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Information and Communication Technology BSc (Hons)

Information and Communication Technology draws on a wide range of academic disciplines, with a focus on understanding organisational, technical and business problems and searching for appropriate solutions in a global information and communication technology (ICT) environment.
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Overview

This course will provide you with the knowledge and technical skills necessary to create coherent information and communication technology (ICT) solutions and services.

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be part of a new generation of graduates with specialist ICT skills, which are widely applicable across most organisations. You will also attain leading project management qualifications in Prince 2 (Project Management) and ITIL Foundation (IT Service Management).

The course concentrates on developing your ability to understand a client’s needs for information, systems and services, analysing their business, services and technology requirements and assembling the hardware, software and people resources to respond appropriately.

Technically, the emphasis is on the overall design of information systems, the creation of tailored web front-ends for systems and the linking of systems and resources together to create coherent ICT solutions and services. There is also a focus on the continuous delivery of quality ICT services within the organisation from a management point of view.

Reasons to study Information and Communication Technology at De Montfort University (DMU):

  • DMU has achieved Gold, the highest ranking possible under the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)
    Indicating the outstanding learning and teaching on offer at DMU. [Office for Students, 2017]
  • Incredible graduate success
    Our previous graduates have been working for companies such as Capita, Samsung and Leicestershire City Council Gain an industry recognised skillset study towards a recognised qualification such as PRINCE2 project management and Information Technology Information Library (ITIL)
  • Academic Expertise

    Over 50 years of computing experience this long-standing history allows us to draw on research and academic expertise allowing us to inform our teaching. Our experts are researching at the forefront  of ICT, you will learn specialist skills which are widely applicable across most organisations, allowing you to enter a wide range of IT roles once you graduate

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    Specialist facilities
    Our high-specification computing laboratories contain an advanced network of Windows and Linux workstations with multi-boot capabilities, helping you to develop your practical and professional skills
  • Dedicated work Placements
    Enhance your practical and professional skills, with recent placements undertaken at GlaxoSmithKline, Customer Service Direct and Northamptonshire NHS Provider Services
  • Enjoy an international experience with DMU Global
    We offer all students the opportunity to take part in a DMU Global, which can enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons. Previous DMU Global trips have included New York, Berlin, Hong Kong, China, Canada, Japan, South Africa, Russia and Italy to name a few.

 

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"I gained many skills from this course and in general at DMU and my confidence also grew from being part of such a great environment. The lecturers I had were brilliant – they were all so passionate about their subject, it made the modules even more interesting."

Amy White, Information and Communication Technology BSc (Hons) graduate

 

Graduate success and news

DMU student secures work placement with global IT giant

Placement students make digital difference in Beaumont Leys

DMU graduates picked by tech giant IBM to be among first staff of new multimillion pound Leicester base

 

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Foundation Year in Computing

 

This course is subject to revalidation.

  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: HG64

Duration: Three years full-time, four years with placement

Fees and funding: For 2020/21 tuition fees will be £9,250

Find out more about tuition fees and available funding.

Find out about additional costs and optional extras.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Key facts for international students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: HG64

Duration: Three years full-time, four years with placement

Fees and funding: For 2020/21 tuition fees will be £14,250

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Find out about additional costs and optional extras.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Entry criteria


  • Five GCSEs at grade C or above, including English and Mathematics or equivalent, plus one of the following:
  • Normally 104 UCAS points from at least two A-levels or equivalent or
  • BTEC National Diploma/ Extended Diploma at DMM or
  • Pass in the QAA accredited Access to HE. English and MathematicsGCSE required as a separate qualification as equivalency is not accepted within the Access qualification. We will normally require students to have had a break from full-time education before undertaking the Access course or
  • International Baccalaureate: 24+ points
  • Foundation Year in Computing: Pass Foundation, and progression is at the discretion of the programme leader. Refer to the Foundation team for further guidance. 

Portfolio Required: No

Interview Required: No

We welcome applications from mature students with non-standard qualifications and recognise all other equivalent and international qualifications

UCAS Tariff changes

Students applying for courses starting in September will be made offers based on the latest UCAS Tariff. Find out more.

 

English language

If English is not your first language then an IELTS score of 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each component (or equivalent) is essential.

English Language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning, is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.


