BSc (Hons) Information Technology with Foundation Year

Course summary

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hand over keyboardOverview
IT skills are in high demand globally, and graduates from this discipline have a good record of achieving employment and progressing in their professional work. This course is designed to meet industry needs and provide you with the right knowledge and skills to pursue a rewarding career in IT.

Why choose this course?
This course combines theory and practice, balancing cutting-edge technology with theoretical principles. You'll build the technical skills needed to succeed in an industry context and gain a practical understanding of the latest issues affecting the field today.

We will also help you to develop the interpersonal skills and business acumen required to excel in a professional IT environment.



Career and study progression
This is a broad and flexible degree suited to those seeking employment as an IT professional within many of today's industries. 

You may also wish to undertake postgraduate study to specialise in a subject you've already studied, or to explore something new.

For more details, please see the Career and study progression section.

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Course detail

The foundation year has been designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge required to continue onto the BSc degree course. Throughout this year you will benefit from full access to University facilities. You will study a range of subjects that underpin subsequent study throughout your degree, and will be encouraged to engage in a range of course activities.

Foundation year (Level 3)

  • Introduction to Software Development
  • Academic Performance
  • Introduction to Computing Mathematics
  • Introduction to Web Design and Development
  • Personalised Learning
  • Introduction to Computer Technologies.

Year one (Level 4)

  • Computer Architecture
  • Programming
  • Skills for IS Professionals
  • Developing a Digital Identity
  • Information Systems and Databases
  • The Business Environment

Year two (Level 5)

  • Enterprise and Business Development
  • IT Infrastructure and Organisation
  • Rich Internet Applications
  • Networks and Security 
  • Team Project

Plus *one of the following:

  • Web and Mobile Application Security
  • Human-centred Computing

Year three (Level 6)

  • Employment and IT Industry
  • Project (40)

Plus *one of the following:

  • Business Intelligence Technologies
  • Managing IS Projects

And *two of the following:

  • Computer Security
  • Social Enterprise
  • Business Strategy in the Digital Environment

*Option modules will run subject to staff availability and viable student numbers opting to take the module

Entry requirements

Home/EU entry criteria:

  • 72 UCAS tariff points
  • GCSE English and maths at grade C or above.

If you are a mature student wishing to apply, you will be considered on an individual basis. Your professional, work and life experiences and your ability to engage with and benefit from the course will be taken into account.
International students need to meet our English language requirement at either IELTS at 5.5 or above and a minimum of 5.5 for each of the 4 individual components (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening).

In some countries where teaching is in English, we may accept local qualifications. Please visit http://www.uwl.ac.uk/international/your-country to check for local equivalencies.

We offer pre-sessional English language courses if you do not meet these requirements. Find out more about our English Language courses

Fees

Fees for home and EU students

Main fee
£9,250

Fees for overseas students

Main fee
£11,500
Find out if you are a home or overseas student.

Funding

Help with funding is available to a range of students, whether you are studying full or part-time, in your home country or overseas.

You may be eligible for a student loan to cover the cost of tuition fees or a maintenance loan to support you during your studies. Additional funding is available to some types of students, such as those with dependants, disabled students and more. Find out more about applying for student loans and other funding options.

We also offer a range of scholarships and bursaries to help you. Scholarships in the 2017 - 18 academic year included:

  • Full Time Undergraduate Bursary: a £3,000 award for new undergraduate students.
  • Path to Success Scholarship: a £4,000 award for students on a four-year degree course with a foundation year. 

Other scholarships are also available, including awards for specific subjects. Find out more and check your eligibility.

* Please note that scholarships and bursaries described in the video above were available at the time of filming in autumn 2017. Full details of scholarships for the 2018 - 19 academic year will be published shortly.

Please note fees are paid for each year of study unless otherwise stated. You will be required to re-enrol and pay fees at the beginning of each academic year. Fees may be subject to government regulations on fee increases. Future inflationary increases will be applied to each subsequent year of the course, subject to government regulations on fee increases.

How to apply

Apply for this course

UK and EU students

Apply for this course at www.ucas.com when UCAS applications are open, from the previous September until June (see dates). You will need our institution code W05 and the UCAS code given on the right hand side of this page.

If the UCAS deadline has passed, you can apply through Clearing by calling our hotline on 0800 036 8888 (or +44 8231 2468). Clearing takes place over the summer months (July to September).

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More about how to apply to the University of West London.

International students

Apply at www.ucas.com or complete our application form for international students. We have an online application form or you can download the print version.

You can also review the relevant information about the qualifications we accept from your country and our English language requirements, as well as details about your visa application.

More about the application process for international students.

During the course

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Career and study progression

IT professionals are in high demand across all industries and graduates in IT generally have a good record of achieving employment and progressing in their professional work.

Graduates of the BSc (Hons) Information Technology course will be able to pursue careers as IT specialists within a wide range of both public and private sectors, including law enforcement, government agencies or within commercial IT departments and other computing positions where knowledge of computer systems and infrastructures is required.

Typical job titles of IT graduates include:

  • IT project manager
  • ICT Manager
  • IT System/Business Analyst
  • Information Systems Manager
  • System Analyst
  • Software Engineer
  • Network Engineer
  • System Support Engineer
  • Web Developer
  • Application Developer
  • Database Administrator
  • Software/Hardware Trainer
  • Analyst/Programmer
  • Help Desk/Support Technician.

Study progression

While studying, you may have discovered an area you want to learn more about. Postgraduate study enables you to specialise in the field in which you are most interested.

Popular courses after this degree include:

Careers support
Our degrees are designed to help you find the career that’s right for you. 97% of our graduates are in work within 6 months of graduating.

With our desirable West London location, we have strong links with many national and multinational organisations such as the BBC, Hewlett-Packard (HP) Ltd, Middlesex Law society and the Savoy Education Trust. We have a strong track record of providing valuable work placements and we also provide hands-on experience at the University through our Student Ambassadors’ scheme.

Many of our staff have successful backgrounds in relevant industries and can advise you on how to kick-start your career. Our careers service will also help you realise your potential by offering specialist advice and guidance on a wide range of careers issues, including:

  • CVs
  • job hunting
  • recruitment and selection procedures
  • further study.

We are The Career University.

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