Information and Communications Technology - BSc (Hons)

UCAS Code:
Full Time (3 years), Sandwich (4 years)
September 2016, September 2017

Our multidisciplinary Information and Communications Technology BSc (Hons) course – accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) – will equip you with the technical and managerial skills you'll need to begin an IT career.

You'll use first-class, industry equipment and labs, and have the chance to put your academic learning into practice on a placement year – all of which will help you begin your information technology career like some of our recent graduates, who've been employed by Bell Microsystems, BT, Cisco, Deloitte, and Fujitsu.

New for 2017/18

Computing and Information Technology

If you’re looking to start this course in 2017, it's important to know that the content and structure are undergoing a substantial review and are likely to be different to what is outlined here. Next year’s course will also have a new name: Computing and Information Technology. We’ll publish more detailed information about the changes over the next few months. If you’re starting in 2016, the course content/structure won’t be affected by the review.

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What's covered in the course?

This course is for you if you want to combine a highly rigorous academic qualification with real-life practical work experience that will enable you to put your knowledge into practice.

You'll be based at the state-of-the art Millennium Point – part of the City Centre Campus – where you'll use dedicated, industry-standard facilities to carry out systems analysis, enter virtual environments, work on enterprise systems and business intelligence, and to develop real-time systems.

This is the course to choose if you want to develop a broad understanding of the challenges that businesses and organisations face on a day-to-day basis to maintain their IT systems. You'll be fully involved with your course and, from the start, you'll have access to virtual learning environments, and networking, electronic, enterprise systems and business intelligence laboratories.

You'll examine the key principles of enterprise systems and application development, and look at the design, implementation, security and administration of databases.

Because we are preparing you for the workplace, you'll learn networking and infrastructure technology skills that are needed to develop and maintain systems for information, communications and technology from sustainable service solutions and communication networks.

It's not just about academic and technical knowledge – we'll also help to develop your personal skills so that you can work effectively as a team member and problem solve at the highest level. This will not only enhance your employability levels, it will make you stand out from the crowd.

Throughout your course you'll be supported by expert teaching staff, many of whom have worked in the field, are active in research and maintain and develop industry contacts.

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?

  • We are accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).
  • We're a leading academy for Microsoft and Cisco Systems.
  • This course utilises Microsoft, Cisco and Oracle curriculums, so you can additionally gain professional qualifications too.
  • We also collaborate with other prestigious organisations such as IBM, APC Schneider Electric, ATOS, Britvic and the Chartered Institute for IT (the British Computer Society).
  • There is a thriving visiting speaker programme regularly bringing in experts from our wide network of contacts, for example, Tim Hall and Brendan Tierney of Oracle.
  • You will also have the opportunity to participate in renowned international programmes and competitions.
  • You will have the opportunity and support to create a start-up business using ideas spawned during your course – several recent undergraduates on this course have done just that.
  • You'll have the chance to go on a work placement at first-class businesses, such as Cisco.
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This course is open to International students

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
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This course is accredited by the following organisations:

Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)

Entry Requirements

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 2016/17
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).

The UCAS tariff is changing

If you're considering applying for this course to start in September 2017 onwards, it's important to know that the UCAS tariff system is changing.

UCAS tariff points – the points system most universities use to compare different qualifications – will be introducing a new system on how points are calculated.

More about the new tariff

From A/AS Level with a minimum of 2 A Levels

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BSc (Hons) Sep 2016 FT 3 years £9,000 per year Apply via UCAS
SW 4 years £9,000 per year Apply via UCAS
Sep 2017 FT 3 years £9,250 per year Apply via UCAS
SW 4 years £9,250 per year Apply via UCAS

International Students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
BSc (Hons) Sep 2016 FT 3 years £12,000 per year Apply via UCAS
Sep 2017 FT 3 years £12,000 per year 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.

Additional costs

There are no compulsory additional costs or charges associated with studying on this course. While you may choose to purchase personal copies of text books, all our key text books are available from our library or online (subject to normal library loan and online access arrangements). If your course includes a residential study session, the accommodation costs for this are already included in your course fee.

Based on the past experience of our students, you might find it helpful to set aside about £50 for each year of your studies for stationery and study materials. All our students are provided with 100 free pages of printing each year to a maximum total value of £15.

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.

Year one

The course is based on four themes:

  • Communication Technologies
  • Infrastructure Technologies
  • Enterprise Systems Development
  • Business and Employability.

Your first year is comprised of six modules: IT professionalism, data analysis, web technologies, ICT programming, computer systems technology, and computer networking basics.

