This multidisciplinary course has been crafted to reflect the diversity of challenges that managers working in modern business organisations face, created by the integration of ICT into their operations.
The course presents all core enabling technologies, such as networking, databases, internet and operating systems, but in a business context. Students benefit from a sandwich year with placements in such prestigious organisations such as IBM and EON. The ICT degree also features the option of obtaining vendor qualifications from Microsoft and CISCO, whose curricula are delivered as part of the degree.
Our students emerge as confident hybrid managers with a unique mix of technical and managerial competency, whose skills are in demand in the IT industry and beyond, in areas such as management consulting and education.
The Guardian University Guide 2014 recently showed our computing courses rising 41 places in the last 12 months, placing us higher than other Midlands universities including Aston, Keele and Coventry.
The latest National Student Survey also revealed that our computing courses are highly rated by those who really matter, with 93 per cent of students saying they were satisfied with their course.
- Covers all core enabling technologies, such as networking, databases, internet and operating systems, but in a practical business context.
- A Cisco Systems & Microsoft Academy Centre - one of Microsoft’s top UK, university-based academies and member of Microsoft’s Developer Network Academic Alliance.
- Opportunity to take CISCO qualifications alongside your course to gain an industry-standard qualification that employers recognise and value.
Why Choose Us?
- 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).
- School of Computing, Telecommunications and Networks is internationally recognised for teaching quality, research and extensive industry partnerships.
- Established as one of the leading academies for Apple, Microsoft and Cisco Systems.
- Includes not only core IT themes, such as managing operating systems, switching and routing protocols, data modelling and database design, and application development, but also your personal development as a practically minded business professional.
- 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).
- 280 points. Minimum of two 6-unit or one 12-unit A-Level (GCE or VCE).
- National Diploma with Merit Merit Distinction.
- Advanced Diplomas are accepted.
- AGNVQ overall Merit + GCSE Mathematics C
- GCSE Mathematics and English grade C or equivalent must be offered
- Irish: 280 points in ILC. Scottish : 280 points from 4 Highers. IB: 30 points
Full Time: Please make your application via UCAS using course code G420
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 2014||FT||3 years||BSc (Hons)||£7,500 per year|
|Sep 2014||SW||4 years||BSc (Hons)||TBC|
Fees for students from non-EU countries (International)?
|Sep 2014||FT||3 years||BSc (Hons)||£10,100|
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.
Dates for 2014
Our next Open Day is Saturday 14 June 2014. Booking for this will open in Spring 2014.
Our Open Days provides you with the perfect opportunity to visit the University and discover just what we have to offer.
Watch what past visitors thought of the day:
University Approach to Employability
Expertly woven into our curriculum and work experience opportunities, and underpinned by a diligent approach to career preparation and the close involvement of professional bodies, the University views employment as one of the principal rewards for a student's ambition, application and academic achievement. It's why the University is one of the country's top 30 universities* for placing students in graduate-level employment.
Our close links with business and the professions mean that our courses are always relevant, up-to-date and meet the exact needs of the current marketplace. Wherever possible, we involve employers in planning the curriculum, while many of our lecturers come from and maintain their links with industry, ensuring they are up to speed with the latest developments.
Employability will be an integral outcome of your studies.
* Sunday Times University Guide 2012
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
- ICT technical support and management professionals
- ICT consultants
- Business analysts
- Database developers
- Web applications developers.
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.
Full details can be found on the School placements page.
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.
|Professional Context of Technology||15 Credits|
|ICT Programming||15 Credits|
|Web Technologies||30 Credits|
|Computer Networking Basics||30 Credits|
|Supporting ICT Clients||30 Credits|
|Management in Technology Innovation||15 Credits|
|ICT Programming (2)||15 Credits|
|Enterprise Databases: Design and Implementation||30 Credits|
|Switched LANS and WANS||30 Credits|
|Infrastructure Services||30 Credits|
|Individual Project||30 Credits|
|Network Design and Management||30 Credits|
|ICT Infrastructure 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.
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.
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 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.”
The Institute of Engineering and Technology - towards Incorporate Engineer status
The programme is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) as satisfying the academic requirements towards becoming an Incorporate Engineer (IEng) but accreditation depends on the final year project being completed and passed without compensation.
Prospective students from the UK or EU
- 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 non-EU countries
- International enquirers from non-EU countries may enquire via the International Enquiry Form.
- Alternatively, call us +44 (0)121 331 6714.
For general enquiries, please contact the School of Computing, Telecommunications and Networks as follows:
School of Computing, Telecommunications and Networks
Faculty of Technology, Engineering and the Environment
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.