Bachelor of Science in Informatics

Qualification duration

Minimum: 3 years

Maximum: 5 years

Full-time

Qualification start date

Semester 1: February

Semester 2: July

Qualification description

The BSc (Informatics) is a unique qualification that brings together computing, Information Technology (IT) and management. It prepares you for careers in many areas of the computer and communications industry and gives you a solid foundation in the management sciences.

This degree covers the core areas of information technology and computer science as well as elective modules that relate to specialised areas of business, human resources, financial and marketing management. You will gain in-depth knowledge and experience in information systems, operating systems, programming, databases, network and internet technologies, and the use of a variety of computer applications. You also cover modules such as Generic Algorithm Design, Quantitative Techniques and Business English, to ensure that you develop a balance of theoretical, technical and practical skills. This qualification offers specialisation in either one of the following: Financial Management, Human Resource Management, Marketing and Business Management.

We believe the success of this degree is due to our unique blended teaching methodologies, which consist of interactive lectures with smaller classes, experiential learning and the use of technology. We have teaching staff with professional and international accreditations, and a curriculum that is relevant. In addition, our curriculum review system allows us to update our programmes very quickly to keep ahead of technological innovations. Most importantly, our focus is on real-world application, practising your computer skills, completing projects, and on developing essential management abilities within the context of IT.

In addition to the subject-specific knowledge you gain, our approach gives you the opportunity to gain essential work skills such as critical, analytical, innovative and abstract thinking, effective decision-making, problem-solving, adapting to change, working in teams and communicating effectively.
 

Entry requirements

  • You need a South African National Senior Certificate (NSC) with Bachelor degree entry or an equivalent foreign
    secondary qualification on an NSC level with Bachelor degree entry approved by Universities South Africa (USAF).

Or

  • If you have an international school-leaving certificate, you need to provide a certificate of exemption issued by Universities South Africa (USAF).

Or

  • You should have successfully completed the relevant Pearson Institute foundation programme. On successful completion of the foundation programme, students are required to apply to Universities South Africa (USAF) for a certificate of exemption in order to be admitted to a degree programme.

Or

You should have successfully completed a relevant higher certificate qualification. On successful completion of the
higher certificate, students are required to apply to Universities South Africa (USAF) for a certificate of exemption in order to be admitted to a degree programme.

And

  • You need 32 or more Pearson Institute points. You need 50% or above for Grade 12 English.
  • You need 50% or above for Grade 12 Mathematics.
  • The points attained for the best two of the subjects of English, Mathematics and Computer Science must be doubled.

Qualification accreditation

Accredited by the Higher Education Quality Committee (HEQC) of the Council on Higher Education (CHE).

Registered with the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA). Recognised by the Information Technology Association (ITA).

Due to Pearson Institute’s membership of the Institution of Information Technology Professionals South Africa (IITPSA), as students, you become members without paying membership fees.

Possible career options 

Do you love solving complex business problems and are you tech savvy?

The careers for you, as a Bachelor of Science in Informatics graduate, are varied and include:

  • Business analysis
  • Database administration
  • IT management
  • Project management
     
  • Software development
  • Specialist positions in IT
  • Systems analysis
     

Qualification structure

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3