BEng (Hons) Software Engineering - HE6 top-up
Most sectors of government and industry rely heavily on software systems, and the software engineers who develop and maintain them. If you have already completed a related Foundation Degree or HND, our BEng (Hons) Software Engineering Top-up course offers you the skills and knowledge needed for a career in this field.
Software engineering is a truly global activity that is concerned with the building and maintenance of software systems and other computer-based solutions. Your previous studies in software engineering or a similar computing-related specialism will have prepared you to undertake advanced study in focused areas of software development and engineering. We will support you to enhance your existing Foundation Degree or HND-level knowledge and skills, ready to achieve the status of BEng (Hons) Software Engineering Top-up graduate.
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.
- Start date: 21/09/2020
- Location: The University of Bolton
- Award: BEng (Hons)
- Duration: 18 months
- 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.
- 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.
- Start date: 21/09/2020
- Location: The University of Bolton
- Award: BEng (Hons)
- Duration: 18 months
For direct entry to Level HE6 (Top-up), you will need either a Foundation Degree (FdSc or FdEng) or an HND in Software Engineering, Cloud Computing, Networking & Security of a similar Computing-related course.
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
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.
A software engineering graduate will have developed a wide range of technical and transferable skills such as advanced IT skills, analytical skills, communication, creativity and innovation, independence, logic, numeracy, project management and organisation. The demand for skilled and qualified software engineers is increasing. This is fostered by a transforming economic landscape, driven by the need for computing technology solutions.
What can I do with this qualification?
Software engineering graduates who are new to the field often start out as programmers and work their way up to positions of greater responsibility, whether it’s as an architect or a project manager.
Jobs directly related to a software engineering degree include 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.
Alternative career options
- Advertising, marketing and PR
- Banking, finance and accountancy
- Energy and utilities
- Manufacturing and production
- Public sector and defence
- IT consultancy
- Radio and TV production
- Systems analysis
- Multimedia programming
- Digital copywriting
- Network engineering
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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.
You may apply directly to the University using the University's online application form. Please select your chosen start date from the list below:
Before you commence the online application please read the Application Guidance Notes.
You should also ensure you have to hand:
Details of the educational establishments you attended and dates
Your certificates for the qualifications you are using to gain entry to the course – you will need to enter the completion date and upload copies
Details of any employment history including name, address, dates and role
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Apply online: University of Bolton BEng(Hons) Software Engineering Top Up STV - 21 September 2020
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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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.
- Contemporary Problems Analysis
- Enterprise Systems Development
- Agile Methods
- Software Design
- Open Source Software Development
- Advanced Database
- Undergraduate Research Project
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 as a means 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.
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.
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