Information Technology

Information Technology
With opportunities for placement, the Information Technology course at University of the West of Scotland offers flexibility, giving you the option to tailor your studies around subject areas within information technology that you specifically want to focus on.

Entry Requirements

  • SQA Highers - BBB plus English and Maths at SQA Standard Grade 3 or above, Intermediate 2 or National 4.
  • GCE A-Levels: BC plus Mathematics and English at least at GCSE. 
  • Irish Leaving Certificate - BBB at Higher Level plus English and Maths at least at Ordinary Level.
  • Irish Leaving Certificate: BBB.
  • HNC - Admin & IT
  • SQA Advanced Highers - AB including Maths plus SQA Highers in 2 other subjects at AB plus English at least at SQA Standard Grade 3 or above, Intermediate 2 or National 4.
  • GCE A Levels - AA in one sitting including Maths plus GCSE English at C or above.
  • BTEC Extended Diploma - DDM in Computing: Technical Support, Multimedia Computing, Computing, Information Technology, Computer Networking or Computer Games Development.
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 38 points (to include 3 Higher subjects at 6 points including Mathematics and Computer Science). 
  • HNC - Computing: Technical Support, Multimedia Computing, Computing, Information Technology, Computer Networking or Computer Games Development.
  • HND - Admin & IT or Computing: Software Development.
  • HND - Computer Games Development, Computing, Computer Networking, Computing: Technical Support, Information Technology or Interactive Media with B in Graded Unit in year 2 of HND.

Course content

A broad range of computing subjects, including internet technologies, multimedia systems, computer animation, music technology, computer games and business IT are offered. You will have access to a range of computing facilities including Cisco hardware/software and Oracle (database development). There’s also the option to use the University’s IT Academy vendor-certified facilities enabling you to achieve vendor accreditation. It is possible to study on a full-time or part-time basis.

Year 1

You will study IT topics from a prescribed list and select from elective/optional modules. The prescribed list of modules is taken from a range of computing degrees. The modules are drawn from courses such as Computing, Computer Networking, Music Technology, Web and Mobile Development, Computer Animation, Computer Games Technology and Business Technology.

Year 2

The flexible nature of the course is such that the topics and electives chosen will typically be modules that build upon your first year of study and widen your experience.

Year 3

The IT topics and electives selected at this level will predominantly deepen your knowledge and understanding. However, there will be scope for widening your IT experience. Sandwich placement is an option at this stage.

Year 4 (Honours)

You will again study from a prescribed list of IT topics and electives. The additional electives will provide some scope for widening experience. Honours students will undertake a major project in a chosen area of interest relating to their studies.

Career prospects

As a graduate you can look forward to excellent career prospects. The practical approach featured throughout will enable you to make an effective and immediate contribution within your work environment. Jobs may include: computing/information technology specialist, computer programmer, web developer, database administrator or systems analyst, however, the range of IT experience gained on this course may provide the basis for a wide range of career options where the use of IT systems is of primary importance.

Placement opportunities

You may have the opportunity to study abroad while gaining credit towards your degree at one our 80 educational partner organisations.

Placement/Work-based learning

This course offers an optional 12-month paid sandwich placement in an industrial or commercial setting, providing practical experience to complement academic study.


  • School of Engineering and Computing


Start date(s)

  • September

Qualifications and durations

  • BSc - 3 Years
  • BSc (Sandwich) - 4 Years
  • BSc Hons - 4 Years
  • BSc Hons (Sandwich) - 5 Years
How to apply

UCAS codes

  • G502 A BSc/IT - Information Technology - Ayr
  • G502 D BSc/IT - Information Technology - Dumfries 
  • G502 H BSc/IT - Information Technology - Hamilton
  • G502 P BSc/IT - Information Technology - Paisley

Course contact

Linda Crearie
+44 (0)141 849 4101

Useful Information

  • For course availability, check UCAS

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