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Bradford College

BSc (Hons) Software Engineering (with Foundation Year)

Qualification Gained
BSc (Hons) Software Engineering with Foundation Year (awarded by the University of Bolton)
Study Level
University, Level 6
4 years Full-time
Start Date
September 2023
Study Mode
Advanced Technology Centre


Software engineering covers the methods for developing software. You will learn how to plan, manage and develop software whilst adopting an academic and rigorous approach which will support you throughout your career.

This four-year programme includes a foundation year for those who may not have achieved the required UCAS points. This can be studied on a full-time basis only.

Students completing the programme will have sufficient knowledge, understanding and expertise to enter employment at any stage of the software development lifecycle.

The programme provides flexibility for graduates to be employed in a variety of areas in computing, for example, programmer, analyst, data scientist, web developer, business analysts, systems analyst, database administration and project management.

  Key Info

The full course will provide a range of modules covering the basics of software development such as fundamentals of programming, website design & development, software engineering principles and practice, logic and problem solving as a start. You will build upon the previous year’s knowledge so that students can plan, design and develop software according to stakeholders and users requirements. The final year of this course will be the culmination of all modules studied and applied into a final year project demonstrating the complete software development lifecycle.

Modules include data structures and algorithms, project management and cloud concepts.

Also included is a module called Employability Skills for Computer Graduates, to support and assist graduates when applying for jobs and graduate schemes.

Teaching and learning methods include: Lectures, tutorials, seminars, interactive and practical workshops.

Foundation Year (Level 3):

  • Problem Solving
  • Computers in Society
  • Academic Skills for IT
  • Design and Modelling
  • Digital Security
  • Information Systems

Year 1 (Level 4):

  • Fundamentals of Programming
  • Introduction to Academic Skills
  • Software Engineering Principles and Practice
  • User Centered Design and User Experience
  • Website Design and Development
  • Logic and Problem Solving

Year 2 (Level 5):

  • Requirements Engineering and Software Design
  • Data Structures and Algorithm
  • Cloud Concepts (AWS)
  • Project Management
  • Data Management and Analysis
  • Application Development

Year 3 (Level 6):

  • Advanced Programming
  • Information Systems Security
  • Quality Assurance and Software Testing
  • Employability Skills for Computer Graduates
  • Final Year Project

Entry to this course requires 48 UCAS Tariff points as well as GCSE English and Maths at grade 4 or C.

Applications are welcomed and encouraged by those who do not meet the standard entry requirements but can demonstrate the ability to study at Higher Education level. Some credit points may be built up through prior learning and experience. We also consider individual applicants who can demonstrate relevant learning, work/voluntary experience, using our Recognition of Prior Learning process. Please contact the admissions team for further information and support.

Assessment is centred on the practical and professional skills required by the industry, and therefore you will be specifically focusing on deriving a solution to a specified problem through researching, analysing and evaluating the issue.

This creates a workload which is mostly practical but will be substantiated through written work such as reports and essays. Group work is also used to promote transferable skills where appropriate.

You can enhance your employability and gain experience by undertaking short optional volunteering/optional work placement which you are responsible for securing throughout your course. We have external speakers who are able to give first hand accounts of how latest computing innovations are used in industry.

You will have the opportunity to work on some projects assigned by real live clients and gain an insight into the practices of analysis, design, and implementation.

Full-time: £9,000 per year.

This is representative of the most common fees scenario, but actual fees can vary depending on a number of factors. Please contact us if you need more guidance.


Disclaimer: Our prospectus, college documents and website are simply here to offer a guide. We accept no liability for any inaccurate statements and are not responsible for any negative outcomes if you rely on an inaccurate statement. We reserve the right to withdraw any programmes or service at any time.

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This course is delivered in partnership with
Access Group
AWS Academy
Exa Networks
Future Transformation
Hippo Digital