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The BSc (Hons) IT Systems and Applications course programme is for individuals who may be preparing for a new career in information technology or already working in IT and wanting to upgrade their skills and knowledge. The aim of this programme is to train graduates to keep up with technological advances and maintain a high standard of professional practice, while taking into account business needs and imperatives.
This industry-led course will develop visual event-driven programming skills and equip students with the knowledge and skills required to design and implement database-driven, web-based systems.
The BSc (Hons) IT Systems and Applications will provide a broad basis of knowledge and skills in IT, enabling students to develop software and design and maintain computer systems. There will be significant coverage of areas which are increasingly in demand such as cloud computing and virtualisation, and students will be equipped with knowledge and skills relevant to developing and supporting software on multiple platforms as well as providing support for ‘bring your own device’ (BYOD) approaches. Security, legal and ethical issues will be covered from multiple angles in each year of the programme. Industry qualifications such as Microsoft Server qualifications and ITIL will run alongside the modules where appropriate as a method of ensuring industry relevance and to provide added value to the course.
The course operates on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Most modules count for 20 academic credits, with each credit taken equating to a total study time of around 10 hours, which includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity.
Full-time students take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. A total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits are needed for an honours degree as a whole. Overall grades for the course and degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6.
Each module is worth a specified number of credits: you take a combination of compulsory and optional modules, enabling you to cover key subject knowledge while developing your own interests. The number of optional modules you can take depends on the number of core modules at a given level. Our teaching is informed by research, professional practice and industry engagement and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline.
Further information on current module content can be found on the University Centre Colchester website.
Assessment: The course provides you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally contains at least one piece of practice or ‘formative’ assessment for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark.
There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. Assessment methods include written examinations and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations and your final year major project. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.
Feedback: You will receive feedback on all practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor.
Qualified teacher status (QTS)
To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:
- Course does not award QTS
How to apply
If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:
15 January*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
Applicants applying from outside of the UK will need to provide evidence of their qualifications, English level and passport/visa documents. Colchester Institute requires applicants to have an English level of IELTS 6.0 (with Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking all being at least 5.5) for all of its courses.
|UCAS Tariff||80 points|
|A level||Achievement of 80 UCAS Tariff points from A-level study.|
|Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)||MMP|
|Access to HE Diploma||Achievement of a Pass mark from Access to HE Diploma.|
You will also need 4 GCSEs (A*-C/9-4) including English and Maths.
Additional entry requirements
English language requirements
|IELTS (Academic)||6.0||Colchester Institute requires applicants to have an English level of IELTS 6.0 (with Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking all being at least 5.5) for all of its courses.|
Fees and funding
|Channel Islands||£8,250||Year 1|
|Northern Ireland||£8,250||Year 1|