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Heriot-Watt University

Information Systems (Interaction Design)

UCAS Code: G590
BSc (Hons) 4 years full-time 2017
Ucas points guide

120

% applicants receiving offers

100%

Subjects
  • Information systems
Student score
78% MED
% employed or in further study
96% HIGH
Average graduate salary
£25k HIGH
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
BBB

Scottish Highers
BBBBC

Scottish Advanced Highers
BBB

Computing.

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

International Baccalaureate
28

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 120 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers

100%

Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support

£1,820

Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

The 2013 National Student Survey rated our Computer Science programmes in the UK Top 20 and 3rd in Scotland. 93% of our students expressed overall satisfaction with this programme. 85% of our students are in work/study within six months of completing the programme, with 90% of those in work in a professional or managerial position. The programme is accredited by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer, and for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional. The programme is strongly focused on system design and evaluation techniques, especially for interactive systems, and is complemented by the management skills needed to plan and organise the large scale information resources that drive modern organisations. At Level 4 you will have the opportunity to specialise in Interaction Design.

Modules

Level 1: Topics covered include: databases; introduction to computer systems; programming; investigations of emerging technology; technology in society; management. Level 2: Topics covered include: understanding of organisations; socio-technical systems; databases and human factors. Level 3: Topics covered include: interaction design; information systems methodologies; management of organisations; group project. Level 4: Advanced topics; major individual project.

Heriot-Watt University

The reception

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How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
27%
73%

Year 1

24%
76%

Year 2

21%
79%

Year 3

28%
72%

Year 4

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
29%
68%
3%

Year 1

50%
50%

Year 2

46%
54%

Year 3

34%
63%
3%

Year 4

What do the numbers say for

Where there isn’t enough reliable data about this specific course, we’ve shown aggregated data for all courses at this university within the same subject area

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 82%
Student score 78% MED
Able to access IT resources

97%

Staff made the subject interesting

79%

Library resources are satisfactory

89%

Feedback on work has been helpful

76%

Feedback on work has been prompt

61%

Staff are good at explaining things

90%

Received sufficient advice and support

85%

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
44% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
14% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
9% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
402 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
53% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
3% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 96% HIGH
Average graduate salary £25k HIGH
Graduates who are information technology and telecommunications professionals

55%

Graduates who are plant and machine operatives

3%

Graduates who are other elementary services occupations

3%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
Information systems courses cover a range of areas, including information design, modelling and the finance industry. How well graduates did made a particular difference in 2012 – computing graduates with good grades were much less likely to be out of work after six months. Most students do get jobs, though, and starting salaries are good – particularly in London, and that’s where over a quarter of graduates started work last year. Be realistic with these degrees – opportunities are not spread throughout the country and you might struggle, for example, to get an information systems job outside the larger cities.
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