Bachelor of Information Technology (Networking and Security)

Federation University Australia

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Undergraduate
CRICOS: 00103D

Learn how to defend business, government and individual databases that hold sensitive data. Employment in this area has experienced strong growth over the last ten years, and is forecast to continue.Your specialisation in security will allow you to be on the frontline of the war in cyberspace and become familiar with methods attackers use. You will learn how to investigate and protect against security breaches on vulnerable private information, whilst developing an understanding of the security models provided by the major operating systems involved in modern computer networks.Through core studies and practicals, you will delve into networks, their protocols and hardware, to investigate how these systems can be vulnerable to a malicious attack. Your problem solving skills will come to the fore when ethical hacking – testing a system to break-in or to find weak points.As a network architect, or an IT security specialist, you can look forward to a varied career in information security or IT operations.


This course consists of 360 credit points. Students will complete 20 core units, and 4 elective units, and a zero credit point IT Professional Engagement unit.


  • Networking and security

Standard entry requirements

Entry requirements (year 12)Admissions Criteria for current Year 12 students and recent secondary graduates (the past 2 years)Prerequisites 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: a study score of at least 20 in any Mathematics;Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 20 in any EnglishThis course uses the ATAR as part of its selection considerations.Guaranteed ATARThis program has a guaranteed ATAR.If you meet the course pre-requisites and any ‘Essential Requirements for Admission’, we will guarantee you a place in this course with this ATAR. We use the adjusted ATAR, factoring in subject adjustments and SEAS as detailed below.Subject AdjustmentsA 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 StudyThis 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 Federation Access Studies (FAST). Admission criteria for applications with a Vocational Education and Training studyThis 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 experienceApplicants 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 Federation Access Studies (FAST).


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

Study pathways

Credit will be considered if you have successfully completed higher education or TAFE studies. 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 (Networking and Security) you can consider applying for the following courses: Diploma of Information Technology; Diploma of Digital Media Technologies. Federation Access Studies (FAST) - designed to provide you an alternate entry into tertiary study. Enrol in single units: ITECH1101 IT Problem Solving (Semester 1) and ITECH1103 Big Data And Analytics (Semester 2). Re-apply with credit to the Bachelor of Information Technology for the next semester. Students can progress to the Bachelor of Science (Honours) as a prelude to a higher degree in research or a professional qualification.

Study information

CampusFeesEntryMid year intakeAttendance
Berwick No
  • Full-time : 3 years
Mount Helen (Ballarat) International: $79,050
  • ATAR: 50 (Guaranteed ATAR)
  • Full-time : 3 years
Online International: $79,050
  • ATAR: 50 (Guaranteed ATAR)
  • Online/Off-campus : 3 years

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