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BSc (Hons) Information Technology Management

Learn to direct and deliver effective IT projects in the work environment

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Passionate about the latest computing technology? This practical degree programme, accredited by the British Computer Society, focuses on how information technology helps to support the operation and growth of modern organisations. The course will help you to build up the vital transferable skills you’ll need to succeed in an exciting and challenging range of IT careers. 

  • Students learning is supported by the use of industry-standard facilities. These facilities include IT suites, a usability lab, modern network simulators and a selection of robots and drones.
  • Information technology management at Southampton Solent is accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS). This is an award reserved for courses which meet strict standards set by the industry itself.
  • The course offers a range of optional units in the second and third year of study. This enables learners to build a degree that is well suited to their interests.
  • Students are given the opportunity to showcase their final year projects at an end of year degree show.
  • Members of the course team hold extensive industry experience and still maintain a strong professional network. This enables them to offer students support as they look for work experience placements and graduate employment.
  • Past students have had the chance to attend regular BCS meetings. These are held at the University and are perfect for meeting industry contacts and gaining valuable Continuing Professional Development (CPD) points.
  • This course helps prepare graduates to move into a range of different industry roles including systems analysis, project management and web development.
  • Small class sizes encourage open discussion, debate and the exchange of ideas. 

The industry

The UK’s IT industry is worth £58 billion annually. With employment of IT professionals expected to grow nearly twice as fast as the UK average between now and 2020 (e-skills UK), it looks like demand for well-qualified information technology graduates is set to remain strong. 

The programme

Students studying information technology management here at Solent will have the opportunity to use the latest software and hardware in our dedicated computing and networking labs. These include our usability labs, which use eye tracking technology to test the functionality of digital platforms and the quality of the user experience.

Students will also have the opportunity to use our devices lab, an area which contains a range of mobile devices for website and application testing.

Students are supported to develop a range of transferable skills throughout the course. These include project management, problem solving and analytical skills that empower students to work in a range of professional industries after graduation.

This degree also offers students a range of optional units in their second and third year of study. This helps learners to tailor their degree to their research interests or an area of the industry they would like to progress into after graduation.

The course team have a strong network of industry contacts. This has enabled past students to work on live briefs and case studies as part of the curriculum. Students are also encouraged to seek work experience placements each summer - previous students have found placements at IBM, NATS and Accenture.

The end of year show gives information technology students the chance to showcase their final projects to the public. Employers are also invited to attend, and past students have successfully gained work placements and employment opportunities as a result of the event.

Next steps

Think a career in information technology might be for you? With ample opportunities to hone your skills using our industry-standard facilities, Southampton Solent’s professionally accredited information technology management programme can help you develop the skills you’ll need to succeed.

Have you got a question about applying?

Email: ask@solent.ac.uk
Chris Smith
"Students displayed a very high standard of work in a variety of disciplines, completing an impressive set of projects."
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UCAS codes

Full-time

  • 4 Years Technology Foundation Year I202
  • 3 Years Standard entry I200

Placement (480 credit course)

  • 5 Years Technology Foundation Year I201
  • 4 Years Standard entry I203

Typical entry requirements

2016 entry
200 UCAS Tariff points

2017 entry - New UCAS Tariff
80 UCAS Tariff points

 

 

Year one:

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Core units

  • Systems Analysis and Design
  • Introduction to Databases
  • Internet Technology
  • Introduction to Programming and Problem Solving
  • Event-driven Programming
  • Introduction to Professional Practice
  • Business Information Management.

Year two:

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Core units

  • Graduate and Professional Development
  • Information Systems Design
  • Human-Digital Interaction Design
  • Analytics and Financial Analysis
  • Project and Event Management.

Options

  • Developing for the Internet 
  • Curriculum Plus (which includes areas such as Languages and Entrepreneurship).

Year three:

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Core units

  • Project (double unit)
  • Software Requirements Project Management
  • Managing the Electronic Enterprise.

Options

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Web Application Development
  • Decision Support Systems and Business Intelligence
  • Curriculum Plus (which includes Languages or Entrepreneurship).

Teaching, learning and assessment

Most units are taught in small class-based sessions, usually in IT labs. You’ll prepare for classes and activities through individual directed learning.

This format allows for relaxed, informal teaching where staff and students can discuss and debate, encouraging more active engagement with the material and allowing for individual feedback.

In the final year of the course you’ll undertake your own individual project, supported by an assigned tutor.

Work experience
Students undertaking the optional work placement variant of the course will find a suitable work placement between years two and three, with support from the course team.

Recent placements have been with IBM, Roland Berger, Accenture, local authorities, Visa, NATS and GSK, as well as many small companies.

Assessment
Presentations, practical work, time-constrained assignments, written assignments and group work. There are very few formal examinations

Our facilities

You’ll have access to the latest software and hardware in our IT laboratories, plus a specialised usability lab featuring eye-tracking technology. Students also learn to program robotic devices such as robotic arms and drones. As well as online emulators, you’ll have access to our devices lab, a special test area consisting of a range of real mobile devices mounted on flexible tethers, allowing you to test your web sites and apps on real equipment with confidence.

Study abroad

Students have the opportunity to study abroad on the Erasmus programme for part or all of the second year.

For more information, see www.solent.ac.uk/exchange

If you're a non-UK student studying at an EU university, the Erasmus programme gives you the chance to come to the UK and study IT management units at Southampton Solent for between three months and a full academic year.

