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

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Software development and software design concepts are the themes emphasised on this programme. As a graduate, you will be skilled and knowledgeable in the technical aspects of software development. Employment is likely to be within specialist software organisations, or within organisations that commit resources to developing highly technical software systems, working as a member of a team, conceiving, designing, developing and implementing complex software systems.

The programme aims to build an understanding of key aspects of a range of concepts, principles and techniques associated with software development, some of which are at the forefront of the discipline.

You will learn to find the right technologies, techniques and tools to use, and to apply them. You will be encouraged to identify problems or tasks and apply software engineering principles in the design of applications, showing an understanding of the need for quality with appropriate documentation that shows an ability to draw on supporting evidence.

During your studies you will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to analyse software development technologies and learn about the techniques applied to the solution of problems, or in the development of applications, to meet real-world requirements. Your transferable employment skills will also be nurtured.

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Computing (Software Engineering)

BSc (Hons) | 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 (Hons) | 4 Year Programme with Foundation Entry (Levels 3 to 6)
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STEM Science Technology Engineering & Mathematics (Computing Stream) 
1 Year Foundation Programme (Level 3 to 4)
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Full-time applicants who wish to start in September should apply through UCAS. Part-time applicants, or applicants who wish to start in May, should apply through the University.

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Contact Email: computing@uwtsd.ac.uk
Contact Name: Gordon Dickers

Tuition Fees 2023/24:
Home (Full-time): £9,000 per year
Overseas (Full-time): £13,500 per year

Why choose this course?

  1. Equips you with all the 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 the 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.

Module Topics

Foundation Year (Cert HE STEM)

  • Academic Skills (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Analysing and Solving Problems (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Integrating Project (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Introduction to Computer Programming (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Introduction to Computer Systems (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Introduction to Mathematics and Science (20 credits; compulsory).

Year One – Level 4 (HNC, HND & BSc)

  • Computer Architecture and Operating Systems (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Introduction to Web and Database Concepts (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Learning in the Digital Era (20 credits; compulsory; Graduate Attributes Framework module)
  • Mathematics (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Networks and Cyber Security Essentials (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Software Development (20 credits; compulsory).

Year Two – Level 5 (HND & BSc)

  • Advanced Software Development  (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Changemakers: Creativity and Value Creation (20 credits; compulsory; Graduate Attributes Framework module)
  • Data Security and Compliance (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Databases and Application Development (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Network Operating Systems and Services (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Software Engineering Principles and Testing (20 credits; compulsory).

Year Three – Level 6 (BSc)

  • Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Cloud-Based Web Services (20 credits; compulsory)
  • Emerging Trends (20 credits; compulsory / optional (DDA) / optional (PT))
  • Independent Project (40 credits; compulsory; Graduate Attributes Framework module)
  • Industrial Based Research (20 credits; optional (DDA) / optional (PT))
  • Socket Programming and Concurrency (20 credits; compulsory).

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.

Graduate Attributes Framework

This Framework aims to develop your professional skills and competence alongside your academic subject knowledge. You’ll study up to 40 credits per level throughout your programme from the Graduate Attributes Framework.

The Graduate Attribute modules are designed to enable you to develop, and evidence, a range of career-focused skills related to your subject area. These skills include digital competency, research and project management, as well as such personal competencies as communication, creativity, self-reflection, resilience and problem-solving. 

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Professional Accreditations

Successful completion of the Programme offers the eligibility to register for Chartered IT Professional (CITP) full status by the British Computer Society (BCS) and partial CENG status.

Key Information

Entry Criteria

BSc (Hons) 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.


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:

Graduate Testimonials 

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. 


There will be an additional fee of £1800 for students who choose to study the programme with the optional year in industry placement.

Bursary / Scholarship Information

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


Please visit our Accommodation pages for more information.

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