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BSc (Hons)Software Engineering

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UCAS code: SE01
Institution code: S30
Campus: Southampton City CentreView on Google Maps

Why study a software engineering degree at Solent University

Learn how to design, develop, and maintain software applications to create innovative technology solutions and enhance user experiences on this BCS-accredited degree.

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  • You will gain a comprehensive understanding of software development principles and industry-standard practices.
  • You can expect to work on real-world projects, collaborate with industry partners, and gain practical skills that are highly valued by employers.
  • You will be able to access to a range of modern facilities and software, including high-spec computer labs, device testing labs and a usability lab with eye tracking facilities.
  • You will be taught by knowledgeable faculty members who are passionate about teaching and mentoring students, and you can attend guest lectures from experts working in the tech and digital industries.
  • Showcase your work at our annual end of year degree show.
  • Placement opportunities- many of our students who undertake work placements at exhibiting companies are offered a graduate job after their studies.
  • Recent course graduates have gone on to various roles in the software industry including IBM, Softcat, Fujitsu UK, Guernsey Post, Retail Manager Solutions Ltd, among others.

This video 'Why study BSc (Hons) Computing or BSc (Hons) Software Engineering' is available as a text transcript, with a description of visuals.

Course overview

The course aims to equip students with the technical skills, problem-solving abilities, and critical thinking necessary to design, develop, and manage software solutions in various domains while emphasizing professionalism, ethical practices, and effective communication in a software engineering context.

You’ll be well-versed in all aspects of software engineering. In the first year of study, you will cover a range of topics including programming, software testing, networking and security, algorithms and data structures, user-interface design, and databases. These baseline topics will lead to more advanced areas of development in the second and third year, which include an introduction to artificial intelligence, data science, machine learning, mobile application development and web technologies, among other modules.

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. 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.

In addition, this course gives you the opportunity to undertake a year in industry (work placement) after completing the second year of your study and gain work experience, enhancing your employability after graduation.

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Course features

  • Professional accreditation

    This course has been accredited by a professional body

  • Foundation year available

    If you're not quite ready for a full undergraduate degree, there's alternative entry through one of our foundation years

  • Professional membership

    You have the opportunity to obtain a professional membership as part of this degree

  • Specialist facilities

    This course has access to specialist facilities

  • Further studies

    After successfully completing your studies, there's an opportunity to continue your studies at Solent

  • Top-up option

    If you have an appropriate Level 5 qualification, you can top it up to a degree in just a year

Who is this course for?

The course is ideal for students who have a passion for technology and are interested in developing and applying problem-solving skills to real world problems. It uses many of the technical aspects of computer science and aims to develop the professional attitudes, interpersonal and technical skills you’ll need in the software engineering industry. 

What does this course lead to?

Graduates can enter a wide range of jobs including software engineer, software designer, tester, project management, IT support, web developer and database management roles.

Solent stories

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Meet the team

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. And as Solent is an Adobe Creative Campus, all students also have free access to Adobe Creative Cloud, which includes the full suite of Adobe professional software, including Photoshop, Illustrator, XD, Premier Pro, and more.

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