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Software Engineering for Business (with Foundation Year)

Please note the tariff points stated for this course are indicative. The tariff points for 2018 will be published by August 2017.

About this course

Entry year:
Course code:
Tariff points:
Computer Science and Creative Technologies
Foundation Year: City of Bristol, Ashley Down Centre and Years one to three: Frenchay
Four years full-time; five years sandwich
Full-time; Sandwich
Programme leader:
Dr Steve Battle
Key fact:
Developed by Tech Partnership and top graduate employers, this course is designed to give you the technical and business skills required when you graduate.

Page last updated 7 June 2017


Why study BSc(Hons) Software Engineering for Business?

Computers are now an essential part of our lives. We use them at work, to organise our social lives and to play games. They are fundamental to many systems keeping society running smoothly such as hospitals, public transport, governments and banks.

Software engineering involves building programs so these computers effectively fulfil their purpose. With more technology jobs available in the UK than qualified computing graduates, job prospects for software engineers have never been better.

Why study our course?

Developed by Tech Partnership and top graduate employers, this course is designed to give you the technical and business skills you will need when you graduate. You will study how software is built from start to finish, covering all the latest technologies including cloud computing, big data and cyber security. You will learn how businesses manage large projects and develop the professional skills to plan, design and deliver new software on time and within budget. You will also gain the skills to collaborate, negotiate and communicate effectively with colleagues and customers; lead teams and projects; and understand how companies operate profitably.

During the first year of this course, you will study in City of Bristol College's advanced IT and computing laboratories. You will be able to access UWE Bristol's Frenchay campus and all the facilities and accommodation available to our students. From the second year of your course onwards, you'll be based at UWE Bristol's Frenchay campus.

Real world experience

The course combines the academic study of a traditional degree, with input from supporting businesses throughout the course, including networking events, guest lectures, work experience and industrial placement opportunities and group projects based on real world problems. This will give you the opportunity to meet potential employers early in your course, providing a head start in the race for graduate jobs.

Where it can take you

A successful graduate can expect a starting salary of £26,000-£35,000 as a software developer or engineer, depending on the industry sector. Other potential roles include computer programmer, technical architect, graphical user interface designer, sales analyst, web or mobile app developer, games developer or security analyst.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

Accreditations and partnerships:



You will spend your initial year at City of Bristol College, where studies focus on Programming, Mathematics, Computer Architecture, Internet Systems and Professional and Communication skills. In the next year of the course, you will be based at UWE Bristol's Frenchay campus.

You will have the option of doing a placement year before embarking on the final year of your degree.

Year zero (Foundation year)

You will study the Foundation year alongside students from our other Computer Science and Creative Technologies courses. This means you may be able to transfer to a course in one of these areas at the end of the Foundation year. Transfer into the Creative Music Technology course is subject to an audition.

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Foundation Design Studio
  • Foundation Design Communication
  • Foundation Design History
  • Foundation Project in Sustainability
  • Foundation Engineering for Designers

The normal expectation is that you must pass all Year zero modules before progressing to Year one.

Year one

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • The Information Practitioner 1
  • Introduction to OO Systems Development
  • Principles of Computing
  • Information Systems Development

Year two

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • The Information Practitioner 2
  • Data Schemes and Applications
  • Object-Oriented Systems Development
  • Design and Analysis of Data Structures and Algorithms

Optional placement year

If you undertake a placement year, you will complete a Professional Experience Module.

Final year

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • The Information Practitioner 3 (for students who did not take a placement year only)
  • Ethical and Professional Issues in Computing and Digital Media
  • Software Development Project
  • Development of Information Systems Projects

Plus one optional module from the list below OR two if a Placement Year has been completed:

  • Professional experience OR International Experience
  • Professional Development
  • Entrepreneurial Skills
  • Information, Networks and Society
  • Advanced Topics in Web Development
  • Advanced Databases
  • Requirements Engineering
  • Technical Writing and Editing
  • Cryptography

Please also note this structure is for the full-time course delivery only. For part-time delivery, the same modules will be studied. However, the structure will differ.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

Learning and Teaching

You will be stimulated and encouraged to become a proactive, autonomous learner, through a variety of means, such as face-to-face lectures and tutorials, electronic virtual learning environments, laboratory-based practical work and independent project work.

