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BSc (Hons) Information Technology

Course Overview

The BSc (Hons) Information Technology course provides the basis for a wide range of career options where the use of IT systems is vital. With opportunities for industry placement, this programme gives you the option to tailor your studies around subject areas within information technology.

A broad range of computing subjects, including internet technologies, multimedia systems, computer animation, music technology and business IT are offered. You will have access to a range of computing facilities including Cisco hardware/ software and Oracle (database development). There is also the option to use the University’s IT Academy vendor-certified facilities enabling you to achieve vendor accreditation. It is possible to study on a full-time or part-time basis.

Key information

    Course name

    BSc (Hons) Information Technology

    Total academic credits

    360 credits

    Qualification awarded


    Awarding body

    University of the West of Scotland

    Professional recognition


    Academic level

    Postgraduate (QCF_NQF Level 6 / SCQF Level 10)

    Study mode

    Full time - Classroom


    4 years or 5 years with industrial placement

    Tuition fees

    £11,000 per year (Scholarship available)


    September and February

    Work placement


    Course location

    Dumfries, Scotland

Academic entry requirements

• GCE A Levels: AA in one sitting, inc Maths; OR

• International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 38 points (6, 6, 6 at HL including Maths and Computer Science); OR

• SQA HNC / BTEC Level 4 HNC: IT; Computing; or a relevant discipline; OR

• SQA HND / BTEC Level 5 HND: Administration & IT; Business

English entry requirements

IELTS score of 6.0 overall with no less than 5.5 in any subcomponent. UWS will also consider applicants who have previously studied at degree level, taught and assessed in English, in what UKVI define as a majority English-speaking country.

Assessment methods

Assessment is principally by coursework assignments, laboratory investigations and examinations. You will also be expected to present your work to internal staff and external industrialists as part of the learning and assessment process.

Progression route

Further academic study of MSc in IT or other computing degree or Professional career.

Career opportunities

Graduates can look forward to excellent career prospects including computing/information technology specialist, computer programmer, web developer, database administrator and systems analyst. The broad scope of IT experience gained on this programme provides the basis for a wide range of career options where the use of IT systems is of primary importance.


Year 1

You will study IT topics from a prescribed list, selecting from elective modules. The prescribed list of modules is taken from a range of computing degrees and is drawn from programmes including Computing Science, Music Technology, Computer Animation and Business Technology.


Year 2

Programme flexibility allows for topics and electives to typically be modules that build upon your first year of study and widen your experience.


Year 3

The IT topics and electives selected will deepen your knowledge and understanding and provide scope for widening your IT experience. Sandwich placement is an option at this stage.


Year 4

Studies continue from a prescribed list of IT topics and electives. Additional electives provide some scope for widening experience and Honours students will undertake a major project in a chosen area of interest.


Year 5
Industrial placement - Optional

This programme offers an optional 12-month paid sandwich placement in an industrial or commercial setting, providing practical experience to complement academic study.