FdEng Software Engineering

Retail, manufacturing, defence, healthcare, education – most sectors of government and industry rely heavily on software systems, and professional, competent and creative software engineers are needed to develop and maintain them. Our Software Engineering Foundation Degree offers you the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in this field.

FdEng Software Engineering

Course details

Congratulations. You’re considering a career in the world’s most in-demand profession*. Concerned with the building and maintenance of software systems and other computer-based solutions, software engineering is a truly global activity. By examining all elements of the process – from initial understanding of the problem to be solved, through analysis, design, and development, to testing, documentation and maintenance – this foundation degree offers you a focused education in software engineering, ready to impress potential employers.

Our dedicated staff team offers a balance of academic rigour, industrial experience and advanced technical expertise. We will support you to explore the underlying principles of software engineering, while helping you gain knowledge and practical experience of the latest technologies. You will be encouraged to appreciate both the technical and human aspects involved in areas such as the lifecycle of software systems, software design, systems analysis, programming, database specification and design, and system security.

In addition to technical knowledge and expertise, you will have opportunities to gain experience in team working, communication and presentation, problem solving and time management. Our focus is on helping you develop industry-relevant knowledge and skills, so that you are well prepared for a career in software engineering.

* http://www.michaelpage.co.uk/minisite/most-in-demand-professions/index.html accessed on 05/09/2017

  • UCAS points: 64
  • Location: The University of Bolton
  • Award: FdEng
  • UCAS code: G472
  • Duration: 3 years

Course highlights:

  • Our dedicated staff team have a wide range of professional experience, industry knowledge, technical expertise and academic credentials, offering you a variety of perspectives and broadening your horizons.
  • We prefer to keep lecture and practical classes relatively small, so that you have plenty of opportunities to us ask questions and get help, as well as benefit from the ideas and support offered by your classmates.
  • We have well-established links with the software engineering industry, and continually monitor and update the course to make sure the content is industry-relevant and introduces you to the latest thinking and innovations.
  • We are committed to helping you develop your employability and career network. You will be encouraged to attend guest lectures that enhance your learning, help you make contacts in the industry and contribute to your professional development.
  • By designing the course assignments and projects so that they mimic industry pipelines and standards, we aim to give you a real feel for a career in software engineering.

Key features:

  • We offer a warm and friendly environment for your studies, with relatively small class sizes, purpose-built teaching facilities, and excellent student support and library services.
  • We want to work with you as an individual, giving you access to the help and support you need to succeed.
  • Our dedicated IT suites feature high-specification hardware and industry-standard software.
  • Many of our computing facilities can be accessed across the internet, allowing you to work on your assignments whenever and wherever you choose.
  • We will help and support you to develop a portfolio of work that demonstrates your skills in readiness to impress potential employers.
  • On successful completion of this Foundation Degree you will be eligible to apply for our BEng (Hons) Software Engineering (Top-up) course. This allows you to complete your bachelor’s degree by studying for an additional 18 months part-time.

Entry requirements

  • UCAS points: 64
  • Location: The University of Bolton
  • Award: FdEng
  • UCAS code: G472
  • Duration: 3 years

Any subjects are acceptable at Level 3. You should also have five GCSEs at grade C or above or grade 4 to 9 (or equivalent) including English and Mathematics.

If you do not meet the standard entry requirements, but have non-traditional qualifications and/or relevant experience, we will be happy to consider your application. You will be required to undertake an assessment to determine your suitability for the course. You will be assessed on your problem-solving skills and your ability to participate in group work.

If English isn't your first language you'll also need IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent). Find out more

Career opportunities

Software engineers may work at any stage of the software development life cycle. Duties can include producing project requirements, writing algorithms, coding, testing, deployment, or maintenance. By undertaking this qualification you will develop a wide range of transferable skills such as IT skills, analytical skills, communication, team work, numeracy, time management and organisation. You will be well prepared for further study should you decide to complete a full honours degree.

