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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? Southampton Solent’s British Computer Society (BCS) accredited software engineering programme teaches you how to apply proper engineering techniques to software development projects, building effective software products for desktops and mobile devices.

The hands-on software engineering programme supports students as they develop a valuable combination of software engineering competency and general business and employability skills. Graduates will be proficient in a range of technologies including Java, Android, Oracle SQL, PHP, Web API’s, JSON, HTML5, jQuery and big data analytics.

Students learn from an academic team with extensive experience in business computing, computer systems, business analytics, databases, web development and software engineering. The course team also maintain a strong professional network - which helps them to offer students support as they look for work experience placements and graduate employment.  

Students are able to select optional units in the third and second year of study. These units include: mobile app development, emerging web technologies, and advanced databases. Selecting optional units allows students to tailor their degree to an area they would like to progress into after graduation.

Software engineering students are also supported to develop a range of transferable skills throughout the course. These include project management, communication and problem solving skills.

Placement year Study abroad Professional accreditation Foundation year available Professional memberships Built in work experience placement Specialist facilities Further studies

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

What does this course lead to?

Graduates 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 graduates have joined companies and organisations such as Ernst & Young, Clevertouch, Zentive, Huawei, TGSL, Accenture, Capgemini, Capita, Matchtech, eBay, Ordnance Survey and SAP.

Who is this course for?

This course is perfect for lovers of programming who wish to learn how to apply engineering techniques to software development for databases, websites and mobile devices and using a number of technologies.

Facts & figures

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UCAS Codes

Full Time

  • 3 Years Standard Entry G600
  • 4 Years Technology Foundation Year G608
  • 4 Years Language Foundation Year G6Q3

Placement (480 credit course)

  • 4 Years Standard Entry G601
  • 5 Years Technology Foundation Year G602
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Fees and Costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2016/2017 academic year are:
UK and EU full-time fees: £9,000 per year
International full-time fees: £11,000 per year
UK and EU placement year fees: £1,350
International placement year fees: £1,545

Bursaries and scholarships

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

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Key entry requirements

260 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • A-levels including Grade D in a relevant subject excluding General Studies and Key Skills, a BTEC Extended Diploma at DMM or BTEC Diploma at D*D or equivalent.
  • 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 Technology Foundation Year and International Foundation Year.

Note: that computer programming forms a large part of this course. Those more interested in using IT as a development tool should consider the business information technology or information technology management courses.

We welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds. Applicants who are not in possession of the minimum entry requirements but are able to demonstrate aptitude, enthusiasm and motivation will be considered on an individual basis and may be admitted subject to satisfactory interview and/or portfolio. Please contact us for further details.

English language requirements

Applicants who do not have English as their first language will be required to demonstrate an approved level of proficients 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 19 in each individual component-TOEFL is only valid for EU students
  • 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.

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.


of students have been able to access general IT resources when needed

Study location

East Park Terrace

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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 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 June. The UCAS Code for the University is S30, code name SOLNT.

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What you'll study

Year One

  • Introduction to Programming and Problem-Solving
  • Object-Oriented Programming
  • Introduction to Databases
  • Internet Technology
  • Information Technology Platforms
  • Mathematical Structures in Computing
  • Introduction to Professional Practice

Year Two

  • Object-Oriented Design and Development
  • Graduate and Professional Development
  • Enterprise Data Development
  • Developing for the Internet
  • Engineering Software Systems


  • Mobile Application Development
  • Curriculum Plus (including languages or entrepreneurship)

Year Three

  • Project (double unit)
  • Software Systems Development
  • Process Analysis and Requirements Engineering


  • Web Application Development
  • Enterprise Data Modelling
  • Engineering Mobile Applications
  • Curriculum Plus (including a language or entrepreneurship)


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

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Written Exams


Assessment by coursework


Practical exams

Meet the course team

Brian Dupée academic profile Brian Dupée Course Leader View profile
Jennifer Muskett academic profile Jennifer Muskett Course Leader View profile
Vic Thorn academic profile Vic Thorn Course Leader View profile
Bernard Griffin academic profile Bernard Griffin Senior Lecturer View profile
Neville Palmer academic profile Neville Palmer Senior Lecturer View profile


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

Suitable roles for graduates include:

  • Software engineer
  • Project manager
  • Web developer
  • IT support officer
  • Database manager
  • Network manager.


of students go on to work and/or study six months after finishing the course.


of those students are in a professional or managerial role.
  • 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 connections

The course maintains links with employers and industry through placements and live briefs embedded within the curriculum, with industry liaison panels ensuring the course design and development is always up-to-date.

British Computer Society (BCS) meetings are regularly hosted at the University, and you’ll be encouraged to attend and build up your professional connections.

We also encourage and support you in gaining industry experience during holidays, or developing your final-year project in conjunction with industry. Our Solent Creatives agency also gives you a chance to gain experience on real-life projects, and you’ll have the opportunity to take part in competitions such as the Microsoft Imagine Cup.


Students undertaking the optional work placement variant of the course will find a suitable work placement between years two and three, with support from the course team.

Recent placements have taken place at IBM, CleverTouch, Cisco, Roland Berger, DSTL, Accenture, local authorities, Visa, NATS and GSK, as well as many smaller companies.

Further study

After studying this course you may have the opportunity to study further on the following courses:

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