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UCAS Code:
G420
Award:
BSc (Hons)
Attendance:
  • Full Time (3 years)
  • Sandwich (4 years)
School:
Computing, Telecommunications and Networks
Faculty
Faculty of Technology, Engineering & the Environment
Campus:
City Centre

This course is accredited by:

Awaiting accreditation from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) for full (IEng) status

Course Graphic - Information and Communication Technology BSc (Hons)

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 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.

Key Facts

  • Covers all core enabling technologies, such as networking, databases, internet and operating systems, but in a practical business context.
  • A Cisco Systems and 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.
  • An application for accreditation has been submitted to the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), the outcome of which is awaited. Accreditation would mean the course would satisfy academic requirements for full Incorporated Engineer status (IEng). 

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).

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Entry Requirements

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

Typical UK QualificationRequirements 2014/15

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
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 2014/15

If you are a full-time undergraduate applicant for the 2014/15 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.

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Typical EU/Non-EU (International) QualificationsRequirements 2014/15
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.

Learn more about BCUIC

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Application Details

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.

UCAS Information

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?
Start Mode Duration Award Fees
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)?
Start Mode Duration Award Fees
Sep 2014 FT 3 years BSc (Hons) £10,100

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.

Additional costs

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:

Financial Support

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.

International Students

International Students at BCU

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:

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

Open Days

Saturday 4 October and Saturday 15 November 2014 (9am - 3pm)

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.

4 October Open Day
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.

Employment Opportunities

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.

Placements

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.

Further Studies

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.

Full Time

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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.

Employability facts

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.

Course Modules

Year 1
ModuleCredits
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 2
ModuleCredits
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 3
ModuleCredits
Individual Project 30 Credits
Enterprise eSystems 30 Credits
ICT Infrastructure Management 30 Credits
Network Design and Management 30 Credits

Infrastructure Technologies
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.

Communication Networks
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.

Application Development
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.

Student Satisfaction

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).

Assessment Methods

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.

Scott Brant

Scott Brant

Scott Brant’s dilemma was this: how to get a degree without any sponsorship when he still needed to work full-time? And the answer? A Foundation Degree through his local, easy-to-get-to franchised college, Birmingham Metropolitan College. After three years of part-time study, Scott’s now enrolled here on the final year of the BSc programme – and making the most of every minute.

“University is what you make it”
“To make it live up to your expectations you need to work hard and put 110% in, to really get the most out of the resources available to you as a student,” says Scott. His recommendation is to make sure you go the extra mile. “Most people can complete the syllabus, but consider doing additional qualifications within the university or extra-curricular activities to boost your personal and professional profile, which will be an excellent differential between you and other candidates in the market.”

Take every opportunity
It’s certainly worked for him. “Within the course there have been excellent opportunities to develop myself both professionally and personally,” he explains – and he’s been sure to make the most of them. He’s recently boosted his understanding of the industry presenting findings at a European conference and visiting companies like Microsoft, IBM and Cisco.

Fantastic facilities and supportive staff
Scott’s quick to recognise the role that staff have played in his success so far. “You get a great deal of support outside of lectures, with staff in the Learning Resource Centre being really friendly and helpful. If you need additional support they also have staff that can help with academic writing and specific curriculum support. I really enjoy the campus environment, which is a modern building with a short walk from the city centre. In addition it has a wide range of resources, which include hundreds of computers which include Macs and also a large networking area which both physical and virtualised networking environments. The learning resource centre in the campus is also focused on technology.”

And the next step…
Scott’s hard work has landed him a fantastic new job on a graduate scheme with a multinational beverage company, as the single ICT graduate for this year, “with technologies that I’ve been learning about for the last four years, which is really exciting”. The company also offers plenty of on-the-job and professional training courses – and the chance to study for a Master’s Degree, around his work. “It’s something I am really looking forward to both on a personal and professional level,” says Scott, who’s clearly got the learning bug!

James Farmer

James Farmer

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.”

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.

Awaiting accreditation from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) for full (IEng) status

An application for accreditation has been submitted to the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), the outcome of which is awaited. Accreditation would mean the course would satisfy academic requirements for full Incorporated Engineer status (IEng).

Enquiries

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.

Prospectus

For an overview of our undergraduate courses and a range of other information order a printed Prospectus or download a PDF of our Prospectus (16Mb).

Further Information

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
Millennium Point
Curzon Street
Birmingham
B4 7XG

Tel: +44 (0)121 331 5400
Email: enquiries@tee.bcu.ac.uk

If you haven't already, visit the School of Computing, Telecommunications and Networks website for more information.