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University of Portsmouth

Software Engineering

UCAS Code: G600

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

Entry requirements


104-120 Tariff points to include a minimum of 2 A levels.

106-122 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma.

Cambridge Pre-U score of 44-50.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

3 GCSEs at grade C or above to include English and Mathematics/3 GCSEs at grade 4 or above to include English and Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

25

25 points from the IB Diploma, to include 3 Higher Level subjects.

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

H3,H3,H3,H4,H4-H3,H3,H3,H3,H3

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

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

DMM-DDM

104-120 Tariff points.

UCAS Tariff

104-120

104-120 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent.

96%
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

3.0years

Full-time | 2020

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2020

Subject

Software engineering

**Overview**

Technology is an increasing part of everyday life, and there's a constant need for the software behind it to be updated, maintained and improved. If you like solving problems and have an interest in coding and computing, this BSc (Hons) Software Engineering degree course prepares you for a career in this field.

You'll study programming techniques and software engineering principles that can be applied to many different areas. You'll put theory into practice while applying various software technologies to solve complex problems.

The combination of technical skills and practical experience you’ll get will set you up for a career as a programmer or developer in fields such as data warehousing, computer security, IT management and web development.

Accredited by

This course is accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT and meets the academic requirements for registration as a Chartered IT Professional (CITP). It also meets some of the academic requirements that you need to become a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

92% Graduates in work or further study (DLHE, 2017)

**What you'll experience**

On this course you'll:

- Access our usability lab, equipped with eye-tracking software

- Use our mobile computing lab to develop Android and iOS apps

- Have opportunities to apply your skills in projects with local organisations and charities, helping to solve problems they’re facing

- Tailor your studies to match your career ambitions, with a choice of units in areas such as artificial intelligence, computer security and mobile development

**Careers and opportunities**

When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry. Or, you could do further study at postgraduate level in areas such as intelligent systems, computer security and forensic computing.

What can you do with a Software Engineering degree?

Areas previous students have gone on to include:

- web development

- IT management

- software engineering

- computer programming

What jobs can you do with a Software Engineering degree?

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

- Systems engineer

- web developer

- computer programmer

- software engineer

- analyst programmer

- firmware developer

Other graduates have continued their studies at postgraduate level or set up successful businesses with help and support from the University.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

"There are plenty of computers available, from Macs to PCs, in open access areas throughout the building." Matthew Prentice, Software Engineering Student

Modules

What you'll study on this BSc (Hons) Software Engineering degree

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

Year 1

Core modules in this year include:

Application Programming
Architecture and Operating Systems
Core Computing Concepts
Database Systems Development
Networks

There are no optional modules in this year.

Year 2

Core modules in this year include:

Application Engineering
Data Structures and Algorithms
Development for Usability
Discrete Mathematics and Functional Programming
Software Engineering Theory and Practice

Optional modules in this year currently include:

3D computer graphics and animation
Computing Undergraduate Ambassador
Ethical Hacking
Institution-wide Language Program
Virtualisation and Cloud Computing

Placement year (optional)

On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry.

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Year 3

Core modules in this year include:

Engineering Science
Individual Project (Engineering)
Scalable Software Engineering

Optional modules in this year currently include:

Distributed Systems and Security
Educational Computing
Fuzzy Systems and Networks
Graphics and Computer Vision
Interaction Design
Internet of Things
Neural Networks and Genetic Algorithms
Practical Data Analytics and Mining
Professional and Academic Research Development
Robotics

Assessment methods

You'll be assessed through:

multiple choice tests
written exams
mini projects
presentations
written reports
review articles

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

Year 1 students: 33% by written exams and 67% by coursework
Year 2 students: 45% by written exams and 55% by coursework
Year 3 students: 18% by written exams, 7% by practical exams and 75% by coursework

Tuition fees

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

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£16,400
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Portsmouth

Department:

Faculty of Technology

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.

72%
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

58%
Staff make the subject interesting
79%
Staff are good at explaining things
75%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
67%
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

92%
Library resources
83%
IT resources
92%
Course specific equipment and facilities
63%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

87%
UK students
13%
International students
91%
Male students
9%
Female students
87%
2:1 or above
10%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
E

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.

£23,000
med
Average annual salary
100%
high
Employed or in further education
98%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

44%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
14%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
7%
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.

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£25k

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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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