 

Structure and assessment

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessments

 

 

First year

  • Introduction to ICT
  • Information Systems Development
  • Visual Web Development
  • Mathematics and Business Management
  • Devices and Networks

Second year

  • Management of ICT
  • IT Service Management
  • Systems Thinking
  • Project Management and Development
  • Database Design
  • Introduction to Research

Third year

Core modules:

  • Final Year Project
  • Computing Ethics and Privacy
  • IT Service Foundations
  • IT Service Practice

Optional modules:

  • Systems Building: Methods
  • Database Management and Programming
  • Data Mining
  • Big Data and Business Models
  • Project Management PRINCE 2
  • Research Methods

You will be taught by experts who are experienced in the areas of ICT professionalism, services and software practice. Teaching takes place through sessions in state-of-the-art computing laboratories, tutorials, lectures and self-directed study.

In the first year, you will develop your skills and understanding of information system design, business IT and the creative employment of visual web and internet technologies. You will also develop business information presentations and gain an understanding of the social and technical components of ICT. 

 

The second year focuses in more detail on business ICT and methods of rapidly developing information systems. You will also explore the management of ICT in organisations. 

The final year develops your analytical, reporting and presentation skills with a practical project that tackles a business problem of ICT delivery, implementation or support.

You will normally attend around 12-16 hours of timetabled taught sessions each week, and are expected to undertake at least 24 further hours of directed independent study and assignments as required.

 

 

Facilities and features

Computer Science Laboratories

The Computer Science laboratories in Gateway House provide 100 computer workstations for students to use. The space is divided into four interconnected laboratories each with 20 machines (20 HP PCs running Windows/Linux).

There are printing facilities available, internal network access and digital projectors to aid in teaching. All the machines are connected via the Faculty of Technology network to a dedicated, high-performance file server for storage and backup of students' work. Many of the software packages are open source which means students can download and run software at home.

The Computer Science laboratories include a study space area, in which you can work individually or in groups.

Campus Centre

The home of  De Montfort Students' Union, (DSU) our Campus Centre offers a welcoming and lively hub for student life. Conveniently located at the heart of campus, it includes a convenience store, a Subway and a Starbucks. Here you can find the DSU-owned charitable accommodation service Sulets and DSU’s shop, SUpplies, selling art supplies, stationery and clothing, and printing and binding services. The building is also home to the DSU officer team. 

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Opportunities and careers

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Graduate Careers

You will graduate with the knowledge and expertise to pursue a variety of ICT roles within public sector, private sector and voluntary organisations. Examples of suitable roles include: IT project manager, IT services manager, project analyst, IT infrastructure manager, project coordinator and operations manager.

Our graduates are highly sought after due to their diverse-skills set and specialist ICT knowledge. Graduates are also well positioned to continue their academic careers by embarking on postgraduate study, in either research or taught areas, which offers the opportunity for further specialisation and enhances their existing skills.

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#DMUglobal

Our innovative international experience programme DMU Global aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons, helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.

Through DMU Global, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK-based activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.

While overseas DMU Global opportunities are not currently possible, DMU will continue to review government advice and if travel is permitted, we hope to offer a small number of extra-curricular opportunities in the summer of 2021. 

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Placements

Placements can enhance your career prospects and give you the chance to use theory from the classroom in a real-world scenario before you have graduated.

Technology's dedicated Placement Team provides support to all of our students looking to integrate a placement within their university career on both undergraduate degrees and postgraduate masters programmes. The placement unit will help you search for placement opportunities, create and refine your CV and interview approach, and offer any advice you need to find a great placement. Our placement students have worked for a range of organisations from small business through to multinational companies across the world including GlaxoSmithKline, TNT and Caterpillar.

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We offer a range of high-standard accommodation for our students, with 13 halls of residence and around 4,100 rooms, all of which are a short distance from our campus. There is a choice of mixed or same-gender flats, shared kitchen and laundry facilities, furnished bedrooms (some with en suite facilities) and internet access. Find out more.

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Run by students for students, DSU offers more than 150 societies and almost 40 different sports clubs. You can also get involved in the award-winning Demon Media group, volunteer to help in the community, become a course or faculty rep, and take part in DSU’s annual elections. Find out more.

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Studying here gives easy access to the vibrant hub of entertainment, shopping and culture that is Leicester. There are clubs, bars and pubs, as well as festivals, live music, theatres and cinemas. Leicester City Football Club play in the Premier League while Leicester Tigers are one of Europe’s biggest rugby clubs. Find out more.

 
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