Students in IT room

BSc(Hons)

Software Engineering for Business

Clearing applicants who do not meet the standard requirements as specified on the Entry tab may be considered.

Please call our Clearing helpline on 0117 32 83333 for further advice.

About this course

Entry year:
2019/20
Course code:
6F3B
Applications:
UCAS
Level:
Undergraduate
Tariff points:
112
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 1 August 2019

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.

Find out how our relationship with Tech Partnership gave one student the opportunity to work-shadow the CIO of Telefónica UK.

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 a 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:

Structure

Content

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

Year one

You will study:

  • IT Practice: Skills, Models and Methods
  • Introduction to OO Systems Development
  • Principles of Computing
  • Information Systems Development.

Year two

You will study:

  • IT Practice: Collaborative Project
  • 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 four year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work placement after Year two.

You'll complete a professional experience module.

See the Placements and Fees sections for more information.

Final year

You will study:

  • IT Practice: Consultancy Project
  • Ethical and Professional Issues in Computing and Digital Media
  • Software Development Project
  • Development of Information Systems Projects.

Plus, one optional module from (none if you have completed a placement year) : 

  • 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

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.

Approximate percentage of time you'll spend in different learning activities*:

YearScheduled learning and teaching studyIndependent studyPlacement study
129%71%0%
224%76%0%
319%81%0%

*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year

Assessment

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

See our full glossary of assessment terms.

Approximate percentage of marks awarded by each assessment method*:

YearWritten exam assessmentCoursework assessmentPractical exam assessment
125%56%19%
238%41%21%
318%66%16%

*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year

Features

Professional accreditation

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

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 study on the four year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work 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 our 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

Full time course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee13000
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1625
Offshore-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Offshore-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit) 1156

Full time course with placement year

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year9250
Home/EU-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
Home/EU-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1156
Home/EU-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year8094
International-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee13000
International-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year13000
International-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1625
International-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1625
International-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year11375
Offshore-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Offshore-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year9250
Offshore-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)8094
Offshore-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1156
Offshore-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year8094

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year160

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

We are pleased to confirm that our New students webpages are now available for students starting this course in September 2019. Here you can find links to useful information about registering, course start dates, arriving on campus what to expect before and when you arrive.

We automatically send a message via your Welcome website plus an email to notify you once your Preparing to Study information is available. It is important that you regularly check your Welcome website for new messages.

Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 112
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C/4 or above in English Language and 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 two A-Levels.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; to include 15 level 3 credits at merit.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.

Entry requirements

You don't need any prior knowledge of programming.

We recognise the individual nature of each application and our typical offer should be viewed as a guide. UWE Bristol welcomes interest from applicants who may not have the standard entry requirements. We will consider evidence of your relevant personal, professional or educational experience where it demonstrates an ability and potential to succeed on the course. Please include details of any relevant experience in your application.

If you don't meet the entry requirements of this course, you may be eligible for Foundation Year entry into this or related degree courses.

Read more about entry requirements.

UWE Bristol's International College

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

English language support

If you meet the academic requirements but require additional support to take your language skills to the required level, you may be able to attend one of our pre-sessional English courses. Students who successfully complete the pre-sessional course can progress onto their chosen degree course without retaking an IELTS or equivalent.

Read more about our Pre-Sessional English Programme.

Offer Types

If you have not received your exam results, your offer from UWE Bristol will be conditional and will be subject to you achieving the tariff points/grades required for your course.

If you have already satisfied the academic entry requirements of your chosen course, you are likely to be made an unconditional offer. Please note that UWE Bristol will only make unconditional offers if you have already achieved your qualifications.

To make sure our applicants are academically prepared for when they start their studies at UWE Bristol, we do not make unconditional offers to those that are still studying their Level 3 qualifications (such as A-levels, BTEC, Access or equivalent). We hope that this will encourage our applicants to value their academic achievements as much as we do.

How to apply

Read more about undergraduate applications.

For further information

Unistats

The key information set data is temporarily unavailable. Please come back later.

You might also like

Back to top