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Software Engineering - BSc (Hons) 

Course Overview

Professionally accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, this course is designed to develop your knowledge and expertise in the development and application of software in modern environments and platforms by studying appropriate software development technologies, methodologies and design techniques.

It also provides a deep understanding of the underpinning computing and information systems foundation knowledge, showcasing the importance of software and technology in the Digital Economy. You will also be exposed to the state-of-the art tools, methodologies and research that will shape and transform the computing and IT industry over the next decade.

The department has scored highly in the National Student Survey over the past five years, averaging between 90%-100% overall satisfaction. We are currently ranked as the top 'new' university in Wales for Computer Science in The Times and The Sunday Times University Guide 2014.

Course Content

Foundation Year (Year 0):
This programme incorporates 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 degree course offers the following subject pathway specialisms:

BSc (Hons) Software Engineering
BSc (Hons) Software Engineering with Data Security
BSc (Hons) Software Engineering with Multimedia
BSc (Hons) Software Engineering with Networking
BSc (Hons) Software Engineering with Web Programming

You will study a range of modules across the three years that will include:

Systems Analysis and Design Techniques
This module introduces the student to a systems approach to problem solving and use of appropriate structured and formal methods for systems development. It will introduce the software lifecycle of a system, approaches to data modelling, as well as modern industry methodologies and techniques.

Introduction to Databases
This module provides an introduction to data, databases and modelling. It will introduce entities and relationships, modern database management systems, as well as novel and non-traditional database paradigms.

Introduction to Multimedia and the Internet
This module provides an overview of multimedia and the Internet and the significant role they play in the information society. At the end of the module you will be able to identify the uses of multimedia in society, apply key design and usability ideas, as well as use common industry tools and software.

Fundamentals of Computer Technology
This module provides an overview of computing technology, networking and security and their frontline role in the information society. At the end of the module you will have a understanding of computer architectures and operating systems, as well as the basic concepts of data, information, communications and security.

Introduction to Information Systems
This module introduces information systems: organisations, management and socio-technical systems. It will develop skills and understanding to explain the technological, human and organisational components of an information system and appreciate how computing systems and technology are used to support them.

Data Structures, Algorithms, and Program Design
This module aims to introduce the student to algorithms, complexity and tractability, as well as information processing, datatypes and structures, the use of algorithms, computational thinking and structured methods for programming and software development.

Programming Fundamentals
This module introduces the basic syntax and semantics of programming, software development, problem-solving and computational thinking. At the end of the module you will be able to determine what is required from a specification and design and implement a structured solution using appropriate programming languages and tools.

Event Driven Programming
This module introduces students to the concepts of event-driven programming, design and human-computer interaction and the role they play in the construction of good software.

Legal and Ethical Issues in Computing
This module will consider issues of legal regulation and the professional and ethical implications of computing and technology; for example: copyrights, software patents, contracts and licenses, computer misuse and hacking, regulating e-commerce and management of personal data.

Business Applications
This module aims to provide students with the knowledge and skills to effectively use modern office productivity software, such as spreadsheets to perform data analysis, produce graphical representations and the use of presentation software. At the end of the module you will be able to create macros to perform automation and integrate data from various office application sources.

Academic Skills for Business
This module aims to develop and support broader academic skills and the knowledge required for success in your academic studies and in the world of business. It underpins and complements the other first-year modules within the programme by aligning with their contents and assessments.

Learning & Teaching



In addition to formal examinations, you will be continuously assessed throughout the course. Most modules are assessed primarily by a combination of coursework and unseen written exams, generally weighted 50/50 at the end of the term/year.

Employability & Careers

The aim of this degree course is to equip you with the knowledge and skills you will need to take part in industrial software development. Graduates will find a wide variety of career opportunities in computing and information technology related areas with the demand for technically-skilled employees in both the private and public sector continuing to rise.

The School has strong links with industry and key technology companies throughout the UK and Europe. All students have the opportunity to participate in research, student exchange and internship programmes.

Work Placements:
The provision of work placements as an assessed part of your academic programme of learning is so important that we provide you with the opportunity to undertake a placement as part of your second year studies. We have strong links with the computing and information technology industries and the work placement programme is designed to enhance your future employability prospects.

Entry Requirements

Foundation route:
Applicants must have a minimum of five GCSE passes grade A-C including English Language and Mathematics or equivalent and 80 UCAS Tariff Points (or equivalent) from at least one A Level.

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 two A Levels / Scottish Advanced Highers to include grades CC, at least one to be in a relevant subject
  • QCF BTEC Diploma / Extended Diploma in a relevant subject
  • Irish Leaving Certificate at Highers to include a relevant subject, minimum C2 grade counted towards points offer
  • Welsh Baccalaureate to include grades CC at A Level or equivalent, Core counted as third subject
  • Or Pass Access 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 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 Business content may be able to complete the course within 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 Procedure:
Selection is usually on the basis of a completed UCAS application and where relevant an interview.

Key Facts

Accreditations: BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT

UCAS Code(s):

Software Engineering - BSc (Hons): G600*

Software Engineering with Data Security - BSc (Hons): G6G5
Software Engineering with Multimedia - BSc (Hons): G6G4
Software Engineering with Networking - BSc (Hons): G6GK
Software Engineering with Web Programming - BSc (Hons): G691

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

Place of Study:
Cardiff School of Management
Llandaff Campus

Course Length: Three years full-time. Four years full-time if undertaking foundation year. Five years full-time if undertaking foundation year and year long work placement.

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
International Applicants:
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 & Additional Costs:
For up to date information on tuition fees and the financial support that may be available please refer to For additional 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

Contact Us

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

For course specific enquiries, please contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Dr Tom Crick:
Tel: 029 2041 7174

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If you’d like to find out more, then why not come and see us at one of our undergraduate Open Days. To book a place, click here.

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