Software Engineering BSc

Do you enjoy programming, or are you convinced you would? Would you like to know more about being an entrepreneur, and setting up a business underpinned by a great software system? Do you want to know how to talk to customers and clients, understand their needs, and be able to specify, design, build and test the software they need? How to work by yourself and also in teams? If you want to do all these things, and also learn about the principles of coding, underpinning mathematics, operating systems and networks, technology, innovation and professional skills, Leicester’s Software Engineering programme is for you!

Course details

At the highest levels, software drives almost every industry. By combining technical programming expertise with real-world experience, you’ll discover how to shape the way people interact with technology.

  • Mode of study: 3-4 days  a week
  • Intake: Intakes: September
  • Course length: 3-4 years
  • Course fee: 9250 per year
  • Location: Leicester campus

University of Leicester

Course overview

Software Engineering covers the methods for developing software, following rigorous engineering practices and meeting required levels of quality. You will learn how to plan and manage software architectures for practical large-scale development projects, while adopting an academic and rigorous approach which will support you throughout your career. We cover: how to understand customer requirements; specify, design and code a computer solution; and test and release your solution to your customer. You will learn software modelling techniques such as UML, business concepts such as project management, and techniques for developing innovations in technology.


Entry requirements

A/AS-levels: ABB. Two AS-levels considered in place of one A-level. General Studies accepted.

EPQ with A-levels: BBB + EPQ at grade B.

GCSE: Grade C/4 in Maths.

Access to HE Diploma: Pass relevant Diploma with a minimum of 45 credits at level 3, 30 of which must be at Distinction.

International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 30 points. Minimum of 3 in HL Maths, or 4 in SL Maths, or 5 in Maths Studies required if grade C/4 not held at GCSE.

BTEC Nationals: Full Diploma with D*D*D*. BTEC must be in IT, Science or Engineering.

T Levels: Distinction in either: Digital Production, Design and Development (with an Occupational Specialism in Software development technician), or Digital Business Services


Many of our modules feature external speakers who are able to give first-hand accounts of how the latest computing innovations are used in industry.

You will work on a project commissioned by a real client and gain an insight into the practices of design, implementation and professional project management. You will be taught how to specify, design and develop software systems, gaining the technical skills and insights that employers value very highly.

Graduate destinations
Graduates from the School of Informatics have gone on to many different careers, whether working for large companies, such as Accenture, BAE systems, Bloomberg and LogicaCMG, or for small, innovative start-ups. You may go on to apply your knowledge directly as a software engineer or systems analyst – or you may apply your IT skills and problem-solving abilities in a related field such as finance, marketing or general business.


At the very beginning of your course you’ll take the short, non-credit bearing Academic and Study Skills.

  • Computing Fundamentals
  • Programming Fundamentals
  • Mathematics Fundamentals
  • Computer Architecture
  • Introduction to Object Oriented Programming
  • Requirements Engineering and Professional Practice
  • Algorithms, Data Structures and Advanced Programming
  • Business and Financial Computing

Core modules

  • Software Architecture and System Development (double module)
  • Software Engineering Project (double module)
  • Operating Systems and Networks (double module)
  • Databases and Domain Modelling
  • User Interface Design and Evaluation

Option modules
Choose one option module from:

  • Data Analytics
  • Entertainment Technology
  • Foundations of Artificial Intelligence

Core modules

  • Entrepreneurial Project (double module)
  • Computers, Society and Professionalism

Option modules
Choose two option modules from:

  • Computational Intelligence and Software Engineering
  • Software Measurement and Quality Assurance
  • Mobile and Web Applications
  • Computational Creativity
  • C++ Programming
  • Internet and Cloud Computing

Then choose two option modules from:

  • Analysis of Algorithms
  • Big Data and Predictive Analytics
  • Foundations of Cybersecurity
  • Technology Management
  • Emerging Technologies
  • Functional Programming
  • AI for Space