Would you like to improve your English language and academic skills before progressing onto a full undergraduate degree programme? This course aims to fully prepare those who speak English as a second language for full-time study on one of Southampton Solent University’s specialist degree programmes. Part of a range of extended degree programmes for students whose first language is not English, this foundation year helps learners to reach a standard broadly equivalent to IELTS 6.0 overall (with a minimum of IELTS 5.5 in each language skill component) before starting undergraduate studies. Using our multimedia facilities and language centre, students will have the chance to tailor their English language studies to suit the subject they will later study at degree level. Solent University is proud to offer students a supportive learning environment. Face to face academic support is complemented by 24/7 access to our virtual learning environment. Students also benefit from access to our dedicated language centre, which offers a range of interactive resources designed to aid second language study. Thinking of studying for a degree here in the UK? This foundation year will help you transition into academic life as smoothly as possible, improving your language, research and communication skills as you begin to learn about your chosen subject area. Successful completion of the International foundation year will provide a pathway to the Software Engineering degree. Want to study a degree that can lead to a varied career in the IT industry? Southampton Solent’s British Computer Society (BCS) accredited software engineering programme teaches you how to apply proper engineering techniques to software development projects, building effective software products for desktops and mobile devices. The hands-on software engineering programme supports students as they develop a valuable combination of software engineering competency and general business and employability skills. Graduates will be proficient in a range of technologies including Java, Android, Oracle SQL, PHP, Web API’s, JSON, HTML5, jQuery and big data analytics. Students learn from an academic team with extensive experience in business computing, computer systems, business analytics, databases, web development and software engineering. The course team also maintain a strong professional network - which helps them to offer students support as they look for work experience placements and graduate employment. Students are able to select optional units in the third and second year of study. These units include: mobile app development, emerging web technologies, and advanced databases. Selecting optional units allows students to tailor their degree to an area they would like to progress into after graduation. Software engineering students are also supported to develop a range of transferable skills throughout the course. These include project management, communication and problem solving skills.