We use cookies to allow us and selected partners to improve your experience and our advertising. By continuing to browse you consent to our use of cookies as per our policy which also explains how to change your preferences.

University of Southampton

Software Engineering

UCAS Code: G4G6

Bachelor of Engineering (with Honours) - BEng (Hon)

Entry requirements


A level

A*,A,A

Typical offer: A*AA, to include Mathematics at grade A* or A. Alternative conditions: A*A*B, to include Mathematics at grade A*. A level science subjects considered include biology, human biology, physics, mathematics, psychology, environmental studies, geology. Science practical components must be passed. General Studies, Critical Thinking and Use of Mathematics are excluded for entry.

A*AA from 3 A levels to include Mathematics Or A*A from two A levels to include Maths and A from the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate – Principal subjects

D2,D3,D3

Typical offer: D2, D3, D3 to include Mathematics. Cambridge Pre-U's can be used in combination with other qualifications such as A Levels to achieve the equivalent of the typical offer, where D3 can be used in lieu of A Level grade A or grade M2 can be used in lieu of A Level grade B.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

38

Typical offer: Pass, with overall score of 38 points, with 18 points required at higher level: including 6 points from Mathematics. International Baccalaureate Career-related Programme (IBCP): The University of Southampton accepts the IBCP for entry to their degree programmes, recognising the value of combining academic skills with practical skills, providing a solid preparation for university level work. Offers will be made on the individual components of the IBCP. Applicants not taking the full IBCP but presenting with a combination of a Level 3 vocational qualification and IB Certificates may still be considered. Applicants are advised to contact the Faculty of [XXX] Admissions Office at XXXXX@soton.ac.uk for more information.

Irish Leaving Certificate - Higher Level

H1,H1,H1,H2,H2,H2

Typical offer: H1 H1 H1 H2 H2 H2, to include Mathematics at H1. Unless a more advanced level (Higher Level) is specified in the stated entry requirements, all applicants will be required to have achieved a pass in Mathematics and English at ILC Grade C or O4, the equivalent of GCSE Grade C/ Grade 4.

Scottish Advanced Higher

A,A,A

AAA including Mathematics at Advanced Higher Level. Unless a more advanced level (Higher or Advanced Higher) is specified in the stated entry requirements, all applicants will be required to have achieved a pass in Mathematics and English at Standard Grade, Grade 3 or National 5, Grade C, the equivalent of GCSE Grade C/ Grade 4

UCAS Tariff

152-168

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

56%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2018

Subjects

Computer science

Software engineering

Engineering high quality, secure and reliable software systems has never been so challenging. Our distinctive BEng Software Engineering degree will allow you to develop the core professional skills, knowledge and understanding that underpin the software engineering industry, including programming, software design, analysis, quality assurance and project management. Key areas of specialist study include critical systems, web development, advanced databases and scripting languages. Southampton has been ranked in the top 10 universities in the UK for Computer Science for over 10 years (Guardian University Guide 2017) and is number one in the UK for graduate prospects in Computer Science (Complete University Guide 2017). 100 per cent of our employed graduates are in professional/managerial positions six months after graduating (Unistats 2016/17) and 100 per cent of our computer science and IT research has been rated world leading or internationally excellent for its impact on society (REF, 2014). Our outstanding facilities and renowned teaching staff prepare our students to work in a wide variety of areas and fields. Our graduates are in high demand; we have strong relationships with employers and our own Careers Hub website. We also run an annual careers fair and have a dedicated startup incubator, Future Worlds, to support student enterprise. Our BEng in Software Engineering is accredited by the British Computer Society and by the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

Modules

This three-year BEng programme will enable you to pursue a career in any area of the software industry and has been designed to maximise student choice by allowing you to tailor the degree structure to suit your own interests. During the first two years you will undertake a series of core modules, for example Programming, Computer Systems, Data Management, Intelligent Systems, interaction design and Professional Development. In your third year you can choose from a wide range of optional modules that reflect the specialist areas of software engineering and key technologies that will be critical in the future. You will also work on an individual project to take a piece of software from development to implementation and evaluation. For further details of our optional modules: http://www.ecs.soton.ac.uk/programmes/g4g6-beng-software-engineering#modules.

