Truro and Penwith College

FdEng Software Engineering

Rated Ofsted Outstanding (2016), Truro and Penwith College provides a range of quality degree courses with employer needs in mind. All students benefit from an excellent support network that helps to put them on the best footing for a successful future after graduating. Finding themselves at home in purpose-built buildings with expert lecturers and access to industry-standard equipment, students can study a quality university course right here in Cornwall.
A variety of people enter higher education with an assortment of experiences and commitments, but with the flexibility at the heart of our programmes, the College offers a compressed timetable and small class sizes to allow students to study in a relaxed and supportive environment. Whatever your background, studying University courses at Truro and Penwith College means an opportunity to study locally, the chance to fit home or part-time work around your lectures and the one thing all our students have in common – the shared experiences of a quality education right here in Cornwall.
For more information visit the Truro and Penwith College website.

Course details

  • Year 1

  • Core modules

    • Study Skills for Higher Education (TRUR1277)

      This module enables the student to gain and develop numeracy, literacy and communication skills; to use information technology and computers for communication, data analysis and research.  The module involves workshops, lectures and directed study to produce a literature review and to gather and analyse secondary data. 

    • Introductory Programme (TRUR1278)

      The module is an introduction to fundamental programming concepts. Throughout this module, learners will develop the knowledge required to understand, design and code computer programs and will understand and apply the principles underlying the software development process.

    • Data Management (TRUR1279)

      This module introduces the concepts of the management of organisational data using database management systems. Learners will design and develop relational and NoSQL databases, as well gaining an understanding of the procedures and protocols and ethics that require consideration when managing, controlling and securing data.

    • Website Development (TRUR1280)

      This module enables learners to design and develop dynamic websites. Throughout the module learners will understand and apply appropriate web protocols, languages and standards to create functional high-quality websites. Emphasis will be on the effective use of information architecture, responsive design and web accessibility to enhance user experience.

    • Systems Analysis and Design (TRUR1281)

      This module covers the use of UML and OO techniques for systems analysis and design. Learners will use a “Systems thinking” approach to design, and will use critical thinking and analysis to evaluate existing systems and recommend design approaches to create improved systems.

    Optional modules

    • Maths for Computing (TRUR1282)

      This module explores the mathematical principles that underpin programming. Students will be equipped with advanced mathematical skills using data representation and applying algorithms to create efficient and well structured programs.

    • User Centred Design (TRUR1283)

      This module allows learners to understand the concepts and theories, and practical skills needed to create high quality, usable software interfaces based on a knowledge and understanding of user requirements.

    • Boolean Logic and Assembly (TRUR1284)

      This module introduces a deeper understanding of Boolean logic and assembly language to develop programming skills to solve programming problems effectively and gain a deeper understanding of computer architecture.

    • System Architecture (TRUR1286)

      This module provides learners with an understanding of operating systems and the hardware and software architectures within computer systems. Learners will explore how systems should be created and programs compiled for different system architectures.

    • The Digital Society (TRUR1287)

      This module provides the opportunity for learners to consider the impact of technology on society, how digital advancements affects humans and the ethical and moral considerations relating to technology.

    • Security and Cryptography (TRUR1285)

      Learners will be introduced to various security technologies available to both maintain and keep secure systems. Learners will investigate and explore basic cryptographic methods used in data and data communications. Learners will apply both theoretical and practical security and cryptography methods during this module.

  • Final year

  • Core modules

    • Agile Project Management (TRUR2281)

      The Agile project methodology is widely used in the Software Development industry, this module introduces the core concepts and practices of Agile development, including the key Agile frameworks and principles of the Agile manifesto.

    • Data Structures and Algorithms (TRUR2282)

      This module covers the use of algorithms and data structures for application in programming-based activity. The module will equip learners with the necessary skills to apply complex algorithms and data structures in their regular practice as a Software Engineer.

    • Object Oriented Programming (TRUR2283)

      This module introduces students to the concepts and practice of object-oriented programming. Through a largely practical approach, students will learn how to develop applications using object-oriented programming techniques.

    • Software Testing (TRUR2284)

      This module explores the role of the software tester and the various types of testing available within the software development process. Learners will design and write their own tests using a recognised testing methodology to quality and functionality test software. Learners will apply regular testing as part of their practice thus impacting upon the performance and efficiency of the software system and their own skills as a developer.

    • Independent Project (TRUR2285)

      This module provided practical application in planning and executing a project to completion. Throughout this module, learners will manage their own practical programming-based project from the initial project idea, through to the analysis and design phase, implementation, testing and evaluation.

    Optional modules

    • Industrial Placement (TRUR2286)

      This module provides learners with experience, knowledge and understanding of the working environment and current issues facing todays software developers and IT professionals. It will provide practical knowledge of working practices, ethical, social responsibilities, processes and legal aspects associated with the industry.

    • Server-Side Programming (TRUR2287)

      This module explores the methods and languages used to create the back-end systems for dynamic websites. This includes using sessions and cookies, form handling, databases for websites, database driven content, log in systems as well as website security, encryption and authentication.

    • Data Analytics and Big Data (TRUR2288)

      This module introduces learners to the principles of big data and data analytics. Learners will develop an understanding of the principles of data collection and will analyse real-world big data.

    • Developing Applications (TRUR2289)

      This module covers the development of applications including web and windows applications. Learners will practice full stack development, use frameworks and API’s and will create applications to meet defined requirements.

    • Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning (TRUR2290)

      This module covers the principles and methods used in artificial intelligence and machine learning. Learners will apply AI and ML methods to solve real-world problems.

    • Mobile App Development (TRUR2291)

      This module covers the specific considerations and processes involved in developing and deploying mobile applications. Learners will follow the software development lifecycle to design, develop, test and deploy a mobile application.

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Fees, costs and funding

As this course is delivered by one of our partner colleges, please contact the college directly for information on fees and funding.

How to apply

All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service).
UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code.
To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

Our partnership with Truro and Penwith College

The University of Plymouth has developed partnerships with institutions around the world with the sole purpose of making higher education more accessible to those people who need something just a little different.

Our Academic Partnerships enable students to enrol for a degree at a partnership institution closer to home, or engage in distance learning – even when they’re in the middle of the ocean. They are there for those people looking to return to education, or enhance their professional development. Full- or part-time; foundation degree to masters-level – we cater for a huge variety of needs and aspirations.

Many of our partners offer specialist degrees, unique facilities, and smaller class sizes at a competitive price. And as a student of two institutions, you get the best of both worlds; a supportive learning environment as part of a close-knit community, and a university-level qualification awarded by the University of Plymouth. You’ll enjoy not only the facilities and services your partnership institution provides, but also all of the additional support and resources you need from us, and you’ll automatically become a member of our Students’ Union, too.

We are continuing to grow the number of partner institutions and expand our academic community to new locations around the UK and overseas. Why not visit the Academic Partnerships page on our website for a full list of partners and for more details on studying with us?

One of our partners delivers this particular course – so please visit their website for full course details, entry requirements, tuition fees and information on what student life is like there. 

Open days

Partner college open days

This course is run at one of our partner colleges. Open days are held at the college and more details of these can be found on the college website. You'll find contact details below, on this page.

University of Plymouth open days

You are also very welcome to attend a University of Plymouth open day, to get a flavour of the courses you can progress to from a partner college. There will however be limited information on this specific course and college.

Studying with Truro and Penwith College

We’re one of the leading colleges in the country, delivering teaching and learning to the highest level. With three modern campuses at Truro, Penwith (at Penzance) and Tregye, we provide you with a unique university experience.
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