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Bachelor of Information & Communications Technology (Applied)

Level 7

If you want to find out what it takes to be the next big thing in the Internet of Things, UCOL’s Bachelor of Information & Communications Technology (Applied) can give you the IT skills and experience needed for a career in this innovative industry.

Information and Communciations Technology student working in the hardware lab at the Palmerston North campus
Quick info

Level: 7

Locations: Palmerston North

Duration: 3 years, full-time

26 Feb 2018 - 23 Nov 2018
23 Jul 2018 - 28 Jun 2019

Domestic Fees:*
$6,821.40Scholarship info

International Fees:*

Additional Fees
Compulsory course costs may apply.

* Fees are indicative only, and are inclusive of the student services levy and GST (goods and services tax). The fee shown is for one year of study.

UCOL’s Bachelor of Information and Communications Technology (Applied) begins with a broad foundation in essential ICT skills and technologies and progresses toward a number of specialist areas including: 
  • Software engineering
  • Web and mobile development
  • Data management and analytics
  • Business and systems analysis
  • IT project management
  • Network engineering
  • Systems administration
  • Cyber security
  • DevOps
As a student you will be able to tailor your study to one or more interest areas as you move through the degree. UCOL has dedicated software development and networking specialist facilities exclusively for ICT students, which enables practical learning and problem-solving experience with leading technologies and systems.

This three-year degree is industry aligned learning at its best.  It includes a final project or internship, which brings together and showcases the skills you have developed and also allows you to push the boundaries by providing innovative solutions to real-world requirements.  BICT graduates are uniquely qualified, highly skilled, and have strong industry experience.

Hear from 2017 graduate, Tiffany Nguyen from Vietnam:


 Career & Study Outcomes

  • Mobile application development
  • Network design
  • Web development
  • Software architecture
  • Software engineering
  • Desktop support
  • Corporate training
  • Database architecture
  • Database administration
  • Game development
  • Network security
  • Project management
  • Systems analysis
  • Programming
  • User support

 Course Information

Year One
Compulsory Courses
  • Software Development
  • Data Fundamentals
  • Information Systems
  • User Support
  • Web Fundamentals
  • Systems Analysis Fundamentals
  • Network Fundamentals
  • Computer Fundamentals

Year Two
Compulsory Courses

  • Database Development
  • IT Project Management
  • Analysis and Design

Optional Courses

  • Advanced Programming
  • Software Process
  • Digital Multimedia
  • Industry Placement
  • eCommerce Systems
  • Dynamic Web Solutions
  • Network Services
  • Networks (CISCO ITN)
  • Networks (CISCO RSE)
  • Systems Security

Year Three
Compulsory Courses

  • Professional Practice
  • Industry Project

Optional Courses

  • Software Engineering
  • Java Mobile and Web
  • Advanced Database Concepts
  • Managerial Practice
  • Advanced Systems Analysis
  • Special Topic
  • Network Design
  • CISCO Scaling and Connecting
  • Systems Administration

 Student & Staff Profiles

 Industry Connections

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Being involved in industry is an important part of our students’ journeys at UCOL. Work placements, internships, industry based assignments and case studies are all part of the process of getting our students industry ready. Every Bachelor of Information and Communications Technology student undertakes an industry-based project or internship during their final year of study. Recent projects and internships have been undertaken with:

  • Computer Care
  • FMG
  • New Zealand Defence Force
  • Nodero
  • New Zealand Transport Agency
  • Spinning Planet
  • Massey University
  • Freyberg High School
  • Crest Hospital

 Domestic Entry Requirements

Applicants under 20 years of age:

Applicants under the age of 20 years must have University Entrance

Or equivalent academic achievement, such as:

Or on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the Executive Dean.

Or a provisional enrolment. Provisional enrolment is defined by NZQA as being Discretionary Entrance and includes the following clauses:

Discretionary enrolment may be granted to those applicants under the age of 20 who:
  • Are New Zealand or Australian citizens and permanent residents under 20 years of age
  • Must have a minimum of 14 credits in an approved subject at Level 2 towards NCEA
  • Must also have met the literacy and numeracy standards required for University Entrance.


For more information about NCEA Credits see UCOL's NCEA explained page.

 International Entry Requirements

In addition to the Domestic Entry Requirements, the following applies to international student applicants:

English Proficiency Entry Requirements
International student applicants whose first language is not English must have an IELTS (or equivalent including TOEFL) score of 6.0 with no band score lower than 5.5. UCOL is a TOEFL iBT testing centre. IELTS scores used must be taken from a single IELTS Test Report Form (i.e. combining scores from more than one test is not permissible). 

Under 20 years of age
For international applicants under 20 years of age who do not hold NCEA, International Academic Qualifications Entry Criteria apply.


 Advice & Guidance

UCOL's Bachelor of Information and Communications Technology (Applied) comprises 360 credits.

It is strongly recommended that all applicants, especially those over twenty years of age who do not have the minimum entry qualifications or recent experience of study, seek advice from the Head of School before enrolment about the nature of the degree programme in relation to their own skills and experience.

Where appropriate, students choosing to exit the programme before completion will be eligible, on application, for the following qualifications: the Certificate in Computer Networks, L6, the Diploma in Information and Communications Technology (Applied), L5, or the Diploma in Information and Communications Technology (Applied), L6.

Application checklist

It will make the process easier if you prepare the following before you apply:

  • National Student Number (NSN) (If you don't have a NSN, you may request one from NZQA, or you can supply a verified copy of your birth certificate, passport or Whakapapa statement.)
  • Evidence of your highest level of academic achievement (and evidence of prior learning, if applicable)
  • Evidence that you meet the entry requirements of the programme
  • Check if you're eligible for additional support or a scholarship. If you're 19 years or younger, you may be eligible to enrol in one of our free Youth Transition programmes.

Note that you will need to provide any verified documents in person, via post or email.


The programme is approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority under the provisions of the Education Act 1989, and Universal College of Learning (UCOL) Trading as Universal College of Learning (UCOL) is accredited to teach it.