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Computing (Software Engineering) (BSc, HND, HNC, Foundation Entry)

BCS LogoComputers 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.

PATHWAY OPTIONS & HOW TO APPLY

Pathway Options

Computing (Software Engineering)

MComp | 4 Year Integrated Masters (Levels 4 to 7)
UCAS Code: 789R
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BSc | 3 Year Degree Programme (Levels 4 to 6)
UCAS Code: 145S 
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HND | 2 Year Programme (Levels 4 to 5)
UCAS Code: 878T 
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BSc | 4 Year Programme with Foundation Entry (Levels 3 to 6)
UCAS Code: SEC1
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STEM  Science Technology Engineering & Mathematics (Computing Stream) 
1 Year Foundation Programme (Level 3 to 4)
UCAS Code: SCT1
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Tuition Fees 2020/21:
£9000 (Home/EU)
£11500 (Overseas)

Why choose this course

  1. Equips you with all necessary job ready skills to enter the software engineering industry.
  2. Taught by industry experienced staff with relevant academic qualifications.
  3. Learn programming skills relevant to the software engineering industry.
  4. Become familiar with tools and methods used to manage large software projects.
  5. Fast track to Chartered Engineer status (CEng) by completing our British Computer Society (BCS) accredited course.

What you will learn

Course Overview

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.

Modules

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 (20 credits)
  • Computer Architecture and Networks (20 credits)
  • Information Engineering (20 credits)
  • Internet Technology and Security (20 credits)
  • Mathematics (20 credits)
  • Software Development (20 credits)

Year 2 modules - MComp/BSc/HND

  • Advanced Software Development (20 credits)
  • Application Development (20 credits)
  • Database Management Systems (20 credits)
  • Enterprise and Innovation Group Project (20 credits) (Note: Full-time students only)
  • Governance, Legislation and Ethics Work-Based Project (20 credits) (Note: Part-time students only)
  • Project Management and Research Methods (20 credits)
  • Smart and Connected Devices 1 (20 credits)

Year 3 modules - MComp/BSc

  • Major Project (40 credits)
  • Advanced Web Development (20 credits)
  • Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (20 credits)
  • Networked Applications (20 credits)
  • Smart and Connected Devices 2 (20 credits)

Year 4 modules - Integrated Masters - MComp

MComp Computing (Software Engineering) is a four-year fully-funded undergraduate programme, leading to a Masters-level qualification. You would be expected to join employers on a fast track to management by learning specialist skills in:

  • Agile Software Development (20 credits)
  • Leadership and Management (20 credits)
  • Marketing and Web Analytics (20 credits)
  • Group Project (60 credits)

Note: Foundation Year entry is also available. Please see: Foundation Year for Computing and Electronics. We also have "Year In Industry" options.

Assessment

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 coursework set and completed during the module. Project work is assessed by a 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.

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Professional Accreditations

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

Key Information

Entry Criteria

MComp Computing (Software Engineering) - Four Years Full-Time - UCAS CODE: 789R

120 UCAS tariff points (previously 300) to include:

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

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

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:

Please contact computing@uwtsd.ac.uk for more information.

Other:

Applications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome. Please contact computing@uwtsd.ac.uk for more information.

Foundation Year in STEM  - UCAS CODE: HR3U

Career Opportunities

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:

For all graduate testimonials, please see here:

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Additional Costs

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. 

Bursary / Scholarship Information

To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit our Bursaries and Scholarships section.

Accommodation

Visit our Swansea Accommodation section to find out more.