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About the course

Gain the key skills to enter a fascinating career in software engineering or the general technology industry on this employability-focused computing degree.

This practical degree encourages you to develop an extensive knowledge of computer programming using Java and Python. A range of projects will also help you build practical experience in designing, building and implementing computer systems, culminating in a major final-year software development project.

We believe it is important that you enter the world of work with a range of skills that enable you to succeed, and actively focus on enhancing your employability throughout the degree. You will be supported to gain work experience throughout your degree, and recent students have worked with a wide range of companies including large organisations such as the NHS, General Dynamics, Qinetiq, Garmin, Rackspace, the Met Office, Ordnance Survey and Capita and many more local SMEs such as CleverTouch, Transactor Global Solutions, Zentive, Westermo and MWR Security.

Thanks to the course teams close links with industry, the curriculum is informed through a range of guest speakers, live briefs and access to regular British Computer Society (The Chartered Institute for IT) meetings, held at the University.

Professional practice also extends into the curriculum with several current staff accredited in Prince2, Oracle Java and SQL, E-C Council Certified Ethical Hacker and through the Solent University Cisco Academy.

If you apply for this course with a placement year, you have the opportunity to undertake a year in industry between your second and third years.
Placement year
You have the opportunity to study abroad in one of our partner universities for a semester on this course.
Study abroad
This course has been accredited by a professional body.
Professional accreditation
If you're not quite ready for a full undergraduate degree, there's alternative entry through one of our foundation years.
Foundation year available
This course has access to Solent's specialist facilities.
Specialist facilities
After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent.
Further studies
If you have an appropriate Level 5 qualification, you can top it up to a degree in just a year.
Top-up option

Gain industry-recognised professional qualifications such as PCAP Python Fundamentals.

What does this course lead to?

Recent course graduates have gone on to various roles in the software industry, in roles at organisations such as; IBM, Si Digital, LeadStream, Fujitsu UK and Guernsey Post.

Who is this course for?

This course is ideal for those with a passion for understanding and developing software systems, databases, web development and other computing-related disciplines – and who aspire for a career where they support, research, design, deploy and maintain computing systems.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2021/22 academic year are:
UK, EU and Channel Island full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £13,800 per year
UK, EU and Channel Island placement year fee: £1,425
International placement year fee: £1,850

Following the UK government's confirmation that EU students will no longer be eligible for home fee status benefits, we've made the decision to keep EU tuition fees the same as UK tuition fees for 2021 entry.

For further information, please visit our tuition fees page.

Bursaries and scholarships

Solent University offers a range of bursaries and scholarships that provide financial assistance or waive fees for tuition or accommodation. Each bursary or scholarship has specific eligibility criteria. Check out our bursaries and scholarships pages to find out more.

Graduation costs

For graduates in 2020, there is no charge to attend graduation, but you will be required to pay for the rental of your academic gown (approximately £45 per graduate, depending on your award). You may also wish to purchase official photography packages, which range in price from £15 to £200+. Graduation is not compulsory, so if you prefer to have your award sent to you, there is no cost. Extra guest tickets will go on sale after results publication and will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis. The cost per ticket was £15 in 2019, but this fee is subject to change for future years. Please note, we do not guarantee there will be any extra tickets available to purchase.
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Key entry requirements

104-120 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • A minimum of two completed A-levels, a BTEC Extended Diploma at DMM or BTEC Diploma at D*D or equivalent, which comply with the minimum entry requirement of 104 UCAS points.
  • A BTEC Subsidiary Diploma will be considered in conjunction with other qualifications.
  • Alternative entry to this course is available through the Computing Foundation Year.
  • Note: Students should have a strong interest in learning computer programming as this forms a large part of the course.
  • Direct entry to year two may be offered to holders of an HND or HNC in an appropriate subject.
  • If you are applying from outside the UK, find information about entry requirements, visas and agents for your country here.
  • For further information about UK, EU and international qualifications, please refer to our course entry requirement statement.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficiency in the use of the English language. The agreed minimum requirements for this course are:

  • IELTS minimum 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each individual component
  • TOEFL IBT minimum 80 with a minimum of 20 in each individual component
  • Duolingo English Language Test - 100 overall with minimum of 90 in each component
  • or equivalent.

Qualifications are checked before enrolment, and international students must bring their original certificates or certified copies when coming to study at the University.

Pre-Sessional English programme

The University also offers a pre-sessional English programme for international students who wish to improve their level of English before starting a degree course.

Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Solent team:

If you are a UK, EU or EEA applicant please contact 023 8201 5066 If you are an international applicant please contact 023 8201 5066

How to apply

Any student applying for the first year of a full-time/sandwich undergraduate course must apply through UCAS (University and Colleges Admissions Service). This includes mature, overseas and EU students.

