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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 $47K over 2 years

This course is offered at multiple locations, select your prefered campus to see when it is offered.
Ballarat - Mt Helen
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Semester 2
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Ballarat - Mt Helen
Semester 1
Semester 2
Other intakes
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Semester 2
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4 years full-time or part-time equivalent
(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 course with a real edge for those looking to work in IT. An internship is embedded within the course 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 course you will be employed on a paid internship worth more than $47000.This course 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 or another of our industry sponsors our unique course 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. 

The Federation University Co-operative Model will accelerate your career by putting you at the heart of education and industry. 
Federation Co-op creates a direct connection between students and employers, via paid placements, career preparation and workplace skill development, supported by a leader in student support, skills development and social equity. 
Our industry stakeholders are excited about Federation Co-op as it addresses skill shortages by inviting them to collaborate on our courses, to identify the real skills that our students need to succeed in their chosen industry. 
Co-op means you can succeed wherever you start on your study journey. 
Federation has the know-how to deliver Co-op through our award-winning relationships with industry, including our 25+ year partnership with IBM, and our extensive research into the co-op model’s success in the USA, Canada and Europe for generations of students. 
• Work and world ready graduates.  We prepare our students through mandatory career development units, so you will be ready to enter the workforce during your co-operative placements, and through transferable World Ready Skills, so you are workforce ready when you graduate, regardless of your background before going to uni. 
• Real experience in your chosen profession. Every Co-op student completes a minimum of 60 days’ paid placement relevant to their course – contributing directly to course credits – either full time over one semester, part time over an extended period or in blocks embedded into your subjects. Co-op offers flexibility to suit our students’ commitments and course. 
• Co-design, co-develop and co-delivered with industry. We work with employers, industry, students and alumni to co-design, co-develop and co-deliver a comprehensive set of structured, assessed Co-operative Experiential Learning activities. 

  • 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.

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

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 course structure or view our enrolment information page.

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

Year 1

Semester 1

ITECH1100, 15 credit points
ITECH1101, 15 credit points
ITECH1102, 15 credit points
ITECH1103, 15 credit points

Semester 2

ITECH1104, 15 credit points
ITECH1400, 15 credit points
Elective Courses (1)

Year 2

CI5 Year 2

Semester 1

ITECH2003, 15 credit points
ITECH2301, 15 credit points
Specialisation Electives (1)

Semester 2

ITECH2004, 15 credit points
ITECH2250, 15 credit points
Specialisation Electives (1)

CI5 Year 2, Summer

ITECH2002, 15 credit points
ITECH3108, 15 credit points

Year 3

Semester 1

ITECH2002, 15 credit points
ITECH3108, 15 credit points

Semester 2

ITECH3208, 15 credit points
Elective Courses (1)

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 course balanced with their academic workload. This can involve working during summer or winter holiday periods.

Industry experience is a key and compulsory component of this course

 - you will undertake the equivalent of one year full time work experience with IBM, Kyndryl, Westpac (or other industry sponsors).
Your industry experience, working as a casual employee in an internship is completed in the second and third year of your degree and totals at least 1600 hours paid work. During this time you will receive mentoring and valuable workplace experience to prepare you for a career in IT.
As part of our cooperative education model, we have industry involvement in design and delivery of the coursework in this course. During your studies, you will have opportunities to engage with industry representatives in a variety of ways (e.g. in lectures, practical work and class discussions).

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 course such as the FedUni Federation 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 course. Applicants in this category should consider a pathway course such as Federation Access Studies (FAST) Program.

English language requirement

Overall Academic IELTS band score of 6.0, with no band less than 6.0, or equivalent

Extra requirements

Interview 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 course at Change of Preference must email to request an interview.

All students will be required to pass a police check prior to starting their internship.

Extra requirement - applicants will be required to pass a police check prior to beginning their internship.

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), 3701837201 (Berwick)

Direct application: Yes

Federation University code: CI5

2024 Indicative Fees

Fee Type: Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP)

$8,948 student contribution amount

A Commonwealth Supported Place is subsidised by the Australian Government.  Your fees (student contribution amount) are set on an annual basis by the government and are determined by the discipline area and band of your individual units, not the overall course.  Each unit falls into a band which determines the student contribution.

2024 annual student contribution amounts for 1 EFTSL (equivalent full-time student load) range between $4,445 Band 1 to $16,323 Band 4.  To find the Band, EFTSL and contribution amount for each unit, check the Sample Structure or refer to the 2024 unit listing.

Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and the indicative amount should be used as a guide only.  It is based on a typical enrolment for a student undertaking the first year of study in this course.  For 0.5 EFTSL (60 credit point) courses the certificate fee is displayed.  Total cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and any approved credit you receive.

Other fees

You will also need to pay the Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF).

Fee assistance

You may be eligible for a HECS-HELP loan, which can be used to defer payment of all or part of your student contribution.  You may also be eligible to defer payment of your SSAF through a SA-HELP loan.


Our scholarships and grants can help with your study costs.  Explore our scholarships to find an opportunity that's right for you.

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

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

If you are seeking alternate entry into the Bachelor of Information Technology (Professional Practice) you can consider applying for the following courses:

- Bachelor of Information Technology

- Diploma of Information Technology

- Diploma of Digital Media Technologies

- Diploma of Information Technology (Higher Education)

- Federation Access Studies Program (FAST) - designed to provide you an alternate entry into tertiary study.  Candidates wishing to add this course during the VTAC Change of Preference period should contact Federation University Australia to request an interview.

Students can progress to the Bachelor of Science (Honours) as a prelude to a higher degree in research or a professional qualification.

This course 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) course you are guaranteed a paid intership in industry worth over $47K 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 unit, 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 courses is subject to available funding and enrolment quotas.

All information contained in this course overview including the availability of courses and fees, is correct at the time of being published, however the University reserves the right to alter any course, 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