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Year of Entry 2020/21
BEng (Honours)

Software Engineering with Foundation Year

Full-time Computing

Gain a degree in software engineering, with an initial foundation year to prepare for the course.


Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home/EU: £9,250 per year (£1,200 for placement year) ††
International: £13,650 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
How long will I study? 4/5 Years
Where will I study? City Campus
What are the entry requirements? 80 UCAS Points
What is the UCAS code? A017
When do I start? September 2020
Placement year available? Yes

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Course summary

  • Study your foundation year, then progress to a degree with industry accreditation from the BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT.
  • Gain real work experience that is relevant to your future career.
  • Develop your knowledge of the major programming languages (C/C++, Java, JavaScript, C#), database design and manipulation, and various modern frameworks.
  • Learn to produce high-quality, large-scale, enterprise-wide and complex software applications.

Develop and enhance your skills of computation, software and systems across a variety of application areas, including web-based, database and distributed applications, and hardware programming. You cover all areas of the software development process including system architecture and design, with a particular focus on software solutions.

How you learn

The course is suitable if you don’t meet the entry requirements for our BA (Hons) Software Engineering course, or you want extra preparation before starting degree-level study. You share the first year with other computing foundation year students, then move on to the degree.

This course is designed so you can develop skills in contemporary programming techniques, tools and processes and understand the project management practices used to support and control such projects. Through a combination of theoretical and practical activities, you will learn everything you need for a career in software engineering.

You will learn through a variety of methods including

  • seminars
  • practical tutorial sessions
  • lectures
  • smaller seminars
  • practical tutorial sessions
  • reading and self-learning activities
  • problem solving activities
  • practical implementations and teamwork
  • assessments
  • reports
  • presentations
  • demonstrations
  • discussions
  • online activities
  • coursework
  • structured walkthroughs
  • practical projects
  • case studies
  • tutorials
  • Workshops

In the foundation year, you’ll build on your existing knowledge and experience — developing useful academic, computing and IT skills in preparation for undergraduate study. You’ll benefit from innovative course content that allows you to access and use cutting-edge technology. Throughout, you’ll reflect on your progress, and build valuable communication and interpersonal skills.

Applied learning

Work placements

You will have the opportunity to arrange a year-long work placement in between your third and fourth years. This gives you a real-world experience to prepare you for your future career. Previous students have worked at organisations including Intel, IBM, 3Squared, SN Systems, CSC Servelec.

Live projects

In your third year, you will work in a small group on a client based project. You will analyse their requirements, then design, implement and test a prototype which you will present to your client. This will allow you to experience the types of demands faced by commercial software engineers and increase your confidence while you are applying for your work placements.

Networking opportunities

Throughout the final year there are numerous opportunities for you to engage with career management, career fairs and workshops, employer presentations, visits, and professional advisors.


Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in

  • software development
  • web-based applications
  • mobile app development
  • systems and IT support
  • project management
  • IT consultancy

Previous graduates of BSc (Honours) Business and Information and Communications Technology have gone on to work for

  • Capita
  • Plusnet
  • 3Squared
  • Raspberry Pi

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus

City Campus

City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

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Howard Street
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Equipment and facilities

On this course you will have access to

  • modern software IDEs including Visual Studio
  • industry-standard software
  • state-of-the-art hardware
  • access to AR + VR devices
  • IoT and SBC devices

Entry requirements

All students

UCAS points

  • 80

This must include at least 32 points from one A level or equivalent BTEC qualifications. For example:

  • CDD at A Level.
  • MMP in BTEC Extended Diploma.
  • A combination of qualifications, which may include AS levels, EPQ and general studies

You can find information on making sense of UCAS tariff points here and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

GCSE

  • English Language or English Literature at grade C or 4
  • Maths at grade C or 4

• Access - an Access to HE Diploma with at least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2. At least 15 level 3 credits must be at merit grade or above from a QAA-recognised Access to HE course, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate.

We may also accept you, if you have limited qualifications but can show evidence of ability and a genuine commitment to studying the subject.

Some applicants may be invited to attend an informal interview with the course leader to ensure that the programme is suitable for themselves and their aspirations.

UK students may be able to claim financial support for the course.

If English is not your first language, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or equivalent. If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 at the point of enrolment.

Additional information for EU/International students

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page. You can also watch a video guide on how to apply.

For details of English language entry requirements (IELTS), please see the information for 'All students'.


Modules

Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

You can take an optional placement in year three.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Computing Projects Credits: 120

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Component Programming Credits: 20
Module: Fundamentals Of Computer Architecture Credits: 20
Module: Fundamentals Of Programming For Software Engineering Credits: 20
Module: Mathematics For Software Engineering Credits: 20
Module: Professional Experience And Project Development  Credits: 20
Module: Systems Modelling Credits: 20

Year 3

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Database Systems For Software Applications Credits: 20
Module: Group Software Development Project Credits: 20
Module: Networked Software Development Credits: 20
Module: Object-Oriented Programming For Software Engineering Credits: 20
Module: Software Engineering: Concepts And Methods Credits: 20
Module: Web Application Development Credits: 20

Year 4

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Placement Year Credits: -

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Applications: Architectures And Frameworks Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Case Studies In Software Design Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Management Of It Projects Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Project (Technical Computing) Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Effective C++ Programming Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Foreign Language Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Mobile Applications Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Programming "Things" Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Fees and funding

Home/EU students

Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2020/21 is £9,250 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200. ††

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

International students

Our tuition fee for international students starting full-time study in 2020/21 is £13,650 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

Additional costs for Computing courses (PDF)

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