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Bachelor of Information & Communications Technology (Applied)

Level 7

If the world of computing and information technology fascinates you, then UCOL’s Bachelor of Information & Communications Technology (Applied) can give you the IT skills 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

27 Feb 2017 - 24 Nov 2017
24 Jul 2017 - 29 Jun 2018

Domestic Fees:*
$6,699.00Scholarship info

International Fees:*

* Fees are indicative only, and are inclusive of the student services levy and GST (goods and services tax). Fees for multi-year programmes are for one year of study.

UCOL’s Bachelor of Information and Communications Technology (Applied) covers mobile application development, software engineering, systems analysis, databases, web development, networks installation and project management.

This three year degree is applied learning at its best - with a dedicated software and hardware laboratory, learning Cisco networks and the completion of a large industry-based project in the third-year, making for work-ready, qualified graduates.

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

Student & Staff Profiles

Industry Connections

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:

  • NCEA Level 3
  • Three subjects at level 3 or above made up of 14 credits each in three approved subjects.
  • Literacy 10 credits at level 2 or above made up of 5 credits in reading and 5 credits in writing.
  • Numeracy 10 credits at level 1 or above made up of Achievement standards (specified Achievement standards through a range of subjects), or Unit standards (a package of three numeracy Unit standards: 26623, 26626, 26627, all three required).

Or equivalent academic achievement, such as:

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

Or a provisional enrolment.

International Entry Requirements

In addition to the Domestic 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. The English Proficiency test is accepted for English language entry into all UCOL programmes.

Applicants under 20 years of age:
There are specific academic entry requirements for international students under 20 years of age. Please enquire for details.

Advice & Guidance

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.

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


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.