Computing (Software Engineering) | BSc Four-Year Foundation Entry

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93% of UWTSD students at the School of Applied Computing were satisfied with their course – NSS 2017.

The Foundation Year is designed to allow students to gain the correct skills for entry on to the BSc Software Engineering programme within the School of Applied Computing.

Computers are at the heart of modern life. Software engineers use their expertise to design and implement innovative computer based products to enhance the way we live today and tomorrow. 

Students that follow the course will learn to program, and how to design and develop new computer solutions and applications.

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Awards: Mcomp | BSc | HND | HNC
UCAS Code (MComp): 789R
UCAS Code (BSc): 145S
UCAS Code (HND): 878T
UCAS Code (Foundation): G60F
Institution Code: T80
Course Length:
MComp 4 years f/t
BSc 3 years f/t - up to 6 years p/t;
HND 2 years f/t - up to 4 years p/t;
HNC 1 years f/t - up to 3 years p/t;

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The course focuses on designing, implementing, testing and maintenance of high quality software solutions. The student will focus on acquiring and using the expertise required by a professional programmer to create solutions to large and complex problems.  The expertise and skills you develop from engineering software solutions as part of a team is highly regarded by employers.

Year 0 modules - Foundation Entry

  • Academic Writing (20 credits)
  • Integrating Project (20 credits)
  • Mathematics (10 credits)
  • Science (10 credits)
  • Computer Systems (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Computer Programming (20 credits)
  • Analysing and Solving Problems or Further Mathematics (20 credits)

Year 1 modules - MComp / BSc / HND / HNC

  • Academic & Employability Skills (10 credits)
  • Computational Thinking (10 credits)
  • Computer Architecture and Networks (20 credits)
  • Information Engineering (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Web Development (10 credits)
  • Maths for Software Development (20 credits)
  • Programming 1 (20 credits)
  • Programming 2 (20 credits)

Year 2 modules - MComp / BSc / HND

  • Algorithms and Data Structures (10 credits)
  • Cybersecurity (10 credits)
  • Database Management Systems (20 credits)
  • Enterprise and Innovation (10 credits)
  • Graphics Programming (10 credits)
  • Open Source Web Technologies (10 credits)
  • Operating Systems (10 credits)
  • Software Engineering Principles (20 credits)
  • Project Management (10 credits)
  • Research Methods (10 credits)

Year 3 modules - MComp / BSc

  • Major Project (40 credits)
  • Advanced Graphics Programming and Virtual Reality (20 credits)
  • Advanced Web Development (20 credits)
  • Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (20 credits)
  • Distributed Applications (20 credits)

The School of Applied Computing has a long history of "Reaching Wider" and we appreciate the challenges that students can face, often through no fault of their own. We also appreciate the challenges presented to individuals wishing to change career. This programme is intended to address and resolve any deficiencies in students' skills in order to meet the entry requirements for our degree. We have a friendly team of academics who are dedicated to the well-being and academic progress of our students and offer excellent support to students on this Foundation Year.

This British Computer Society (BCS) accredited degree scheme is designed to produce suitably equipped graduates to work in the rapidly expanding software industry within the UK.

The programme includes the traditional concepts, principles and techniques of software development and computer science but applies these within the context of engineering large and complex software systems.

Through our industrial links we have also developed a programme structure to provide students with the latest skills along with an appreciation of the demands of industry.

Not only does this course contribute fully to the academic requirements for graduates to register for the status of Chartered IT Professional (CITP), it also gives graduates a head start on the road to Chartered Engineer status as the BCS also accredits the course for partial fulfilment of the academic requirements for Chartered Engineer status (CEng).

Applicants to this programme are numerate and logically-minded, and it is likely that they will have previously studied engineering, science, maths or physics. Such students will seek more specialised, technical programming and software engineering skills. They learn, in-depth, a range of programming concepts, languages & software development techniques to develop sophisticated and complex programmes. Graduates would seek positions as software developers, systems engineers, software testers, programmers, etc.

The School of Applied Computing aims to produce graduates that help shape the future of software engineering.  The course content is contemporary and shaped for employability through close links with local and national employers.

Students are assessed through a combination of worksheets, practicals, presentations, projects and examinations.  Module assessment is often by assignment, or assignment and examination. The final mark for some modules may include one or more pieces of course work set and completed during the module. Project work is assessed by written report and presentation.

Students are encouraged to use our links with Software Alliance Wales and Go Wales to work on commercial schemes for their Major Project module.  Go Wales provides the opportunity of paid work placements with local businesses.

Foundation Year in STEM - UCAS CODE: HR3U

32 UCAS points. Applications from those offering alternative qualifications, or with no formal Computing qualifications are welcome. Please contact the for more information.

BSc Computing (Software Engineering) - Three Years Full-Time - UCAS CODE: 145S

104 UCAS tariff points (previously 260) to include:

Two C grades at A-Level/AVCE; or
BTEC National Diploma grades Pass, Pass, Pass; or
BTEC National Certificate grades Merit, Pass; or
NVQ Level 3 - Pass

Subjects at Advanced Level should include ICT, Computing, Maths, Physics or similar. GCSE Maths grade C or above is preferred.

HND Computing (Software Engineering) - Two Years Full-Time - UCAS CODE: 878T

48 UCAS tariff points (previously 120) to include:

A C grade at A-Level/AVCE; or
BTEC National Diploma/Certificate/Award - Pass; or
NVQ Level 3 - Pass.

Subjects at Advanced Level should include Maths, ICT, Physics or similar.
GCSE Maths grade C or above is preferred.

HNC Computing (Software Engineering) - One Year Full-Time - UCAS CODE: 313H

40 UCAS tariff points (previously 100)

Grades are important; however, our offers are not solely based on academic results. We are interested in creative people that demonstrate a strong commitment to their chosen subject area and therefore we welcome applications from individuals from a wide range of backgrounds. To assess student suitability for their chosen course we normally arrange interviews for all applicants at which your skills, achievements and life experience will be considered as well as your qualifications.

Typical International Baccalaureate Offer:

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Applications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome. Please contact for more information.

Our graduates have excellent employment prospects in the computing, teaching, lecturing and ICT industry, as well as in other areas of the economy. Recent statistics show that the vast majority are following their chosen career paths within six months of graduating.

Graduates would seek positions as, for example: Physics Programmer, Software Engineer, Software Developer, Software Tester and IT Build Manager.

Here are some profiles of graduates from this programme and where they are now:

UK/EU Tuition Fees

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Overseas Tuition Fees

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Bursaries and Scholarships

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit our Bursaries and Scholarships section.

It is possible to complete this programme of study without any additional costs.

Students may wish to purchase materials for modules, such as major project but this is not a requirement and will have no bearing on the final grade. 

Successful completion of the Programme offers the eligibility for registration by the British Computer Society (BCS) of Chartered IT Professional (CITP) full status.

Successful completion of the Programme offers the eligibility for registration by the BCS of partial Chartered Engineering (partial CEng) status.