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Course summary

Whenever a web user clicks on a button or submits personal details, back-end development plays a crucial role in data processing and performing tasks. Now you can become an expert in this popular field by taking our BSc (Hons) Software Development degree. You’ll explore server-side programming, interface design and mobile applications. It means you’ll be able to program for websites and distributed and cloud-based systems so you can help drive businesses forward. You’ll be doing things for real, rather than just learning the theory. It will include completing live briefs, taking part in hackathons and setting up your own simulated companies. Many of our students also opt for a paid placement year, which gives them the chance to work in industry before they graduate. These exciting experiences can be with companies locally, nationally or internationally. It’s just one of the amazing industry links you’ll encounter. Others include opportunities to gain Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Cisco certifications. And you’ll get to showcase your work to a panel of industry judges at GradEX, our final-year graduate show.


Year 1 Compulsory modules: Algorithms and Programming Concepts; Cloud and Cyber; Computer Architecture and Operating Systems Design; Data and Distributed Systems; Networks and Communications; Software Development. Year 2 Compulsory modules: Advanced Programming; Cloud Infrastructure and Design; Interface, Design and User Experience; Mobile Application Development; Professional Practice and Project Management; Web Development. Year 3 Placement Year Year 4 Compulsory modules: Developing with Frameworks; Dissertation; Software Development and Artificial Intelligence. Optional modules: Clean Coding; Cloud Based Software Development; Developing Distributed Applications; Media for the Web; Negotiated Studies

Assessment method

This course has a rich diet of assessment methods, of which each is chosen to map to the teaching and expected learning. On this course you will undertake assessments of the following: Class tests (up to 1 hour, Examinations (up to 2 hours), Practical assignment work (individual or group-based), Portfolio of work, Report (individual or group-based, and Presentations (individual or group-based)

How to apply

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Staffordshire University (Stoke Campus)
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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
EU £16750 Year 1
International £16750 Year 1

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Software Development (with a Placement a Year) at Staffordshire University - UCAS