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 SQA Standard Grade English and Maths (Grade 3 or above).
  • GCE A-Levels: BC plus GCSE English and Maths.
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 24 points.
Standard Entry Criteria
    All applicants are expected to meet, as a minimum, our standard entry criteria available:
  • 5 subject passes to include 2 at GCE A Level, or an appropriate award of AQA, EdExcel, OCR or 5 subject passes to include 3 at Higher (C or above) for Irish Leaving Certificate or SQA. We will accept Welsh Baccalaureate qualification as being equivalent to 1 A Level.
  • evidence of proficiency in Mathematics and English, usually at least at SQA Standard Grade 1, 2 or 3 or GCSE Grade A, B, or C, or equivalent
  • In addition to standard qualifications, we will also consider other combinations of qualifications and experience such as BTEC National diploma.
  • We welcome applications from mature students and will take into account any relevant work experience and professional training when making a decision on your application.
Entry may be possible with:
  • SQA Advanced Highers: AA (Maths), plus SQA Highers (AB) in 2 other subjects. Appropriate relevant computing qualification or experience required.
  • GCE A-Levels: A*AA (Maths) in one sitting. Appropriate relevant computing qualification or experience required.
  • BTEC Extended Diploma: DDM.
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: 38 points, to include Higher Level Maths (Grade 6) plus 2 other Higher Level subjects (Grade 6). IB Diploma must include Computer Science.
  • SQA HNC /BTEC Level 4 HNC : IT related subject.
Other qualifications, including Credit Accumulation and Transfer (CATS) points in relevant IT subjects and at the appropriate SCQF level (and equivalent) will also be considered for entry to Years 2 and 3. For example, Year 2: 120 CATS points in IT-related subjects; Year 3: 240 CATS points in IT-related subjects of which 90 points must be at SCQF Level 8, or equivalent).
  • SQA HND /BTEC Level 5 HND / Foundation Degree: IT related subject.
 Other qualifications, including Credit Accumulation and Transfer (CATS) points in relevant IT subjects and at the appropriate SCQF level (and equivalent) will also be considered for entry to Years 2 and 3. For example, Year 2: 120 CATS points in IT-related subjects; Year 3: 240 CATS points in IT-related subjects of which 90 points must be at SCQF Level 8, or equivalent).

Course content

A broad range of computing subjects, including internet technologies, multimedia systems, computer animation, music technology, computer games and business IT are offered. Students have access to all School of Computing programme 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 plus 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 programme is such that the topics and electives chosen will typically be a mixture of those that build upon Year 1 study and those that 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 the IT experience.

(Optional) Sandwich Placement 

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

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 of experience. Honours students must undertake a major personal project in a chosen area of interest relating to their studies.

Placement/Work-based learning

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

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 in this programme may provide the basis for a wide range of career options where the use of IT systems is of primary importance.



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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