Advanced Diploma in Computing: Software Development

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Program Description

Advanced Diploma qualifications provide practical skills and theoretical business knowledge that employers need. They allow advanced entry to universities nationally and internationally. The AD Computing: Software Development at SCQF level 8 provides current skills in specialist technical software development, and develops up-to-date knowledge in programming and systems development.

Software developers are needed in many different industries from biotechnology to telecommunications and transport. An SQA AD Computing: Software Development will give learners the skills and theoretical knowledge that they need as they move into higher education and employment. The software development activities covered include new development, modification, reuse, re-engineering, and maintenance.


Learning Objectives

  • Develop candidates’ knowledge and skills in planning, developing and evaluating.
  • Develop employment skills, particularly relating to the IT industry.
  • Learning and transferable skills (including Core Skills).
  • Develop study and research skills.
  • Develop Provide academic stimulus.
  • Develop English language skills.
  • To enable learners to achieve an International award which is studied and assessed in English.
  • Develop a range of contemporary software development skills that are required by industry.
  • Prepare learners for employment in competitive international markets.
  • Prepare learners for progression to degree study at the partner Universities within different countries.
  • Provide underpinning knowledge associated with appropriate vendor qualifications.

Entrance Requirements

The Advanced Diploma Computing: Software Development program requires:

  • Minimum Grade 12 or Equivalent Canadian qualification.
  • If English is not a student’s mother tongue, they are required to have an IELTS level 6.0 OR equivalent (In case of other testing standards) to be admitted to the course. If on starting the program, their language proficiency proves to be significantly lower than what is expected of an IELTS 6.0, they will be required to take an English course at Focus College before being able to continue with their program studies.

Career Opportunities

The Advanced Diploma Computing courses aim to equip students with the necessary skills required to follow a career in the computing field at a professional or junior managerial level.

They are also aimed at those who wish to study computing at this level before undertaking a career in another field where such skills are subsidiary, but often very necessary.

The AD Computing: Software Development award will prepare students for employment in an IT/Computing-related post at technician or professional level in a software development role.

The AD Computing: Technical Support award will prepare students for employment in an IT/Computing-related post at technician or professional level in a technical support role.

Who Does this Qualification Suit

The Advanced Diploma Software Development is suitable for a wide range of candidates including:

  • High School Graduates.
  • Adult returners to education.
  • Individuals in employment who wish to enhance their career prospects.

Required Textbooks

Various Text/reference books are supplied. Please see course outline forms for individual course books.

Equipment Required for this Program: Classroom equipped with a computer and Projector, Course specific Software.

Homework/Self-study Hours

Approximately 10-15 hrs./week is required from students to be successful in this fast-paced and intensive program.

Learning Objectives/Outcomes

Advanced Diploma Software Development will provide a breadth of competencies. The specific aims of the AD Software development t are to:

  • Develop candidates’ knowledge and skills in planning, developing and evaluating.
  • Develop employment skills, particularly relating to the IT industry.
  • Learning and transferable skills (including Core Skills).
  • Develop study and research skills.
  • Develop Provide academic stimulus.
  • Develop English language skills.
  • To enable learners to achieve an International award which is studied and assessed in English.
  • Develop a range of contemporary software development skills that are required by industry.
  • Prepare learners for employment in competitive international markets.
  • Prepare learners for progression to degree study at the partner Universities within different countries.
  • Provide underpinning knowledge associated with appropriate vendor qualifications.
Last updated Mar 2019

About the School

Focus College is a trailblazer in Canadian higher education. We put the success of our students at the heart of every decision we make. At Focus College we will fulfill our mission by providing a safe ... Read More

Focus College is a trailblazer in Canadian higher education. We put the success of our students at the heart of every decision we make. At Focus College we will fulfill our mission by providing a safe and comfortable learning environment. Our courses always have the most relevant and up-to-date content and are taught by industry experts to ensure our students have the best experience possible. Read less
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