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Software Engineering

Software Engineering

Software engineering (SE) is concerned with developing and maintaining software systems that behave reliably and efficiently, are affordable to develop and maintain, and satisfy all the requirements that customers have defined for them. It is important because of the impact of large, expensive software systems and the role of software in safety-critical applications. It integrates significant mathematics, computer science and practices whose origins are in engineering.

Digging deeper into subject interests can help you in a number of ways:

  • Confirm whether this is (or isn't) something you would be interested in enough to want to study it at university either as the focus of your degree or a minor/elective

  • Give you some inspiration to use when creating your questions and topics for IA's (coursework) and your Extended Essay

  • Provide you with content for your university application writing in the future, enabling you to reflect on the things you've been doing to explore your interests in a way that is academically relevant to the course or institution you are applying for.

Useful Resources

Oxford University Research Blog
Blog
The University of Oxford's Blog on their current research. It includes articles on a huge range of topics but particularly relevant to the current global challenges.
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How do I apply for an Engineering Degree?
Blog | Website
This blog provides you with some useful information on applying for an Engineering degree. Some of the topics discussed include: the different engineering degree subjects, required subjects necessary for admissions, application success, top engineering universities in the UK, required grades, and other useful experience.
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Engineering: a beginner's guide, by Natasha McCarthy
Book
Focusing on the impact of engineering on society and the world, McCarthy details the development of the discipline, explains what makes an engineering mind, and shows how every aspect of our lives has been engineered: from gadgets to our national infrastructure. Long considered tinkerers, problem solvers, and visionaries, engineers hold the keys to our real and virtual future.
St. Clares Library L24 620 MCC
ProEd
Course
Future Engineer Summer Programme (use code StClares2022 for a 20% discount)
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STEM Guide
E-Magazine
A guide to careers in STEM subjects.
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Young Cyber Security Expert Programmes
Events | Conference
Gain an immersive experience of Cyber Security alongside top professionals. Choose below either our Young Cyber Security Weekend or our Young Cyber Security Summer Experience.
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Young Engineer Programmes
Events | Conference
Gain an immersive experience of Engineering alongside top professionals. Choose below either our Young Engineer Weekend or our Young Engineer Summer Experience.
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Young Software Engineer Programmes
Events | Conference
Gain an immersive experience of Software Engineering alongside top professionals. Choose below either our Young Software Engineer Weekend or our Young Software Engineer Summer Experience.
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Royal SOciety Open Science
Journal
An open journal publishing high-quality research across all of science, engineering and mathematics
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The Institution of Engineering and Technology Journals
Journal
Find open access journals from the IET focused on engineering with technology and innovation in mind.
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Research from the University of Bristol
Journal Articles | Website
Explore cutting edge research from the different faculties and departments from the University of Bristol, including free access to their published journal articles.
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Coursera
Online Course
Coursera is an online platform for distance learning. They have a range of free courses delivered by universities. Search in this section to find courses of interest to you, often these are courses you can follow at your own pace.
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EdX
Online Course
The X Series courses on the EdX platform are free online courses delivered by universities and aimed at helping you explore areas of interest.
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FutureLearn
Online Course
FutureLearn is a free online platform where universities from around the globe host FREE online courses you can undertake in your areas of interest. Browse courses by categories or use the search bar to find courses relevant to your interests
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Online Introduction Computer Science and Engineering
Online Course
An online taster of the Computer Science and Engineering degree at TU Delft in the Netherlands. Courses start regularly over the academic year.
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ProEd
Online Course
Online Future Engineer Programme
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Springpod: Degree Taster Programmes
Online Course
Virtual programs helping you to explore degree subject areas before you apply which you can complete at your own pace.
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Computer Science
Podcast
This series is host to episodes created by the Department of Computer Science, University of Oxford, one of the longest-established Computer Science departments in the country. The series reflects this department's world-class research and teaching by providing talks that encompass topics such as computational biology, quantum computing, computational linguistics, information systems, software verification, and software engineering.
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PWC: The A - Z of tech podcast series
Podcast
Welcome to the A to Z of Tech podcast series. A is for Artificial Intelligence, B is for Blockchain, C is for Cyber Security. Follow our journey through an alphabet of technology trends with PwC's technologists and special guests.
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I want to study engineering
Website
Problem solving activities and advice for making competitive applications for Engineering.  Create a free account to track your progress.
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engNRICH
Website
Mathematical activities to complement and enhance the study of engineering.
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Springpod Virtual Work Experience
Work Experience
Virtual work experience Opportunities across a range of companies and sectors. Most of them are free.
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