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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 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.

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

With a strong focus on programming, this course includes software development, database and networking units. Covered technologies include Java, Android, Oracle SQL, PHP, Web APIs, 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 and figures

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Fees and costs

Tuition fees

The tuition fees for the 2018/19 academic year are:
UK and EU full-time fees: £9,250 per year
International full-time fees: £12,500 per year 
UK and EU placement year fees: £1,385
International placement year fees: £1,700

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

Graduation is the ceremony to celebrate the achievements of your studies. For graduates in 2018, 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.
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Key entry requirements

112 UCAS tariff points from A-levels or equivalent

  • A-levels including Grade D in a relevant subject, or 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 Computing 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 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 19 in each individual 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.

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 feel like they've been given the chance to apply what they have learnt

Study location

East Park Terrace

Got a question about this course?

Contact our Ask Solent team: 023 8201 3039

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.

Click the links below to apply through UCAS:

BSc (Hons) Software Engineering

BSc (Hons) Software Engineering with a placement year

Computing Foundation Year route:

Computing Foundation Year

Computing Foundation Year with a placement year

How to apply

What you'll study

Year one

Core units
  • Object Oriented Programming
  • Introduction to Databases
  • Web Technologies 
  • Mathematical Structures in Computing
  • Introduction to Computer Systems
  • Cybersecurity Essentials

Year two

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

Year three

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


  • Web Application Development
  • Data Science
  • Engineering Mobile Applications
  • Internet of Things
  • Creative Business Start-up
  • Freelancing at Solent Creatives

Please note: Not all optional units 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

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Written exams


Assessment by coursework


Practical exams

Meet the course team

Jennifer Muskett academic profile Jennifer Muskett Head of Subject View profile
Brian Dupée academic profile Brian Dupée Senior Lecturer View profile
Neville Palmer academic profile Neville Palmer Senior 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

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 job
  • 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

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

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