What can I do with this qualification?

Our Foundation Degree will equip you for entry level programming roles such as application development for software development companies. Students who progress to our BEng programme will be well placed to access higher level roles in games development, systems development, web design, web development, search engine optimisation, information systems management and business analysis. There are also a wide variety of career options available within the sectors of business, engineering, health care, gaming, publishing, IT, retail, education, medicine, aerospace and cyber security. This foundation degree is an ideal starting point for a career in any of these sectors.

Alternative career options

  • Advertising, marketing and PR
  • Banking, finance and accountancy
  • Energy and utilities
  • Manufacturing and production
  • Public sector and defence
  • Radio and TV production
  • Systems analysis
  • Telecommunications
  • Multimedia programming
  • Digital copywriting
  • Network engineering

Professional recognition

Fees & funding

No fee information is currently available, please contact Student Data Management on 01204 903059 or SDMenquiries@bolton.ac.uk for more information

The fees for a student’s course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.

The University is currently awaiting Government guidelines as to EU fee charges for students commencing study in 2019/20.

UK undergraduate tuition fees are subject to UK government approval and are subject to the outcome of the Teaching Excellence Framework.

How to apply

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Please contact Admissions by telephone on 01204 903903 or email enquiries@bolton.ac.uk

Admissions
University of Bolton
Deane Road
Bolton, BL3 5AB
United Kingdom

Tel: 01204 903903
Email: enquiries@bolton.ac.uk

International

International applications are not possible for this course

As an international student you are not allowed to study this course because of the restrictions on your visa.

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Teaching & assessment

Modules

Modules listed below are a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules as part of the course.

  • Introduction to Software Development
  • Mathematics for Computing
  • Software Project Management
  • Database Design
  • Object Oriented Programming
  • Introduction to Networking
  • Software Engineering
  • Data Structure and Algorithms
  • Agile Methods Development
  • Advanced Programming
  • Software Testing Processes
  • Work Based Learning

Teaching, learning and assessment

Lectures will be used to introduce the core course content, while practical laboratory sessions will give you practical experience and help consolidate your learning. Tutorials will allow you to ask any questions you have to ensure you understand the topics covered in lectures and laboratory sessions. We use case studies and practical scenarios to help you learn to apply academic theory to real-life practical scenarios, allowing you to gain insights into software engineering in industrial environments.

Guest lectures/presentations by a variety of visiting speakers from relevant employment areas will offer you the chance to further develop your knowledge and understanding.

In terms of assessment, you can expect time constrained exams and coursework, such as essays, reports, presentations, portfolios, and others. These contribute to your final marks and allow you to demonstrate that you have met the learning outcomes for the course.

We also use other forms of assessment to help you learn, provide you with feedback and inform your development, though these do not count towards your final marks. For instance, you might be asked to complete quizzes or undertake programming exercises. You will also receive feedback on assessment drafts. These will help to identify any areas which would benefit from extra attention on your part, or where you need extra support from your tutor.

Disclaimer

The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up to date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.


Assessment methods

Level Assessment method
Level One Coursework (62%), Practical exams (21%), Written exams (17%)
Level Two Coursework (92%), Practical exams (8%)

Learning activities

Level Learning activity
Level One Guided independent study (66%), Scheduled learning and teaching activities (34%)
Level Two Guided independent study (64%), Placement/study abroad (15%), Scheduled learning and teaching activities (21%)

Contact The University

Key facts

  • UCAS code:
    G472
  • Course type:
    Part-time
  • Location:
    The University of Bolton
  • Award:
    FdEng
  • UCAS points:
    64
  • Duration:
    3 years

Contact us

Software Engineering
Email Enquiries
Email: SoftEng@bolton.ac.uk
Telephone:

Abdul Razak
Programme Leader
Email: A.Razak@bolton.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903476

Andrew Parker
Lecturer
Email: A.Parker@bolton.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903467

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton
Email: enquiries@bolton.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)1204 903903