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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).

Overview

Course length: 3 years full-time
Typically 4.5 years part-time
Start dates: September 2023
Location: Edge Hill University
Example offers: BCC-BBC (A Level) or DMM (BTEC) View full entry criteria
Subject(s): Computing and IT
Faculty: Arts and Sciences
Department: Computer Science
Two students work on a computer software application.

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.

BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT logo. Subject to re-approval.

Course features

  • Professional accreditation

  • 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.

Compulsory modules:

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Accessible Web Design and Development

Computer Systems Architecture and Networks

Foundations of Computer Science

Professional Practice 1

Programming 1

Programming 2

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.

Compulsory modules:

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Database Systems

Introduction to Security

Object-Orientated Programming

Professional Practice 2

Software Development Tools and Testing

Software Engineering

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.

Compulsory modules:

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Advanced Databases

Distributed Systems

Embedded Systems

Internet Security

Research and Development Project

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.

Timetables for your first week are normally available at the end of August prior to enrolment in September. You can expect to receive your timetable for the rest of the academic year during your first week. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities.

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.

Entry criteria

Entry requirements

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.

Example offers

Qualification Requirement
A Level BCC-BBC.
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

Apply full-time

Apply online through UCAS

Read our guide to applying through UCAS to find out more about the application process.

Apply part-time

Apply directly to Edge Hill University

Complete our online application form if you want to study this course on a part-time basis.

International

Apply as an international student

Please see our international student pages for further information about how to apply as a prospective international student.

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.

Did you know?

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.

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Facilities

Tech Hub.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

Tech Hub

Learning resources

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.

Finance

Tuition fees

UK Full-Time

£9,250

a year

UK Part-Time

£77 per credit

for 360 credits

International

£15,500

a year

The UK tuition fee rate is subject to final Government approval for academic year 2023/24 entry. The University may administer a small inflationary rise in tuition fees, in line with Government policy, in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.

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.

Financial support

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.

BCS accreditation

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

Course changes

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.

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