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University of Bradford

Software Engineering

UCAS Code: I301

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

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B

As UCAS tariff

128 UCAS tariff points and Higher Level grade 3 or Standard Level grade 4 in English and Maths.

128 UCAS tariff points to include 5 Higher Level Subjects and Ordinary Level English and Maths at grade O4

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

DDM

As UCAS tariff to include at least one Advanced Scottish Higher

UCAS Tariff

128

128 UCAS tariff points to include 80 points from 2 GCE Advanced Level (or equivalent) and GCSE English and Mathematics at grade C/grade 4 or equivalent.

89%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

4years

Sandwich | 2018

Subject

Software engineering

Software Engineering is concerned with building computer software systems that are fully functional, reliable, secure and cost-effective, ranging from large-scale data-driven systems in industry and healthcare sectors to small-scale mobile phone apps. The general principles of engineering are systematically applied to the production of software that meets these stringent requirements. The early part of the course concentrates on the general and theoretical foundations of software engineering and computer science and specifically, the first year is common with all our Computing programmes allowing you to transfer between them before the start of the second year. Software Engineering incorporates converging ideas from other disciplines that come together, including mathematics, engineering, management and graphical design, and has a close affinity with the Internet and World Wide Web. Later, the emphasis moves to the design and implementation of large software engineering projects.Professional Accreditation/RecognitionThis course is accredited by the British Computer Society for full CITP (Chartered IT Professional) status and partial CEng.Our facilities are cutting edge and include specialised labs, such as our new Internet of Things lab and our state of the art Ethical Hacking lab. Our Computing Enterprise Centre offers students the opportunity to work on real-world projects using powerful hardware and industry standard software, under the supervision of subject experts. We have a range of the latest hardware and gadgets such as VR headsets, EEG headsets (mind-readers!), tablets, mobile phones, and much more. Our staff are research active and embed outcomes of their world leading research into the design of our courses, ensuring that you are equipped not just for the job market today, but are well prepared for the future.

Modules

Year 1:
Computer Architecture and Systems Software (core)
Fundamentals of Programming (core)
Internet Technologies (core)
Mathematics for Computing (core)
Software Design & Development (core)
Technical and Professional Skills (core)

Year 2:
Computer Communications and Networks (core)
Data Structures and Algorithms (core)
Database Systems (core)
Enterprise Pro (core)
Information Engineering and Testing (core)
System Security Management (core)

Year 3:
Placement Year

Year 4:
Final Year Project (core)
Mobile Applications (core)
Software Verification (core)
Concurrent and Distributed Systems (option)
Elective (option)
Large Scale Data Driven Applications (option)
Neural Networks and Fuzzy Systems (option)

Assessment methods

Most modules use a mixture of formal lectures, practical lab sessions, tutorials and seminars. Some modules involve supervised group work, usually with an assigned academic staff member for each group. All modules require students to undertake independent study, supported through distance learning technologies such as our Virtual Learning Environment. Reading lists and suggested resources for independent study provide further direction for students to undertake this work, and regular contact hours and informal feedback throughout the courses provide opportunities for further guidance for learners. Assessments for modules mostly take the form of practical coursework, lab tests and written exams, with all forms being well represented throughout all years of the course across all modules

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£17,800
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Bradford

Department:

School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

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.

74%
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

77%
Staff make the subject interesting
88%
Staff are good at explaining things
71%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
83%
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

83%
Library resources
87%
IT resources
87%
Course specific equipment and facilities
67%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

87%
UK students
13%
International students
82%
Male students
18%
Female students
74%
2:1 or above
13%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
D

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.

£20,000
low
Average annual salary
87%
low
Employed or in further education
80%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

50%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
6%
Customer service occupations
6%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
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.

£17k

£17k

£19k

£19k

£19k

£19k

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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