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BEng (Hons) Software Engineering Top-Up

Graduate from the University of Bolton

The BEng (Hons) Software Engineering Top-Up degree is delivered online by Western International College Online (WINC) and provides progression from NCC Education Level 5 Diploma in Computing. This final year top-up degree is awarded by the University of Bolton.







The programme aims to build upon the Computing and Software Engineering knowledge gained at Level 4 and 5 and enhance students’ professional skills, preparing them for the workplace. It also provides students with the opportunity to develop specialist and advanced IT skills.

“Graduate from the University of Bolton”


  • The University of Bolton traces its origins back to 1824 when the Bolton Mechanics’ Institute was initially founded. Since then the institution has a long and distinguished history of providing quality education and was granted degree awarding powers in 1990, achieving university status in 2004.

    Today, University of Bolton is ranked 30th in the UK by the Guardian (2024) and number 1 in the North West for Student Satisfaction by the Complete University Guide. Located in Greater Manchester, the university boasts a modern and international campus with approximately 6,000 undergraduate students

  • The BEng (Hons) Software Engineering top-up is delivered online by Western International College Online (WINC) with the final degree awarded by the University of Bolton.

    The programme has been designed collaboratively working with industrial partners to ensure that students study a comprehensive program of relevant industrial topics. Many graduates find successful careers in software engineering. The syllabus has an emphasis on real world experience which is informed by the latest research and global practices.

    Coursework throughout the course utilises realistic scenarios intended to prepare students for their career after university. This applies both to the technical areas studied, but also the output required from the student such as technical proposals or reports to management.

    A large amount of the coursework undertaken by students on this course is project based and involves group working. The ability to work successfully and productively in teams is an essential element of modern software engineering.

    It will enable students to develop skills such as advanced IT skills, analytical skills, communication, project management and organisation – all essential for the workplace. Regardless of the industry students intend to pursue careers in, the BEng (Hons) Software Engineering top-up degree will provide graduates with the necessary skills to succeed.

    Full time: 1 year (2 semesters)

    Part time: 2-3 years

    • NCC Education Level 4 and Level 5 Diploma in Computing
    • ATHE Level 5 Extended Diploma in Computing (Software Engineering)
    • Qualifi Level 4 and 5 Diploma in Information Technology
    • Pearson BTEC HND in Computing (Software Engineering)

    Applicants who have successfully completed 2 years of study at a university can also be considered for direct entry with advanced standing. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this programme, subject to consideration by WINC Online and the University of Bolton.

  • Units comprise of weekly video lectures, tutorial exercises, discussion forums and live chat sessions with subject experts which will be accessed through WINC Virtual Learning Environment. Students will have the opportunity to interact with other students from around the world.

  • Students study three core units to achieve a total of 120 credits:

    Undergraduate Project – 60 Credits

    Agile Programming – 30 Credits

    Enterprise Systems Development – 30 Credits

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