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University of Leicester

Software Engineering (with a Year in Industry)

UCAS Code: G602

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

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B

2 AS Levels accepted in place of 1 A-Level, must be alongside 2 further A-Levels.

Access course must be in a relevant subject, require a minimum of 45 credits at level 3, 30 of which must be at Distinction. Please note an IT based Maths test will be required.

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

D3,M2,M2

Must be in principal subjects.

BBB at A-Level, plus obtain grade B in the EPQ.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE Maths Grade C/4 required.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

30

Minimum of 4 in SL Maths, or 5 in Maths Studies, or 3 in HL Maths required if grade C/4 not held at GCSE.

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H2,H3,H3,H3,H3

Must include Maths.

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

D*D*

Accepted in combination with other qualifications. BTEC must be in IT, Science or Engineering. Please note an IT based Maths test may be required.

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

D*

Accepted in combination with other qualifications.

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

D*D*D*

BTEC must be in IT, Science or Engineering. Please note an IT based Maths test will be required.

Scottish Advanced Higher

A,B,B

Scottish Higher

A,A,B,B,B

ABB from two A-levels and the Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate.

UCAS Tariff

128-152

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

83%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Software engineering

This is for you if... you want to become an expert programmer and learn how to build software systems. You will learn not only how to write code for computers and devices, but also elicit customer requirements, and then design, implement and test large systems. You study business, technology and innovation along with the foundations of software engineering: learn practical skills for employment, and theory that lasts a lifetime.

Modules

The first year provides a solid grounding in the theories and technologies that underpin software engineering. We cover Python and Java programming and program development environments (such as Eclipse) along with basic discrete mathematics for applications. You will also learn about the architecture of modern computers and be introduced to business and financial computing. During your second year you will become an expert in all aspects of the software engineering process and apply your skills in a software engineering group project. In addition, you will learn about operating systems, networks, user interfaces, and how software technology is used in large organisations. Your final year is an opportunity to specialise in the areas of software engineering that interest you. Optional modules include Mobile and Web Applications, Big Data and Predictive Analytics, Computational Intelligence and Software Engineering, and Technology Management. The third year project is a chance to follow your own interests in depth, with one-to-one supervision.

Assessment methods

We use a wide variety of innovative assessment methods. Almost all modules are assessed by a blend of coursework and examination. Coursework might be assessed by a coding assignment, short answer questions, class tests, mini-projects, or group work; and in individual projects you will produce a portfolio of an interim report, career plan, software prototype and main system, and a final dissertation.

Tuition fees

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

The Uni


Course location:

University of Leicester

Department:

Informatics

TEF rating:

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What students say


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.

Computing

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This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.


Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

33%
UK students
67%
International students
81%
Male students
19%
Female students
78%
2:1 or above
21%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
B

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.

£28,000
high
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
29%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

73%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
8%
Information technology technicians
4%
Business, finance and related associate 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.

£25k

£25k

£33k

£33k

£38k

£38k

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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