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An IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each test component or an equivalent acceptable to the University. For further information on other acceptable qualifications click here
Computer Science, Computing Information Technology and Computer Games Development share a common core of modules in the first year, so students may therefore transfer between these courses at the end of first year, subject to meeting the normal progression requirements. Students who do not hold an A-level in Mathematics or Physics (or equivalent qualification) and wish to transfer to the Computer Games Development degree from either Computer Science or Computing and Information Technology will need to pass an additional Mathematics exam.
The Computing and Information Technology programme aims to give students a sound knowledge of information technology fundamentals and their application. This degree is ideal for students who are interested in all aspects of IT infrastructure specification maintenance and administration. This includes software development with a more web-based focus than the Computer Science degree.
The four-year degree programme (three years plus a placement year) will involve development of the applied computing, interpersonal, communication and IT skills necessary to develop, select, deliver, manage and maintain cutting-edge IT infrastructures and advanced IT systems.
The course contains the following themes:
Throughout the course there is an emphasis on user centredness and information assurance/security. The modules build progressively on each of these themes throughout the first two years. Students then undertake a full year’s paid placement, which is an opportunity both to practice the principles learned to date and to gain practical experience as an IT Professional.
Typically students will gain a Licentiateship of the City & Guilds from this period of work experience. Students then take their final year modules, including a major project, which pulls together many of the individual themes of the degree.
All students undertake a paid placement year in industry. The School has links with over 500 local, national and international organisations. Examples of companies where our students have spent their placements include Microsoft, Kainos, Bank of Ireland, Bank of Scotland and Belfast City Council to name just a few.
Typical roles for an IT Professional include design of IT architectures, integration of software and hardware products with organisational needs and infrastructure network administration and security, design of dynamic websites and development of multimedia resources, maintenance, upgrade and repair of computer assets and support of IT users. The course will also equip graduates to pursue research and further study within the IT academic discipline.