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UCAS Code
G600
Mode of Study
Full-time, Full-time sandwich with work placement
Duration
3 years full-time, 4 years sandwich with work placement
Start Date
September 2021

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.

Pending accreditation

This course is currently going through the process of re-accreditation with the British Computer Society (The Chartered Institute for IT) after the 2020 assessment visit was delayed due to Covid-19.

95% Graduates in work or further study (HESA Graduate Outcomes Survey conducted in 2019)

TEF Gold Teaching Excellence Framework

Entry requirements​

BSc (Hons) Software Engineering degree entry requirements

Typical offers
  • A levels – ABB–BBC
  • UCAS points – 112–128 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent (calculate your UCAS points)
  • BTECs (Extended Diplomas) – DDM–DMM
  • International Baccalaureate – 25–26

See full entry requirements and other qualifications we accept

English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

See alternative English language qualifications

We also accept other standard English tests and qualifications, as long as they meet the minimum requirements of your course.

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

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

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, four modules worth 20 credits and one module worth 40 credits.

Modules

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.

Core modules in this year include:

  • Application Engineering
  • Data Structures and Algorithms
  • Database Principles
  • Software Engineering Theory and Practice
  • Usability Engineering

Optional modules in this year currently include:

  • 3D computer graphics and animation
  • Business Systems Analysis
  • Computing Undergraduate Ambassador
  • Discrete Mathematics and Functional Programming
  • Ethical Hacking
  • Virtualisation and Cloud Computing

On this course, you can do an optional exchange study abroad or 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.

Core modules in this year include:

  • Engineering Science
  • Individual Project (Engineering)
  • Scalable Software Engineering

Optional modules in this year currently include:

  • Advanced Databade Concepts
  • Distributed Systems and Security
  • Educational Computing
  • Fuzzy Systems and Networks
  • Graphics and Computer Vision
  • Hacking 4 Defence
  • Interaction Design
  • Internet of Things
  • Neural Networks and Genetic Algorithms
  • Practical Data Analytics and Mining
  • Professional and Academic Research Development
  • Robotics
  • Security and Cryptography

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.

We can help you identify placements, internships and voluntary roles that will complement your studies.

Academic skills support

As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • Academic writing
  • Note taking
  • Time management
  • Critical thinking
  • Presentation skills
  • Referencing
  • Working in groups
  • Revision, memory and exam techniques

If you have a disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.

Maths and stats support

The Maths Cafe offers advice and assistance with mathematical skills in a friendly, informal environment. You can come to our daily drop-in sessions, develop your maths skills at a workshop or use our online resources.

Teaching

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • tutorials
  • project work

How you'll spend your time

Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and 2 assessment periods:

  • Teaching block 1 – October to January
  • Assessment period 1 – late January to early February
  • Teaching block 2 – February to May
  • Assessment period 2 – May to June

How you're assessed

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

​Course costs

Tuition fees (2021 start)

  • UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • EU students – £9,250 a year (including Transition Scholarship)
  • International students – £17,600 per year (subject to annual increase)

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

Additional costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.

Apply

How to apply

To start this course in 2021, apply through UCAS. You'll need:

  • the UCAS course code – G600
  • our institution code – P80

If you'd prefer to apply directly, use our online application form.

You can also sign up to an Open Day to:

  • Tour our campus, facilities and halls of residence
  • Speak with lecturers and chat with our students 
  • Get information about where to live, how to fund your studies and which clubs and societies to join

If you're new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.

How to apply from outside the UK

If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply for this course through UCAS or apply directly to us (see the 'How to apply' section above for details). You can also get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.

To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section. 

If you don't meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.

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