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University of Bedfordshire

Software Engineering with Foundation Year

UCAS Code: I12F

Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

C-B

Successfully completed Access Diploma course

32 - 48 UCAS Tariff Points

UCAS Tariff

32-48

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time including foundation year | 2020

Subject

Software engineering

Software engineering is central to the success of many of today’s businesses, and this vocational course shares a first year with a number of other relevant BSc degrees. It then offers the opportunity for specialist study in the second and third stages, during which you will learn the principles of the subject. A final year project will allow you to work with greater focus, leading to the possibility of future research. You will also gain management skills and knowledge of organisational contexts, and develop into a reflective practitioner.

Modules

This is an integrated four-year degree, with the foundation year as a key part of the course. You will be required to pass the foundation year in order to progress to the first year of your chosen degree. During your Foundation Year you will study a range of subjects designed to prepare you for the final three years of your undergraduate degree course.

Studying for HE (including current affairs and data analysis)
Two subject-specific units
Additional English (if required) either as a formal unit or as additional guided learning through our Study Hub
Integrated project that brings together all aspects of your Foundation Year and provides you with a chance to work on an independent piece of work.

The curriculum structure is composed of core subjects combined with strands that allow a deeper exploration of particular aspects of a broadly based subject. The core comprises fundamental subjects entwined around the software engineering lifecycle as a central supporting pillar. This thematic approach to software engineering enables students to orient their studies towards particular learning outcomes leading to the ability to progress towards specialisation whilst maintaining the flexibility that the core provides. On completion of the Honours degree students will be capable of making a positive contribution to a variety of software engineering, computing and related industries. The course aims: to develop personal skills so that students have confidence, the ability to express their creativity both individually and as part of a team and to promote a responsible attitude towards the use of the computing hardware and software.

Assessment methods

The majority of units are assessed through coursework, group and individual projects, portfolios, essays, presentations or exams. You will also produce software artefacts in the area of your specialism.

Constant feedback and advice from a supervisory or unit team will be provided to support you in your work.
Year 1 -14% of assessment is by exam, 58% by coursework and 28% practical exam.
Year 2 - 44% of assessment is by exam, 43% by coursework and 13% practical exam.
Year 3 - 15% of assessment is by exam, 85% by coursework.

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
International
£12,650
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Luton Campus

Department:

School of Computer Science and Technology

TEF rating:
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What students say


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.

Computing

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This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.


Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

63%
UK students
37%
International students
86%
Male students
14%
Female students
67%
2:1 or above
14%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

E
D
E

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.

Computing

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.

£23,000
med
Average annual salary
79%
low
Employed or in further education
82%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

33%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
21%
Information technology technicians
7%
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.

Software engineering

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

£20k

£20k

£24k

£24k

£23k

£23k

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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While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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