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About the course

Do you have a passion for programming? Want to study a degree that can lead to a varied career in the IT industry? Solent’s software engineering programme offers a broad range of technical computing skills across a range of areas, preparing you for a fantastic career in the software engineering industry upon graduation.

In the first year of study you will cover a range of topics including coding, software testing, networking and security, algorithms and databases. You will also be supported to develop academic skills in writing and research, which will aid your learning throughout the course. These base-line topics will lead into more advanced areas of development in the second year, which include an introduction to artificial intelligence and mobile application development.

All of our undergraduate computing courses have an optional placement year between the second and third years of study, where you have the opportunity to work in industry, gaining valuable employment and experience.

The final year culminates in a major project where you will have the chance to showcase your skills and knowledge related to the engineering of software systems. You will also develop a deeper understanding of specialist areas through optional modules, which include popular areas such as data science and immersive technologies.

The supportive and experienced academic team will guide you in promoting yourself as a professional practitioner, through developing online profiles to showcase your skills and expertise. You will also be encouraged to engage in networking at local digital and technology events, helping you to gain invaluable real-world experience and feedback.

Our close links with industry will support you in gaining contacts, work experience opportunities, and insight into the software engineering industry. Industrial consulting is also enabled through a final year project unit which gets you industry ready to confidently go forward into the workplace.

As a graduate you will be able to pursue a wide range of career options in the digital industry, and will benefit from the continuing increasing industry demand for those with strong technical abilities in software development.

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
You have the opportunity to obtain a professional membership as part of this degree.
Professional memberships
As part of your studies you will have the opportunity to undertake a work experience placement.
Built in work experience placement
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

With a strong focus on programming, this course includes software development, database and networking modules. Covered technologies include Java, Android, Oracle SQL, PHP, Web APIs, JSON, HTML5, jQuery and big data analytics.

What does this course lead to?

Graduates can enter a wide range of jobs including software engineering, software development, project management, IT support, web development and database management. The skills you’ll develop are highly valued by employers across a broad range of sectors.

Recent course graduates have gone on to various roles in the software industry including IBM, Si Digital, LeadStream, Fujitsu UK, Guernsey Post, Retail Manager Solutions Ltd.

Who is this course for?

This course is ideal for those with a passion for understanding and developing software systems, and who aspire for a career where they support, research, design, deploy and maintain software systems.

Facts and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The 2021/22 fees are not yet available. For guidance, the 2020/21 fees were:
UK and EU full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £13,260 per year
UK and EU placement year fees: £1,385
International placement year fees: £1,800

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-levels in a relevant subject, or 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.
  • Qualifications equivalent to the above may also be considered.
  • A BTEC Subsidiary Diploma will be considered in conjunction with other qualifications.
  • Direct entry to second year may be offered to holders of an HND or HNC in an appropriate subject.
  • Alternative entry to this course is available through the Computing Foundation Year
  • 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

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What you'll study

Year one

Core modules
  • Problem Solving though Programming
    This module will introduce 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. 
  • Data Structures, Algorithms and Mathematics
    Through this module you will gain hands on experience applying a range of algorithms and data structures to problems. As well as creating your own algorithms, you will also be made aware of existing algorithms that are at your disposal and understand how they work.
  • 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. 
  • Software Testing and Reliability Engineering
    You will learn about the testing process and the different types of tests that are commonly used, these will include component/module testing, usability testing and user acceptance testing.  
  • Web Technologies
    Through this module you will be introduced to common client- and server-side scripting technologies used in the development of web applications, such as HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and PHP, and will incorporate a modern day version controlled workflow.

Year two

Core modules
  • Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
    This module helps you gain an understanding of the key developments in this area as well as an appreciation of the changing technological landscape and its impact on our society.
  • Web Application Development
    This module extends the fundamentals of server-side web development first encountered in 'Developing for the Internet', with a look 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.
  • Research Methods Project
    This module will align you with the forefront of scientific knowledge, and, in doing so, you will hone your research skills.
  • Object Oriented Design and Development
    This module will build upon the object-oriented (OO) implementation skills developed at Level 4 with the aim of providing a sufficient understanding of OO development to undertake a small-scale OO software development project which interacts through web services with other SaaS components.
  • Mobile Application Development
    This module will provide you with the fundamentals of mobile app development and thus give you the vital skills needed to develop your own apps.

Year three

Core modules
  • Dissertation Project
    Your dissertation topic must be drawn from and extend the theory and practice encompassed by your degree title.  Projects 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.
  • DevOps
    This module explores combining the skills of those who develop the software with the skills to support these systems in a live environment.  
  • 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


  • 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).
  • Advanced Mobile Development and 3D
    This module takes your mobile development to an advanced level and covers some of the complex features of mobile application development with a focus on recent developments and interesting use-cases. 
  • Data Science
    Through this module you’ll explore; Visualisations (Scatterplot, Boxplot, Distributions, Timeseries, maps), Data cleaning and preprocessing amongst others. 
  • Machine Learning
    Aspects of learning principles and algorithms will be covered in this module, key concepts include; supervised and unsupervised learning, loss functions and generalisation, probabilistic theory, kernel methods for non-linear data, Bayesian methods and Ensemble learning amongst others. 

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

Prins Butt academic profile Prins Butt Course Leader View profile
Mohammed Al-Husban academic profile Mohammed Al-Husban Senior Lecturer View profile
Neville Palmer academic profile Neville Palmer Senior Lecturer View profile
Dr Shakeel Ahmad academic profile Shakeel Ahmad Senior Lecturer View profile
Warren Earle academic profile Warren Earle Lecturer View profile
Craig Gallen academic profile Craig Gallen Associate Lecturer View profile

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.


Students will develop apps for the web, desktop computers and a range of mobile platforms, and will be able to test them in our new device lab. This special test area is integrated within one of our existing software development spaces, and allows students to test out their web sites and apps on real equipment, including iOS and Android phones and tablets.

Students also learn to program robotic devices, including robotic arms and drones, and have access to up-to-date IT laboratories and a usability lab with eye-tracking facilities, used to test and refine interfaces.

Learning is enabled by a range of industry standard equipment. Facilities include high-spec computer labs, device testing labs and a usability lab with eye tracking facilities. Students are also able to write programs for robotic devices and drones.

Software engineering at Solent is accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS). This means that the curriculum meets the strict standards set by the industry itself. This course covers the principal requirements for the Oracle Database and Java Certified Associate certification schemes.

Your future

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

  • Software engineer
  • App developer
  • Web developer
  • Full-stack developer 
  • Front-end developer
  • Back-end developer
  • Systems engineer
  • IT sales
  • The BSc (Hons) Software Engineering does exactly what it says on the tin! As a student you are taught to produce software at any stage of its life, using the latest techniques with a flavour for both individual and team efforts. These skills are integrated together and applied in many different tasks, working towards a final project where you can really demonstrate your creativity, flair and skills.

    Nick Robson, Graduate

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.


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

While students will secure their own placement, there is extensive support in finding a suitable position between years two and three, as well as guidance on carrying out their 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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