Computing (Software Engineering) BSc (Hons)
3 years full time
4 years full time (with Foundation)
4-6 years part time
Full Time: £9,250
Part Time: £1,465 per 20 credit module
Integrated Foundation Year: £6,780
Full Time: £13,000 Integrated Foundation Year: £13,000
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Software is an integral part of people’s daily lives and it continues to grow and evolve. All modern systems such as phone, laptop, tablet, driverless cars, drones and so on are driven by software. All the software for these systems is built using program code.
Whatever your ambitions, we’re here to help you to achieve them. We’ll support you to identify the skills you’re learning during your course, find your strengths and secure practical experience so that when it comes to applying for jobs or further study you’ll feel confident in standing out from the crowd. We’ve created the Northampton Employment Promise because we are so confident that if you focus on your studies and complete one of our awards you’ll be highly employable by the time you graduate. Putting you in a great position to secure employment or continue your studies.
Our Software Engineering course will equip you with the knowledge and practical skills that are required to explore a career in the software industry. You will learn about all phases in the software development lifecycle involving requirements analysis, design, implementation, evaluation and maintenance of software systems.
During your first year you will share common modules with all computing students, giving you the foundation and flexibility to specialise in your second and third years. You will reinforce your theoretical knowledge through practical work in our computer laboratory facilities.
In your second year, you will complete a group project where you will be a part of a small design team working to produce an innovative and bespoke solution to a real-world challenge. You will also be studying other modules including Object-Oriented Programming, Systems Design and Development, Web Programming, Mobile Application Development and Databases.
In your final year, you will have an opportunity to complete an independent dissertation on a specialist topic of your choice in the field of software engineering. The other modules taught in the final year include Media Technology, Artificial Intelligence, Advanced Software Engineering and Advanced Database Systems.
Computer Systems (20 Credits)
Module code: CSY1014Status: CompulsoryThis module provides basic knowledge of the hardware and software components that make up a computer system. Modern computer systems not only consist of just the computer but also include a range of peripherals. The module gives an overview of all the important concepts in preparation for a deeper study of computer systems.Learning environments are offered to enable students to gain a basic comprehension understanding and appreciation of computer system concepts and technologies and the skills to use them to the best effect
Computer Communications (20 Credits)
Module code: CSY1017Status: CompulsoryThis module provides basic knowledge of the hardware and software components that make up a computer communication. Modern computer network not only consist of just the computer but also include a range of network devices. The module gives: an overview of all the important concepts in preparation for a deeper study of computer communication; appropriate practical skills related to computer networking; a comprehensive and broad understanding of the theory of computer networking.
Web Development (20 Credits)
Software Engineering 1 (20 Credits)
Module code: CSY1019Status: CompulsoryThe module will introduce students to the Software Engineering lifecycle. Focusing on: investigating a problem domain eliciting software requirements preparing a requirement specification document performing system design and presenting them to clients; introduce students to the skills principles and concepts necessary to implement solutions; use of a high level programming language to implement algorithms; a late-objects approach will be adopted to teach programming.
Problem Solving and Programming (20 Credits)
Module code: CSY1020Status: CompulsoryThis purpose of this module is to: introduce students to the skills principles and concepts necessary to solve problems in computing; to develop essential skills to enable the solution of these problems with the construction of appropriate algorithms and a computer program; introduce principles underlying the design of a high level programming language (HLPL); gain experience and confidence in the use of a HLPL to implement algorithms; implement HLPL programs using an appropriate programming language e.g. Java; introduce an object-oriented language initially as a non-object language.
Databases 1 (20 Credits)
Module code: CSY1026Status: CompulsoryThe purpose of this module is ?to understand and apply the principles of database integrity in the design and practical development of database structures.Databases 1 is a hands-on module that applies data modelling techniques to establish modify and maintain database integrity and data structures and associated components such as entities relationships and attribute definitions.
- Computer Systems (20 Credits)
Software Engineering 2 (20 Credits)
Module code: CSY2006Status: CompulsoryThis purpose of this module is to provide consolidation and extension of the level 4 skills understanding and knowledge derived from the earlier object-oriented experience; provide a framework of good practice which will facilitate the development of larger systems; revisit many topics from earlier modules in a different object-oriented language and consider them in greater depth. The module will enable the students to compare some existing popular object-oriented languages/tools and analyse advantages/disadvantages of each.