University students from non-EU countries can also spend a semester or academic year studying at Southampton Solent through our Study Abroad programme.

Web-based learning

Solent’s virtual learning environment provides online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

Meet the Team

Course team members have wide-ranging experience of computing, computer systems databases, data analysis, web development and software engineering in the business environment.

UCAS codes

Full-time

  • 4 Years Technology Foundation Year I202
  • 3 Years Standard entry I200

Placement (480 credit course)

  • 5 Years Technology Foundation Year I201
  • 4 Years Standard entry I203

What do we offer?

From a vibrant city centre campus to our first class facilities, this is where you can find out why you should choose Solent.

Graduates of this course are well placed for a wide range of management and IT roles, including IT project manager, IT recruitment consultant, solutions manager, infrastructure officer, information officer, IT officer and strategic IT advisor.

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • System analysis
  • Business analysis
  • Project management
  • Marketing    
  • Event management 
  • Web development.

 

Links with industry

The course maintains links with employers and industry through placements and live brief-based assessments embedded within the curriculum, while industry liaison panels inform course design and development.

BCS meetings are regularly hosted at the University, and you’ll be encouraged to attend and build your professional connections.

Students have the opportunity to take part in competitions such as the University Business Challenge, and we also encourage and support you to gain industry experience during holidays, or develop your final-year project in conjunction with industry. Our Solent Creatives agency also gives you a chance to gain experience on real-life projects.

Transferable skills

The course’s business units are focused on developing widely applicable skills in communication, project management, teamwork and presentation, while you’ll also build your problem-solving and analytical skills through your IT studies and the specialised Introduction to Professional Practice and Graduate and Professional Development units.

Two business computing graduates talk about how their courses prepared them to work at Clevertouch

 

Key facts

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Location of study: East Park Terrace

Study mode: Full-time, Placement (480 credit course)

The course is accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS), the Chartered Institute for IT.

Entry requirements

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UCAS have updated their tariff points for 2017 entry. Please click here for more information.

200 points (for 2016 entry) or 80 points (for 2017 entry) from:

  • A Levels including minimum Grade D excluding General Studies and Key Skills, a BTEC Extended Diploma at MMP or BTEC Diploma at DM or equivalent.
  • Direct entry to the second year may be offered to holders of an HND or HNC in an appropriate subject
  • Alternative entry to this course is available through the Technology Foundation Year or the International Foundation Year.

Note: if you're interested in computer programming and software development rather than using IT as a business tool, consider our BSc (Hons) Computing or BSc (Hons) Software Engineering courses.

We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds. Applicants who are not in possession of the minimum entry requirements but are able to demonstrate aptitude, enthusiasm and motivation will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview and/or portfolio. Please contact us for further details.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 19 in each individual component- TOEFL is only valid for EU students
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.

Note to all international students requiring a visa:

All international applicants need to be aware that the English language requirements to attend Southampton Solent University, and the English language requirements to obtain a visa from the Home Office, may be different. This means that if you meet the Southampton Solent University language requirement to gain a place on the course, you may still have to meet additional requirements to be granted with a visa by the Home Office.

We strongly advise all applicants to visit the Home Office website which outlines all the requirements for a successful visa application and to take a look at this PDF document which outlines both Solent University and Home Office requirements for a number of language tests.  

Non-standard entry

If you do not have these qualifications or are unsure of your eligibility please contact the University using the contact details found at the top of this page.

Costs involved

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Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2016/2017 academic year are:

UK and EU full-time fees: £9,000 per year

International full-time fees: £11,000 per year

UK and EU placement year fees: £1,350

International placement year fees: £1,500

Graduation costs 

Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2015, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £42 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost.

For more details, please visit: www.solent.ac.uk/studying/graduation/home.aspx

Bursaries and scholarships

Southampton Solent University offers a range of scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our scholarships page to find out more.

How to apply

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Any student applying for the first year of a full-time/sandwich undergraduate course must apply through UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service). This includes mature, overseas and EU students.

Nearly all schools and colleges offer their students the facility of applying electronically through the UCAS website using 'Apply'; it may also be used by those applying independently in the UK and overseas. This facility and all course information can be found on the UCAS website: www.ucas.com.

Your application should reach UCAS by January if you hope to enter a course the following autumn. Early application is advised for the most popular subject areas. Late applications may be made until June. The UCAS Code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

Student support and services

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Student welfare

Southampton Solent University is committed to giving you the best possible educational experience during your time with us. As such we have a number of support services and policies set up covering funding, careers and employability, chaplaincy, counselling, international advice, student affairs, key academic skills, disability support and general student advice. Find out more about our approach to student welfare.

University facilities

You will have access to a modern, comfortable and efficient environment in which to study, following our extensive refurbishment and modernisation over recent years. Some key facilities include Mountbatten library, a wide variety of sports and watersports facilities, plus superb IT and media facilities. Find out more about our first-class facilities here.

Living in Southampton

Southampton is a vibrant student city and studying at Solent means that you will be at the very heart of the action. Find out more about being a student in Southampton.

Solent Students’ Union

Run by students for students, Solent Students’ Union is a key part of any student’s time at Solent. Visit the Students’ Union website for more information.

 

UCAS codes

Full-time

  • 4 Years Technology Foundation Year I202
  • 3 Years Standard entry I200

Placement (480 credit course)

  • 5 Years Technology Foundation Year I201
  • 4 Years Standard entry I203



 

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