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Year of Entry 2021/22
BEng (Honours)

Software Engineering with Foundation Year

Course in clearing
Full-time Computing

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


Places available in clearing

Apply for a place on this course starting in 2021. Call us now on 0330 024 6390.

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Everything you need to know...

What is the fee? Home: £9,250 per year (£1,200 for placement year)
International/EU: £13,995 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? 48 UCAS points through Clearing
What is the UCAS code? A017
When do I start? September 2021
Placement year available? Yes

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

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

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.

Course leaders and tutors

Matthew Love
Matthew Love
Principal Lecturer & Quality Lead

My own skills have developed in line with the changes in technologies, from microprocessor programming, though team building of software, multimedia technologies, sy … Read more

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.

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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 through a structured mix of online lessons and face-to-face teaching with access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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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

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Entry requirements

All students

48 UCAS points, including 24 points from one A level or equivalent, or an alternative qualification such as an Access course.

If English is not your first language you need an IELTS score of 6.0 or above, with a minimum score of 5.5 in each skill.

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 will be able to complete a placement year as part of this course. See the modules table below for further information.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Computing Projects Credits: 120

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Databases And System Modelling Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Programming Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Practical
Module: Software Projects Credits: 60 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Web Development Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam

Year 3

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Introduction To Software Engineering Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Networked Software Development Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Module: Professional Software Projects Credits: 40 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Systems Programming Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Exam
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Game Development Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Handling Data In The Cloud Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Mobile Applications Development Credits: 20 Assessment: Coursework

Year 4

Optional modules
Module Credits
Module: Placement Year Credits: -

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits
Module: Human Factors Credits: 20
Module: Management Of It Projects Credits: 20
Module: Project (Technical Computing) Credits: 40
Module: Software Architecture And Design Credits: 20
Elective modules
Module Credits
Module: Effective C++ Programming Credits: 20
Module: Foreign Language Credits: 20
Module: Platform Development Credits: 20
Module: Robotics Credits: 20
Module: Secure Software Engineering Credits: 20
Module: Software Engineering For Start-Ups And Inexperienced Organisations Credits: 20

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2021/22 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/EU students starting full-time study in 2021/22 is £13,995 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.

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