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Birmingham City University

Computing and Information Technology with Foundation Year

UCAS Code: I10A

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


80 UCAS points A maximum of 3 subjects are considered. These can be other A-levels or level 3 equivalents.

80 UCAS points A maximum of two AS-level subjects can be considered along with two A-levels or a combination of equivalent level 3 qualifications

60 credits overall. Minimum of 45 credits at level 3.

80 UCAS points Considered with two A Levels or equivalent level 3 qualification(s)

80 UCAS points Considered with two A-levels or equivalent level 3 qualification(s) to achieve a total of 80 UCAS tariff points

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE English language and mathematics at grade C/4 or above Equivalent level 2 qualifications can be accepted Must have been achieved at the point of enrolment Acceptable level 2 qualification:- City and Guilds Level 2 Certificates in Adult Numeracy/ Adult Literacy Functional Skills/ Essential Skills level 2 Key Skills level 2 - Application of Numbers and Communication Scottish Intermediate Scottish National 5 Scottish Credit Standard Grade - grade 2

Pass with 120 credits at level 4

Pass with 120 credits at level 4 and 120 credits at level 5

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

24

Obtain a minimum of 24 points overall For students who do not already hold a GCSE in Mathematics at Grade C/4 or above grade 5 in Maths (Standard Level) from the IB Diploma will be accepted For students who do not already hold a GCSE in English Language at Grade C/4 or above Standard Level English Language (not literature) English A - Grade 4 or above or English B - Grade 5 from the IB will be accepted.

Pass the Irish Leaving Certificate with a minimum of 80 tariff points, achieved in four Higher level subjects. This must include Maths and English Language taken at either Ordinary level (minimum grade O1-O4 (or A-C/A1-C3)) or Higher level (minimum H3/D1 taken from three subjects).

See Level 3 Entry under Irish Leaving Certificate for full details.

80 UCAS points Considered with two A Levels or equivalent level 3 qualification(s)

80 UCAS points Considered with one A Levels or equivalent level 3 qualification(s)

80 UCAS points Considered with two A Levels or equivalent level 3 qualification(s)

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

MMP

80 UCAS points Considered with one A Levels or equivalent level 3 qualification(s)

80 UCAS points Considered with two A Levels or equivalent level 3 qualification(s)

80 UCAS points Considered with one A Levels or equivalent level 3 qualification(s)

80 UCAS points Considered with one A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification

80 UCAS points Considered with one A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification

80 UCAS points Considered with one A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification

Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF)

MMP

80 UCAS points Considered with two A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification

80 UCAS points Considered with one A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification

80 UCAS points Considered with two A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

MMP

80 UCAS points Considered with one A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification

80 UCAS points Considered with two A-level or an equivalent level 3 qualification

Achieve a minimum of 80 tariff points achieved in either three Advanced Highers or from a combination of two Advanced Highers plus two Highers. Where three Advanced Highers have been taken achieve a minimum of grades DDD. Where a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers have been taken you must achieve (grades of DD in two Advanced Highers plus grades of DD in two Highers).

Achieve a minimum of 80 tariff points achieved in either five Highers or from a combination of two Advanced Highers plus two Highers. Where only Highers have been taken a minimum of grades CCDDD is required. Where a combination of Highers and Advanced Highers have been taken you must achieve grades of DD in two Advanced Highers plus grades of DD in two Highers.

UCAS Tariff

80

Please visit: http://www.bcu.ac.uk/student-info/offer-making-strategy for more information about contextual offers.

80 UCAS points Considered with two A-levels or equivalent level 3 qualification

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subject

Intelligent systems

Looking for a versatile IT course in the UK? Study with us in the exciting city of Birmingham. Our multidisciplinary BSc Computing and Information Technology with a Foundation Year degree will equip you with the technical and managerial skills you'll need to embark on a successful IT career.

You'll use first-class, industry-standard equipment and labs, and have the chance to put your academic learning into practice on a placement year – all of which will prepare you for an information technology career with a range of companies. We’re also an academy for Microsoft and Cisco systems with strong industry links.

About the Foundation Year

The Foundation Year course option enables you to study for our BSc (Hons) degree over an extended full-time duration of four years by including a Foundation Certificate (year one of four). The Foundation Certificate provides a broad study programme that underpins the follow-on degree. In order to progress to the next year of your degree, it is necessary to achieve a pass in all of the modules of the Foundation Certificate.

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 experiences, enabling you to put your learning into innovative practice.

You'll be based at our flagship City Centre Campus, where you'll use dedicated, industry-standard facilities to research and work on enterprise software and virtual environments to develop business solutions and real-time systems.

You will develop the strategic mind-set to address global challenges; the kind that that businesses and communities face on a day-to-day basis to maintain their digital infrastructure. You'll have access to virtual learning environments, as well as networking, electronic, enterprise systems and business intelligence laboratories.

We are preparing you for the workplace. You'll learn computing and information technology skills that are needed to design, develop, operate and maintain effective systems. You’ll use your computing knowledge to provide and apply IT solutions that will continually evolve. We ensure you are able to innovate in order to deliver business value and sustainable solutions.

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 are continually innovating with industry.

Why Choose Us?

- We're a leading academy for Microsoft and Cisco Systems.

- This course enables you to work towards Microsoft, Cisco, Linux and Oracle certifications and professional body qualifications too.

- We collaborate with prestigious organisations such as IBM, APC by Schneider Electric, Atos, Co-Op, Philips and the Chartered Institute for IT (the British Computer Society).

- You will 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 opportunity to negotiate your learning outcomes in a working placement, either through a start-up project or business project.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Millennium Point Campus

Department:

School of Computing and Digital Technology

TEF rating:
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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

96%
UK students
4%
International students
85%
Male students
15%
Female students
80%
2:1 or above
22%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

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B
C

After graduation


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Intelligent systems

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

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Average annual salary
93%
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Employed or in further education
75%
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Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

Information systems courses cover a range of areas, including information design, modelling and the finance industry. How well graduates did made a particular difference in 2015 — computing graduates with good grades were much less likely to be out of work after six months. Most students do get jobs, though, and starting salaries are good — particularly in London, and that’s where over a quarter of graduates started work last year. This is also a good degree to take if you want to follow a technical role in the finance or advertising industry. Many jobs for this degree were found in the larger cities last year and opportunities may be more limited outside those areas.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Intelligent systems

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

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Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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