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Software Engineering

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B-B,B,C

We also accept other combinations equivalent to 112-128 Tariff points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, including an A Level in a relevant subject, or equivalent.

112-128 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma (Technology based).

Cambridge Pre-U score of 46-52, to include a Principal Subject in a relevant subject.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

3 GCSEs at grade C or above to include English and Mathematics/3 GCSEs at grade 4 or above to include English and Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

25-26

25-26 points from the IB Diploma, to include 3 Higher Level subjects, with one relevant subject at Higher Level.

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H3,H3,H3,H3,H4-H2,H2,H3,H3,H3


To include a Higher Level in a relevant subject.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

DDM-DMM

Must be in a relevant subject

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF)

DDM-DMM

Must be in a relevant subject

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDM-DMM

Must be in a relevant subject

112-128 Tariff points, including an Advanced Higher in a relevant subject.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications

T Level

M

T Level in Digital: Digital Production, Design and Development: Merit // T Level in Construction: Design, Surveying and Planning: Merit // T Level in Education and Childcare: Not Acceptable

UCAS Tariff

112-128

112-128 points, including an A Level in a relevant subject, or equivalent.

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2022

Subject

Software engineering

**Overview**

Create software that could help save lives – and even the planet.

Software powers society, from smartphone apps and laptops to healthcare systems and cyber security. This BSc (Hons) Software Engineering degree will help you master the software development process, from inception to maintenance, so you can play an integral role in the future of society.

You'll develop systems across diverse infrastructure and build the confidence to discuss complex solutions to issues around software application, such as security considerations and how user lifestyles impact the evolution of software engineering.

**Course highlights**

* Specialise in topics such as data science, AI, robotics, educational computing, graphics, and ethical hacking

* Apply your skills through our work with charities and organisations such as Code Club, where you'll help 9-13-year-olds with their Scratch, HTML/CSS, and Python projects

* Benefit from our Student Union clubs and societies, such as the IT Society, AI and Robotics Club and Gaming Society

* Get the opportunity to study abroad at one of our international partner universities in Europe, South Asia or North America, boosting your global experience and employability skills

**Careers and opportunities**

100% of our graduates from this course are in work further study 15 months after graduation, with 100% of those in work in highly skilled roles (HESA Graduate Outcomes Survey conducted in 2019).

Our graduates have worked for companies such as:

* IBM

* Trainline

* Office for National Statistics

* Khipu Networks – cyber security specialists

* General Dynamics – global aerospace and defence company

Our graduates now work in roles including:

* business developer

* software engineer

* cloud software engineer (DevOps)

* IT support specialist

* technical analyst

* test analyst

* android developer (self employed)

Other graduates have continued their studies at postgraduate level or set up successful businesses with help and support from the University.

Get experience while you study with support to find part-time jobs, volunteering opportunities and work experience. Towards the end of your degree and after graduation, you'll get 1-to-1 support from our Graduate Recruitment Consultancy to find your perfect role.

**Placement year (optional)**

Taking an optional placement year will give you the experience you need to increase your chances of landing your perfect role after graduation.

We'll give you all the support you need to find a placement that prepares you for your career, and we'll continue to mentor you throughout your placement.

Previous students have taken placement roles such as:

* business analyst

* software developer

* junior android developer

* marketing technology specialist

* business applications developer

They've completed placements at organisations including:

* BAE Systems

* IBM

* Radweb

* Verint

* ParkNow

Modules

What you'll study on this BSc (Hons) Software Engineering degree

Year 1
Core modules in this year include:
- Application Programming
- Architecture and Operating Systems
- Core Computing Concepts
- Database Systems Development
- Networks

There are no optional modules in this year.

Year 2
Core modules in this year include:
- Application Engineering
- Data Structures and Algorithms
- Database Principles
- Software Engineering Theory and Practice
- Usability Engineering

Optional modules in this year currently include:
- 3D computer graphics and animation
- Business Systems Analysis
- Computing Undergraduate Ambassador
- Discrete Mathematics and Functional Programming
- Ethical Hacking
- Institution-wide Language Program
- Virtualisation and Cloud Computing

Placement year (optional)
On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry.

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Year 3
Core modules in this year include:
- Engineering Science
- Individual Project (Engineering)
- Scalable Software Engineering

Optional modules in this year currently include:
- Distributed Systems and Security
- Educational Computing
- Fuzzy Systems and Networks
- Graphics and Computer Vision
- Hacking 4 Defence
- Interaction Design
- Internet of Things
- Neural Networks and Genetic Algorithms
- Security and Cryptography
- Practical Data Analytics and Mining
- Professional and Academic Research Development
- Robotics

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Assessment methods

You'll be assessed through:

- multiple choice tests
- written exams
- mini projects
- presentations
- written reports
- review articles

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

- Year 1 students: 33% by written exams and 67% by coursework
- Year 2 students: 45% by written exams and 55% by coursework
- Year 3 students: 18% by written exams, 7% by practical exams and 75% 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
£18,300
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Republic of Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Portsmouth

Department:

Faculty of 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.

59%
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

57%
Staff make the subject interesting
74%
Staff are good at explaining things
76%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
67%
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

72%
Library resources
76%
IT resources
72%
Course specific equipment and facilities
37%
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?

82%
UK students
18%
International students
94%
Male students
6%
Female students
74%
2:1 or above
8%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
D
C

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.

£23,000
med
Average annual salary
100%
high
Employed or in further education
72%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

44%
Information technology and telecommunications professionals
14%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
7%
Information technology technicians

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.

£23k

£23k

£26k

£26k

£30k

£30k

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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