Bachelor of Information Technology (Professional Practice)

Develop an understanding of delivering large scale and complex IT projects, through a combination of study and practical industry experience.

Enrol in this course and you are guaranteed a paid internship in industry worth over $42K over 2 years

This course is only offered at one location, see below.
Ballarat - Mt Helen
Semester 1
Semester 2
Other intakes
Ballarat - Mt Helen
Semester 1
Semester 2
Other intakes
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4 years
(360 credit points = 3.0 EFTSL)
Guaranteed ATAR - Less than 5 offers
 Lowest Adjusted ATAR - Less than 5 offers

This course may be completed as per the recommended structure taking 3 years plus a summer or completed in 4 years without summer enrolments.

The Bachelor of Information Technology (Professional Practice) is accredited by the Australian Computer Society (ACS) and is a highly innovative program with a real edge for those looking to work in IT.

An internship is embedded within the program which gives you the opportunity to undertake 1600 hours of paid work in and internship with IBM or Kyndryl, allowing you to develop relationships and establish networks for future employment or mentorship opportunities. Our close partnership with IBM has recently seen us win the Award for Excellence in Student Engagement at the Engagement Australia 2020 Excellence Awards. 

In the final two years of the program, you will be employed on a paid internship worth more than $42,000.

This program offers core subjects in first year, to help you build a strong foundation in information technology, in addition to the required technical and problem solving skills, and in second and third year, you may purse an interest area in either software development or cloud and mainframe.

To help you balance your study load, subjects are offered across semester 1 and 2, as well as throughout summer.  

With the opportunity of employment at IBM®*, Kyndryl or another of our industry sponsors, our unique program is designed to ensure you are industry ready when you graduate as an ACS accredited professional.

*Students must meet graduate recruitment requirements and be eligible to work in Australia.

You will need to have an interview with our course coordinator as part of the selection process. Book in for your 2023 intake interview here.

  • Database manager
  • Games programmer
  • Information security
  • IT project manager
  • Multimedia developer
  • Network manager
  • Programmer
  • Software engineer
  • Web developer

The Bachelor of Information Technology (Professional Practice) has been developed in conjunction with IBM® to produce graduates who have an appreciation of the culture of work as an entrepreneur and business IT professional. 

Graduates have a significant competitive advantage, having gained significant industry experience and an appreciation of the culture of work as an IT professional. You will have a wide variety of career opportunities in small, medium and large businesses, industry and government. Upon completion, you will graduate with significant work experience equivalent to 1 year full time in industry, and the opportunity to apply for a position at IBM® or Kyndryl.

Those students undertaking the Enterprise Computing stream may also be in a position to apply for graduate positions with alternative corporate employers based on completed work experience and coursework that provide students with valuable sought after skills.

Sample structures are just one example of the many options available within your chosen course. Please contact Federation University for further information on available options.

Please note this is a sample structure only and is not to be used for enrolment purposes. To enrol, please refer to the information provided to you by Federation University for your individual program structure or view our enrolment information page.

To view current subject information and cost, click on the individual subject name below, or click here to view current subject information and cost for ALL subjects.

Year 1

Semester 1

ITECH1001, 15 credit points
ITECH1100, 15 credit points
ITECH1101, 15 credit points
ITECH1102, 15 credit points

Semester 2

ITECH1103, 15 credit points
ITECH1104, 15 credit points
ITECH1400, 15 credit points
ITECH2000, 15 credit points
ITECH2001, 15 credit points

Year 2

CI5 Year 2

Semester 1

ITECH2003, 15 credit points
ITECH3215, 15 credit points
Elective Courses

Specialisation Electives (1)

Semester 2

ITECH2004, 15 credit points
ITECH2250, 15 credit points
Elective Courses

Specialisation Electives (1)

CI5 Year 2, Summer

ITECH2002, 15 credit points
ITECH3108, 15 credit points

Year 3

Semester 1

ITECH3208, 15 credit points
Specialisation Electives (1)

Semester 2

ITECH3209, 15 credit points
Specialisation Electives (1)

CI5 Year 3, Summer

ITECH2310, 15 credit points
ITECH3002, 15 credit points
16 hours per week. Work experience begins in 2nd year and students engage in the work internship for the remainder of their program balanced with their academic workload. This can involve working during summer or winter holiday periods.

Delivery: Combination of classroom and online.

Industry experience is a key and compulsory component of this program - you will undertake the equivalent of one year full time work experience with IBM, Kyndryl (and/or other industry sponsors).

Your industry experience, or work experience, with IBM or Kyndryl is completed in the second and third year of your degree.

Important for Yr 10 students

Entry requirements (year 12)

Admissions Criteria for current Year 12 students and recent secondary graduates (the past 2 years)


  • Units 1 and 2: satisfactory completion in two units (any study combination) of Maths: General Mathematics, Maths: Mathematical Methods or Maths: Specialist Mathematics or Units 3 and 4: any Mathematics;
  • Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 20 in any English.

This course uses the ATAR as part of its selection considerations.

Subject Adjustments

A study score of 35 in any Business or any Information Technology equals 3 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 5 points.

