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Software Engineering (Top-up) - BEng (Hons)

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Why study this course?

If you have a Diploma of Higher Education (DipHE) or a Higher National Diploma (HND) in a computing-based subject or equivalent, this internationally recognised qualification gives you a chance to top-up to a degree. Giving you key skills in building software with the latest theoretical understanding, complete with full coverage of the International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB) Foundation Certificate in Software Testing syllabus, this career-focused degree is designed to help you succeed in the workplace.

In the most recent Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) survey, 100% of all 2017 graduates from this course were in work or further study within six months.

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More about this course

This course will provide you with advanced theoretical knowledge and practical skills in software development and maintenance. You’ll work with the most up-to-date technologies and study the latest industry practices to prepare you for a career in the field.

On this course, you’ll study application development and software engineering and undertake a related project of your choosing. You’ll also have the option to specialise in subjects that interest you, such as artificial intelligence, digital crime or ethical hacking.

There’ll also be the option to undertake a work placement to further boost your CV and expose you to the industry.


You'll be assessed through a combination of coursework, case study reports and presentations, lab logbooks and workbooks, unseen examinations, and a final-year project report, presentation and viva.

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UCAS code G600
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Entry requirements

In addition to the University's standard entry requirements you should have:

  • a minimum of 240 credits from a relevant Higher National Diploma (HND), a Foundation Degree (FdSc) or an Association of Computer Professionals (ACP) Advanced Diploma in Computer Science
  • GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade C/grade 4 or above (or equivalent eg Key Skills Level 2 in Communications, Functional Skills Level 2 or Adult Literacy Level 2)

To study a degree at London Met, you must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. If you require a Tier 4 student visa you may need to provide the results of a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

If you need (or wish) to improve your English before starting your degree, the University offers a Pre-sessional Academic English course to help you build your confidence and reach the level of English you require.

Modular structure

There is a total of 360 credits for this course.

Year 1 modules include:

  • Advanced Software Engineering
  • Application Development
  • Project
  • Advanced Database Systems Development (optional)
  • Artificial Intelligence (optional)
  • Digital Crime Investigation (optional)
  • Distributed and Internet Systems (optional)
  • Ecommerce and Ebusiness (optional)
  • Ethical Hacking (optional)
  • Formal Specification and Software Implementation (optional)
  • Long Work Placement (optional)
  • Management Support Systems (optional)
  • Mobile Applications (optional)
  • Network and Cloud Security (optional)
  • Work Related Learning II (optional)

What our students say

"I really enjoyed learning about new software and new skill sets that could help me in the future."
National Student Survey

After the course

This course will equip you with the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue a career in software development and maintenance in a wide variety of industries such as finance, health and defence.

Additional costs

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

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How to apply

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Applying for a full-time undergraduate degree starting this September is quick and easy – simply call our Clearing hotline on or complete our online Clearing application form.

If you're a UK/EU applicant applying for full-time study you must apply via UCAS unless otherwise specified.

UK/EU applicants for part-time study should apply direct to the University.

Non-EU applicants looking to study part-time should apply direct to the University. If you require a Tier 4 (General) student visa, please be aware that you will not be able to study as a part-time student at undergraduate level.

When to apply

The University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) accepts applications for full-time courses starting in September from one year before the start of the course. Our UCAS institution code is L68.

If you will be applying direct to the University you are advised to apply as early as possible as we will only be able to consider your application if there are places available on the course.

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