• Study mode: Full Time
  • Location: High Wycombe | Uxbridge | Aylesbury
  • Duration: Four Years
  • Start Date: September 2019 and February 2020

Course Overview

This course is offered as a four year programme, including an initial Foundation Year. You may also be interested in our three year BSc (Hons) Software Engineering course.

The Foundation Year will allow you to develop your academic study skills and build confidence in your abilities, identifying your own strengths and development needs for progression onto an undergraduate degree.

During your first year, we will help you identify what employers are looking for from their future recruits, including practical and transferrable skills, personal qualities and business awareness. This new knowledge will lay an excellent foundation for you when you graduate, enabling you to present yourself effectively to employers using a CV, application form and during interviews.

We will also encourage you to develop your entrepreneurial skills. We'll show you how to formulate a plan for a new idea or product, showing who your customers are and how their needs will be met. You'll also learn how to pitch your ideas in a range of ways.

Other modules in the Foundation Year include Computing Essentials, covering web design and mobile apps, networking and programming, and also Digital Media which will give you the basic processing skills needed to manage content such as images, animations and audio.

What will this course cover?

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.

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.

Where the Foundation Year is taught at our Aylesbury Campus all subsequent years will be taught at our High Wycombe Campus.

More placements, more choices

Bucks is a Placements Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.

We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.

Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student. To increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.

Course Details

UCAS CODE: II30

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 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.

What are the course entry requirements?

If you do not meet the minimum requirements for the three-year programme, or do not feel fully prepared for a Level 4 course, this four-year programme including a Foundation Year could be for you.

You'll need to hold GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C/4 or above, and will usually have achieved a minimum of 90 credits from a Level 3 qualification such as A Levels or BTECs.

International students should hold an IELTS of 5.5 (minimum of 5.5 in all areas).

Applicants will also be invited to attend an interview.

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

Course Modules

Module Map

This module map provides a list of the modules that make up your course.

Each module is worth a specified number of credits (typically either 15 or 30 credits for undergraduate courses). Compulsory (or ‘core’) modules cover key subject knowledge, while ‘option’ modules enable you to develop your own interests. For a full-time course you must take modules worth a total of 120 credits at each level of the course. The number of option modules you can take depends on the number of compulsory modules at each level. You can find more information about how your course is structured via the Academic Advice pages.

Our teaching is informed by research and employer requirements, and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the subject area. In addition, where we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an option module, this may not be offered. If an option module does not run, we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

The modules available on this course are as follows:

Foundation Year Modules

  • Inquiry and Research Skills
  • Digital Media
  • Computing Essentials
  • Preparing for Success Knowledge and Creativity
  • Preparing for Success Self-development and Responsibility

Year 1 Modules

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

Fees

How much does it cost

Full Time Home and EU, September 2019: £9,250 per year

Full Time International, September 2019: £12,000 per year

Full Time Home and EU, February 2020: £9,250 per year

Full Time International, February 2020: £12,000 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.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:
0330 123 2023
advice@bucks.ac.uk

How do I apply?

For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applying-to-bucks

Employability

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.


The Big Deal

At Bucks, we believe in putting our students first. That’s why our Students’ Union have developed our exclusive ‘Big Deal’ package. We’re the only university in the UK to offer free access to such a diverse and exciting range of activities – all to enrich the university experience.

We offer FREE events and entertainment, additional skills workshops, sports, recreational activities, societies and paid student rep schemes. All at one of the top 10 Students’ Unions in the UK.  It’s a big deal!

Want to find out more? Visit our Students’ Union page or watch our video.