SEAS (Special Entry Access Scheme)

Applicants who have experienced educational disadvantage are encouraged to apply for the Special Entry Access Schemes (SEAS). Depending on eligibility and your circumstances, a SEAS application may provide support for your course application.


Entry requirements (non year 12)

Admission criteria for applicants with a Higher Education Study

This course uses the applicants’ entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

Compulsory:  Previous higher education studies with results at a pass level, including any 'single subjects of study', or successful completion of a tertiary preparatory program such as the FedUni Foundation Access Studies Program (FAST).


Admission criteria for applications with a Vocational Education and Training study

This course uses the applicants’ entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

Compulsory: Successful completion of a relevant VET qualification at Certificate III level or higher.


Admission criteria for applications with work and life experience

Applicants who have not completed secondary education, or undertaken any TAFE or university studies will not be eligible for entry into this program. Applicants in this category should consider a pathway program such as Foundation Access Studies (FAST) Program.

Extra Requirements


Compulsory: All applicants must attend an interview to be considered for selection. Details about the interview process will be communicated to applicants via email after the close of timely applications. 
Applicants adding this program at Change of Preference must email to request an interview.


The application method varies depending on your circumstances, please visit our How to apply page for further information.

VTAC application: Yes

VTAC code: 3700537201 (Mt Helen)

Direct application: Yes

Federation University code: CI5

CRICOS code: 049564D

Fees are subject to change annually.

Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

$8,301 estimated annual tuition fee - commencing 2023

Annual tuition fees are per 120 credit points which represents 1 EFTSL or a standard full-time study load for a year.

The estimated annual fees are indicative only. The tuition fees you pay will vary depending on the subjects you choose to study as each subject has its own credit point value and cost. The total cost will vary depending on the subjects you choose, your study load and the time it takes to complete your course.

Fee assistance

As a Commonwealth Supported Place student, you may be eligible to defer payment of your student contribution through the HECS-HELP loan scheme. Please visit our HECS-HELP webpage for further information.

Other fees

You may need to pay some other fees such as the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

Can your studies count towards a degree with us? Use our online Credit Search to get the details on completing your studies sooner.

Pathways to this course:

Candidates seeking alternate entry to this course can consider the below options:

Defined TAFE pathway

A defined TAFE pathway program exists for this degree.  Please note that additional essential requirements for admission may apply following completion of this pathway.

* 120 credit points is the equivalent of one-year full time study.

Other TAFE studies
Apply for a relevant TAFE course, at any TAFE provider, and then apply to articulate into this program.  You may receive credit for TAFE studies undertaken, which will be individually assessed upon request, after you enrol in your bachelor level course. 
Bridging programs

A bridging program can provide an excellent foundation to build upon in your bachelor degree studies:

  • Our Diploma of University Studies (Information Technology) delivers study that counts towards your degree from day one!  This three semester course is the ideal pathway if you want to dive straight in and experience university with IT subjects taken alongside subjects designed to build the foundation needed for success.
    You can receive credit for 120 credit points into your Bachelor of IT degree.
  • Our one semester Foundation Access Studies (FAST) program  provides you an alternate entry into tertiary study, with a focus on building the more generic academic skills required for success at university.  On successful completion of FAST, students can apply for the Bachelor of Information Technology for the next semester.
University studies
Consider beginning your IT studies with our degree Bachelor of Information Technology.


Credit will be considered if you have successfully completed higher education or TAFE studies relevant to this degree. Advanced standing will be determined on an individual basis, depending on your eligibility for credit transfer, prior experience and qualifications.


Pathways from this course:

Satisfactory completion of this course can lead to the Bachelor of Science (Honours), as a prelude to a higher degree in research or a professional qualification.

This program holds Professional Level accreditation with the Australian Computer Society (ACS).

Apply for a Bachelor of Information Technology (Professional Practice) and fast-track your career in IT. In the Bachelor of Information Technology (Professional Practice) program you are guaranteed a paid intership in industry worth over $42K over 2 years and an internship at IBM or Kyndryl, both large multinational technology companies with offices located in Mt Helen, Ballarat and various other locations in Australia and worldwide: Domestic Webinar: Be career ready. Combine your IT or Business course with an IBM scholarship webinar

To help you get the most from your online learning experience, it's important that you own or have frequent access to a fast and reliable computer that's ideally not more than two years old.

You will also need frequent access to a reliable high-speed internet connection. You should expect to use approximately 5GB of data each month, per course, just for study use.

For further information, visit the Minimum IT requirements for studying online webpage.

A range of student services are available at most campuses. For further information on these services or for course information, please contact us on 1800 333 864.

The commencement of all programs is subject to available funding and enrolment quotas.

All information contained in this program overview including the availability of programs and fees, is correct at the time of being published, however the University reserves the right to alter any program, procedure or fee. Students should check for any amendment prior to enrolment.

CRICOS Provider No.00103D
Please note: This training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth Government funding to eligible individuals.
National RTO Code: 4909

School department

Information Technology

Course coordinator

Kathleen Keogh