Nearly all schools and colleges offer their students the facility of applying electronically through the UCAS website using 'Apply'; it may also be used by those applying independently in the UK and overseas. This facility and all course information can be found on the UCAS website:

Your application should reach UCAS by 15 January if you hope to enter a course the following autumn. Early application is advised for the most popular subject areas. Late applications may be made until the end of June. The UCAS code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

Please click the links below to apply through UCAS:

Mode of study
Full-time 3 years Apply
Placement Year 4 years Apply

Computing Foundation Year route:

Mode of study
Full-time 4 years Apply
Placement Year 5 years Apply

Top-up route:

We welcome applications from students currently studying a Foundation Degree, DipHE, HNC, HND or modules of an undergraduate degree course at another university, who wish to enter directly into Years 2 or 3 of one of our undergraduate degree courses. Please contact our admissions team for more information: contact us

How to apply

What you'll study

Year one

Core modules
  • Problem Solving though Programming
    This module will introduce you to software implementation through the process of understanding how to solve problems using programming. 
  • Introduction to Networks and Security
    In this module you’ll explore networks by using a network simulator to learn what devices and connections are used.  These will then be applied to various principles of networking, protocols and associated technologies. 
  • UX
    On this module you will learn the techniques (Qualitative and Quantitative) and tools to design, plan and develop a user research strategy. 
  • Introduction to Databases
    In this module you are introduced to the skills and concepts required to develop and use relational databases. You will learn how to write programs interacting with databases and how to create them. 
  • Data Analysis, Tools and Application
    The module takes you through the data life cycle process; collecting, cleaning, processing, analysis and interpretation. Many different technologies will be used in this process.
  • Web Technologies
    On this module you’ll be introduced to common client server-side scripting technologies used in the development of web applications, such as HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and PHP.



Year two

Core modules
  • Research Methods Project
    This module will align you with the forefront of scientific knowledge, and, in doing so, you will hone your research skills. 
  • Web Application Development
    This module looks at the technologies necessary to develop the highly-interactive and mobile-compatible web applications in use today.
  • Advanced Database Systems
    Through this module you will research novel database management systems such as NoSQL databases and continue more advanced relational databases by using object relational mapping libraries.
  • Analytics and Business Intelligence
    This module extends the experience and knowledge already gained in year one to include some of the more complex analytical and modelling techniques found within the business environment.
  • Object Oriented Design and Development
    This module will enable you to undertake a small-scale OO software development project which interacts through web services with other SaaS components.
  • Human Computer Interaction
    On this module you will gain an understanding of the major issues surrounding HCI and solving related design problems. 

Year three

Core modules
  • Dissertation Project
    Your dissertation may be practical or investigative in nature, but all projects must produce specific artefacts that demonstrate your intellectual and practical skills in the subject area.
  • Data Science
    On this module you will explore the use of visualisations, data cleaning and pre-processing, data science programming libraries, and prediction amongst others. 
  • Industrial Consulting Project
    The module will deliver ‘Real-world’ learning which involves interaction with employers and external organisations to allow you to prepare, rehearse and reflect on your experiences.


  • DevOps
    This module explores combining the skills of those who develop the software with the skills to support these systems in a live environment.  
  • Contemporary Web Applications
    Through this module you will learn how to construct web-applications using a modern industry aligned approach. 
  • Immersive Technologies
    On this module you will learn how to design and develop your own prototypes in response to typical immersive scenarios involving virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) or mixed reality (MR).
  • UX Strategies
    This module will equip you with all the advanced UX skills that you will need to thrive in the creative industry arena, covering the interdisciplinary nature of UX and the principles of user-centred design.

Please note: Not all optional modules are guaranteed to run each year.


Web-based learning

Solent's virtual learning environment provides quick online access to assignments, lecture notes, suggested reading and other course information.

The Student Hub

The Student Hub is a central space where you can access all of the information and support you need during your time at University.

Professional and experienced staff can help resolve any query, and if they cannot answer the question themselves they will find the person who can.

Career support

Meet the course team

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Neville Palmer academic profile Neville Palmer Senior Lecturer View profile
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Dr Shakeel Ahmad academic profile Shakeel Ahmad Senior Lecturer View profile
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The university cannot guarantee any particular members of staff will teach specific aspects of the course in the future, but will endeavour to ensure the teaching team maintains their balance of experience and qualifications.


We have up-to-date IT laboratories and a usability lab with eye-tracking facilities, used to test and refine interfaces.

Students also have the opportunity to learn to program robotic devices such as robotic arms and drones, and can develop apps for android devices. You’ll have access to our devices lab, a special test area integrated within one of our existing software development spaces. It consists of a range of real mobile devices mounted on flexible tethers, giving you the chance to test your websites and apps on real equipment.

Our course team have been celebrated and recognised by students with awards for Supporting Learning through Technology and Outstanding Employability Support as well as a nomination for Outstanding Teaching (STAR Awards 2019).

Your future

Solent’s Computing course will prepare you for a wide range of graduate level employment opportunities. Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Software developer
  • Web designer
  • Full stack developer
  • IT support
  • Network manager
  • Project manager
  • Database manager
  • Data analyst
  • DevOps
  • User experience (UX)

Industry links

Thanks to the course team’s extensive links with industry, you’ll be supported to gain contacts and work experience opportunities throughout the degree – there is also a chance to attend the regular ‘Happy Hour Digital Industry’. These talks are designed to offer an insight into working in the tech and digital industries, and are mainly focused on early career or how to get into the industry - with speakers presenting their journey and professional practice. Recent speakers have included professionals from LUSH Digital, IBM, Westermo and LittleBigBox.

We also guide and encourage students to get involved in attending local tech meet-up and Hackathons to practice and hone professional skills.

We have industry links through our Placement activities and also the University runs a mentorship programme.


The work placement variant of the course provides students with a chance to gain valuable real-world experience, often in a paid role between the second and third years of study.

While students will secure their own placement, there is extensive support in finding a suitable position, as well as guidance on carrying out a placement.

We also encourage and support students to gain industrial experience during vacations, or to develop their final-year project in conjunction with industry.

Further study

Enhance your career prospects by continuing your study at Solent.

Get ready to find your place

You can still experience life at Solent at a virtual open day! Hear from course tutors, take virtual campus and accommodation tours, and chat to us live.

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