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Software Engineering (with Placement Year)

Entry requirements


GCSE/National 4/National 5

3 GCSEs at grade C, or grade 4, or above, including English and Maths.

UCAS Tariff

104

from a minimum of 2 A Levels (or equivalent).

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Sandwich | 2021

Subject

Software engineering

BSc (Hons) Software Development [with Placement year].

Have you got what it takes to become an expert software developer? If so, you’ll be in high demand. There’s a shortage of qualified IT graduates in coding so take your coding and programming skills to the next level with our Cambridge-based course and learn techniques to identify, analyse and test the IT solutions that industry needs. Your real-life skills, gained through an optional placement year, will put you ahead of the game in this ever-evolving industry.

Do you already have skills in coding and want to take your interest further? Industry is demanding coding and software development skills to meet business requirements and this course will help you understand what they are looking for and why.

We’ll begin by focusing on these business requirements and principles of software to make sure you’re thinking about how your skills will mould your career from day one.

You’ll learn techniques for identifying, analysing and testing IT requirements of business scenarios and then develop the skills to design innovative IT solutions, using custom system analysis and design methods of scripting, programming, system analysis and design, and systems operation.

There’s plenty of opportunity for practical work, as you carry out both individual and team tasks in the software development lifecycle, from analysis and design to implementation, testing and maintenance of a computer system, including database modelling, development and deployment.

You will develop essential skills in popular and versatile programming languages such as JavaScript, Java, PhP and .net supported by MySQL and SQLServer databases.

We’re constantly looking for what’s new in the industry, to stay ahead of the game. That’s why you’ll apply new models, techniques and tools for implementing custom designs of IT solutions, while you deliver high standard software products for various platforms.

Security standards and quality assurance benchmarks will run throughout everything you design, to ensure your software testing skills meet the ethical and professional standards demanded by the industry.
This course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on behalf of the Engineering Council for the purposes of fully meeting the academic requirement for registration as an Incorporated Engineer and partly meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer. Some employers recruit preferentially from accredited degrees, and an accredited degree is likely to be recognised by other countries that are signatories to international accords.

Modules

Year one, core modules
Basic Maths for Technology
Computer Technology
Web Development
Learning and Skills for HE
Operating Systems
Software Principles
Year two, core modules
Data Security
Design Methods and Technology Project
Object and Data Modelling
Object Oriented Programming
Project Management and Quality Assurance
Cloud Development

Work placement

Year three, core modules
Advanced Object Oriented Programming
Data-Driven Application Programming
Ethical Computing
Undergraduate Major Project
Application Development

Assessment methods

We’ll use a range of assessment methods to help measure your progress. Besides exams, you’ll undertake case studies, in-classes tests, coursework, group work, presentations and log books.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Cambridge Campus

Department:

Computing and Technology

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

58%
low
Software engineering

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Software engineering

Teaching and learning

83%
Staff make the subject interesting
69%
Staff are good at explaining things
69%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
77%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

77%
Library resources
85%
IT resources
83%
Course specific equipment and facilities
54%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

67%
UK students
33%
International students
81%
Male students
19%
Female students
79%
2:1 or above
3%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
B

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Computer science

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£21,500
med
Average annual salary
85%
low
Employed or in further education
68%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

47%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
9%
Information technology technicians
8%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers

A specialist subject, and not surprisingly graduates tend to go into software engineering roles or related. The degree classification students achieved made a particular difference last year — computing graduates with the best grades were much less likely to be out of work after six months and employers can even rate a good grade as important as work experience. Most students do get jobs, though, and starting salaries are good — particularly in London, where average starting salaries for good graduates were getting towards £38k last year. Be aware that at the moment, recruitment agencies are much the most common way for graduates from this degree to get their first job, so it may be worth getting in touch with a few specialist agencies in advance of graduation if you take this degree to get a foot in the door.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Computing

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£21k

£21k

£25k

£25k

£29k

£29k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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