Electronics and Computer Science (ECS), University of Southampton

Electronics and Computer Science (ECS)

G560 BSc Information Technology in Organisations

In a world where information technology plays a vital role in business operations, companies are looking for adaptable professionals who understand organisations as much as the systems they use.


Information technology (IT) is critical to the success of organisations from government and public sector agencies to big multinational companies. At Southampton our academics have pioneered many of the most important advances in computer science and web technology of the past 10 years.

Our distinctive BSc Information Technology in Organisations programme will provide you with a unique perspective and prepare you for a career as a flexible IT professional.
Our teaching places a strong emphasis on discussion, analysis, and reflection on technical practice, and uses a variety of teaching methods, including team-building and management-related activities.
This three-year programme uses our outstanding computing facilities to give you a good grounding in the fundamental issues of IT in organisations. Key areas of study include:

  • development of IT systems
  • the security of IT systems
  • the effects of IT on society
  • e-business and e-commerce

Graduates will be able to use their skills in any sector in which IT plays an important part, from finance to leisure and entertainment. We have strong relationships with employers, and our graduates are particularly in demand for their understanding of organisations and their practical abilities in the workplace. We have our own Careers Hub website and run an annual careers fair.


Our BSc Information Technology in Organisations is accredited by the British Computer Society.

Programme Structure

Students undertake three years of study. Each year there are compulsory modules. However, the degree has been designed to maximise student choice by allowing you to tailor the degree structure to suit your own interests.

Key Facts

  • Southampton University has pioneered many of the most important advances in computer science and web technology of the past 10 years
  • We are ranked in the top ten universities in the UK for Computer Sciences and IT by the 2016 Guardian University Guide and by the 2015 Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide
  • Southampton is ranked in the top 51-100 universities for Computer Science in the 2014/15 QS World Rankings
  • 100 per cent of our Computer Science research has been rated world leading or internationally excellent for its impact on society (REF 2014)
  • We are in the top 10% in the UK for the volume and quality of our Computer Science research (REF 2014)

Entry requirements


GCSE Mathematics at grade B or above and GCSE English at grade C or above

A Levels:

AAB in three A Levels, or DDD in BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in IT, or equivalent qualifications. A good grade at GCSE Maths is required.

English Language Requirements:

If English is not your first language, you will be required to pass an approved English test. We normally ask for a score of IELTS 6.5 with at least 5.5 in each competency. For information on other accepted English language tests, please visit www.southampton.ac.uk/admissions_language.

International Qualifications:

We welcome applications from candidates offering qualifications other than A and AS levels (including BTEC Higher National Diploma, European Baccalaureate, International Baccalaureate, Irish Leaving Certificate and Scottish Highers). You will be expected to attain an equivalent standard (or higher) to an A level applicant.

Mature Applicants:

We welcome applications from mature students. If you will be over 21 at the start of your proposed degree programme, you are may be eligible for exemption from our normal entry requirements. However, you will be required to provide evidence of having completed recent study (eg Access, Return to Study, Open University foundation courses) and of your capacity to pursue the course.

Selection Process:

We select students on the basis of a UCAS application. UCAS code: G560 Course title: BSc Information Technology in Organisations Course duration: 3 years


Year 1

Semester 1

Compulsory Core Modules

Semester 2

Compulsory Core Modules

Year 2

Semester 1

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Year 3

Full Academic Year

Compulsory Modules

Semester 1

Compulsory Modules
Optional Modules


Assessment at Southampton means more than just essays and exams.  We use a variety of modern learning and teaching methods involving private study, laboratory and project work, which builds on lectures.

A student-centred approach means that you can pursue your own interests according to your future goals.  We will support you in plotting a route through your degree programme which can be tailored for your interests and you can even personalise assessment paths and styles.

Southampton enjoys a range of modern services for learning and support, including a well-stocked library, a large number of internet-enabled workstations, a Careers Service, Job Shop and Students’ Advice and Information Centre. 

We offer outstanding facilities in our laboratories and teaching based on the latest research ensures that your skills will be highly regarded by employers.

Our methods of assessment enable you to demonstrate your strengths by showing what you have learnt. 

Your assessment will be closely linked to teaching and learning, developing throughout the programme.  By the time you reach the end of an assessment, you’ll understand the connection with subjects that were taught.

Related programmes

Career opportunities

Organised by the ECS Careers Hub, our annual Engineering and Technology Careers Fair attracts 85 companies and provides great opportunities for our students with leading employers.

Employability is embedded into modules from the first year onwards and right from the first lecture.   We explain the degree skills which are being taught throughout the modules and offer a number of optional employability modules. 

The technical skills you will obtain are in high demand, as are the skills of understanding and analysing problems, together with communicating the results.

Major technology organisations have a special need for IT specialists.  You could end up as part of the team writing the next version of Windows, devising a computer based stock control system for an automotive manufacturer, or writing a secure web-based customer interface for a US music distributor.

Pre-course reading lists