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Software Development HNC

Course code: JKAV002P

Subject area: Computing

Study level: Undergraduate

Course level: 4

Course details

Course time:

09:00 - 17:00

Days of week:


Course date:

4th Nov 2024 - 30th Jun 2026

Course location:

Abingdon Campus

Contact details


01235 555 585

Enhance your software development career with our HNC in Software Development – the perfect blend of theory and practice for the aspiring software developer.
This course is designed to develop your technical skills and knowledge, enabling you to meet the demands of the modern software development industry.

Our HNC/D programme offers: - Hands-on Experience: Practical workshops complemented by state-of-the-art computer facilities. - Industry-Relevant Curriculum: Courses tailored to match the evolving needs of the software development sector. - Expert Tutors: Learn from experienced professionals with a passion for teaching. - Progression Opportunities: A stepping stone to further study or enhanced career prospects.

Course Modules include: Programming, Networking, Professional Practice, Database Design and Development, Security, Planning a Computing Project. Specialist Units include: Software Development Lifecycles, Fundamentals of Artificial Intelligence (AI) & Intelligent Systems

Join us and turn your software development aspirations into reality. Apply now and start shaping the future!

Course units
The Level 4 units lay the foundation of learning by providing a broad introduction to the software development sector as well as a focused introduction to software development. This develops and strengthens core skills while preparing students for more specialist subjects at Level 5 or to enter employment with the qualities necessary for job roles that require some personal responsibility.Students will gain a wide range of software development knowledge linked to practical skills obtained through research, independent study, directed study and workplace scenarios. Students are involved in vocational activities that help them to develop behaviours (the attitudes and approaches required for a competence) and transferable skills. Transferable skills are those such as communication, teamwork, research and analysis, which are highly valued in higher education and in the workplace.

By the end of Level 4 study, students will have sound knowledge of the basic concepts of software development. They will be competent in a range of subject-specific skills as well as in general skills and qualities relevant to these key areas of software development.

By the end of Level 4 study, students will have a sound understanding of the principles in their area of specialist study and will know how to apply those principles more widely in the industry. They will be able to perform effectively in their specialist area. On successful completion of the course, learners can develop their careers through:● continuing existing employment● linking with the appropriate professional body● committing to Continuing Professional Development (CPD)● progressing to university.

What next?
The Level 4 Higher National Certificate provides a solid grounding on which students can build should they decide to continue their studies beyond the Certificate stage.
Entry criteria
To study the HNC Electrical Engineering, you will require at least one of the following:
● a Level 3 qualification in Software Development
● a GCE Advanced Level profile that demonstrates strong performance in a relevant subject or adequate performance in more than one GCE subject. This profile is likely to be supported by GCSE grades at A* to C (or equivalent) and/or 9 to 4 (or equivalent) in subjects such as Mathematics and English
● other related Level 3 qualifications
● an Access to Higher Education Diploma from an approved further education institution
● relevant work experience, or
● an international equivalent to the above qualifications
Fee information
Course fees

Tuition Fee: £5,500.00

Qualifications received
HNC Computing for England (General)
Learning & method assessment
This programme will be assessed using a combination of:
● Centre-developed internal assignments that are set and assessed by internally created and assessed, and
● Awarding organisation-set assignments, which are internally graded
User skills
Core competencies developed on the programme will support students in preparing for a range of employment opportunities in their chosen sector. These core competencies collectively summarise the key capabilities that are important across the sector, covering areas of relevant expertise and technical skills that would be required within the sector to successfully perform a job, as defined in current advertised job vacancies.

Core competencies are developed on the programme within a balanced framework of cognitive (knowledge), affective (behaviours) and psychomotor (practical) learning outcomes to encourage a more vocational and practical approach to learning.