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University of Salford

Software Engineering with Foundation Year

UCAS Code: G601

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

Entry requirements


64 UCAS Tariff points where qualifications include either Mathematics or Computing at A-level. 72 UCAS Tariff points from any subject combination. Pass in Science Practical

64-72 UCAS Tariff points. Do not accept this qualification on its own, must complete a minimum of 2 A Levels or equivalent qualification.

QAA Approved Pass to include a Computer related Subject with insufficient Maths to be offered Level 4

64 UCAS Tariff points where qualifications include computing or a numerate subject. 72 UCAS Tariff points from any subject combination.

64-72 UCAS Tariff points. Do not accept this qualification on its own, must complete a minimum of 2 A Levels or equivalent qualification.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

Grade C or grade 4 (or above) in Maths and English GCSE is required.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

26

Grade 4 in Computing, Physics or Maths at Higher Level

64 UCAS Tariff points where qualifications include Higher level Computing or Numerate subject. 72 UCAS Tariff points from any subject combination.

64 UCAS Tariff points where qualifications include Higher level Computing or Numerate subject. 72 UCAS Tariff points from any subject combination.

64-72 UCAS Tariff points. Do not accept this qualification on its own, must complete a minimum of 2 A Levels or equivalent qualification.

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

DM-MM

DM (64 UCAS Tariff points) where BTEC includes computing or a numerate subject. MM (72 UCAS Tariff points) from any subject combination.

Must complete a minimum of 2 A Levels or equivalent qualification. 64 UCAS Tariff points where qualifications include both computing or a numerate subject. 72 UCAS Tariff points from any subject combination.

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

MPP-MMP

MPP (64 UCAS Tariff points) where BTEC includes computing or numerate subject MMP (72 UCAS Tariff points) from any subject combination.

Must complete a minimum of 2 A Levels or equivalent qualification. 64 UCAS Tariff points where qualifications include computing or a numerate subject 72 UCAS Tariff points from any subject combination.

64 UCAS Tariff points where qualifications include computing or a numerate subject. 72 UCAS Tariff points from any subject combination.

64 UCAS Tariff points where qualifications include both mathematics and physics to A-level standard 72 UCAS Tariff points from any subject combination.

UCAS Tariff

64-72

From a minimum of 2 full A Levels or equivalent. 64 UCAS Tariff points where qualifications include either Mathematics or Computing at A-level. 72 UCAS Tariff points from any subject combination.

64 UCAS Tariff points where qualifications include Computing or a numerate subject. 72 UCAS Tariff points from any subject combination.

75%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Software engineering

**Increasingly sophisticated software and applications are shaping our daily lives and revolutionising industries. Prepare for an in-demand, lucrative career with a professionally-accredited degree in Software Engineering at Salford.**

The pace of change and innovation in technology and software is rapid. Organisations of all sizes, in commerce, government, healthcare and retail, need talented people to create robust software systems that are usable, maintainable and transformational. With our specialised three-year course, you’ll build practical skills and real-world understanding, ready to become a professional software developer.

Accredited by the British Computer Society, our industry-designed course is delivered by experts. Through our industrial liaison committee, which has included Web Applications UK, Autotrader, DAI and FastWebMedia, we’ve designed a range of career relevant modules that build desirable skills. The course blends the core competences you need to thrive in an evolving environment, with awareness of risk and a flair in software specification, design and implementation. You’ll build programming skills and explore design patterns. You’ll develop awareness of data structures, algorithms and artificial intelligence. You'll address professionalism, ethics and quality management.

The Foundation Year aims to develop your understanding of the key computing subjects to meet the prerequisites for study on the associated degree programme. You will cover essential mathematics, the basics of programming, as well as looking at the detailed operation of computer systems. Key areas of focus also include effective communication and study skills. On successful completion of the Foundation Year, you will progress on to year one of the BSc (Hons) Software Engineering degree for the remainder three years of your course.

With our envious campus location, minutes from central Manchester, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to get involved in the region’s thriving tech community. There will also be opportunities to enjoy extra-curricular activities through our computing society, or take part in HackManchester, which Salford won in 2018 With your future career in mind, we’ll encourage you to take an additional placement year to apply what you’ve learnt and develop further skills, adding ‘with professional experience’ to your degree award.

**Features**

- Build theoretical knowledge to adapt your skills as programming, languages and techniques evolve

- Cultivate independent technical judgement, with the ability to think conceptually and use technology to translate concepts into reality

- Develop methodical approaches to the analysis, design, development, testing and maintenance of object-oriented systems using the Java language

- Understand and apply the techniques and technologies used to create interactive web applications

- Choose options in virtual reality and 3D gaming, mobile development, information security management or business management

- Gain the knowledge and skills ready to progress on to the BSc (Hons) Software Engineering degree programme

Modules

Computer Programming; Computer Systems; Mathematics.

The Uni


Course location:

University of Salford

Department:

School of Computing, Science and Engineering

TEF rating:

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

73%
UK students
27%
International students
83%
Male students
17%
Female students
67%
2:1 or above
18%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
C

After graduation


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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
88%
low
Employed or in further education
100%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

74%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
6%
Food preparation and hospitality trades
3%
Business, research and administrative 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.

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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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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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