Realise the pervasiveness of computing through the study of Information and Communication Technology. Explore how further technology can aid and sustain our world, get involved with the fast paced global industry and conceptualise the breadth of opportunities it offers. This course, covering all enabling technologies such as networking, databases, internet and computer operating systems in a practical, business context, gives you the technical and managerial skills to meet those challenges and stand out in your field.
What's covered in the course?
You explore key principles of enterprise systems and application development, looking at the design, implementation, security and administration of databases.
You gain the infrastructure technology skills for developing and managing systems for information, communications and technology from sustainable service solutions and communication networks.
You focus on your own professional development, and your value as a team player. You also gain and apply an understanding of market-led innovation planning and management.
You will have an engaging learning experience with the use of virtual learning environments, networking, electronic, enterprise systems and business intelligence laboratories.
“Within the course there were excellent opportunities to develop myself both professionally and personally. You get a great deal of support outside of lectures – I really enjoyed the campus environment, which is a modern building a short walk from the city centre. It has a wide range of resources, which includes hundreds of computers and also a large networking area with both physical and virtualised networking environments.”
Scott Brant (Infrastructure and Enablement Consultant at Britvic GB - IT)
Why Choose Us?
- This course follows Microsoft, Cisco and Oracle curricula, including technologies of Citrix and Linux, allowing you to gain these qualifications alongside your degree.
- Our collaboration with organisations of the stature of IBM, APC Schneider Electric, ATOS, Britvic and the Chartered Institute of IT (The British Computing Society) gives you a fascinating and highly valuable insight into your future career.
- An optional year-long placement offers you professional insight and useful industry contacts.
- You can get involved with academic and partner collaborative ventures and our special interest groups Sensor and Data, and Serious Games.
- You will find yourself inspired by Centres of Excellence and could find yourself contributing to valuable projects.
- The course is delivered at our state-of-the-art City Centre Campus, with technology and facilities that reflect advanced professional practice.
- With accreditation from the Institute of Engineering and Technology, the course meets the educational criteria needed for IEng status.
- We are internationally recognised for our teaching quality, research and extensive industry partnerships.
- We are recognised as a leading academy for Microsoft and Cisco.
- In addition to being a leading Cisco academy, the School is a Cisco ASC (Academy Support Centre) and Cisco Instructor Training Centre (ITC). The School is one of only 10 such instructor training centres in the UK and we currently train instructors for all Cisco academy curricula for over 100 UK academic institutions. We have trained over 5,000 Cisco instructors (across all Cisco courses) from all over Europe and Africa. Our staff therefore have exceptional expertise in networks and distributed systems, and the School has outstanding resources and facilities.
We accept a range of qualifications, the most popular of which are detailed below.
|Typical UK Qualification||Requirements 2015/16|
At the point of application, you must have GCSE at Grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics. Equivalent qualifications will be accepted.
|GCE A Level/ AS Level||
BBC at A Level or 280 UCAS tariff points from A/AS Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels, at least one from a Science, Technology, Mathematics or Computing subject.
|Access to Higher Education Diploma||Pass overall with 60 credits, 45 at Level 3 and 15 at Level 2, including with a minimum of 12 credits achieved from any Technology units awarded at Merit or Distinction|
|BTEC National Diploma (12-units not including early years)||D*D* or combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 280 UCAS points|
|BTEC Extended Diploma (18-units not including early years)||DMM - 280 UCAS points|
|BTEC Subsidiary Diploma/ National Award (6-units not including early years)||Combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 280 UCAS points|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma||30 points overall|
|Irish Leaving Certificate||280 UCAS points - Higher Levels|
|Scottish Higher/ Advanced Higher||280 UCAS points|
|Welsh Baccalaureate (core plus options)||120 tariff points combined with other level 3 qualifications to achieve a minimum total of 280 UCAS points|
If you have a qualification that is not listed in the table please refer to our full entry requirements on UCAS.
Further guidance on tariff points can be found on the UCAS website.
