Part-time : 3 years
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Preston (Campus code: U)
Developed in close collaboration with BAE Systems, this foundation degree will prepare you for a career developing software solutions in a variety of areas such as: computer networking, security, image and signal processing, embedded real-time system development, web, applications, graphics, mobile devices and games. You’ll develop skills in the creation of software and digital systems and explore modern approaches to project management, teamwork and interaction with clients, users and managers. The practical approach enables you to apply the ideas and techniques in your work environment but provides the academic basis for you to top-up to an Honours Degree, preparing you for an exciting career in this rapidly growing industry.
240 points at A2; General Studies accepted
BTEC Extended Diploma: Merit, Merit, Merit
BTEC Diploma: Distinction, Merit
Pass Access course with Merits in 30 Level 3 credits
The qualifications at A2 or BTEC National Diploma should include at least 1 STEM-based subject such as ICT, Computing, Mathematics, Electronics, Science or Engineering.
Students whose first language is not English must achieve an IELTS 6.0 (with no component score less than 5.)
Students should be working in a computing environment.
For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.
For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:
Full-time: £9,250 per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £1,540 per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)
Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate
For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.
This programme has been developed in discussion with BAE Systems to meet the needs of organisations developing complex software, including integration with special-purpose hardware.
Members of the course team have developed software commercially and managed teams of developers.
In addition to the highly technical programme, the University offers opportunities such as a year-long Young Leaders’ programme and a 3-day Cyprus-based leadership training and support for short or long industrial placements to help you enhance your employability.
This is a new programme, but we will be seeking accreditation from the BCS, the professional body for computing at the next opportunity.
As a Software Engineering programme, much of the assessment is based around developing software or IT systems, ensuring you have the practical skills you require in industry. However, exams and reports are used to ensure you have the understanding of theory and critical ability to cope with the rapid changes in hardware and software technology and development tools and ideas.
A key feature of the programme is the second year team project, which will help you develop techniques applicable to industrial system development.
Work experience and international opportunities
Students should be working in a computing environment, and the course will encourage them to share their experiences and practices.
Suitable candidates may be able to undertake this course as part of a Higher Apprenticeship with BAE Systems (Apply to BAE Systems)
Software engineers typically seek employment in software development roles, progressing to senior technical roles, project or department management. Software engineers are expected to have a range of skills and an ability to learn quickly so that they can be employed as developers of any kind of software.
The graduates of this programme will have additional hardware design skills, so they can work on demanding real-time software interfacing to special-purpose hardware. Students will have the opportunity to progress to Honours in 1 year full-time, longer part-time.