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BSc (Hons) Software Engineering

Software Engineering - BSc (Hons) Degree


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Key Facts

Accredited by:
BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT*

UCAS Code: G600

Foundation students should also use this UCAS code and apply for entry point 0 on the UCAS website.

Place of Study: 
Llandaff Campus

Cardiff School of Management

Course Length: 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.

*subject to re-accreditation

Course Overview

​The Software Engineering degree course is designed to develop knowledge and expertise in the design, development and delivery of software for modern environments and platforms by studying a broad range of software development tools, technologies and methodologies. It will develop a culture and appreciation of software carpentry and ‘codemanship’: creating useful and usable software artefacts. 

The course covers similar fundamentals to that of Computer Science but with an emphasis in later years on the design and development of software for particular applications, as well as examining architectural paradigms such as parallel and distributed computing. 

Students have the option of broadening their studies to include topics such as the teaching of computing, computer graphics, and the law pertaining to digital security and be prepared for a varied career in applied software engineering.​ As such students can graduate with a named award in:

- BSc (Hons) Software Engineering (Web Technology)
- BSc (Hons) Software Engineering (Augmented & Virtual Reality) 
- BSc (Hons) Software Engineering (Network Security)
- BSc (Hons) Software Engineering (Data Security)

Course information on this page relates to September 2018 entry.

Course Content

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:

Year 1:

Students follow 120 credits of compulsory modules:

  • Principles of Programming  (20 Credits)
  • Architectures & Operating Systems  (20 Credits)
  • Building for the Web  (20 Credits)
  • Computing & Society  (20 Credits)
  • Computational Thinking  (20 Credits)
  • Developing Quality Software & Systems I  (20 Credits)

Year 2:

Students follow 90 credits of core modules, with 30 credits of optional modules (including an appropriate 10 credit work experience module):

  • Software Carpentry  (20 credits)
  • Systems Analysis & Design  (20 Credits)
  • Mobile & Web Technologies  (20 Credits)
  • Research Methods for Computing & IS  (10 Credits)
  • Developing Quality Software & Systems II  (20 Credits)
  • Work Experience with Personal Development Planning (10 credits) OR Summer Experience of Work with PDP (10 credits) OR Employability Skills Computing Project (10 credits) OR Employability Skills Business Project (10 credits)

Optional modules* (one of the following):

  • Multimedia & Interaction  (20 credits)
  • Data & Knowledge Management  (20 credits)
  • Networks & Communications  (20 credits)
  • Law & Digital Security  (20 credits)

Year 3:

Students follow 100 credits of core modules, with 20 credits of optional modules.

  • Advanced Programming  (20 credits)
  • Professional & Ethical Issues in Information Technology  (20 credits)
  • Parallel & Distributed Systems  (20 credits)
  • Software Engineering Dissertation Project  (40 credits)

Optional modules* (one of the following):

  • Cyber Security  (20 credits)
  • Advanced Multimedia  (20 credits)
  • Computational Intelligence  (20 credits)
  • Analytics & Business Intelligence  (20 credits)
  • Computer Graphics  (20 credits)
  • Teaching of Computing  (20 credits)
  • Industrial Work Experience  (20 credits)
  • *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 will preferably have a minimum of five GCSE passes including English Language and Mathematics* at grade C or above (grade 4 or above for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England) and 32 UCAS Tariff Points from at least 1 A level (or equivalent).


Five GCSE passes including English Language and Mathematics* at grade C or above (grade 4 or above for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England), plus 96 points from at least two A levels (or equivalent).  

Typical offers may include:

  • 96 points from at least two A levels to include grades CC; Welsh Baccalaureate – Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate considered as the third subject
  • RQF BTEC National Extended Diploma/Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma Merit Merit Merit
  • 96 points from the Irish Leaving Certificate at Highers to include 2 x H2, minimum H4 grade counted towards points offer
  • 96 points from at least two Scottish Advanced Highers to include grades DD
  • 96 points from the Access to Higher Education Diploma 
 *For Welsh applicants sitting the reformed Mathematics GCSE, we will accept either GCSE Mathematics or Mathematics – Numeracy.   

If you are studying combinations of the above, or if your qualification isn't listed, please either contact Admissions or refer to the 
UCAS Course Search for entry requirements. Further information on our entry requirements, including qualifications from the EU can be found by clicking here

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 Cardiff Met awarded degree. Please contact Admissions if you wish to enter via these routes.

International Applicants
Students whose first language is not English will need to provide evidence of fluency to at least an IELTS 6.0 standard or equivalent. For full details about how to apply and English Language qualifications please visit the International pages on the website.

Selection Procedure:
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 For further information please visit our How to Apply pages at

Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer into year 2 & 3

If you are interested in transferring credit from another institution to study at Cardiff Met for a course which accepts entry for year 2 and/or 3, you can find further information on this and information on how to apply on the RPL page. Please contact Admissions for any queries that you have on RPL.

Contact Us

For general enquiries please contact the Admissions Team on 029 2041 6044 or email

For course specific enquiries, please contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Dr Catherine Tryfona: 
Tel: 029 2041 5735

Full terms and conditions in relation to accepting an offer to study at Cardiff Metropolitan University can be found by visiting