Group Project (20 Credits)
Module code: CSY2027Status: CompulsoryThe module is designed to develop higher order intellectual skills (problem solving) and appropriate personal qualities including team working. Each group will develop and document effective robust and high quality computing systems to a professional standard in response to a supplied specification of requirements. Each student's contribution to the team effort will be the subject of peer assessment moderation.
Web Programming (20 Credits)
Module code: CSY2028Status: CompulsoryThis purpose of this (Level 5) module is to: give students and understanding of the conceps and technologies of web based server side technologies; teache students to use up-to-date programming techniques to design and develop coherent server side software for websites with added security functionality and usability; design software focusing on the processing of information on the web server; develop real server side applications.
Systems Design and Development (20 Credits)
Module code: CSY2030Status: CompulsoryThis purpose of this module is to: extend and apply system design and development to large scale systems; explore building GUIs and exploit the resources offered by class libraries so that the idea of specifying general software components and implementing re-usable classes will become familiar.; provide a tools and skills set which the student will require when s/he encounters larger design projects in later software development domains.
Databases 2 (20 Credits)
Module code: CSY2038Status: CompulsoryThe purpose of this module is ?To develop the fundamental concepts and skills of Entity Relational Models (ERMs) and Structured Query Language (SQL). It focuses on the key areas of extended-relational databases; user-defined types their practical creation application along with valuable data extraction methods to provide intelligence. Database programming (PL/SQL) is introduced. The module employs industry standard software to achieve the maximum economic saleability.
Mobile Application Development 1 (20 Credits)
Module code: CSY2061Status: CompulsoryThis module is designed to give an understanding of the technologies (hardware/software) and how these are utilised in a modern networks. This understanding is then use to develop the necessary skills to design and implement (programming) software to be deployed within modern networks.
- Software Engineering 2 (20 Credits)
Media Technology (20 Credits)
Module code: CSY3010Status: CompulsoryMedia Technology is an important aspect to Computer Science. This Media Technology module is designed to introduce the technology relevant to multi-media systems. This includes computer graphics text audio and video. Media manipulation techniques are studied. Media compression techniques are also investigated. In addition the module provides an insight into colour spaces and their relevance. The module develops a framework from which the student can develop multimedia systems in a third generation computer language.
Software Engineering 3 (20 Credits)
Module code: CSY3013Status: CompulsoryThis module will: introduce design patterns from Software Engineering 2; will consolidate and develop standard vehicles such as the Unified Modelling Language to embrace consideration of patterns for analysis as well as design; review the current situation and address issues pertaining to probable future trends/various standards (de facto or agreed) which relate to the construction of software systems from pre-existing components; maintain persistence of data on object systems (whether through object databases or by other means); consider the potential for software metrics; consider distributed systems and managing concurrency.
Databases 3 (20 Credits)
Module code: CSY3024Status: CompulsoryThe purpose of this module is: to study advanced database topics. It assumes that the students have studied the earlier database modules and have technical knowledge of the basic processing performed by a modern relational DBMS together with practical skills in designing metadata and appropriate software modules from modern client/server database platform.
Artificial Intelligence Techniques (20 Credits)
Module code: CSY3025Status: CompulsoryThe purpose of this module is ?To teach students the fundamental theory and practical applications of: knowledge-based systems artificial neural networks and evolutionary algorithms. The underpinning concepts will be introduced followed by examples of how intelligent systems are used in engineering or games applications.
Computing Dissertation (40 Credits)
Module code: CSY4010Status: CompulsoryThe purpose of the project module is to: provide the opportunity for the student to undertake research and self-management of a Computing related problem that permits the integration of the main areas of study in the student?s chosen pathway specialism. The module also permits the development of higher order intellectual skills a professional approach and appropriate personal qualities that are required for independent working in a research or development environment. It is considered important that the project should not merely be a direct application of existing knowledge but that it should also encompass at least in part the need to acquire and apply development techniques hitherto unknown to the student.
- Media Technology (20 Credits)
- Acquisition of highly relevant vocational skills – CISCO, Microprocessors, O-O Programming, Prince2
- Exciting career opportunities: GE, HMGCC.
