Information Technology (with Foundation Year)UCAS Code: Combined Honours only – see combinations tab|Duration: 4 years|Full Time|Hope Park|UCAS Campus Code: L46
Accredited|Work placement opportunities|International students can apply|Study Abroad opportunities
About the course
Information Technology is a rapidly changing and exciting subject. Organisations are increasingly relying on information technology to carry out key business functions. There is an explosion in the use of mobile devices to shop online and there is a high demand for skilled professionals who are able to effectively manage information systems. Well-designed software applications that are effective and usable is a crucial requirement for employers.
Our Information Technology degree prepares you to meet the needs of a wide range of organisations, emphasising the development of a variety of technologies, especially web and mobile technologies that are increasingly becoming a part of our everyday lives. During your studies, you will have opportunities to develop computational thinking and a systems approach to formulating, analysing and solving complex problems.
The degree is intellectually challenging and is taught by staff with a varied background and a diverse range of interests. Your student experience is enhanced by a rich curriculum that exposes you to multiple approaches to technological problems. Information Technology has a wide-reaching social impact, posing many ethical questions, and these issues are explored at various points during the degree.
Teaching on this degree is structured into lectures, where all students are taught together, seminars of smaller groups of around 15-20 students, and tutorials which typically have no more than 10 students.
For the Information Technology part of your Combined Honours degree, there are approximately 6 teaching hours each week, which reduces to approximately 5 teaching hours in your second and third years. On top of teaching hours, you are also expected to spend a number of hours studying independently each week, as well as studying in groups to prepare for any group assessments you may have.
Assessment and feedback
Throughout your studies, you will have a variety of assessments, including written exams, portfolios of tasks and activities, and practical coursework. Coursework is mainly project based, as this is the best way to develop the skills required in Information Technology. In your final year, you undertake a major research project that gives you the opportunity to demonstrate your skills in an area that interests you.
You will be given written feedback on your assessments, and you will have the opportunity to discuss this with your tutor in more detail.
The Foundation Year is a great opportunity if you have the ability and enthusiasm to study for a degree, but do not yet have the qualifications required to enter directly onto our degree programmes. A significant part of the Foundation Year focuses upon core skills such as academic writing at HE level, becoming an independent learner, structuring academic work, critical thinking, time management and note taking.
Successful completion of the Foundation Year will enable you to progress into the first year (Level C) of your chosen honours degree. Further details can be found here.
In your first year, you will develop the theoretical knowledge, problem solving and practical skills that underpin Information Technology. You study:
- Computing Principles & Professional Development: Professional Development prepares you for learning and study in an IT discipline and also introduces the fundamental practices, values and expectations of an IT professional. Computing principles introduces the fundamental aspects of computer systems.
- Database Technology: You will not only learn how to properly implement databases using SQL, but how to design them from first principles, from conceptual through logical, then normalisation and physical design. You will also learn the basics of newer database technologies, such as NoSQL.
In your second year, you will develop a broader understanding and knowledge of the theoretical and practical aspects of Information Technology, reflecting more specialist areas within the discipline. You study:
- Introduction to Software Engineering: You will learn in depth the principles of software development and being part of a team in industry. Java and C++ are used as vehicles for this, as well as Unified Modeling Language (UML) for designing projects.
- Website Development: This builds upon your software engineering skills in developing complex websites, working with client- and server-side coding and connecting a database to a website. You will learn how to create fully fledged registration, login, logout systems that interact with databases, as well as dynamic server interaction with AJAX technologies and various user interaction.
In your final year of your degree, the curriculum strongly reflects staff expertise and research interests, and you will develop a deeper understanding of the theoretical aspects of information technology. You study topics such as:
- Mobile Technologies and the Internet-of-Things: You will build upon your software engineering skills from the previous year, now looking at small devices, including developing apps for mobile phones. You will also learn about the emerging internet-of-things, whereby physical things in the world are part of the internet.
There may be some flexibility for mature students offering non-tariff qualifications and students meeting particular widening participation criteria.
Information Technology graduates enter roles that involve specifying, implementing or managing the information technology infrastructure of an organisation, or supporting users of the technology. Some past graduates have gone on to have careers at Airbus, Barclays and Oracle.
The department has links with both regional and national employers and opportunities often arise to gain work experience. Many of our graduates also go on to further study. There are opportunities to study taught Masters as well as Doctoral-based qualifications at Liverpool Hope, working with staff on cutting-edge research projects.
The Service and Leadership Award (SALA) is offered as an extra-curricular programme involving service-based experiences, development of leadership potential and equipping you for a career in a rapidly changing world. It enhances your degree, it is something which is complimentary but different and which has a distinct ‘value-added’ component. Find out more on our Service and Leadership Award page.
As part of your degree, you can choose to spend either a semester or a full year of study at one of our partner universities as part of our Study Abroad programme. Find out more on our Study Abroad page.
The tuition fees for the 2023/24 academic year are £9,250 for full-time undergraduate courses.
If you are a student from the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands, your tuition fees will also be £9,250.
The University reserves the right to increase Home and EU Undergraduate and PGCE tuition fees in line with any inflationary or other increase authorised by the Secretary of State for future years of study.
As well as your tuition fees, you will also need approximately £500 to purchase essentials such as textbooks, hardware, software and general computer accessories such as USB Flash Drives and printing.
You will also need to consider the cost of your accommodation each year whilst you study at university. Visit our accommodation pages for further details about our Halls of Residence.
We have a range of scholarships to help with the cost of your studies. Visit our scholarships page to find out more.
International tuition fees
The International Tuition fees for 2023/24 are £12,500.
Visit our International fees page for more information.
This course is only available with Foundation Year as a Combined Honours degree with the following subjects: