Faculty of Science and Technology

Earn as you learn

Bachelor of Information Technology (Professional Practice)

This program combines study with a year of work experience in a Fortune 500 company  - previously these have included IBM, Westpac, CBA, ANZ and Allianz. Students earn a minimum of $35,500 as they study as well as obtaining priceless work experience. This is quite literally the University's 'learn to succeed' motto at work.

"...Working at IBM will give you 3+ years of industry experience ...you will gain skills and knowledge that you would struggle to find anywhere else in Australia (let alone the world).

Being able to come away from uni with a degree, 3 years of industry experience, $30,000 *worth of scholarship, plus any extra paid hours is an absolute privilege and something that you will get nowhere else in Australia.

When students graduate in today's age, it is very difficult to get a job as most candidates for work in IT are often required to have experience and skills that are unfairly expected of them; if you have already gained a decent amount of these skills working for IBM, you are almost certainly going to take priority over the other candidates that hold a similar degree..." Kane Charles, IBM Australia, Bachelor of IT (Professional Practice) Graduate

*Scholarship is now a minimum of $35,500

About the program

The Bachelor of Information Technology (Professional Practice) is an innovative program that has been developed in conjunction with industry to produce graduates who have an appreciation of the culture of work as an IT professional. From the second year of the program, you will combine university studies and practical experience with IBM and/or other industry sponsors in an 'Earn As You Learn' program. Units on industry awareness and industry application are delivered in association with IBM staff.

This degree has been labelled as national best practice by the Australian Computer Society and would usually be completed in 4 years, however from 2015 we will introduce a new, exciting option allowing students to complete both the study and work experience components within 3 years simply by electing to work and study during summer semesters.

Whether you complete the program in 3, 3.5 or 4 years, all graduates will be invited to apply for graduate employment with one of our industry partners.

Program requirements

The first year of the program consists of full-time study. During your second and third years, your time will be divided between study and gaining industry experience. As part of the program you will receive a scholarship of approximately $8,000 for each of your second and third years. In your final year there will be further opportunity for paid employment with your industry sponsor.

Students who successfully complete the program will be considered for a position at IBM or another industry sponsor on completion of their studies*.

The design of this program means that you will graduate with one year's work experience, greatly enhancing your employment opportunities with any IT company anywhere in the world, including options in private businesses, industry and government organisations.

Full details on program requirements and structure can be found in our Course Finder.

Further information

If you would like us to contact you to provide further program information, or to organise a tour of the IBM and FedUni facilities, please call 1800 333 864 or email info@federation.edu.au

* Subject to meeting graduate recruitment requirements

Find our more about FedUni's industry relevant IT programs in our Course Finder