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BSc (Hons)
Software Engineering

Master modern software engineering techniques to create practical and social applications as well as systems for life-critical software. You’ll learn how to design, develop and deliver applications for mobile and internet using open source and Microsoft Windows. And you’ll explore all aspects of the software lifecycle, from procurement and design, through to testing and maintenance.

Qualification: BSc (Hons)

UCAS code: I300

Study mode: Full-time

Location: High Wycombe Campus

Duration: Three years

Start date: September

Is this course for me?

Does the idea of creating valuable new applications and software excite you? This course is for those who have an interest in approaching problems with an analytical mind. You will look at life-critical systems, such as pacemakers and fire alarm systems, as well as software and apps for a variety of practical and social uses.

We are looking for analytical students who have an interest in taking a systems engineering approach to software solutions. You will learn and develop the skills needed for a career in this industry, and gain a firm grasp of modern software engineering techniques.

Understanding modern technologies
Beyond core computing topics, you’ll also study a number of development technologies and tools. We’ll look at how users interact with systems, known as user experience, or UX, and develop skills for communication, planning and problem solving. In your first year, you’ll focus on these fundamentals, which are regarded as essential by future employers.

Putting your software skills into practice
During this course you’ll acquire skills in programming, building secure web and mobile applications, and working on team-based software projects. You’ll learn about Agile development and how to develop highly dependable systems using the industry standard UML. In addition you will gain an understanding of the process involved in managing the development of large-scale software projects.

Specialist optional modules allow you to explore: artificial intelligence, media programming, real-time systems, cloud computing and security.

Creating software products
You’ll be able to apply your new-found skills and knowledge to develop a substantial software product of your choice. This final project can be presented in support of applications to potential employers.

In a rapidly changing and evolving industry, we continue to develop our course, employing new and improved technologies along the way. Our strong computing team includes lecturers with vast experience in their respective fields. This exciting new course allows students to explore the diversity of modern software engineering, gaining the integral skills required by today’s industry workplace.

Work on real life briefs
During your time with us you’ll have the opportunity to work on real life briefs. These enable students to put their software engineering skills into practice and learn what it takes to liaise with clients, work to deadlines and solve problems in a real-time environment.

It’s not just computer science
Throughout the Software Engineering course, you’ll gain a broad spectrum of expertise including management, costing and project delivery. These valuable skills play a fundamental role in producing well-rounded and efficient software engineers and enable you to approach projects in the most productive and analytical way.

Year One

  • Computer Architectures
  • Networking
  • Programming Concepts
  • Application Programming
  • Digital Technologies and Professional Practice
  • User Experience (UX)
  • Web Development
  • XML

Year Two

  • Web Applications
  • Real-time Systems (Team Project)
  • Object Oriented Programming
  • Mobile Apps
  • Software Engineering
  • Database Design
  • Object Oriented Analysis & Design
  • Functional Programming

Year Three

  • Advanced Programming
  • Quality Assurance and Testing
  • Data Structures and Algorithms
  • Enterprise Systems Development
  • Critical Systems
  • Design Patterns
  • Project

What are the entry requirements?

A typical offer will include GCSE Maths and English at grade C or above and a UCAS Tariff score of 80-96. A minimum of two full A-levels (or equivalent) is required. Every application is considered on an individual basis.

Applications will also be considered from those who have gained relevant skills through vocational qualifications or from mature applicants with experience of work-based responsibility and of self-directed learning.

For further details of our international English entry requirements, please visit our international pages.

How much does it cost?

Fees for September 2017 to August 2018 entry

Full-time Home and EU: £9,250 per year
Full-time International: £10,500 per year

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details, visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Further information
Find out more about our fees and funding.
Find out more about our fees for international students.

Questions about fees?
Contact our Student Centre on:
01494 603 020

Fees quoted are for the next intake and are subject to change. Fee costs for subsequent years are subject to rise with inflation or course delivery costs.

How do I apply?

For application details please visit

What are my career prospects?

The role of software engineers is becoming increasingly prolific. This hands-on, highly vocational course gives you the skills needed for careers in a variety of sectors. These areas may cover commercial, environmental, government, health, education and defence.

Graduates of the degree programme can continue their studies at postgraduate level, or further enhance their employability by obtaining Microsoft Certification™.

How will you help me prepare for my future?
Throughout your time with us we’ll support you on the route to your chosen career. We’ll help you to develop crucial skills, encouraging you to become enterprising, employable and good leaders.

Close links with local Industry provides the potential for possible Internships. This gives you the opportunity to develop your skills in a work background. Our modules and teaching expertise will help you become more independent as a learner and more certain of your discipline expertise.

We also help you find employment after graduation. Have a look at our Careers and Employment pages to find out more.