SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT HND
SCQF Level 8
Computing

Course Overview
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This two year course will equip you with a comprehensive range of computing and software development skills which are highly valued by the software industry. You will cover a diverse selection of software development areas. You will be well-prepared for further studies upon completion of this course qualifying you to progress to university in Year 2 or 3 depending on your course choice. We partner with Heriot Watt and Napier University to offer 3rd year entry to applicable courses. It is, therefore, the ideal path if you`re looking to develop a career in software engineering.
What You Will Learn
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  • Software Development
  • Project Management for IT
  • SQL and Databases
  • Computer Systems Fundamentals
  • Troubleshooting Software Problems
  • Team Working in Computing
  • Software Development: Systems Foundations
  • Systems Development: Introduction
  • Professionalism and Ethics in Computing
  • Software Development: Data Structures
  • Software Development: Object Oriented Programming
  • Systems Development: Object Oriented Analysis and Design
  • Software Development: Programming Paradigms
  • Systems Development: Testing Software
  • Systems Development: User Centred Design
  • Mathematics, calculus and Matrices
  • Advanced Web Scripting Concepts
  • Developing Mobile Web Based Applications
Entry Requirements
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  • 3 Highers at C pass including Maths, and we find Computing,  or a Science subject preferable.
  • An SCQF level 6 Computing qualification
  • Adults and those that are not just leaving school are welcomed and will need to sit a screening activity to assess your current knowledge level.


English Proficiency Requirements
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  • IELTS 5.5
How the course is assessed
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  • Mostly practical assessments but with some written assignments and multiple choice tests
Information on Test/Auditions/Interview Requirements
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  • At interview, you will be asked to take part in a Skills and Experience screening exercise this will be on a computer. 
  • You should also bring along your certificates
  • Further course information will be provided by a lecturer on the course as well as an opportunity for you to ask questions.
Progression And Articulation Routes
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  • HND Software Development year 2
Download our progression route map here
Career Opportunities
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  • Progress to the second or third year of various university degree courses after completing year 2 at college.
Number Of Days Per Week/Day Of The Week/Time Of The Day
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  • Approx.2.5
Course Cost And Funding Options
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Course Delivery
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FULL TIME PART TIME EVENING OPEN LEARNING BLOCK RELEASE
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CODESPACE

Codespace is a new initiative which aims to develop entrepreneurs using the latest IT technologies and industry support.

Scotland has 11,000 digital job vacancies and this is one of the government's key economic growth areas, so giving this next generation of leading tech entrepreneurs a head start while they are at college is really important.

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