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Study Information Technology & Systems, why & how to study

Study Information Technology & Systems, and you'll already be heading down a lucrative and exciting career path.

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  1. What’s Information Technology & Systems?

  2. What Information Technology & Systems degrees can you study?

  3. What do you need to get onto an Information Technology & Systems degree?

  4. What topics does an Information Technology & Systems degree cover?

  5. How will you be assessed?

  6. Why study Information Technology & Systems?

  7. What do Information Technology & Systems graduates earn?

  8. What jobs can you get as an Information Technology & Systems graduate?

  9. What are the postgraduate opportunities?

  10. Similar subjects to Information Technology & Systems

  11. Have any questions?

What’s Information Technology & Systems?

Information management is a cycle: the acquisition of information, the custodianship and the distribution of that information, and its ultimate removal, either into archives or by being deleted.

A degree in Information Technology & Systems will help you understand this cycle and show you how to interpret complex computer systems for business and organisational use.

What Information Technology & Systems degrees can you study?

Undergraduate degrees in Information Technology & Systems include:

  • Data Science BSc/MSci
  • Digital Forensics and Cyber Security BSc
  • Informatics MInf
  • Information Technology Management for Business (ITMB) BSc
  • Mathematics and Data Science MSci
  • Politics and Data Science BSc

Degrees may include an integrated foundation year or master’s and offer a year abroad or professional placement year.

What do you need to get onto an Information Technology & Systems degree?

Entry requirements for an Information Technology & Systems degree at a university range from 88–168 UCAS points. This could include the qualifications below:

  • A Levels: A*A*A*–CCD
  • BTECs: D*D*D*–MMM
  • Scottish Highers: AAAAA–CCCC (Advanced Highers: AAA–AAB)
  • International Baccalaureate: 43–28
  • Universities will usually ask that you have studied: maths at A Level (or equivalent)

Other good subjects to have studied include:

  • Further maths, physics, electronics, computing, computer studies, ICT or science
  • General studies A Level may be excluded

Experience that would look good on your application:

  • Shadowing a database administrator or other relevant role
  • Furthering your knowledge through books, TED talks, podcasts, or insights from the websites of professional bodies
  • Involvement in computing or maths challenges, competitions or clubs
  • Learning programming languages like Python, if relevant to your degree
  • STEM summer schools, if eligible, such as UNIQ or Sutton Trust

Other requirements for this subject include:

  • Pass in the practical element of science if taken at A Level
  • Some degrees require a maths admissions test, such as TMUA (Test of Mathematics for University Admission), STEP (Sixth Term Examination Paper), MAT (Mathematics Admissions Test) or Advanced Extension Award (AEA)
  • Interview may be required by some universities

What topics does an Information Technology & Systems degree cover?

Typical modules for courses in this subject include:

  • Applied regression
  • Big data
  • Business data analytics
  • Data warehousing
  • Database design and development
  • Fundamentals of information systems
  • IT risk, cybersecurity and governance
  • Legal aspects of IT
  • Machine learning
  • Managing and visualising data
  • Mathematical methods for statistics and probability
  • Mathematical proof and analysis
  • Programming for data science

How will you be assessed?

Assessments are usually carried out by a mixture of the following, and will vary from module to module:

  • Coursework
  • Dissertation
  • Exams
  • In-class tests
  • Project or portfolio work

Why study Information Technology & Systems?

Information managers must be meticulous and precise in organising, researching, analysing and managing data or other information resources. Through an Information Technology & Systems degree you'll learn specialist skills and critical practices for use in in a range of contexts.

Career-specific skills:

  • Skills in calculating and manipulating data, such as data mining and modelling, machine learning, big data analytics and knowledge of database structures
  • Ability to use statistical software to analyse and interpret data accurately, and data visualisation to present your findings
  • IT skills that may include Python, SQL, Java or other programming languages

Transferable skills:

  • Critical and analytical thinking
  • Entrepreneurial skills
  • Internet research and information retrieval
  • Organisation
  • Presentation
  • Problem solving
  • Report writing
  • Strong numeracy and IT skills

Professional accreditation:

  • Combinations with computer science may be accredited by BCS (British Computer Society), the chartered institute for IT, offering a pathway toward Chartered IT Professional (CITP) and/or Chartered or Incorporated Engineer (CEng/IEng)

What do Information Technology & Systems graduates earn?

Information Technology & Systems graduates can expect an entry-level salary of around £22,500–£30,000.

Data analysts may earn £28,000–£35,000, while an average salary for an experienced data scientist could be £70,000. At a senior level, a data architect can earn up to £95,500.

What jobs can you get as an Information Technology & Systems graduate?

A career in Information Technology & Systems could lead to work in libraries, publishing, teaching, retail, health information or cyber security, in roles that could include:

  • Data analyst
  • Data architect
  • Data engineer
  • Data science operational officer
  • Data scientist
  • Database administrator
  • Information analyst
  • Lecturer
  • Systems analyst
  • Systems developer

What are the postgraduate opportunities?

If you have a first degree in a related discipline, postgraduate study can offer the chance to specialise. Examples of postgraduate Information Technology & Systems degrees include:

  • Big Data and Digital Futures PGDip/MSc
  • Geographic Data Science MSc
  • Health Informatics MSc/MPhil/PhD
  • Information Technology with Management MSc
  • Social Data Science DPhil

Similar subjects to Information Technology & Systems

Other subject areas that might appeal to you include:

Have any questions?

Get in touch with our experts by emailing ask@thecompleteuniversityguide.co.uk with your question about studying Information Technology & Systems. We’ll be happy to hear from you!

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