Unconditional Offers 2015/16
If you are a full-time undergraduate applicant for the 2015/16 year, and show particular potential, we may be able to make you an unconditional offer if you make us first choice and satisfy certain criteria.
To be considered you must hold, or be predicted to achieve:
- 300 tariff points or above from three A levels (equivalent to grades BBB or above) or
- be predicted DDM profile at BTEC level
|Typical EU/Non-EU (International) Qualifications||Requirements 2015/16|
|IELTS||6.0 overall with 5.5 minimum in all bands|
|International Baccalaureate Diploma (or equivalent, including internationally accredited Foundation courses).||30 points
Country-specific entry requirements and qualifications.
International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.
How to Apply
Full Time: Apply through UCAS.
UCAS Code: G420.
Apply via UCAS
Non-EU (International) students:. There are three ways for international students to apply: direct to the University, through a country representative or through UCAS. Please read our guidance on how to apply.
The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) is a UK organisation responsible for managing applications to university and college.
UK, EU and international students applying for most undergraduate degree courses in the UK will need to apply through UCAS.
You submit an application via the UCAS website with a list of up to five courses. All choices are confidential during the application process so universities and colleges considering an application cannot see your other choices. Applications must be completed by mid-January of the year that you wish to start university.
You can monitor the progress of your application using the UCAS Apply system.
Fees and Finance
Fees for students from the UK or EU countries?
|Sep 2015||FT||3 years||BSc (Hons)||£9,000 per year|
|Sep 2015||SW||4 years||BSc (Hons)||£9,000 per year|
Fees for students from non-EU countries (International)?
|Sep 2015||FT||3 years||BSc (Hons)||£11,500|
Most of our undergraduate and postgraduate courses start in September/October, at the beginning of the academic year. However, some courses also have January/February or April start options. Short courses take place throughout the year.
Many of our courses can be studied on a Full-Time (FT) or Part-Time (PT) basis.
We also offer a Sandwich (SW) option for some courses – this usually involves two periods of Full Time study separated by a 'sandwich' placement spent working in an occupation related your course.
Online Learning (OL) courses can be studied remotely, usually using online learning tools.
Fees quoted are only for the academic year or start date stated. Fees may change in future years.
The University reserves the right to increase fees broadly in line with increases in inflation, or to reflect changes in government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.
You must own your own personal computer and have access to the internet to obtain course and online material. Apart from this, there are no additional compulsory costs for this course.
Financial Options and Advice
We have deliberately tried to set fees that reflect the cost of course delivery in order to help our students avoid debt.
Full-time students won't have to pay for tuition fees until after their studies - there are government tuition fee loans available. If you are a full-time student, after leaving university you will start to pay back your loan once you are earning over £21,000 a year, at a rate of nine per cent on any income above £21,000. So if you were earning £25,000, you would pay back nine per cent of £4,000, or £30 per month.
Money Saving Expert Martin Lewis offers key facts on fees, loans and grants:
We offer further information on possible financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.
Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.
The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK. Our reputation for excellence is soaring globally, thanks to the superb links we forge with industry, our international alliances, and our focus on practical, vocational learning.
Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:
- Explore some of the good reasons why you should study here.
- Find out how to improve your language skills before starting your studies.
- Find all the information relevant to applicants from your country.
- Learn where to find financial support for your studies.
- Discover what current and former international students have to say.
Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC)
International students who have a serious interest in studying with us but who perhaps cannot meet the direct entry requirements, academic or English, or who have been out of education for some time, can enter Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC) and begin their degree studies.
BCUIC is part of the global Navitas Group, an internationally–recognised education provider, and the partnership allows students to access the University’s facilities and services and move seamlessly through to achieving a Bachelor’s degree from Birmingham City University.
Our next University-wide Open Day is on Saturday 20 June 2015. Registration will open Spring 2015 but in the meantime, why not sign up to BCYou! and receive email updates about the University.
Our Open Days provide you with the perfect opportunity to visit the University and discover just what we have to offer.
You can learn more about our courses, great teaching and links with leading employers - as well as our £260 million investment in facilities.