For more details, see our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.


The most common way for a module to be assessed is through an examination and two pieces of coursework. However, some modules are assessed by examination only and others by coursework only and still others use different methods such as in-class tests.

For more details see our full glossary of assessment terms.


Professional accreditation

This course is accredited as Tech Industry Gold by the Tech Partnership. This identifies courses defined and backed by the Tech industry for quality and relevance to technology careers. Tech Industry Gold degrees blend the technical, business and interpersonal skills most valued by employers.


Students who complete a work placement are more likely to graduate with a better degree and obtain higher quality work on graduation. So, as well as helping hone your professional skills, industry knowledge and network, a placement will make you highly employable on graduation.

To help you find a placement that's right for you, our supporting companies post a choice of placement opportunities to a dedicated community website. These range from junior software and web engineers, to games and mobile app developers.

Study facilities

During your initial year, you will be studying on City of Bristol College's Ashley Down campus, which has extensive computing and IT labs equipped with the latest industry standard software. This will give you access to all the facilities and accommodation available to UWE Bristol students.

From the next year of your course, you will develop practical skills and bring ideas to life in our state-of-the-art facilities. You will:

  • Collaborate with classmates and develop strategies and presentations in our well-equipped studios.
  • Create and test software using our dedicated servers with Windows, Linux and Unix based operating systems.
  • Develop project management skills using industry standard software in our large computer labs with dedicated servers and Windows, Linux and Unix based operating systems.

You will have access to UWE Bristol's extensive IT and software facilities, including 24-hour computing laboratories.

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE has to offer.

Learn from industry

Thanks to our partner employers and industry focus, there will be many opportunities for you to build your knowledge and skills.

  • Tech Industry Gold will arrange regular 'Guru Lectures' featuring senior business people. Past speakers include eminent industry figures such as Former Chair of IBM, Larry Hirst.
  • You will be able to attend annual networking and awards events for all employers and students.
  • To help you apply for graduate work, we will arrange for employers to come in and give you advice on CV-writing and interview techniques.


Careers / Further study

There are insufficient qualified computing graduates to the number of technology jobs in the UK. This trend is set to continue.

A successful graduate can expect a starting salary of £26,000-£35,000 as a software developer or engineer, depending on the industry sector. Other potential roles include computer programmer, technical architect, graphical user interface designer, sales analyst, web or mobile app developer, games developer or security analyst.

Studying software development will also help you develop valuable analytical and problem-solving skills that will be useful in whatever career you choose.

Award-winning careers service

Our award-winning careers service will help you develop your employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity, plus support for entrepreneurial activity and access to employer events.

Creating employable students

UWE Bristol places strong emphasis on employability and skills development at every level. Through work placements, volunteering, study abroad and initiatives nurturing talent and innovation, you will have opportunities to gain valuable real world experience, allowing you to graduate with diverse career opportunities and a competitive place in the job market.

Visit our Employability pages to find out about careers, employers, real world experience and what our students are doing six months after graduating.


Supplementary fee information

The additional costs listed are those you could reasonably expect to incur during your studies and are for items not covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, text books, travel, clothing, software or printing.

Further information about fees and funding.


Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 72
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C or above, or Grade 4 under newly reformed GCSE grading, in English Language and Grade D or above, or Grade 4 under newly reformed GCSE grading, in Mathematics, or equivalent. Please note the University does not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required. Points from General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) can be included towards overall tariff. You must have a minimum of one A-Level.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; no specific subjects required.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.

Entry requirements

The 'Typical offers' information above is only for full-time students entering the foundation year.

We are happy to consider applicants with a mixture of A-levels and BTEC qualifications.

We welcome applications from highly motivated students who do not meet the usual entrance requirements given above, but who have gained equivalent knowledge and skills from substantial relevant work or other experience.

If you expect to achieve a higher tariff score, you may also be interested in our BSc(Hons) Software Engineering for Business course.

UWE Bristol's International College

If you are an international students who does not meet the academic or English language requirements to study this course, you can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.

Please read the general information about entry requirements.

How to apply

Please see the general information about applications.

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