BSc (Hons)

Information and Communications Technology

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  • UCAS code(s): GH56 / 350X
  • Level(s) of study: Undergraduate
  • Study mode(s): Sandwich / Full-time
  • Location: Clifton Campus
  • Starting: September 2019
  • Course duration: 4 / 3 year(s)
  • Entry requirements: More information

New personal communication devices and smart networks are changing the way we live, work and interact. This information and communication technology degree focuses on modern system-orientated computing applications and provides you with the opportunity to become a leading expert within this field.

This course is designed to provide a broad and solid introduction to modern system-orientated ICT applications, such as those employed in the expanding fields of:

  • mobile communications
  • mobile computing
  • wireless networking
  • rich media technologies.

New personal communication devices and smart networks will change the way we live, work and interact. By studying this course you have the chance to become a leading expert within this field.

Why choose this course?

  • It is accredited by the BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT to Chartered IT Professional (CITP) status. Recent research shows that professionals with BCS' CITP are the top earners in the UK IT industry.
  • You will have access to modern facilities.
  • This course shares a common first year allowing you the flexibility to review your pathway once you've started studying.
  • There's the opportunity for a year-long paid work placement, recent examples have included Hewlett Packard and Siemens.
  • Our student work can be ground-breaking and innovative, and consistently attracts industry attention.
  • You will work with our highly regarded academics, who are active in a broad range of research areas, achieving 80% world-leading or internationally excellent research impact (REF 2014).

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What you'll study

This cluster of Information Technology courses has the greatest breadth. It covers the following subjects to varying degrees of depth:

  • networking and communications technology
  • business and information systems
  • interactive / multimedia development.

By sharing a common first year of study, you have the option to review your course and change your pathway at the end of your first year. Other courses within this cluster include:

What's included in the course fees?

Your course fees cover all the facilities and support you need to succeed. This includes the following:

  • You will have access to extensive computing facilities, some available twenty-four hours a day and including technician support.
  • You will have dedicated online storage to support backup of work.
  • You will have access to Microsoft Academic Alliance membership, which gives you free copies of all Microsoft developer software including operating systems, Visio and Project.
  • As one of our students, you will be able to join the Oracle Academic Initiative as an individual member and get free database software.
  • Students are able to register for a free personal copy of 3D Studio Max.
  • Extensive equipment is available to loan for coursework and project work. For example, you can borrow cameras and phones.
  • We offer extensive free training software including tutorials on 3D Studio Max, Flash, Photoshop, TCP/IP Packet analysis, Java, Javascript, HTML5, and Oracle.
  • Most major software is available across the campus machines, including Adobe Master Collection Suite.

Who will teach me?

We have 35 full-time academic teaching staff in Computing and Technology. Our students and staff have excellent support from our four dedicated technicians. We are very proud to have achieved 80% world-leading or internationally excellent research impact (REF 2014).

Much of our research is internationally recognised, particularly in the areas of Games for Learning and in Security. For example, Prof David Brown leads several projects, funded by the European Union, in games and assistive technology while Prof Paul Evans’ innovative developments in security are supported by USA Dept of Homeland Security.

We engage fully in our subject area and this engagement feeds directly and indirectly into our teaching. Other examples of our activity are:

  • developing patents (for example, in voice signal processing)
  • involvement in the GameCity Festival
  • organising conferences on Interactive Technology and Games and on Intelligent Environments
  • working with local companies on funded projects e.g. enhancing the capability of the press association to search their image database
  • publishing novel findings in research publications on for example financial prediction, mobile communications, detection of human behaviour patterns.

Visit our academic team pages to find out more about our approach to teaching, our partners and research interests.

For information on International student support or to see our academic term times please visit our International Students' pages.

Learn a new language

Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have.

Learning a new language can:

  • enhance your communication skills
  • enrich your experience when travelling abroad
  • boost your career prospects.

Find out more about the ULP.

  • Year One

    Foundation in Computing and Technology

    This module has four strands, including programming and technical aspects which introduce you to the fundamentals of writing computer programs, as well as numeracy and website development.

    Web-based Programming

    Understand programming for web-based applications, problem analysis and the procedures for program design, as well as using scripting languages.

    Internet Technology

    Study the principles of interface design, including issues associated with phone and tablet development, accessibility, web standards and how content can be separated from layout.