- Up-to-date workstation hardware and software in dedicated laboratories.
- Exclusive 24/7 access to a specialist laboratory.
- An emphasis on practical learning to reinforce academic underpinnings in specialist laboratories – Robots.
- A supportive approach to tuition with small classroom and laboratory sizes.
- Student Support Initiative – Year 2 students mentor Year 1 students.
- Computing Society – the largest Student Union’s Society.
- Heavy reliance on simulated industry projects. (Throughout all three years)
- Push towards real client-based dissertation projects in the final year.
- Industry experience events for students who wish to gain work experience as part of the course.
- In conjunction with the Computing Society, networking and employability events that allow you to meet computing graduates and establish connections with industry practitioners. (Events subject to change each year)
Is there an opportunity to go on a work placement?
Yes, an optional full year placement module is available for students who have successfully completed their stage 1 and 2 studies. This will give you the opportunity to individually source and gain a year‘s extra work-based learning experience in a science related placement, spent either in the UK or abroad.
How will I learn?
You will be taught through a variety of activities and problem solving challenges, so that you can apply your theoretical knowledge. Being able to analyse problems, implement statistical methods, research solutions and apply them in new ways are all skills that are highly valued in the computing industry, and you will be able to use them throughout your career to drive the industry forward.
How will I be assessed?
A wide range of assessment is used including essays, reports and end of year examinations.
A typical offer could be BCC at A-Level or DMM at BTEC. Applicants will be expected to have achieved GCSE Mathematics (or equivalent) at grade C/4 or above. We welcome international applicants and applications from students with a range of non-traditional educational or professional qualifications.
For information on how to apply to study with us, please see our How to Apply page.
Integrated Foundation Year (IFY) Entry Requirements
Admission to this foundation course is normally DEE at A Level or MPP at BTEC. However, we would also like to hear from you if you have professional or industry experience instead, a range of other qualifications or self-developed subject knowledge that relates to the course you wish to study.
English Language Requirements
All International and EU students applying for a course with us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:
- IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 5.5 in all bands
for study at undergraduate level.
For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.
- IELTS 6.0 (or equivalent) with a minimum of 5.5 in all bands
The Integrated Foundation Year (IFY) offers a new and exciting route into studying for a degree, attracting ambitious and driven students who are willing to learn and advance.
If you have non-standard qualifications or do not quite meet the admissions requirements we can offer you a fantastic opportunity to study a four year programme which includes an Integrated Foundation Year. The Integrated Foundation Year will help you develop the theoretical/practical and academic skills you need, in order to successfully progress to the full award.
Featuring a reduced tuition fee in the first year, our four-year courses will enable you to successfully follow the degree pathway of your choice while gaining essential study skills. The foundation year of your chosen degree will be studied on a full-time basis and is aimed at supporting the transition to higher education. Years two, three and four are then studied as a standard degree programme.
21/22 Tuition Fees
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 21/22 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
- UK – Full Time: £9,250
- UK – Part Time: £1,465 per 20 credit module
- UK – Integrated Foundation Year: £6,780
- International – Full Time: £13,000
- International – Integrated Foundation Year: £13,000
There are currently no additional costs anticipated for this course for 2021 entry.
20/21 Tuition Fees
Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.
- UK and EU – Full Time: £9,250
- UK and EU – Part Time: £1,450 per 20 credit module
- UK and EU – Integrated Foundation Year: £6,750
- International – Full Time: £12,900
- International – Integrated Foundation Year: £12,900
There are currently no additional costs anticipated for this course for 2020 entry.
For information on the scholarships available to you, please see our scholarships page.
Careers and Employability
There is an increasing demand for skilled and qualified software engineers. This course will give you the skills and knowledge you need to work in a range of roles including software programming, systems analysis and software testing. Our graduates have gone onto working with employers such as Microsoft, IBM, Oracle and Barclaycard.
Commonly, they work in the following job roles:
Software Engineer, Software Architect, Software Designer, Embedded Software Engineer, Software Quality Engineer/Analyst, Cyber Security Manager, Games applications developer, PHP Developer, Software Testing Engineer, Software Configuration Manager, Software Engineering Manager.