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Course summary

Please check the Sheffield Hallam University website for the latest information. Course summary:

  • Prepare for the degree with an extra foundation year at the start.
  • Gain real-world experience that’s relevant to your future career.
  • Study the major programming languages (C/C++, Java, JavaScript, C#).
  • Understand database design and manipulation, and various modern frameworks.
If you don’t meet the entry requirements for our BEng (Hons) courses – or you’d like extra preparation before starting degree-level study – we recommend you join the foundation year. You’ll share this first year with other computing foundation year students before you move on to the degree. On this course, you’ll cover all areas of the software development process – including system architecture and design – with a particular focus on developing software solutions. We work closely with local companies in Sheffield, so that you’ll be able to work with real clients throughout the course. As you progress through the course, you’ll learn to produce high-quality, large-scale, enterprise-wide and complex software applications. You’ll develop and enhance your skills in computation, software and systems across a variety of application areas – including web-based, database and distributed applications, and hardware programming. How you learn: This course starts by helping you develop strong practical skills in developing software applications through lectures and hands-on tutorial sessions. These sessions will build your understanding of how and when to use appropriate processes, tools, technologies and project management practices. The combination of teaching methods applied across the course will allow you to develop a range of skills through practical implementation, problem-solving activities, and teamwork, allowing you to take an active approach to learning and encouraging self-development. You will learn through a variety of methods, including:
  • seminars
  • practical tutorial sessions
  • lectures
  • smaller seminars
  • practical tutorial sessions
  • reading and self-learning activities
  • problem solving activities
  • practical implementations and teamwork
  • assessments
  • reports
  • presentations
  • demonstrations
  • discussions
  • online activities
  • coursework
  • structured walkthroughs
  • practical projects
  • case studies
  • tutorials
  • Workshops
In the foundation year, you’ll build on your existing knowledge and experience — developing useful academic, computing and IT skills in preparation for undergraduate study. You’ll benefit from innovative course content that allows you to access and use cutting-edge technology. Throughout, you’ll reflect on your progress, and build valuable communication and interpersonal skills. Applied learning - Work placements You’ll have the opportunity to arrange a year-long work placement in between your third and fourth years. This gives you real-world experience to prepare you for your future career. Previous students have worked at organisations including Intel, IBM, 3Squared, SN Systems, CSC Servelec. Live projects In your third year, you’ll work in a small group on a client based project. You’ill analyse their requirements, then design, implement and test a prototype which you’ll present to your client. This will allow you to experience the types of demands faced by commercial software engineers – as well as increasing your confidence while you’re applying for your work placements. Networking opportunities Throughout the final year there are numerous opportunities for you to engage with career management, career fairs and workshops, employer presentations, visits and professional advisers.


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances. You will be able to complete a placement year as part of this course. Year 1 - Compulsory modules: Foundations In Computing Year 2 - Compulsory modules Databases And System Modelling Programming Software Projects Web Development Year 3 - Compulsory modules Introduction To Software Engineering Networked Software Development Professional Software Projects Systems Programming Elective modules Artificial Intelligence And Machine Learning 1 Game Development Handling Data In The Cloud Mobile Applications Development Year 4 - Optional modules Placement Year Final year - Compulsory modules Human Factors Management Of It Projects Project (Technical Computing) Software Architecture And Design Elective modules Contemporary Software Engineering Foreign Language Machine Learning Algorithms And Heuristics Robotics Secure Software Engineering

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How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

We may also accept you, if you have limited qualifications but can show evidence of ability and a genuine commitment to studying the subject. Please note the University will only admit students who are aged 18 or over at the point of enrolment.

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course

Additional entry requirements


Some applicants may be invited to attend an informal interview with the course leader to ensure that the programme is suitable for themselves and their aspirations. UK students may be able to claim financial support for the course. Please note that the information provided on this web page relates to 2022 courses and is subject to change without notice by Sheffield Hallam University.

English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic)6IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills, or equivalent.

If your English language skill is currently below IELTS 6.0 we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English score.

Unistats information

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There is no data available for this course. For further information visit the Discover Uni website.

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
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £15860 Year 1
International £15860 Year 1

Additional fee information

Our tuition fees for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2024/2025 are regulated by the UK government and are yet to be confirmed. For an indication, our tuition fees for UK students starting full-time undergraduate study in 2023/2024 are £9,250 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,200. Our tuition fees for International/EU students starting full-time study in 2023/24 is £15,860 per year. During your placement year you will pay a reduced fee of £1,500-£2000. Please refer to our website for up-to-date information on costs and fees:

Sponsorship information

Scholarships, discounts and bursaries may be available to students who study this course.

Software Engineering with Foundation Year at Sheffield Hallam University - UCAS