Information and Communications Technology - BSc (Hons)

UCAS Code:
Full Time (3 years), Sandwich (4 years)
September 2015

Places on this course are available through Clearing

Our Clearing hotline (0121 331 6777) opens at 7am on Thursday 13 August. See how we can help you in the meantime.

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. 
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This course is open to International students

Popular home countries

Our students come from around the world but our information and communication technology course is most popular with international students from:  

Where our students go

Our students have gone on to work with companies such as:

  • Birmingham City Students Union
  • BCU
  • Google

And in jobs such as:

  • Vice President Student Voice
  • Lab Demonstrator
  • IT Specialist

This course is accredited by the following organisations:

Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)

Entry Requirements

Clearing 2015

This course is likely to have places available through Clearing.

  • The entry requirements for this course will differ from the usual requirements detailed below during Clearing. Exact details of tariff points will be published closer to results day.
  • The Clearing hotline (0121 331 6777) will open at 7am on Thursday 13 August. In the meantime, you can register your interest in this course or find out more about Clearing.

We accept a range of qualifications, the most popular of which are detailed below.

UK students

At the point of application, you must have GCSE at Grade C or above in English Language and Mathematics. Equivalent qualifications will be accepted.

280 UCAS tariff points from A/AS Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels

Typical Offers
UK Qualification Requirements 2015/16
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
Other qualifications
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.
EU/International students
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 overall
Country-specific entry requirements and qualifications.


International students who cannot meet the direct entry requirements can begin their degree studies at Birmingham City University International College (BCUIC).

Unconditional Offers

Unconditional Offers

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)
be predicted DDM profile at BTEC level

You will also be required to attend an interview.

Learn more about unconditional offers >>

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BSc (Hons) Sep 2015 FT 3 years £9,000 per year Apply via UCAS
SW 4 years £9,000 per year Apply via UCAS

International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BSc (Hons) Sep 2015 FT 3 years £11,500 Apply via UCAS

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.

Guidance for UK/EU students


UK and EU students applying for most undergraduate degree courses in the UK will need to apply through UCAS.

The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) is a UK organisation responsible for managing applications to university and college.

Applying through UCAS
 Register with UCAS
 Login to UCAS
 Complete your details
 Select your course
 Write a personal statement
 Get a reference
 Pay your application fee
 Send UCAS your application

Non-EU (International) students

There are three ways to apply:

1) Direct to the University

You will need to complete our International Application Form and submit it together with scan copies of your original academic transcripts and certificates.

2) Through a country representative

Our in-country representatives can help you make your application and apply for a visa. They can also offer advice on travel, living in the UK and studying abroad.

3) Through UCAS

If you are applying for an undergraduate degree or a Higher National Diploma (HND), you can apply through the UK’s Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

You can request a printed form from your school or nearest British Council office.You will be charged for applying through UCAS. Birmingham City University’s UCAS code is B25 BCITY.

Your personal statement

Your personal statement is a highly important part of your application. It gives you a crucial opportunity to say why you’re applying and why the institution should accept you.

Here are the key areas you’ll need to address:

Course choice

Why does this course appeal? What areas are of particular interest?

Career plans

If you have a specific career in mind, say how your chosen course will help you pursue this goal.

Work experience

Mention any work that is relevant to your subject, highlighting the skills and experience gained.

School or college experience

Highlight skills gained at school/college, eg summer schools or mentoring activities.

Non-accredited skills or achievement

eg Duke of Edinburgh Award, Young Enterprise scheme.

You should also mention your future plans – if you’re planning to take a year out, don't forget to give your reasons. Talk about any subjects you’re studying that don’t have a formal assessment and any sponsorships or placements you’ve applied for. And don't be scared to add in details about your social, sports or leisure interests.

Get more information on writing personal statements.

This course is not available part-time

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Loans and Grants

Financial Support

We offer further information on possible undergraduate financial support. This includes the type of loans, grants and scholarships available both from the government and from Birmingham City University.

Course breakdown

Year one

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

Year two

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

Year three

Individual Project
30 credits
Enterprise eSystems
30 credits
ICT Infrastructure Management
30 credits
Network Design and Management
30 credits

Teaching breakdown

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63 Time in independent study RoyalBlue

Assessment breakdown

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8 Practical exams #fece5a

Student stories

Stacey Watkins, graduate of the Information Communications Technology undergraduate degree course at Birmingham City University, was the winner of the Microsoft prize at her graduation ceremony in 2014.

Find out about BSc (Hons) Information and Communications Technology at Birmingham City University from students Liane Angew and Scott Brant.

Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
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.

Erasmus scheme

If you are interested in undertaking part of your studies abroad, the Erasmus scheme may be of interest to you. It allows higher education students to study for part of their degree in another European country.

It is open to undergraduates in their second year (or above) and offers a unique opportunity to enhance your CV and experience new cultures. If you study with us you will have access to an Erasmus co-ordinator, who can provide information about which institutions we have links with.

Find out more

Further Study

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.

Student stories Sadia Ali

Graduate Application Support Analyst

Graduate Sadia worked part-time for the University as a Laboratory Demonstrator during her final year. Currently she is working full-time as a Graduate Application Support Analyst and has big plans for the future.

Employment Opportunities

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.


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:


OpportUNIty Student Ambassador

OpportUNIty: Student Jobs on Campus ensures that our students are given a first opportunity to fill many part-time temporary positions within the University. This allows you to work while you study with us, fitting the job around your course commitments. By taking part in the scheme, you will gain valuable experiences and employability skills, enhancing your prospects in the job market.

It will also allow you to become more involved in University life by delivering, leading and supporting many aspects of the learning experience, from administration to research and mentoring roles.


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.

International Students

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 international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

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.

Learn more about BCUIC

Our Facilities

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.

As a student at the School of Computing, Telecommunications and Networks, you have access to networked laboratories equipped to industry standards and running the latest software, giving you the best possible introduction to the technologies you will encounter in the world of work.

Dedicated facilities are provided for systems analysis, computer networks, programming in a wide range of languages, artificial intelligence, modelling and visual programming, e-commerce and .net environments, and business intelligence, as well as supporting the application areas of mechatronics, games technology, electronics and computer forensics.

Computer networking

The laboratories are well-equipped for all our computer networking courses, as well as specialist areas for practical work such as voice-over internet protocol (VoIP), forensic and ethical hacking technologies, wireless and mobile technologies and radio frequency identification technologies to name but a few.

Software development and computer programming

There are a number of open access, software development and computer programming
laboratories that can be used to develop systems and programmes, including database management systems such as MySQL, to name but a few.

Systems laboratories

Our embedded systems laboratories are used to develop real-time systems, such as specialist hardware training and development resources, and industrial-standard software development and simulation tools. These include microcontroller software and robotics design and development, to name but a few.

Electronic Systems

Electronic systems

To underpin the basic principles of electronic systems, we have a well-equipped laboratory of general and specialist test and measurement kits, including powered prototyping development boards, dual power supplies, frequency generators and counters and digital multi-meters to name but a few.

Forensic computing

Our successful development of forensic computing has led to a specialist forensics laboratory that is fully equipped with essential hardware and software for this sensitive area of study. The laboratory includes high-spec PC’s with built-in multi interface Tableau write blockers, EnCase and FTK computer forensic software and steganography detection and analysis software, to name but a few.

More on our facilities

Meet our staff

UK prospective students:

UK enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5595

EU / International prospective students:

International enquiry form

+44 (0)121 331 5389

Already applied?

Email the applications team

+44 (0)121 331 6295