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About the course

Are you hoping to start a career in information technology? This British Computer Society accredited degree will show you how information technology helps to support modern businesses as they strive to accomplish their strategic priorities. You’ll also learn a range of essential business and management skills which are vital for an exciting and challenging career in IT.

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.

Southampton Solent University also operates a devices lab - an area which contains a range of mobile devices for website and application testing.

Successful students will have the opportunity to gain an Oracle certification alongside their degree. This shows employers that they possess proven skills and opens up the door to further certification through the ‘Oracle University’ programme.

Business information technology at Southampton Solent University has a strong focus on employability. This means that the curriculum is designed to equip students with skills that are relevant to employers. Students are also encouraged to take part in placements in their third year of study, or during their summer breaks.

Placement year Additional qualification Professional accreditation Foundation year available Specialist facilities January start available Further studies

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.

What does this course lead to?

The degree provides graduates with a diverse set of business and IT skills that are applicable across a range of corporate IT environments. It also explores how IT can benefit the performance of a company – making it more efficient in terms of time, resources, cash and manpower. Previous students have entered careers with companies such as NATS, Goldman Sachs, Softech, BT, Estee Lauder, NOCS and Saatchi & Saatchi.

Who is this course for?

This course is ideally-suited to those looking to pursue a career in information technology to support organisations across a number of sectors.

The course balances technical computing skills with areas such as project management and decision-making, ideal for those who wish to boost their technical skills with business knowledge. 

Facts and figures

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UCAS codes

Full Time

  • 3 Years Standard Entry G593
  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year G5Q3
  • 4 Years Computing Foundation Year I20I
  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year (Jan Start) N190

Placement (480 credit course)

  • 5 Years Computing Foundation Year 22II
  • 4 Years Standard Entry G562
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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2017/2018 academic year are:
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £9,250 per year

Whilst these inflationary fee increases in tuition fees and student support loans have been announced by the Minister, they are still subject to formal parliamentary approval.

The international tuition fees for the 2017/18 academic year are:
International full-time fees: £11,000 per year 

The 2017/18 placement year fees are:
UK, EU and Channel Island placement year fees: £1,385
International placement year fees: £1,545

Bursaries and scholarships

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


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Key entry requirements

112 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • A minimum of two A Levels including minimum Grade D excluding General Studies and Key Skills, a BTEC Extended Diploma at DMM or BTEC Diploma at D*D* or equivalent.
  • Alternative entry to this course is available through the Computing Foundation Year or the International Foundation Year.
  • Direct entry to year two may be offered to holders of an HND or HNC in an appropriate subject.
  • 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.
  • The course is also available on a flexible learning basis, studying between 40 and 100 CATS points per year from units available on the timetable.

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.


100%

of students have been able to access general IT resources when needed

Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team:

ask@solent.ac.uk 023 8201 3039

How to apply

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.

How to apply

What you'll study

Year one

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

Year two

Core units
  • Information Systems Design
  • Enterprise Database Development
  • Analytics and Financial Analysis
  • Developing for the Internet
  • Graduate and Professional Development

Options

  • Human-Digital Interaction Design
  • Curriculum Plus

Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.

Year three

Core units
  • Project (double unit)
  • Decision Support Systems and Business Intelligence
  • Software Requirements Project Management

Options

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Web Application Development
  • Data Science
  • Internet of Things
  • Curriculum Plus

Please note: Not all optional units are guaranteed to run each year.

Support

Web-based learning

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

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support

Key figures

5%

Written exams

63%

Assessment by coursework

32%

Practical exams

Meet the course team

Jennifer Muskett academic profile Jennifer Muskett Head of Subject View profile

The university cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.

Facilities

You’ll have access to the latest software and hardware in our dedicated IT laboratories, and access to our specialised user-experience lab featuring eye-tracking technology. Students can also get hands-on with robotic devices including robot arms and drones to learn about data flow language, and have access to our devices lab. The devices lab is a test area integrated within one of our existing software development spaces, giving students the chance to ‘field test’ their websites and apps on real mobile and tablet devices, as well as through online emulators.

Southampton Solent University host regular British Computer Society (BCS) events featuring external industry speakers and students have the opportunity to showcase their final year project to industry employers at an end of year degree show.

Your future

This lucrative and specialist industry is searching for graduates with the skills and know-how to support growth and innovation. What better time to be working in business IT?

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Business analyst
  • Project manager
  • Web developer
  • System analyst.

85%

of students go on to work and/or study six months after finishing the course

85%

of those students are in a professional or managerial job

Industry links

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 course benefits from Solent’s extensive links with the business community. Recent guest speakers have included representatives of British Gas and Enterprise Rent-a-Car.

Industry liaison panels inform course design and development; we also encourage and support you to gain industry experience during holidays, or to develop your final-year project in conjunction with industry. Students then have the opportunity to showcase their final year project to industry employers at an end of year degree show.

You’ll have the opportunity to take part in competitions such as the Microsoft Imagine Cup. Students have also been involved in industry projects through our Solent Creatives agency, as well as the Wessex Round Table of Inventors.

Placements

A recent Confederation of British Industry (CBI) report emphasised the demand for graduates with relevant work experience, and the work placement variant of the course provides exactly that.

Placement students will have extensive support in finding a suitable position between years two and three, as well as guidance on carrying out their placement.

Past students have obtained placements in the local region and further afield, including at leading marketing automation consultancy Clevertouch.

Graduate stories

Ben's story

Ben Ford - Graduate

I'm doing user-experience design for all of the advertising and digital work at Saatchi & Saatchi, working with clients such as Toyota, Red Bull, Cravendale and most recently Asda and HSBC. My day-to-day activities include creating wireframes, prototypes, user personas, user journeys and sitemaps, amongst some little front-end development jobs too!

The vast majority of the things I'm doing at work were learnt from my experience at Solent and studying business IT. My role is very much based around my knowledge of how users use systems and websites and then applying that knowledge to design or modify websites and systems. The experience I gained from my time in the usability lab has been a blessing, and the human-digital interaction design and information systems design modules have certainly helped me move up the ladder within the company in a short amount of time.

I definitely feel that the range of modules that I studied in business IT has also helped me along the way. It's really helped to understand the different roles within the company, like project managers, account managers, back-end developers and front-end developers - and I can liaise with these guys with ease as I understand most of the things they're talking about!

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