Software Engineering (Foundation Entry) BSc (Hons)

Software Engineering (Foundation Entry) BSc (Hons)

School of Physical Sciences and Computing




Under- graduate



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University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

  • Duration:

    Full Time: Four Years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • UCAS Code:

    C986; Short form: SE/Fe

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BSc (Hons)

Why study this course?

Foundation Entry degree courses are designed for students who have the ability to study for a degree, but don’t have the necessary formal qualifications to enter directly onto their chosen Honours degree programme. Develop software development skills in a practical hands-on way on this diverse course. You’ll cover a range of technologies - from mobile phones to enterprise applications - across the whole development lifecycle, from understanding requirements through to design and implementation and testing. In your first year, you’ll develop interactive games using 3D-graphics. In Year 3, you’ll work in a team to design and develop substantial, realistic applications. By Year 4, you’ll be ready to tackle complex, concurrent systems involving multiple, interacting components. Along the way, there’ll be opportunities to work on live projects for real clients - thoroughly preparing you for a rewarding career.

Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 72 UCAS Points. We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted.

BTEC Extended Diploma: Merit, Merit, Pass
BTEC Diploma: Distinction, Merit
Pass Access Course: 72 UCAS Points
International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 72 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no score lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.

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Course at a Glance

Year 1

Introduction to Software Development
Investigating IT
Problem-solving for Computing


Study Skills 1 - Learning How to Learn
Study Skills 2 – Developing Academic Skills 
Introduction to Mathematical Methods

Year 2

Compulsory modules

  • Introduction to Programming
  • Programming
  • Introduction to Networking
  • The Computing Challenge
  • Systems Analysis and Database Design
  • Computer Systems and Security
  • Games Concepts

Year 3

Compulsory modules

  • Software Development
  • Advanced Programming
  • The Agile Professional
  • Computational Thinking
  • Computer Security
  • Mobile Computing

For Sandwich Award undertake an Industrial Placement Year after completing Year 2.

Year 4

Compulsory modules

  • Advanced Software Engineering Techniques
  • Object Oriented Methods in Computing
  • Distributed Enterprise Systems
  • Honours Degree Project

Optional modules - choose one

  • Computer Graphics
  • Wireless and Mobile Networks
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Data Science​

Further Information

The common first year with other computing courses gives you the flexibility to transfer to other specialist courses, including Computer Networks and Security, Computer Games Development, or to broaden your interests by taking BSc (Hons) Computing.

You will develop programming and analysis skills and an understanding of computer and network technology. You will apply your software development skills to the challenge of developing interactive games using 3D graphics. You will practise the interpersonal skills necessary for effective software development: you must be able to work effectively with clients and other developers. You will explore the legal responsibilities of software developers. Since the first year is common with other courses in the School, it will help you to choose the most appropriate route for you.

You learn how to apply industry-standard software development techniques to traditional and distributed applications; to design efficient databases using a leading database management system; and to program effectively in Java and C++. You will study the practical techniques that should be part of every software engineer’s toolkit. Because they are part of many modern applications, you will study communications and networks. You will participate in a team-based software development project to apply your project management skills.

You enhance your programming skills, study C#, and learn to tackle the problems of complex, concurrent systems involving multiple interacting components. You develop the expertise to develop complex distributed applications, and broaden your expertise through a relevant option. You identify, plan and perform a substantial final year project to demonstrate your ability to create complex software applications. A module that will help you plan your career is available as an additional module, closely coordinated with a second year professional skills module.

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I work in quite a challenging development environment and need to draw on a wide knowledge base. My degree gave me the skills to never need to worry when faced with seemingly insurmountable problems. In addition, I enjoyed it!

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There are opportunities for additional software development experience through research internships, short placements, or grants to develop software. For instance, a small team of students developed a mobile application to support the Agile North conference, which is often hosted at the University. Students can participate in the conference alongside software developers from a range of industries who use agile techniques to ensure their software meets clients’ needs.

Graduates of this course have been employed by companies like Nokia, Hewlett Packard, IBM, Intel, GCHQ and EA games, while others have started their own companies. One graduate, Claire Walsh, is now a software engineer working on releases of new software used to monitor and control assets at London Underground sites. 


For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

Fees 2020/21

Full-time: The fee for the first year of the course will be £5,500 (UK/EU). Fees for years 2 to 4 will be £9,250* (UK/EU) per year

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Further information:

For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

Professional Accreditation

The course has accreditation leading to MBCS, CITP and partial CEng exemption from the British Computer Society, the computing professional body.

Learning Environment and Assessment

We emphasise practical-based learning using purpose-built laboratories and the University's general computer rooms. Our laboratories allow you to use specialist software and to do things that would not be allowed on a public network: for example, configuring networks or database servers or testing system security. You will use a range of development environments and tools. Where possible, we make software available for use on your own PC. You will use an online learning environment to facilitate flexible learning. This environment enhances traditional face-to-face lectures, tutorials and practical sessions by providing additional, resource-rich, online materials allowing you to continue learning independently. You will have directed work to do outside timetabled classes.

The course is assessed using individual coursework assignments, groupwork, presentations and exams, which may be seen or unseen. There is a practical emphasis with the main contribution to your degree classification coming from coursework.


You can take a one-year industrial placement after completing your second year. Most placements are UK-based, but we regularly place students in English-speaking workplaces elsewhere in Europe. It is possible to study a year of the course at a university abroad.


I enjoyed studying for my degree and the skills I gained gave me an advantage during interviews. Every day I come across problems at work which, if the course were anything less, I would be unable solve.