The course deals with computer software and development techniques wherein candidates develop skills in advanced levels of Programming, System development, Database principles and Project Management. The course also helps candidates develop the skills necessary for the present environment.
Students are required to obtain a minimum of 12 credits for the Advanced Certificate award, 6 of them are core units and 6 are optional units. In the Advanced Diploma award, the students are required to obtain minimum 30 credits, 13 are core units and 17 are optional. A credit value is equivalent to 44 contact hours.
Who does this qualification suit
The SQA Advanced Diploma in Computing: Software Development is suitable for a wide range of candidates including:
- school leavers
- adult returners to education
- individuals in employment who wish to enhance their career prospects
- people who wish to start their own business
“This course will cover a range of specialist technical software development skills and knowledge in programming and systems development”
Duration and the entry requirements
The course would normally be undertaken on a two-year full-time basis and the academic year comprises 3 semesters. The entrance requirements:
- Higher Education Certificate or other equivalent certificate.
- Applicants have to take an English language placement test to determine if they will require a foundation programme before joining the diploma programme.
Accreditation of prior learning
Applicants may be considered through the accreditation of prior learning, which may be certificated or experiential. The admissions and registration staff are responsible for determining the grounds on which accreditation is acceptable. All applications are subject to approval of the Ministry of Higher Education. Please check Accreditation of prior learning (APL) entry condition in new student entry requirement page.
College Requirement Course
All the students are required to study a College requirement course “Entrepreneurship – Creativity and Innovation course” for 3 Credit Hours during the second year of their academic programme, apart from the programme requirements.
The potential areas of employment for candidates completing their Advanced Diploma would be: Programmers in advanced languages like C++, Java and Visual Basic for organizations requiring development of software modules or design of Web pages. In addition to areas of Software Engineering for organizations involving operations with data structures.
After the successful completion of the programme requirements, the students will be awarded with the certificates from the Scottish Qualification Authority
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