Two students conversing while looking at computers.

BSc(Hons)

Software Engineering for Business (with Foundation Year)

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
2018/19
Course code:
6F3F
Applications:
UCAS
Level:
Undergraduate
Tariff points:
72
Department:
Computer Science and Creative Technologies
Campus:
Frenchay
Duration:
three years full-time; four years sandwich
Delivery:
Full-time; Sandwich
Programme leader:
Dr Steve Battle
Key fact:
Developed by Tech Partnership and top graduate employers, this course will give you the practical, real-world skills you need to succeed in your career.

Page last updated 22 September 2017

Introduction

Why study software engineering for business?

Computers are essential to our lives. We use them at work, to organise our social lives and to play games.

They're also fundamental to services that keep society running smoothly such as hospitals, banks, governments and public transport.

Software engineering is about building programs so these computers fulfil their purpose. With more jobs available than qualified graduates, job prospects for software engineers have never been better.

Why UWE Bristol?

BSc(Hons) Software Engineering for Business was developed by Tech Partnership and top graduate employers.

This course is accredited as Tech Industry Gold. It gives you the technical and business skills you need to succeed as a graduate.

Discover how to build software from start to finish. Explore all the latest technologies including cloud computing, big data and cyber security. Learn how businesses manage large projects and plan, design and deliver new software on time and in budget.

Gain the skills to collaborate, negotiate and communicate effectively with colleagues and customers. Lead teams and projects and discover how companies operate profitably.

Software Engineering for Business combines traditional academic study with networking events, guest lectures, real-world projects and placement opportunities.

Meeting potential employers early in your course gives you a head start in the race for graduate jobs.

Where can it take me?

A successful graduate can expect a starting salary of £26,000 to £35,000 as a software developer or engineer, depending on the industry sector.

You could become acomputer 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:

Structure

Content

The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.

Year zero (foundation year)

You will study:

  • Professional & Communication Skills
  • Maths for Computing
  • Computer Architecture
  • Information Systems Fundamentals
  • Internet Systems
  • Programming Project
  • Program Design and Implementation.

You normally need to pass your foundation year before going into year one.

Year one

You will study:

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

Year two

You will study:

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

Placement year (if applicable)

If you study on the five year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work or study placement after year two.

If you do a placement year, you'll complete a Professional Experience Module.

See the Placements and Fees sections for more information.

Final year

You will study:

  • 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 (two if you've completed a placement year) from:

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

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

Learn through a mix of face-to-face lectures and tutorials, virtual learning environments, laboratory-based practical work, and independent project work.

Our partner Tech Industry Gold arrange regular lectures with senior business people. Past speakers include eminent industry figures such as the former Chair of IBM, Larry Hirst.

To help you apply for graduate work, we arrange for employers to visit and give you advice on CV writing and interview techniques.

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Percentage of time spend in different learning activities, per year.

YearScheduled learning and teaching studyIndependent studyPlacement study% check
032%68%0%100%
128%72%0%100%
224%76%0%100%
319%81%0%100%

Assessment

Modules are usually assessed with an exam and two pieces of coursework. However, some are assessed by exam only and others by coursework only. Others use different methods such as in-class tests.

See our full glossary of assessment terms.

Percentage of time spend in different assessment methods, per year.

YearWritten exam assessmentCoursework assessmentPractical exam assessment% check
031%61%8%100%
125%56%19%100%
238%41%21%100%
318%66%16%100%

Features

Professional accreditation

This course is accredited as Tech Industry Gold by the Tech Partnership.

Tech Industry Gold degrees are high quality courses that are relevant to technology careers. They blend the technical, business and interpersonal skills most valued by employers.

Placements

Students who get work experience tend to graduate with better degrees. Experience also hones your skills, industry knowledge and professional network, making you highly employable on graduation.

If you choose the five year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work or study placement after year two.

Our supporting companies post placement opportunities to a dedicated community website. These roles range from junior software and web engineers, to games and mobile app developers.

You'll get help to find your placement and support throughout from department staff and our award-winning careers service.

Study facilities

Our industry standard facilities will help you develop practical skills and bring ideas to life.

Access over 500 workstations in UWE Bristol's 24-hour computing laboratories. Create and test software in Windows, Linux and Unix operating systems on our dedicated servers.

Collaborate with classmates and develop strategies and presentations in our well-equipped studios.

A mix of traditional and creative learning environments will enable you to learn essential knowledge and real-world skills, standing you in good stead for your professional career.

Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.

Careers

Careers / Further study

There aren't enough qualified computing graduates to fill all the technology jobs in the UK, and this trend is set to continue.

Successful graduates are highly sought-after and you can expect a starting salary of £26,000 to £35,000 as a software developer or engineer.

Other roles include computer programmer, technical architect, graphical user interface designer, sales analyst, web or mobile app developer, games developer or security analyst.

Software engineering students develop valuable analytical and problem-solving skills that will be useful in whatever career you choose.

Get inspired

Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.

We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.

Visit our employability pages to learn more about careers, employers and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

Fees

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year150

Supplementary fee information

Your overall entitlement to funding is based on how long the course is that you're registered on. Standard funding is allocated based on the standard number of years that your course lasts, plus one additional year.

You'll apply for funding each year that you study and Student Finance will take into account how long the course is in each year that you apply. So if you register for the four year course and then transfer to the three year course, the number of years you can apply for funding will change. Student Finance will reassess your funding based on how many years you have been in study, not just those years for which you received student finance.

Always seek advice before taking any action that may have implications for your funding.

Learn more about funding.

Additional costs

Additional costs are for items you could need during your studies that aren't covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, textbooks, travel, clothing, software or printing.

Learn more about costs.

Entry

Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 72
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C/4 or above in English Language and Grade D/4 or above 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. You can include points from A-Level General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) towards overall tariff. You must have at least 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

Read more about undergraduate applications.

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