    System Analysis and Design (SAD) with Professional Development

    Introducing you to the fundamental principles of SAD, this module will give you a working knowledge of the key systems development methodologies, techniques and tools.

  • Year Two

    Communications Technologies

    Analyse and test communication technology applications and understand their constraints and limitations.

    Internet Applications Development

    Design and produce a static or dynamic website suitable for both desktop and mobile platforms which may contain complex scripted components.

    Interface Technology and Design

    Understand modern human-computer interface technologies and the principles of effective interface design. Learn about the limitations and capabilities.

    Rich Media Technology

    Develop your knowledge of and skills in ICT multimedia applications via a detailed study of high bandwidth audio-video transmission for the delivery of rich media content.

    Understanding the IT Industry

    Enhance your employability by increasing your awareness of the technological, social and economic factors driving the IT industry.

    Practical Project Management and Professional Development

    Continued professional development and lifelong learning are important to your future career. Through this module you’ll improve your time and project management skills, presentations and report writing.

  • Year Three

    Optional work placement year.

  • Final year

    Project

    Investigate problems in computing, implement solutions, critically evaluate and reflect on your work, and develop your abilities to communicate, self-organise and manage.

    Wireless and Mobile Communications

    Continuing from Year Two’s Communications Technologies module, you’ll study and examine a range of current and emerging wireless communication systems and their applications.

    Mobile Platform Development

    Explore the requirements, capabilities and constraints of a variety of mobile platform technologies and consider how they can be used to build systems that are outside the traditional desktop paradigm.

    Advanced Imaging and Display Technology

    Study the critical elements of 2D and 3D image capture and display systems including operational requirements.

    Optional modules – choose from one of the following:

    Security Technologies

    Introduces fundamental principles of security and provides you with some core technologies of information security, which are extensively used in both industry and academia.

    Business Analysis

    Understand the design and operation of business systems and investigate the principles, role and practice of business modelling as it’s applied to business operations.

    Information Systems Management

    Learn how to manage the build and deployment of enterprise and Internet information systems in small to medium organisations.

    Serious Games

    Examine the use of computers for teaching, focusing particularly on virtual reality and multimedia systems in the development and application of games for learning.

    Communicating Science and Technology

    This module will be of interest to you if you are considering a career in teaching and / or want to develop your portfolio of transferable skills.

Course specification

View the full course specification
Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

How you’re taught

How will I learn?

Your scheduled contact time in lectures and seminars will be around 12 hours per week. These will be held on Clifton Campus. Lectures are spread across various buildings on campus, including Erasmus Darwin and Mary Ann Evans buildings.

See our Clifton Campus maps and travel information.

  • Coursework and practical (assignments, dissertation, group projects, oral presentations, laboratory exercises and reports)
  • Written (exams, written tests)

Assessment methods

Year 1 - coursework (83%) and written (17%)

Year 2 - coursework (85%) and written (15%)

Year 3 - coursework (75%) and written (25%)

A placement year may be taken between year 2 and year 3 of study

Contact hours

A full-time student on average can expect to spend 1200 hours a year learning which will typically be broken down as follows:

Year 1 - lectures/seminars/workshops (27%) and independent study (73%)

Year 2 - lectures/seminars/workshops (24%) and independent study (76%)

Year 3 - lectures/seminars/workshops (21%) and independent study (79%)

A placement year may be taken between year 2 and year 3 of study

Careers and employability

Your career development

As one of our students you will be well equipped for a wide range of technology-based careers and may follow both technical and managerial paths in any area of industry or business. Our graduates have become:

  • designers
  • practitioners
  • support services
  • analysts
  • consultants
  • managers.

Our recent Computing and Technology graduates have gone onto work in the following roles and companies:

Many graduates also choose to undertake further study on one of our Masters-level courses or MPhil and PhD research degrees.

What our students say

The BSc (Hons) Information and Communications Technology degree showed me what careers are available in the IT industry. I took part in the Students in Classrooms voluntary scheme and realised that I wanted to pursue teaching. I am currently training to be a secondary school ICT teacher, studying a PGCE at NTU.

Emily Holt – BSc (Hons) Information and Communications Technology

Graduated 2011

Excellent placement opportunities

After the second year, you will have the opportunity to undertake a year's work placement in industry. This will give you the chance to gain vital experience and put your knowledge into practice. Recent placement salaries have ranged from £12,000 to £30,000 and many students impress their placement employers so much they are offered jobs upon graduation.

