Computer software is an integral part of modern life, and the range of industries in which you can apply the skills taught in this course is very large. Particularly in large companies in the commercial and industrial worlds, the specialist skills of the software engineer are of great use. A successful software engineer relies on sound technical skills and the experience of applying them. This course has been designed to develop your practical and applied skills and to support you in gaining experience applying these skills. This will make you highly employable in a wide range of industries.
This course will provide you with the software engineering skills, knowledge and understanding needed to enable you to become a professional software developer. You will develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of systematic and disciplined approaches to software specification, design and implementation using software development methodologies. Throughout the course you will address issues of professionalism and ethics allowing you to build a critical awareness of diverse approaches to software development.
As well as gaining and developing a wide range of software engineering knowledge and skills, you have the option to spend a year in industry between the second and third year of the course. This is an excellent opportunity to expand your CV and will give you the opportunity to apply your academic knowledge and interpersonal skills in a real-world environment, and to reflect on your own personal development and career choices. Successful completion of an industrial placement year, which you arrange with our support, will add 'with Professional Experience' to your degree title.
In your third year you will take two compulsory modules, which includes an Independent Study module.
You will also be able to choose three optional modules (from the indicative list below).
Modules may include:
Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.
|GCSE||English language and maths at grade C or above|
|UCAS tariff points||280-300 points from a minimum of two A levels or equivalent from maths or a numerate science or a computer- related subject|
|GCE A level||280-300 UCAS Points from a minimum of 2 A-levels from Maths OR a Numerate Science OR a Computer Related Subject|
|BTEC National Diploma||DMM in second year modules, in a computer-related subject|
|BTEC Higher National Diploma||Direct entry into level 5 is possible in an appropriate subject to a suitable standard, provided that appropriate prerequisite subjects have been previously studied.|
We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.
There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.
We are looking for applicants with a strong interest in software engineering. An attention to detail and a good work ethic are important to this course, particularly with industrial placement opportunities.
We positively welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to successfully pursue a programme of study in higher education. Students who do not have formal entry qualifications are required to sit a written assessment which is designed for this purpose. Support in preparing for the written assessment is available from the University. Please contact David Newton for further information.
A variety of delivery methods are adopted to achieve the intended learning outcomes. Broadly speaking, these are:
Key skills (for example communication and ICT) are developed throughout the programme.
Please note these are average values. Assessment methods used and associated weightings vary from module to module.
As a graduate of this course you will be well equipped to work in a wide range of jobs such as software engineer, systems analyst, systems programmer, system administrator or computer analyst. Previous graduates have found employment with companies such as BNFL, British Aerospace, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, IBM, ICI, ICL and Riva Software International.
As part of my Software Engineering course, I had the opportunity to work a year in industry in between my second and final year. This placement year turned out to be one of the best experiences of my Bachelor degree.
I was exposed to different phases of the project lifecycle and, at times, had considerable responsibility. Now I have graduated, I work as Software Engineer at the company.
Dan Cotlet, BSc Software Engineering graduate
|Type of Study||Fee|
You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.
As a UK/EU student you could be entitled to:
As an International student you could be entitled to:
The Vice-Chancellor's Undergraduate Excellence Scholarship is currently available to international students who achieve ABB at A level (or equivalent).
Start Dates: September
Three years full-time
Four years full-time with placement