Assessment methods

A range of assessment methods are used on this programme to enable students to demonstrate their achievement of the intended learning outcomes. These include written examinations and assessments, in-class tests, design exercises, programming exercises, oral presentations, assessed laboratories and group work exercises.

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
£20,320
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Main Site - Highfield Campus

Department:

Electronics and Computer Science

TEF rating:

Study in Southampton

Explore the local area, what there is to do for fun, living costs and other university options here.

Explore Southampton
Read full university profile

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.

86%
high
Computer science
86%
high
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.

Computer science

Teaching and learning

80%
Staff make the subject interesting
89%
Staff are good at explaining things
84%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
95%
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

99%
Library resources
87%
IT resources
94%
Course specific equipment and facilities
88%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

51%
UK students
49%
International students
81%
Male students
19%
Female students
90%
2:1 or above
8%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
A
B
449

Computing

Teaching and learning

80%
Staff make the subject interesting
89%
Staff are good at explaining things
84%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
95%
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

99%
Library resources
87%
IT resources
94%
Course specific equipment and facilities
88%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

21%
UK students
79%
International students
81%
Male students
19%
Female students
88%
2:1 or above
0%
Drop out rate
443

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.

Computer science

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.

£21,000
med
Average annual salary
100%
high
Employed or in further education
67%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

15%
Business, research and administrative professionals
15%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
15%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

This is a newly-classified subject area for this kind of data, so we don’t currently have very much information to display or analyse yet. The subject is linked to important and growing computing industries, and over time we can expect more students to study them — there could be opportunities that open up for graduates in these subjects as the economy develops over the next few years.

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.

£21,000
med
Average annual salary
96%
high
Employed or in further education
45%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

38%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
8%
Business, research and administrative professionals
8%
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.

Computing

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£29k

£29k

£36k

£36k

£40k

£40k

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.

Share this page

Expert tips for uni - straight to your inbox
Free to students, teachers and parents
Sign me up

This is what the university has told Ucas about the criteria they expect applicants to satisfy; some may be compulsory, others may be preferable.

Have a question about this info? Learn more here

This is the percentage of applicants to this course who received an offer last year, through Ucas.

Have a question about this info? Learn more here

This is what the university has told Ucas about the course. Use it to get a quick idea about what makes it unique compared to similar courses, elsewhere.

Have a question about this info? Learn more here

Course location and department:

This is what the university has told Ucas about the course. Use it to get a quick idea about what makes it unique compared to similar courses, elsewhere.

Have a question about this info? Learn more here

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF):

We've received this information from the Department for Education, via Ucas. This is how the university as a whole has been rated for its quality of teaching: gold silver or bronze. Note, not all universities have taken part in the TEF.

Have a question about this info? Learn more here

This information comes from the National Student Survey, an annual student survey of final-year students. You can use this to see how satisfied students studying this subject area at this university, are (not the individual course).

We calculate a mean rating of all responses to indicate whether this is high, medium or low compared to the same subject area at other universities.

Have a question about this info? Learn more here

This information is from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA).

You can use this to get an idea of who you might share a lecture with and how they progressed in this subject, here. It's also worth comparing typical A-level subjects and grades students achieved with the current course entry requirements; similarities or differences here could indicate how flexible (or not) a university might be.

Have a question about this info? Learn more here

Post-six month graduation stats:

This is from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey, based on responses from graduates who studied the same subject area here.

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.

Have a question about this info? Learn more here

Graduate field commentary:

The Higher Education Careers Services Unit have provided some further context for all graduates in this subject area, including details that numbers alone might not show

Have a question about this info? Learn more here

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?

Have a question about this info? Learn more here