There is a non-stop programme of events and activities running throughout the day, so we recommend that you arrive at 9am to ensure you get the most out of the day.
Who is it for?
The day will cover all levels of study but is predominantly for undergraduate courses.
15 November Open Day
University Approach to Employability
Birmingham City University is committed to preparing students for successful employability and professional careers. We have an innovative approach to employability that will help you obtain an interesting and well-paid graduate job.
Read our Employability Statement to find out more.
You will benefit from our strong links with companies such as SAS, Capgemini, SAP, Xbox, Samsung, Intel and NEC, which keep your course relevant, real-life and respected by employers.
Our graduates typically find rewarding work as:
- IT professionals responsible for the planning, implementation, management and support of IT infrastructure
- Enterprise solution developers
- Communication network analysts
- Network operating systems administrators
- Network analysts
- ICT technical support and management professionals
- ICT consultants
- Business analysts
- Database analysts and developers
- Web applications developers.
Graduates have gone on to work for companies such as Hewlett Packard, Bell Micro, BT, Cisco, Deloitte, Ericsson, Fujitsu, IBM, Intel, Siemens, Nokia and Capgemini.
The School is also a member of Microsoft's Developer Network Academic Alliance - this membership has a number of benefits for your career prospects.
We encourage you to further enhance your career prospects by including an industrial placement in your course. This takes place after the second year of study and extends the course duration to four years.
As well as providing the work place experience that many employers are looking for, a placement provides an invaluable opportunity to further develop your practical expertise, earn money and try out a potential career path. The Faculty's placements team will give you every support throughout the placement process.
Our students have been placed with prestigious companies and institutions including:
Full details can be found on the School placements page.
Here is a short video showing the kind of work placement experience you could enjoy as part of your Information and Communications Technology degree:
The University has a range of either taught (MSc) or research (MPhil and PhD) postgraduate programmes. Details can be found on the postgraduate section of the website.
About KIS data
From September 2012, all universities and colleges are publishing standardised information for all undergraduate courses in the form of a Key Information Set (KIS). The KIS data is designed to meet the needs of prospective students and allow for informed decision-making when choosing a university course.
Putting our students first
We pride ourselves on our student satisfaction levels which have risen from 73 per cent to 83 per cent between 2010 and 2012. Our dedication to improving the student experience is illustrated by our award-winning student engagement, our close links with business and industry and our £180 million investment in new facilities.
76% of course leavers are in a professional or managerial position, earning an average salary after six months of £18,000. Graduates of the School of Computing, Telecommunications and Networks have gone on to work for companies such as Hewlett Packard, Bell Micro, BT, Cisco, Deloitte, Ericsson, Fujitsu, IBM, Intel Corporation, Siemens and Nokia.
Working with your Students’ Union
Improving student satisfaction is a priority commitment shared by both Birmingham City University and its Students’ Union. In its strategic planning, the Union has pledged to be more accessible, more relevant and provide more opportunity to engage with a diverse student community.
The Students’ Union is already a key stakeholder in supporting an excellent teaching experience at Birmingham City University, through joint projects such as the Extra Mile Teaching Awards and the Student Rep scheme, which allows students to share their ideas on how they are taught.
As Birmingham City University moves towards a two campus strategy where it can better support enhanced learning and student support facilities across a two-mile radius, the Students’ Union will also be better able to implement its commitment to improve communication and engage with its valued student membership.
|IT Professionalism||15 Credits|
|Data Analysis||15 Credits|
|Web Technologies||15 Credits|
|ICT Programming||15 Credits|
|Computer Systems Technology||30 Credits|
|Computer Networking Basics||30 Credits|
|Research and Professional Practice||15 Credits|
|Business and Technology Entrepreneurship||15 Credits|
|Enterprise Databases: Design and Implementation||30 Credits|
|Infrastructure Services||30 Credits|
|Switched LANS and WANS||30 Credits|
|Individual Project||30 Credits|
|Enterprise eSystems||30 Credits|
|ICT Infrastructure Management||30 Credits|
|Network Design and Management||30 Credits|
This theme offers an understanding of logical network environment. It incorporates managing, administering and troubleshooting of operating systems, applications, services and hardware. It primarily follows the Microsoft Certified IT Professional curriculum with the inclusion of open source technologies.