Our students have secured work placements in companies and in roles such as:

What our students say

NTU have been brilliant. From very early on in my degree the concept of doing a placement was introduced. The dedicated Placement Office really helped, and I doubt I would have a placement without them!

"The placement has given me a true insight into the ‘real-world’. It’s a brilliant experience; the placement provides a chance to see what the future could hold and a chance to earn some money. It sits on your CV, making you more employable when you graduate, and makes you stand out when the competition is tough.

Andy Cooper, BSc (Hons) Information and Communications Technology
Placement: HSBC Technology Services Europe

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • A-levels – BBC, including an IT or Science subject grade C OR
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DMM, including relevant IT or Science modules OR
  • 112 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications, including an A-level grade C equivalent in IT or Science subject AND
  • GCSEs – English and Maths grade C/4.

Applicants without A-levels will have their qualifications assessed for subject compatibility. We also consider equivalent qualifications and combinations. Please see UCAS Course Search for more details.

What are we looking for?

  • A-levels – BBC, including an IT or Science subject grade C OR
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DMM, including relevant IT or Science modules OR
  • 112 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications, including an A-level grade C equivalent in IT or Science subject AND
  • GCSEs – English and Maths grade C/4.

Applicants without A-levels will have their qualifications assessed for subject compatibility. We also consider equivalent qualifications and combinations. Please see UCAS Course Search for more details.

International qualifications

We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our UG and PG degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.

English language entry requirements

If English is not your first language you need to show us that your language skills are strong enough for intensive academic study. We usually ask for an IELTS test and we accept some alternative English language tests.

  • For a list of our language requirements please visit our English language page.
  • If you need to do a pre-sessional English language course to meet the English requirements please visit our pre-sessional English course page.

Help and support

If you have any questions about your qualifications or about making an application to the University please contact our International Team for advice.

How to apply

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

Writing your application and personal statement

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. So include all of your qualifications and grades, including resits or predicted grades.

Your personal statement is a really important part of your application. It’s your chance to convince us why we should offer you a place! You’ve got 4,000 characters to impress us. Make sure you use them to show how your skills and qualities are relevant to the course(s) you’re applying for. For more hints and tips, take a look at our page on how to write a good personal statement.

Keeping up-to-date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU on our Your Application page. Good luck with your application!

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

You can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year. If you are applying to more than one UK university you must apply through UCAS.

Apply as early as you can so that you have time to prepare for your studies. If you need a visa to study here you need to plan this into your application.

  • For a step-by-step guide on making an application to the University please visit our how to apply page.
  • For advice on applying for a visa please visit our visa information page.
  • For advice on how to write a good personal statement please visit our personal statement page.

Keeping up-to-date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Good luck with your application!

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Further information on how to apply

Need help with your application?
For admissions related enquiries please contact us:
Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 4200

Fees and funding

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service on telephone +44 (0)115 848 2494.

What do the course fees cover?

All mandatory costs for the course are covered in the course fee. In addition, most study modules will recommend one or more core textbooks, which most students choose to purchase. Book costs vary between courses and further information is available in the University’s bookshop. A good supply of these essential textbooks are available in the University libraries which students can easily borrow or access directly whilst studying in the library.

Students may choose to apply for a placement option during their course. If successful, students will be expected to pay for accommodation, travel and living costs whilst on placement.

Students will also be required to pay additional costs for printing, poster preparation and final dissertation copies in their final year - estimated costs approximately £20 - £50.

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University.

What do the course fees cover?

All mandatory costs for the course are covered in the course fee. In addition, most study modules will recommend one or more core textbooks, which most students choose to purchase. Book costs vary between courses and further information is available in the University’s bookshop. A good supply of these essential textbooks are available in the University libraries which students can easily borrow or access directly whilst studying in the library.

Students may choose to apply for a placement option during their course. If successful, students will be expected to pay for accommodation, travel and living costs whilst on placement.

Students will also be required to pay additional costs for printing, poster preparation and final dissertation copies in their final year - estimated costs approximately £20 - £50.

While we aim to keep any extra study costs to a minimum, please see our page on additional costs and optional extras to find out about any additional expenses you may incur on your course.

Still need help?

Science and Technology course enquiries
+44 (0)115 848 8351