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BSc (Hons) Software Development for Business

UK industry has a significant shortage of people with the IT software development skills and business understanding to make a real difference to their operations.  

The Software Development for Business (SDfB) degree provides you with the mix of technical, business and professional skills that businesses and the IT sector are looking for.  

This degree is ideal for future techies who want the added opportunity to learn the project management and communication skills required to work in a technology and business environment.

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Course Length:

3 years (4 years with work placement) Full Time

Entry Requirements

Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):

A levels: BBC - CCC

A level / BTEC / Cambridge Technical combination (including AS / EPQ): 104 to 120 UCAS Tariff Points

BTEC / Cambridge Technical: DDM –DMM

GCSEs: English language and mathematics at grade C or better

International Baccalaureate: 28 points

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Postgraduate Pathway

The Business School has a diverse and exciting range of full and part time postgraduate programmes including:

*Alumni receive 15% discount on postgraduate fees

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Work Placements

Students are encouraged to take a placement in the third year of their studies and also have the opportunity to undertake a 10 week placement as part of their final year studies.

There are a number of benefits in undertaking a placement including adding experience to your CV and potentially influencing future career decisions. 

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Where this can take you 

Alumnus profile: Pete Baston

"I was offered a full time position shortly after I finished my placement and was able to start almost straight after I finished the course. I have recently finished the graduate scheme for Capgemini and am now working in a more senior role for a smaller company in Guildford."

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Course content

Typically you will be studying four modules a semester over the two semesters that make up our academic year. You will be introduced to Programming For The Web, Sequential Programming along with other technical and general management themes. 

The pattern of your study in the second year is similar to that of the first and you will be studying subjects including Project Management, Developing Real Systems for Customers (working with external clients) and Object Oriented Programming. 

Within the third year, in addition to relevant modules such as Critical Issues in Managing IT Service Support and Developing and Information Strategy you will undertake your System Development Project. This will be your final and most significant piece of work using the skills you have developed while studying with us. 

Most of your classes will be based in the recently renovated 'Dome', Georgian exterior - modern interior. Students state they benefit from our decision to run small classes (typically 20-25) which enables easier communication with staff in addition to offering a supportive community with fellow students. The campus is a short walk away from the beach, town and train station with a direct train service to London Victoria and Gatwick international airport.

Our facilities

You will undertake your workshops in training rooms that are up to date with design features, touch screen boards and high speed WiFi; housed across three stunning Georgian mansions. All of our current students love the learning environment, the culture, camaraderie and the fact that tutors know them by name so they are more than just a ‘face in the crowd’. 

What's more you have lots of other facilities on this dedicated university campus including latest books, journals and online data in a truly modern library, an IT centre, a student zone complete with Costa Coffee, a gym and much more, oh and if that’s not quite enough for your needs we are just across the road from the beach - brilliant for creativity and inspiration.

Where this can take you

Our IT graduates have successfully gone into wide range of areas including business analysts, consultancy, project management, software designers etc. Employers include large name organisations such Accenture, Capgemini, Deloitte, Debenhams, and also a range of smaller yet still exciting and innovative.

Indicative modules

Year one of the degree is a broad business programme giving you a robust underpinning of key business areas before progressing to years two and three and more focused modules in software development.

Specialist modules include: development programming using procedural methods and object orientated programming; business information systems; programming for web; dynamic and data driven systems; data science and analytics; networked world systems and architectures; analysing and improving web design and performance.

Teaching and assessment

Our approach to supporting your learning, and how your learning is assessed, is designed to enable you to become a confident and enterprising graduate.  It is focused on seeking to support your ambitions, in parallel with ensuring that the needs of employers are met.  With this in mind, key features of our approach to learning and assessment include the following:

  • In place of the more traditional large group lecture method to teaching undergraduate students adopted by most University Business Schools, our approach involves tutors working with relatively small numbers of students at a time.  As well as providing an excellent environment for supporting you in the development of your subject expertise, it also helps you to develop a wide range of soft skills, such as teamwork, communication and time management.  These attributes are highly valued by graduate employers. 
  • Opportunities to work with organisations on current commercial/business problems and projects.  These experiences are used to provide the basis for assessments that enable you to apply your learning within authentic commercial situations.

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