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University of Sheffield

Software Engineering with a Foundation Year

UCAS Code: G651

Master of Engineering (with Honours) - MEng (Hon)

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,C-B,B,B

dependent on subjects studied

Access to HE Diploma

D:30,M:15,P:0

Typical requirement of 60 credits overall, 45 credits at Level 3 with 30 at Distinction, including at least 12 credits in Mathematics, and 15 at Merit. Applicants are considered individually.

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

M2,M2,M2-M2,M2,M3

dependent on subjects studied

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

32-31

dependent on subjects studied

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

DD

in Engineering or Applied Science plus A Level grade B or C dependent on subjects studied. DD in BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Engineering or Applied Science plus BB or BC at A Level dependent on subjects studied

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

DDD

in Engineering including Distinction in Further Maths units or DDD in Applied Science (If QCF qualification) DDD in Engineering including Distinction in UNIT 1: Engineering Principles and Unit 7: Calculus) If RCF qualification

Scottish Higher

A,B,B,B,B-A,A,B,B,B


dependent on subjects studied

Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)

B

plus grades BB - BC dependent on subjects studied

UCAS Tariff

112-147

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

33%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Software engineering

If you want to study software engineering at Sheffield but you don’t have the right A Levels, this is the most direct route. The foundation year gives you the necessary grounding in maths, physics and other areas. Complete it to the required standard and you’re guaranteed a place on a degree course.

Sheffield is the only computer science department in the UK with its own student-run software company – Genesys Solutions. The academic standard is high, with a strong emphasis on the scientific principles that underpin new technology. This combination of advanced science, creativity and business skills makes it the perfect training ground for software engineers.

You will get the chance to work for Genesys as part of your course, providing solutions for real clients. As well as hands-on experience, you will get a solid grounding in the fundamentals, including the latest research on artificial intelligence. Third and fourth-year subjects include e-commerce, 3D graphics and games technology. Teaching staff are experts in iPhone, Android and VR technology. Guest lecturers come from IBM, Microsoft and HP.

Our graduates are problem solvers. They can program. They work well in teams. And they understand the theoretical principles. They are consultants and software engineers with companies including Accenture, Amazon, Deutsche Bank, Google, HSBC, IBM, Microsoft and Reuters.

Tuition fees

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

England
£9,250
per year
International
£23,750
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

Extra funding

The University of Sheffield Bursary is available to home students who have a household income of £40,000 or less. You may also be eligible for an additional £250 per year depending on your postcode and grades. We use the details you submit to Student Finance and UCAS to assess your eligibility for a bursary. You don’t need to apply; if you’re eligible you’ll receive an award for each year of your course. If you're a care leaver, care for an ill or disabled family member or are estranged from your parents or guardian you may be eligible for an enhanced bursary of £4,500 per year. The University also offers a number of scholarships to help you fund your studies and enhance your learning experience. Use our Student Funding Calculator to check what funding your could be eligible for - www.sheffield.ac.uk/funding/calculator. Further information - www.sheffield.ac.uk/undergraduate/fees-funding

The Uni


Course location:

University of Sheffield

Department:

Science and Engineering Foundation

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.

Software engineering

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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?

32%
UK students
68%
International students
76%
Male students
24%
Female students
100%
2:1 or above
10%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

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A
A

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.

£27,000
med
Average annual salary
93%
med
Employed or in further education
65%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

83%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
9%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
4%
Engineering 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.

£26k

£26k

£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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It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

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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