What students say about software engineering
What you need to get on a course
Subjects you need
A-levels (or equivalent) usually required
Useful to have
Here's a guide to what to expect from the application process - also check individual university entry requirements, as these may differ.
- January application
- October application
- Personal statement
- Entry test
- Work experience
Personal statement advice
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- Information technology and telecommunications professionals
We don't have the average graduate salary for this subject yet.
Longer term career paths
Jobs where this degree is useful
- IT Project manager
- IT Systems analyst
- Site developer
Other real-life job examples
- Software consultant
- Technical consultant
- Project manager
What employers like about this subject
Software engineering graduates possess the in-depth knowledge to work in any organisation which has a hand in computer systems (which is a lot!). This includes a detailed understanding of hardware, software and several programming languages. Because software engineering roles are focused around creating solutions to real-life problems, graduates are expected to have excellent analytical skills, including the ability to respond quickly to problems which arise throughout the design process; to interpret technical plans; and to communicate instructions to the wider team (especially important for those in senior roles). In fact these communication skills go further! You might be forgiven for thinking that the brains behind the software would be sat in a darkened room, putting it altogether – not true! You may be called on to explain to clients how the software works.