Software Engineering BSc (Hons)
UCAS code: II33
Unlock the possibilities of modern computing with our software engineering degree. Master a range of programming languages and modelling skills on a software engineering degree awarded initial accreditation by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT (subject to re-approval).
Discover how to design, develop and build systems that help businesses overcome issues and technological problems. Expand your technical expertise in computer networking, system development, databases and mobile. Prepare for a rewarding career as a software engineer.
Do you have a keen eye for detail? Do you rise to challenge enthusiastically? Our software engineering degree focuses on creating and testing software solutions and how you can maintain and improve them.
You’ll graduate from the BSc Software Engineering course with the skills needed to manage the software systems businesses rely on. Kickstart your career and gain the practical skills that boost your creative thinking and confidence in the quality of your work.
Software engineers can find themselves in a variety of technical roles, from working on AI in gaming, designing distribution systems or developing mobile software and hardware platforms.
Sandwich year option available
Studying abroad option available
Work placement opportunity
What you'll study
We’ll cover the fundamentals of software engineering in Year 1. These foundations of computer science will help you understand underpinning mathematical algorithms, web design and development. You’ll also learn how to analyse and construct software systems that modern computer architecture depends on. Innovative seminars and experiments will unleash your problem-solving capabilities for common computing issues.
Accessible Web Design and Development
Module code: CIS1705
Computer Systems Architecture and Networks
Module code: CIS1701
Foundations of Computer Science
Module code: CIS1700
Professional Practice 1
Module code: CIS1704
Module code: CIS1702
Module code: CIS1703
Software engineering is a balance between theory and practical. In Year 2 of the software engineering course, you’ll explore topics including databases and security and build experience of the software testing process. To offer support, we teach a module dedicated to enhancing your employability and developing essential skills for the workplace. If you enjoy it, you can also choose to do a 12-month placement in industry.
Module code: CIS2700
Introduction to Security
Module code: CIS2718
Module code: CIS2702
Professional Practice 2
Module code: CIS2712
Software Development Tools and Testing
Module code: CIS2723
Module code: CIS2722
Put all your learning into practice with your final independent project. This piece can be the design and development of software, hardware or a research project. The focus this year is on independent study, but we’ll guide you every step of the way. You’ll shape your study with optional modules in specialist areas of software engineering.
Module code: CIS3401
Module code: CIS3415
Module code: CIS3421
Module code: CIS3423
Research and Development Project
Module code: CIS3425
How you'll study
Teaching methods are designed in consultation with leading employers in the region. Many classes are based in computer workshops, focusing on student activity as a means of learning. We introduce theoretical concepts by building on concrete practical activity.
To enhance your employability, you will be given opportunities to work together and develop the essential people skills to complement your technical ability, while engaging in realistic work-related activities and taking the opportunity to relate theory to practice via a work placement.
How you'll be assessed
You will be assessed through a combination of practical exercises, reports, essays and examinations. We want you to develop the ability to work effectively both independently and as part of a team, therefore assessment includes both of these forms, though the emphasis is strongly on individual work.
Who will be teaching you
You will be taught by staff who are passionate about student learning and development. The programme team are specialists in computing and active researchers in areas including web information architecture, complex systems, embedded systems, data visualisation and data science. Academic staff are regular contributors to academic conferences and journals.
Typical offer 104-112 UCAS Tariff points, for which no specific subjects are required, plus GCSE Mathematics at Grade C or Grade 4 or above (or equivalent).
Please note, for all programmes in the Department of Computer Science, a level 2 numeracy qualification is not considered as equivalent to GCSE Grade C or Grade 4 in Mathematics.
|BTEC Extended Diploma (or combination of BTEC QCF qualifications)||Distinction, Merit, Merit (DMM).|
|T Level||Overall grade of Merit.|
|International Baccalaureate (IB)||We are happy to accept IB qualifications which achieve the required number of UCAS Tariff points.|
|Access to Higher Education Diploma||45 credits at Level 3, for example 9 credits at Distinction and 36 credits at Merit or 15 credits at Distinction and 30 credits at Merit. The required total can be attained from various credit combinations.|
Please note, the above examples may differ from actual offers made. A combination of A Level and BTEC awards may also be accepted.
If you have a minimum of two A Levels (or equivalent), there is no maximum number of qualifications that we will accept UCAS points from. This includes additional qualifications such as Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), AS Levels that haven't been continued to A Level, and General Studies AS or A Level awards.
English language requirements
International students require IELTS 6.0, with a score no lower than 5.5 in each individual component, or an equivalent English language qualification.
If your current level of English is half a band, one band, or one-and-a-half bands lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.
How to apply
Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/studentterms.
