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BTEC National Diploma Computing (Software Development)

Two Year Course

Course Content

This course is targeted at those who wish to work in the computing industry and who wish to specialise in either programming, systems analysis, systems design or software engineering. The course offers a specialist occupational route into the industry or higher education and reflects the needs of industry and universities in both educational achievement and practical skills.

Subjects studied include:

  • Business Information Systems

  • Communications Technology

  • Computational Methods

  • Computer Hardware

  • Computer Systems

  • Human Computer Interaction

  • Introduction to Software Development

  • Language and Communication

  • Multimedia

  • Programming - Low Level and Advanced

  • Programming - Practice and Concepts

  • Programming Project

  • Systems Analysis and Design

  • Website Development

Method of Assessment

Assessment is mainly by assignment and practical work.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should normally possess 4 GCSEs (grade C or above), an appropriate Intermediate GNVQ, or equivalent qualification. They will also need to provide satisfactory references. Applications from individuals with relevant previous experience, including mature students, are particularly welcomed.


On completion of this course students attain a recognised vocational qualification which can act as a prerequisite for entry onto a higher education course, such as a degree or HND, or full-time employment. Examples of the sort of jobs students may wish to progress onto, include trainee programmers/analysts and trainee network supervisors.