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Swansea University

Software Engineering

UCAS Code: G600

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,B-B,B,B

2 of the A-Levels are to come from the following list of subjects : Biology, Chemistry, Computing,Electronics, Further Mathematics, Mathematics (any variation), Physics, Psychology, Statistics (Economics may replace Psychology)

Access to HE Diploma

D:24,M:15

From a suitable subject area. 3 Distinctions must be in Maths.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

34-32

To include 5 in HL or 6 in SL in two of Biology, Chemistry, Computing, Electronics, Further Mathematics, Mathematics (any variation), Physics, Psychology, Statistics (Economics may replace Psychology) and 5 in SL English.

Minimum of 360 points overall to include a minimum of 3 B1 passes in Higher/Honours paper (including two of Biology, Chemistry, Computing, Electronics, Further Mathematics, Mathematics (any variation), Physics, Psychology, Statistics (Economics may replace Psychology).

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDD

From BTEC in Computing or Information Technology

UCAS Tariff

120-136

We’ve calculated how many Ucas points you’ll need for this course.

83%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

Software engineering

Building software to a specification is a challenging and vital skill in modern Computer Science, and this degree will give you the knowledge, experience and expertise to prepare you for a career in the exciting field of software engineering.We are excellent for career prospects in Computer Science, with 93% of our graduates in graduate employment or further study six months after leaving University [DHLE Survey 2017].Graduates from our BSc in Software Engineering enjoy rewarding careers with organisations such as Hewlett Packard, BT and Motorola Solutions, and with job titles including senior software developer, systems developer, and software engineer.You will be taught in our new 31m Computational Foundry, a world class centre with state-of-the-art facilities for teaching and research, as well as networking and meeting spaces, which bring students, academics and industry together. The Foundry provides a regional hub to further build our already excellent relationships with global tech companies and local industry, and you will be able to present your work to employers at our Project Fair.On this degree you will study the fundamental elements of computer science before progressing on to team working skills in year two. This includes completing work started by other teams and working collaboratively with other teams giving you valuable experience of working practices which are common in industry. Finally, you will move on to software testing, design patterns and generic programming, and you will complete a practical project, involving building a software system.Teaching is informed by our world class research, and our team of leading academics includes Professor Matt Jones, Wolfson Research Merit fellow, whose passion is empowering rural digital communities in the developing world and in the UK; and Professor Harold Thimbleby, who designs dependable systems to accommodate human error, especially in healthcare. The Software Engineering degree is also offered as a four-year course, with a year in industry (G60A) or with a year abroad (G60B). My studies at Swansea have made me well-prepared for my job at 4C Consulting London which is a leading Platinum Sales Force Partner that specialises in building cloud applications. I believe that I would not have landed this job if not for the experience I have gained from my time in Swansea. More specifically, the degree content related fairly closely with the concepts that I practise now.Genalyn Estrada, Developer, 4C Consulting, London

Modules

Year 1 is the same as the BSc Computer Science degree. This is mainly because students studying these need to know the same fundamental things. Year 2 also shares some modules with Computer Science, eg in studying databases, graphics, algorithms, concurrent systems and alternative approaches to programming. Software Engineering concentrates more on team working than Computer Science. It also brings in real-world concepts like completing work started by other teams, and working collaboratively with other teams – all of which are things that are common practice in industry. Students also study structuring, storing, manipulating and communicating data. However, Software Engineering students study fewer of the theoretical concepts behind programming languages. In Year 3 of Software Engineering includes a project, two compulsory modules on Software Testing and Design Patterns and Generic Programming, plus options. The project must be practical, and you must build a software system.

The Uni


Course location:

Bay Campus

Department:

Computer Science

TEF rating:

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

55%
UK students
45%
International students
88%
Male students
12%
Female students
76%
2:1 or above
12%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
C

After graduation


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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.

£23,000
med
Average annual salary
99%
high
Employed or in further education
100%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

78%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
5%
Teaching and educational professionals
5%
Information technology technicians
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.

£24k

£24k

£28k

£28k

£28k

£28k

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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