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Course overview

Software Engineering aims to produce an industry-ready graduate with the knowledge, skills and experience required to succeed. The course will teach you in-depth programming, website development, databases, IT in business and a range of topics in Software Engineering and emerging technologies. In parallel to studying these topics we aim for you to integrate these skills into live projects and work placements throughout the degree course.

Between Level 5 and 6, you will undertake a year in industry and work for a relevant organisation in a software development role.


If you have any enquiries about the course content, please use these contact details for Computer Science.

  • Thornton Science Park
4 Years

Why Study Software Engineering with us?

The Department of Computer Science has been established since 1985, and is an innovative, forward-thinking department.

The course is taught at Thornton Science Park, an innovative facility that is home to an extensive range of purpose-built facilities, providing you with opportunities of practical experience and learning experience.

The course is accredited by The Tech Partnership and is one of only nine in the country to offer this degree framework.

The Department has a high rate of student satisfaction, and is home to the Informatics Centre, an on-site software development team where students may be employed to work on commercial projects.

Thornton Science Park

Our Faculty of Science and Engineering is based at Thornton Science Park just outside Chester. Formerly the site of the Shell Technology, Exploration and Research Centre, the campus continues the legacy of innovation in science and engineering in the North West.

The 66-acre site features purpose-built laboratories and industrial facilities to provide the best practical experience and learning opportunities. There are up-to-date computer facilities featuring fully licensed engineering, design and development software, Windows and Mac computer suites, a dedicated Games Zone and the on-site Sutton library.

Outside of lectures and practical sessions, you can make use of a variety of recreational spaces including a coffee bar and restaurant, fitness centre and all-weather pitch. A free shuttle bus is provided to transport students to and from Parkgate Road Campus, Chester.

Thornton is a working science park with a number of science and technology-based companies located on site, so students have the opportunity to gain a first-hand insight into working in a professional and career-focused environment.

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