Be at the forefront of the job market in software development with this BSc (Hons) Software Development (Top-Up), as you develop the skills and expertise to drive businesses forward and stand out in the increasingly digital world.

• Expand your critical understanding of how computing relates to modern businesses.
• Enhance your practical skills in software design, implementation and testing, developing web and multimedia applications.
• And gain experience in the use of databases, relevant programming languages, and products used by the industry.

To gain an honours degree in Software Development, you’ll complete three units across the year, including a 60-credit specialist project. Taking what you’ve previously learnt and developing your ideas and materials in a critical, analytical way, this will demonstrate your ability to undertake a substantial piece of work, showcase your knowledge and professional skills, and help you advance onto postgraduate study or a rewarding career.

Openshaw Campus
Full Time
1 year
September 2019
Awarding Partner:
Manchester Metropolitan University
All our staff have significant experience, teaching in higher education and related directly to the industry. Our teaching staff have relevant academic and industry recognised qualifications and are committed to yearly continuous professional development.

• Foundation Degree in Computing

• Foundation Degree in Business

• HND in relevant subject
You’ll be required to attend an interview and complete an assessment.
Mature applicants (aged 21 or over) who are able to demonstrate relevant skills or knowledge gained in employment or vocational activity will be considered and may be invited to interview.
Consideration will be given if you have significant industrial or academic experience but have no formal qualifications.

Year 1: Advanced Web and Interface Design (30 credits)
Expand your knowledge and understanding of human-computer interaction (HCI), critically examine modern web technologies, and analyse current technological interfaces to find pitfalls, strengths and possible improvements

Year 1: Enterprise Application Development (30 credits)
Learn to build solid, secure, maintainable, scalable enterprise level applications using recognised professional programming techniques, and advance your programming skills to create end user focused applications.

Year 1: Negotiated Research (60 credits)
Develop both your general and discipline specific knowledge and skills through this extended research activity, discussing your plans with tutors, completing a Literature Review in your chosen area, formulating a research proposal with research question/s, and carrying out the research as propose
Benedetti, R. (2011) Head first jQuery
Bentley, F.(2012) Building Mobile Experiences
Gray, D. E. (2013) Doing Research in the Real World
Gupta, A. (2013) Java EE 7 Essentials
Hart, C. (1998) Doing a Literature Review
Kalin, M. (2013) Java Web Services: Up and Running
Preiss, B. R. (2000) Data Structures and Algorithms with Object-oriented Design Patterns in Java.
Programmer tutorials: http://www.programmertutorials.com/
Olsen, W. (2011) Data Collection
A variety of assessment methods are used, some modules may use coursework only or others may use a mix of course work and exams, group and individual projects.
This Bachelor’s Degree is valued by employers and will help you gain credit for your skills, advance your knowledge and improve your future career prospects – both in your current position and in the wider job market. You’ll find lots of opportunities in the industry, with many options to join graduate schemes for large organisations.
There are two main costs you will have whilst studying and if you are a home student studying on a full-time course, you can apply for student finance to cover both of these:

 Your tuition fees for each year of your course.
 Help with your living costs e.g. rent, food, clothing, course materials, entertainment.

You can find more details, including the actual tuition fee charged on our Fees, Funding and Finance Page.

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All of the books required for the course are available from the library. However, you might choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Estimated costs for a laptop is £300.

Materials are provided online and assignments are submitted electronically. However, you may also wish to print other documents.

Campus printing costs start from 5p per page.

All students are subject to UCEN Manchester’s Terms and Conditions from the date they accept an offer to study here, full details of which can be found here.

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