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University of Portsmouth

Software Engineering

UCAS Code: G600
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) years full-time, sandwich 2018
Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons) years full-time 2018
Ucas points guide


% applicants receiving offers


  • Software engineering
Student score
79% MED
% employed or in further study
98% HIGH
Average graduate salary
£23k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
Not Available

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

Scottish Highers
Not Available

BTEC Diploma

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

International Baccalaureate

A minimum of two Higher Level subjects.

UCAS tariff points

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

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 104-120 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


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 engineers have a practical, creative and rewarding role that involves a great deal of technical knowledge, inventiveness and interaction with people. On this course you will study programming techniques and software engineering principles. We also encourage you put theory into practice, while applying various software technologies to solve complex problems. WHY STUDY THIS COURSE? This course is accredited by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT which means that it meets all of the academic requirements for registration as a Chartered IT Professional (CITP) and some of the academic requirements that you need to become a Chartered Engineer (CEng). We pay Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) student membership fees for all of our students. MORE ABOUT THIS COURSE The £100 million that the university has invested in its buildings and facilities over the past 10 years, most recently includes our brand-new digital forensics, usability, and mobile app development labs. WHO IS THIS COURSE FOR? This course is perfect for aspiring app and software developers. SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE GAINED On this course you can apply your skills to real-life practical problems as part of the department’s partnership scheme with charities, local and global organisations; you can use our fully equipped multi-platform suites and computer labs to enhance your learning experience; and you can opt to do a salaried placement year either in the UK or abroad. AFTER THE COURSE Software engineers are the people that create, support and analyse the computer applications and systems we use today. This course will give you the skills to become a highly competent practitioner in technical management. You will be able to implement, understand and manage effectively the software systems in most types of organisations such as software houses, communications companies and data warehouses to name a few.


In the first year we aim to supply you with the central skills and knowledge that you will need as a software engineering professional. The areas covered will include software engineering, systems analysis and design. In year two you’ll study topics at a more advanced level, as well as learn to apply your mathematics skills to relevant areas of software engineering. In the final year you will consolidate your skills and learning. There is a handful of core units, but the final-year project gives you the freedom to analyse, design, build and evaluate your own work. This typically involves the development of a substantial software artefact.

University of Portsmouth

The library

Portsmouth is a vibrant waterfront city on the south coast with a rich maritime history. A flat and compact city, Portsmouth is easy to get around on foot or by bike and most University buildings are located in the centre. There is always plenty going on, whether in the bustle of the city centre or in the fresh air and open spaces of the seafront and the common.

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 79% 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
21% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
11% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
6% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
321 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
73% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
22% 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 98% HIGH
Average graduate salary £23k MED
Graduates who are artistic, literary and media occupations


Graduates who are sales, marketing and related associate professionals


Graduates who are information technology and telecommunications 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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