If you join a full time undergraduate degree at Edge Hill University, we will guarantee you the offer of a room in our halls of residence for the first year of your course.Discover our accommodation
The Department of Computer Science is based in the state-of-the-art £13million Tech Hub. This purpose-built development offers highly contemporary suites of outstanding facilities for Computer Science and Engineering students. Our modern computing and engineering laboratories are equipped with comprehensive test and measurement equipment, high-specification computers, high-resolution screens and the latest hardware and software.
A four-screen CAVE (Computer Augmented Virtual Environment) provides a super immersive 3D virtual environment, enabling users to immerse themselves in a virtual room and experience real life scenarios in 4K resolution. There are also specialist laboratories for networking and games programming, in addition to a specialist research laboratory, open access laboratory, a Harvard style lecture theatre, and ‘The Hatchery’, a working space for new business ideas.
Where you'll study
Learning resources include digital oscilloscopes, signal generators, robots and a robotics simulator, wired and wireless networking hardware, graphics software, web development tools, software development environments, big data servers, eye trackers, giant 3D interactive teaching screens, and other specialist software required for studying forensics and internet security techniques.
£77 per credit
for 360 credits
EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, may be eligible for the UK tuition fee rate.
Subject to eligibility, UK students joining this course can apply for a Tuition Fee Loan from the Government to cover the full cost of tuition fees. UK students enrolling on the course may also be eligible to apply for additional funding to help with living costs.
Please view the relevant Money Matters guide for comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK students.
EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme may be eligible to apply for financial support. Irish nationals can ordinarily apply to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). If you are an EU student who does not have settled or pre-settled status, or are an international student from a non-EU country, please see our international student finance pages.
Your future career
Software engineering is one of the most popular professions in IT. Graduates of our software engineering course typically work in computer manufacturers or software houses to improve computer efficiency at the initial design stage. Other career paths include operating systems design or developing specialist products.
There’s a broad range of careers you could go into after your time at Edge Hill. When looking for your first role, you could find yourself as a:
- Software Developer
- Software Testing Engineer
- Java Developer
- Junior Developer
With a strong range of programming languages under your belt, you could apply yourself to many rewarding roles.
Subject to re-approval, this course has received initial accreditation from BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional. Initial accreditation is granted to new programmes which are yet to have a graduating cohort. Successfully completing an accredited honours degree is the first step to full BCS membership and to being awarded chartered status
Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this information, however our courses are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.
Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of professional bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.
Track changes to this course
Change of Modules - 27 September 2022
CIS1700 Foundations of Computer Science (20 credits), CIS1701 Computer Systems Architecture and Networks (20 credits), CIS1702 Programming 1 (20 credits), CIS1703 Programming 2 (20 credits), CIS1704 Professional Practice 1 (20 credits) and CIS1705 Accessible Web Design and Development (20 credits) replace CIS1107 Foundation of Computer Science (20 credits), CIS1108 Digital World: Information Systems and Design (20 credits), CIS1109 Digital World: Computer Architecture and Networks (20 credits), CIS1110 Web Design and Development (20 credits), CIS1111 Programming: Concepts to Construction 1 (20 credits) and CIS1112 Programming: Concepts to Construction 2 (20 credits) as compulsory modules in Year 1.
CIS2700 Database Systems (20 credits), CIS2702 Object-Orientated Programming (20 credits), CIS2712 Professional Practice 2 (20 credits), CIS2718 Introduction to Security (20 credits), CIS2722 Software Engineering (20 credits) and CIS2723 Software Development Tools and Testing (20 credits) replace CIS2143 Databases (20 credits), CIS2149 Object-Oriented Programming (20 credits), CIS2155 Mobile Apps (20 credits), CIS2158 Software Engineering (20 credits), CIS2162 Employability (20 credits) and CIS2163 Introduction to Software Quality Assurance and Testing (20 credits) as compulsory modules in Year 2.
CIS3401 Advanced Databases (20 credits), CIS3415 Distributed Systems (20 credits), CIS3421 Embedded Systems (20 credits), CIS3423 Internet Security (20 credits) and CIS3425 Research and Development Project (40 credits) replace CIS3140 Research and Development Project (40 credits), CIS3157 Complex Systems (20 credits) and CIS3161 Research and Development Methods (20 credits) as compulsory modules in Year 3. CIS3145 Distributed Systems (20 credits), CIS3146 Embedded Systems (20 credits), CIS3155 Advanced Databases (20 credits), CIS3156 Intelligent Systems (20 credits) and CIS3163 Embedded Systems Software Development (20 credits) removed as optional modules in Year 3.
The above changes take effect for September 2023 entry.