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Sheffield Hallam University

Software Engineering

UCAS Code: G600

Bachelor of Engineering (with Honours) - BEng (Hon)

Entry requirements


Access to HE Diploma

M:15

At least 45 credits at level 3 and 15 credits at level 2. At least 15 level 3 credits must be at merit grade or above, from a QAA-recognised Access to HE course, or an equivalent Access to HE certificate.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE English language and mathematics at grade C or grade 4 or above.

UCAS Tariff

112

This must include at least two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications. For example: BBC at A Level. DMM in BTEC Extended Diploma. A combination of qualifications, which may include AS Levels, EPQ and general studies.

88%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Other options

4 years | Sandwich | 2019

Subject

Software engineering

Gain the knowledge and practical skills required to develop fit-for-purpose software systems using the latest software engineering methods. This course is ideal if you want to become a software developer who understands and can apply fundamental software engineering principles to construct complex software systems. This is a practical course, which balances theory and implementation to support the specification, design, programming and evaluation of software-based systems in businesses and other organisations.During the first two years, you develop the fundamental skills of software development across different web-based and database application areas. Even if you have never programmed before coming to university you can become a skilled developers by the time you go on work placement. On this course you cover a range of programming languages, such as C++, C# and Java, and environments, such as Visual Studio, Oracle, Eclipse and Netbeans. You also apply your programming skills and knowledge to solve real-world problems. This includes a project where you work as a team with a commercial client to deliver a software prototype to them.If you do well in the first two years of your course, you will be eligible to transfer to an MEng integrated masters course that provides additional depth of study and industry involvement. In your final year, you are introduced to additional specialised and application-oriented skills and techniques required to design, develop and manage software applications, which are more open-ended and require more creativity. In your final year project, you get the opportunity to put what you have learned throughout your course into practice by developing a non-trivial software application. Key areas include programming databases networked software development web application development management of IT projects software design frameworks and architectures.**Placements and work experience**In your third year, you can put what youve learned into practice with a one-year paid work placement. Work placements offer you valuable experience, and an enjoyable year applying your knowledge and skills. We can help you to gain a placement and support you through the application process. Previous students have worked at organisations including Intel IBM 3Squared SN Systems CSC Servelec.If you are doing your work placement in another European country there may be funding available through the Erasmus programme.**Professional recognition**This course is accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT. It counts towards the academic requirements for registration as a Chartered IT Professional and / or partially meeting the requirements for Chartered Engineer.

Modules

**Year one modules** • mathematics for software engineering • component programming • professionalism and communication skills • fundamentals of programming • introduction to requirements and systems modelling • fundamentals of computer architecture

**Year two core modules** • software engineering: concepts and methods • group software development project • database systems for software applications • networked software development • object -oriented programming • web application development

**Year three** • work placement

**Year four core modules** • project • management of IT projects • case studies in software design • applications: frameworks and architectures
**Year four options** • effective C++ programming • advanced databases and client server applications • programming 'things' • mobile applications

Assessment methods

• Examinations
• Coursework
• Group work
• Phase tests
• Presentations
• Final year project

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£12,750
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

Extra funding

Scholarships, discounts and bursaries may be available to students who study this course.

The Uni


Course location:

Sheffield Hallam University

Department:

Sheffield Hallam University

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

78%
med
Software engineering

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Software engineering

Teaching and learning

94%
Staff make the subject interesting
92%
Staff are good at explaining things
82%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
92%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

85%
Library resources
80%
IT resources
82%
Course specific equipment and facilities
78%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

97%
UK students
3%
International students
94%
Male students
6%
Female students
74%
2:1 or above
6%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Software engineering

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£22,500
med
Average annual salary
89%
med
Employed or in further education
99%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

81%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
4%
Customer service occupations
3%
Business, research and administrative professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

A specialist subject, and not surprisingly graduates tend to go into software engineering roles or related. The degree classification students achieved made a particular difference last year — computing graduates with the best grades were much less likely to be out of work after six months and employers can even rate a good grade as important as work experience. Most students do get jobs, though, and starting salaries are good — particularly in London, where average starting salaries for good graduates were getting towards £38k last year. Be aware that at the moment, recruitment agencies are much the most common way for graduates from this degree to get their first job, so it may be worth getting in touch with a few specialist agencies in advance of graduation if you take this degree to get a foot in the door.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Software engineering

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

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Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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