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University of Bradford

Software Engineering

UCAS Code: I300
Bachelor of Engineering (with Honours) - BEng (Hon) years full-time 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers

Not Available

  • Software engineering
Student score
74% MED
% employed or in further study
85% LOW
Average graduate salary
£20k LOW
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level

Scottish Highers
Not Available

As UCAS tariff

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

International Baccalaureate

To include three Higher Level subjects at 6, 6, 5 and Higher Level grade 3 or Standard Level grade 4 in English and Maths.

UCAS tariff points

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.

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 128 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers

Not Available

Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support


Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

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 course shares a common first year with our Computer Science programmes, allowing you to transfer between them before the start of the second year if you feel an alternative course suits you better. It 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. Also available as a four-year course incorporating a placement year. Professional Accreditation/Recognition This 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.


All of our Computing courses share a common first year, allowing transfer between them before the start of the second year. Our first year modules cover foundation topics including introductory computer programming, internet technologies, professional skills and more. The second year also includes many modules common to all of our courses, further strengthening core and fundamental knowledge required by all Computing graduates. The second year also introduces course specific modules and our flagship Enterprise Pro module which embeds industry projects within your course, giving you significant real world experience of designing and developing a solution to an industry proposed problem, within a supervised and academically supported team. Our final year is where you will further develop your software engineering skills allowing you to launch your career. The course includes a final year project as well as further specialist content (mobile applications and software verification) and the opportunity to take an elective module to really personalise your degree. 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: 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)

University of Bradford

Main building

The University of Bradford is a fantastic place to study, socialise and get involved with, whether it's through the wide range of courses or the many sports, societies, media and entertainments at the Students' Union. Our new £8million Student Central building holds a 1,300-capacity club, radio station, four bars, bookable rooms for students and a huge outdoor grass area.

How you'll spend your time

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How you'll be assessed

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What do the numbers say for

The percentages below relate to the general subject area at this uni, not to one course. We show these stats because there isn't enough data about the specific course, or where this is the most detailed info made available to us.

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were taking courses within this subject area about things such as the quality of facilities and teaching - useful to refer to when you're narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether overall satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 83%
Student score 74% MED
Able to access IT resources


Staff made the subject interesting


Library resources are satisfactory


Feedback on work has been helpful


Feedback on work has been prompt


Staff are good at explaining things


Staff value students' opinions



Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
13% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
15% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
27% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
317 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
63% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
9% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 85% LOW
Average graduate salary £20k LOW
Graduates who are information technology and telecommunications professionals


Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers


Graduates who are business, finance and related associate professionals


Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
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.
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