BSc (Hons) Software Development for Business

This programme has been developed in co-operation with leading UK employers to provide you with the knowledge, skills and understanding to become a professional software developer.

Studying on this programme you benefit from direct employer engagement in the form of guest lectures, project case studies, participation in competitions, attendance at the employer - student events and work placements. You will acquire the right balance of technical, interpersonal, project management and business skills needed as a software developer. In addition you will have many opportunities to showcase your abilities to employers.

Students on this programme are encouraged to undertake an industrial placement, which may be undertaken on completion of Year 3. You can study abroad with the European Erasmus Exchange Programme and get training experience abroad through the International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience (IAESTE).

Your career

This programme has been designed to prepare you for a career as a software developer; typical job roles include Software Developer, Web Developer, Software Engineer, Programmer, Mobile Applications Developer, Cloud Engineer, System Analyst, Database Developer, Software Tester, IT Consultant or UX Developer.

Year 1

Fundamentals of Computer Systems; Fundamentals of Software Engineering; Programming 1; Maths for Computing; Fundamentals of Network and Cloud Computing; Database Development; Integrated Project 1

 

Year 2

Programming 2; Object Oriented  Analysis & Design; Human Computer Interaction ; Data Structures and Algorithm; Web Application Development 1; Integrated Project 2

 

Year 3

IT Project Management 1; Web Application Development 2; Applications Architecture and Design Patterns; Research Skills & Professional Issues; Integrated Project 3; DevOps

 

Year 4

Honours Project; Machine Learning and Data Analytics; Programming Paradigms; Secure Software Development; Cloud Platform Development

 

Download the Programme Specification for a detailed breakdown of its structure, what you will learn and other useful information.

Study Options

  • 2021/22

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UCAS

BSc (Hons)
Full Time
4 Years
28 Sep 2021
GCU Glasgow
7U8K
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location UCAS  
BSc (Hons) Full Time 4 Years 28 Sep 2021 GCU Glasgow Enquire Apply

Year 1
Scottish Higher: Standard entry requirement: BBBB (incl Maths/Computing/ Physics) Nat 5: C (English and Maths)
Minimum entry requirement*: BBCC (incl Maths/Physics/Computing) Nat 5: C (English and Maths)
A level: CCC (incl one from Maths/Computing/Physics) GCSE: C/4 (English and Maths)
ILC Higher: H2 H2 H3 H3 (incl one from Maths/Computing/ Physics) O2: (English and Maths) if not achieved at Higher level
IB Diploma: 24 points (incl Maths/Computer Science)
BTEC: MMM Ext Dip in relevant subject GCSE: C/4 (English and Maths)

Year 2
A level: 120 tariff points (incl a minimum D in Computing/Maths) GCSE: C/4 (English and Maths)
BTEC: DDM Ext Dip in Computing/IT GCSE: C/4 (English and Maths).
Must include 7 Mandatory Units: Information Technology Systems; Creating Systems to Manage Information; Using Social Media in Business; Programming; IT Project Management; Cyber Security and Incident Management; IT Service Delivery

English language IELTS score of 6.0 with no element below 5.5

All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.

Additional information

Modern Apprenticeships

If you have completed a Modern Apprenticeship at SCQF level 6 in a relevant discipline this would be equivalent to two highers at B.

Relevant experience (RPL)

GCU’s flexible entry policies exist to allow relevant work experience and prior learning to be considered towards standard entry or advanced entry into a course. If you have three to five years of relevant work experience, you can apply for the degree that interests you and get in touch with our admissions team about your application and your eligibility for Recognition of Prior Learning.

International pathways

If you do not meet the English language requirements, you may be eligible for our pre-sessional English programme which is taught at our Glasgow campus.

The tuition fees you pay are mostly determined by your fee status. What is my student fee status?

Tuition fees 2021/22

Home: £1,820*
RUK: £9,250**
EU and International: £12,250

*Scottish student tuition fees are subject to confirmation by the Scottish Government and may change once confirmed.
**Students from rest of UK will pay no more than £27,750 towards the total fees of a three or four-year degree.

Fees are subject to change and published here for guidance only.

Additional costs

As a student at the University, there are additional fees and costs which may or may not apply to you, but that you should be aware of.

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Scholarships

We provide high-quality education for a fair price; as the University for the Common Good, we are committed to offering accessible higher education for talented students by keeping our tuition fees low and providing a generous scholarship package of over £2 million per year.

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The degree is accredited by BCS the Chartered Institute for IT.

You have the opportunity of undertaking a year-long industrial based placement on completion of Year 3 as part of your degree. This is not a compulsory or guaranteed placement.
This will be assessed via an Industry Placement module and successful completion of this module will be included in your final exit award.
In trimester B of year 3, you have the opportunity of European exchange and studying abroad via the Erasmus Student Network.
You can also choose to study a language. Choose from French, Spanish, German or Italian from beginners to professional level.
Throughout third and fourth year, you will benefit from a series of Employability lectures by invited industry speakers.

A range of teaching methods are used on the programme including: lectures; group-based tutorials and seminars (both tutor and student-led); practical computing labs (supervised and directed); problem based learning scenarios and case studies; directed study; coursework assignments (individual and group-based) and supervised projects. 

Assessment methods include individual and group reports, presentations class tests and exams.