You'll study for an average of 30 hours a week in the first year, which will give you a solid introduction to the broader subjects of information and communications technologies.

Modules include
IT Professionalism
15 credits
Data Analysis
15 credits
Web Technologies
15 credits
ICT Programming
15 credits
Computer Systems Technology
30 credits

Students on the Computer Systems Technology module develop their own innovative product for the annual Innovation Fest in the second semester.

Computer Networking Basics
30 credits

Year two

In year two you’ll study a further six modules, all of which are designed to build on your knowledge and key skills for your chosen career.

You’ll study: foundations of database systems, research and professional practice, business and technology entrepreneurship, database development and implementation, infrastructure services and switched LANS and WANS.

Modules include
Research and Professional Practice
15 credits
Business and Technology Entrepreneurship
15 credits
Database Development and Implementation
15 credits
Infrastructure Services
30 credits
Switched LANS and WANS
30 credits
Foundations of Database Systems
15 credits

Year three

In the third year you'll move onto an individual project, which will give you the opportunity to undertake detailed, independent research in an area that interests you.

You'll also study enterprise systems, ICT infrastructure management, and network design and management.

This year will see you undertake less class-based study but you are expected to complete an average of 30 hours a week.

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

You'll be assessed in a number of different ways during your course. These will include continuous assessment, in-class tests, examinations, laboratory exercises, group and project work. This will enable us to appraise your all-round ability and it also gives you the best opportunity to excel.

Your final assessment is based on 24 per cent written exam, 68 per cent course work, and 8 per cent practical exam.

Teaching breakdown

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63 Time in independent study RoyalBlue

Assessment breakdown

24 Written exams DarkOrange
68 Coursework FireBrick
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.

Pioneering facial recognition cane

The ‘XploR’ mobility cane – developed by ICT students Steve Adigbo, Waheed Rafiq and Richard Howlett – uses smartphone technology to recognise familiar faces from up to 10 metres away. The cane also features GPS functionality to aid navigation.

The device will guide users towards friends and family members using an ear piece and audio guidance, with the information being relayed through Bluetooth technology.

Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) - full IEng

Our course has IET accreditation, which demonstrates that it meets the educational criteria needed for Incorporated Engineer (IEng) status.

Study and work abroad

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

We offer a range of masters courses (MSc) or research (MPhil and PhD) postgraduate programmes that are suitable for graduates of this course.

Trips and visits

All new students have an industrial visit as part of their induction programme; last year students visited Bletchley Park, the home of Alan Turing, the famous wartime code breaker.

Where opportunities exist, students are encouraged to participate in projects that involve visits abroad; past ICT students have participated in European projects in France.

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.

Enhancing your employability skills

Our course is designed to equip you with in-depth, first-hand practical expertise as well as providing a rigorous academic understanding of your subject.

It is this combination that will help you to stand out when you look to enter the workplace and why our graduates are very highly sought-after.

We maintain very close links with business and industry to ensure that your studies are always relevant, up-to-date and meet the exact needs of the current marketplace.

You'll develop key academic and technical skills that will demonstrate your ability to understand concepts, principles and theories of complex network technologies, and that will show your understanding of how ICT infrastructure systems for business are designed and implemented.

Recent graduates have gone on to work with first-class organisations such as Hewlett Packard, Bell Microsystems, BT, Cisco, Deloitte, Ericsson, Fujitsu, IBM, Intel, Siemens, Nokia and Capgemini.


We aim to have you employer-ready by the time you graduate and as part of your course you have the option of undertaking an industrial placement after the second year of study.

If you decide to do this, it will extend the duration of your BSc (Hons) course to four years.

Thanks to our excellent partnerships and working relationships with some of the UK's leading companies, you have the chance of undertaking a high quality industrial placement with leading organisations such as the Bank of England, Cisco Systems, IBM, 3M, Airbus or CapGemini.

Placements will also provide you with an opportunity to develop your practical expertise, earn money and try out a potential career path.


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.


BCU Graduate+

Through our courses we give you the skills and experience needed to get a head start when applying for jobs. But we offer something extra too – Graduate+.

Our unique programme gives you the chance to develop valuable skills outside of the more formal classroom learning. We award points for Graduate+ activities (including firewalking!) and these can be put towards a final Graduate+ award.

More about Graduate+

Graduate jobs

Our graduates have gone on to roles such as:

  • 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.

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:

Our international students

Our School is particularly popular with students from China. Students are attracted by our strong industry links and our relationships with Chinese universities where we regularly visit and provide induction and preparation activities.

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

Popular home countries

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

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.

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.

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