This theme includes technologies employed in Local and Wide Area Networks. It follows the Cisco CCNA curriculum and introduces protocols, LAN/WAN terminology, TCP/IP and addressing. The knowledge of switching and routing protocols is studied and finally, we cover how networks can be managed effectively.
Enterprise Systems Development
This theme introduces fundamental principles of internet systems and web site production; data modelling and structures; relational theory and algebra; database design, implementation, queries, optimization, security and administration; data extraction, interaction and presentation. The concept of enterprise systems is developed and applied through the development and examination of an e-commerce solution.
This theme introduces fundamental programming skills for the development of systems for information, communications and technology.
Business and Employability
This theme provides professional development, and an introduction to the business macro-environment sector. It offers an understanding of market-led innovation planning and management. It also develops teamwork skills in evaluating and effectively communicating information in both written and oral form.
We are proud of the excellent student satisfaction scores at Birmingham City University, reflecting our excellent teaching and commitment to putting students at the heart of everything we do - 97 per cent of our BSc (Hons) Information and Communications Technology students were satisfied overall (NSS survey 2013).
We use a range of assessment methods throughout the course, including continuous assessment, in-class tests, examinations, laboratory exercises and project work. We find this helps us to appraise your all-round ability and gives you the best opportunity to excel.
The career relevance of James Farmer’s BSc in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) gave him a competitive edge when it came to securing a position after graduation.
He now works as an Infrastructure Engineer for Lockheed Martin, a leader in systems integration, working on major programmes across the aerospace, defence and civil sectors, and finds that the skills he learned relate directly to his new role.
“My degree was highly focused on networking and Infrastructure set up and support,” he says. “This, and the availability of extra qualification such as the Microsoft MTA certifications subsidised by the University, helped me get my job.
“The infrastructure module I took focused on Microsoft Windows operating systems and server features which are used by large companies in all areas, including Lockheed.”
While at the University, James participated in the European Programme for Sustainable ICT in Academic Education (EPSIAE) project in Amsterdam.
This gave him confidence, through public speaking and presenting, to undertake the interview with Lockheed. With a strong push on organisations becoming more sustainable, the scheme also enabled him to help resolve problems with energy and materials waste.
“Lockheed were interested to hear about the trip and how sustainability was integrated within all industries. They showed a great interest in how companies such as Microsoft and Cisco are advancing in the area.”
We are constantly investing in our estate and are currently in the process of spending £260 million on new learning facilities. It’s no surprise that the Complete University Guide placed us in the UK top 10 for spending on facilities in both 2012 and 2013.
This course is located in the prestigious £114m Millennium Point building – part of our City Centre Campus – with technology and facilities that reflect advanced professional practice.
As a student you will get to use dedicated facilities for work such as systems analysis, artificial intelligence, e-commerce and business intelligence, and to support the application areas of mechatronics, games technology and computer forensics (with its own fully equipped laboratory).
The School is established as one of the leading academies for Apple, Microsoft and Cisco Systems, and is a member of Microsoft's Developer Network Academic Alliance.
Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) - full IEng
IEng accredited by the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET), fulfilling the educational requirements for registration as an Incorporated Engineer.
Prospective students from the UK
- Take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions for answers to a range of questions about our courses and studying here.
- If you need further help, you can contact the Course Enquiries Team online by using the Course Enquiry Form.
- Alternatively, call us on +44 (0)121 331 5595.
Prospective students from outside the UK
- Please use the International Enquiry Form.
- Alternatively, call us +44 (0)121 331 5389.
For general enquiries, please contact the School of Computing, Telecommunications and Networks as follows:
School of Computing, Telecommunications and Networks
Birmingham City University
Tel: +44 (0)121 331 5400
If you haven't already, visit the School of Computing, Telecommunications and Networks website for more information.