Foundation Year (Year 0):
This programme can incorporate a Foundation Year, which is intended for students wishing to enrol onto the three-year honours degree, who fall into one of the following categories:
1. Students who have not achieved the required A-Level points (or equivalent) score to enter the first year of the degree programme.
2. Mature students who have been out of the formal education system for some time.
Further information about the Foundation Year can be found by clicking here.
The Software Engineering degree programme is comprised of a number of core modules, with a range of options in the second and final year to develop your specific interests and expertise:
- Principles of Programming
- Architectures & Operating Systems
- Building for the Web
- Computing & Society
- Computational Thinking
- Developing Quality Software & Systems I
- Advanced Programming
- Systems Analysis & Design
- Mobile & Web Technologies
- Research Methods for Computing & IS
- Developing Quality Software & Systems II
- Work Placement
Optional modules (select one):
- Multimedia & Interaction
- Data & Knowledge Management
- Networks & Communications
- Law & Digital Security
- Professional Issues & Technology Management
- Software Architectures & Design Patterns
- Parallel & Distributed Systems
- Dissertation Project
Optional modules (select one):
- Cyber Security
- Advanced Multimedia
- Computational Intelligence
- Analytics & Business Intelligence
Please note: this degree programme is subject to periodic review in February 2016, with minor modifications to modules possible. Not all optional modules will run every academic year, as this will depend on selection by students.
Learning & Teaching
A student-centred approach to learning and teaching is encouraged and developed through the use of a broad range of teaching strategies, including: lectures, tutorials, seminars, technical labs, reflective blogs, individual and group projects, further enhanced by real world case studies and guest lectures from industry experts and supported by our Moodle virtual learning environment.
Due to the nature of the programme, practical labs and workshops are key to developing students’ technical understanding and abilities, underpinned by solid theoretical foundations. Students are expected to further develop their knowledge and understanding through directed self-study and independent learning time -- in additional to the timetabled delivery -- so as to develop a professional portfolio of project work and software artefacts as they move into graduate employment, for example through blogging and on GitHub.
Students are supported academic and pastorally by the Programme Team, led by the Director of Undergraduate Studies and supported by Year Tutors. Their work is supported by the Personal Tutor team within the School, who provide a point of contact for general academic and pastoral issues. The Department has an active Student Computing Society, an official Students’ Union society, as well as a BCS Student Chapter, providing a wide range of events, activities and field trips throughout the academic year.
The assessment strategy for the programme varies to ensure the most appropriate method for each specific module and subject area. This will be a combination of formal examinations, practical programming assignments, written assignments, technical reports, presentations, in-class tests, peer assessments and work-based placements. Thus, in addition to formal examinations and assessments at the end of the academic year, you will be continuously assessed and given feedback on your progress and development throughout the year i.e. through both formative and summative assessment. Many modules are assessed through a combination of practical coursework assignments and unseen written exams, generally weighted 50/50 at the end of the term or year.
Employability & Careers
The primary aim of this degree programme is to develop your knowledge and expertise in the design, development and delivery of software for modern environments and platforms. It will showcase the wider impact and importance of software and technology to the UK and global digital economy, developing a culture and appreciation of software carpentry and codemanship by creating useful and usable software artefacts. Furthermore, you will have highly transferable computational thinking, analytical and problem solving skills.
Software Engineering graduates will find a wide variety of career opportunities across both the traditional IT and telecoms sector, as well as the majority of the other industrial sectors (both public and private), including the digital/creative industries, financial and professional services, advanced manufacturing, engineering and management consultancy. Real world experience is obtained as part of your study by compulsory work experience, as well as optional sandwich year placements and industrial internships. Over the past few years, our students have been successful in obtaining placements in nationally competitive schemes with Microsoft, HP, General Electric and the Met Office.
This degree programme is accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT – the body that champions the global IT profession with more than 70,000 members worldwide. This degree programmes satisfies the educational requirements for professional membership and chartered status (on successful completion of industry experience at the appropriate level of seniority).
On successful completion of this degree programme, there are also further taught postgraduate study options across computing and information systems here at Cardiff Met, as well as research and PhD programmes.
Entry Requirements & How to Apply
Applicants must have a minimum of five GCSE passes grade A-C including English Language and Mathematics (or equivalent) plus 80 UCAS points (or equivalent).
Candidates who do not possess normal minimum entry qualification are interviewed and considered individually by members of the course team on the basis of their prior learning or working background.
Applicants should have a minimum of five GCSEs at grades A-C including English Language and Mathematics (or equivalent), plus 240 UCAS points from one (or a combination) of the following:
- At least three A Levels / Scottish Advanced Highers to include grades CC, at least one to be in a relevant subject
- QCF BTEC Extended Diploma Merit Merit Merit in a relevant subject
- Irish Leaving Certificate at Highers to include a relevant subject, minimum C2 grade counted towards points offer
- Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma considered along with grades CC at A Level or equivalent
- Pass Access to HE Diploma with 45 credits at Level 3 within a relevant subject
We are delighted to receive applications from students who have studied Computer Science at GCSE or A-Level (often called Computing by the main examination boards) and we will give due consideration to them. Currently, only a minority of students have had a chance to study Computer Science (especially at GCSE), so do not worry if you have not had the opportunity.
If your qualification is not listed above, please refer to the UCAS website
Applicants holding an Edexcel Higher Award (HNC/HND) with a significant Computing or Software Engineering content may be able to complete the course within one or two years. It is possible to top-up from an ordinary to an honours degree if you have a UWIC or Cardiff Met awarded degree. Please contact Admissions if you wish to enter via these routes.
Selection is usually on the basis of a completed UCAS application and where relevant an interview.
How to Apply:
Applications for this course should be made online to UCAS at www.ucas.com/apply. For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/howtoapply.
UCAS Code: G600
Foundation students should also use this UCAS code and apply for entry point 0 on the UCAS website.
BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT
Place of Study:
Cardiff School of Management
Three years full-time. Four years full-time if undertaking foundation year or year-long sandwich placement. Five years full-time if undertaking foundation year and year-long sandwich placement.
Before making an application, international students (those outside of the EU), should contact the International Office at Cardiff Met to discuss the necessary procedures in relation to studying with us. For further information visit
Tuition Fees, Student Finance & Additional Costs
For up to date information on tuition fees and the financial support that may be available whilst at university, please refer to www.cardiffmet.ac.uk/fees. For information on any potential additional course costs, please refer to
Bursaries & Scholarships:
The university also offers a bursary and scholarship scheme to help students whilst at university. To see if you are eligible, visit