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The award
BSc (Hons)

How long you will study
3 years

Domestic course fees
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How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
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About Information and Communications Technology at The School of Science and Technology, Nottingham Trent University

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

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Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

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

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Notes about fees for this course

UK Fees

Once our 2018/19 fees have been set, they will be available on our fees and funding pages.

Getting in touch

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

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.

International Fees

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

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.

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

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.

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.

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