practical programming to written reports. Assessment of the individual project is based upon the project report and, usually, a viva voce examination.

For more details, see our full glossary of assessment terms.

Features

Study facilities

You will have access to UWE Bristol's extensive IT and software facilities, including 24-hour computing laboratories. You can also develop practical skills and bring strategic ideas to life in our state-of-the-art facilities, where you will:

  • collaborate with classmates and develop strategies and presentations in our well-equipped studios
  • develop project management skills, using industry standard software in our large computer labs with dedicated servers and Windows, Linux and Unix-based operating systems.

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE Bristol has to offer.

Learn from industry

To give you the inside track on industry challenges and opportunities, you will have the opportunity to attend regular presentations from visiting professionals.

Careers

Careers / Further study

On graduation, you will be able to choose from a broad range of IT careers. There are opportunities in systems and database analysis, programming, network and web administration, software engineering and e-commerce. If you choose a more broad-based course of study, business-oriented roles, such as in management consultancy and training, will be available to you.

Award-winning Careers Service

Our award-winning careers service will help you develop your employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity, plus support for entrepreneurial activity and access to employer events.

Creating employable students

UWE Bristol places strong emphasis on employability and skills development at every level. Through work placements, volunteering, study abroad and initiatives nurturing talent and innovation, you will have opportunities to gain valuable real world experience, allowing you to graduate with diverse career opportunities and a competitive place in the job market.

Visit our Employability pages to find out about careers, employers, real world experience and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

Fees

Supplementary fee information

The additional costs listed are those you could reasonably expect to incur during your studies and are for items not covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, text books, travel, clothing, software or printing.

Further information about fees and funding.

Entry

Typical offers

  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C or above, or Grade 4 under newly reformed GCSE grading, in English Language and Mathematics or equivalent. Please note the University does not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • Specific subjects: FdSc or HND in Computer Studies, Information Systems, Information Technology, Internet Technology or equivalent. Average two-thirds Merits in final year required.

Entry requirements

Normally, you should hold an HND or Foundation Degree in Computer Studies, Information Systems or Information Technology (or similar), with an average of two thirds merits in the final year.

How to apply

Please see the general information about applications.

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