Computing:Software Development Year 1 (HNC/D - SCQF Level 7/8)


26 Aug 2024


13 Jun 2025

This course offers an introduction to software development. It will introduce you to a range of subjects and skills that contribute to the design and development of high quality software. These include developing skills in C#, VB.NET, Java, Object Oriented Design, Object Oriented Programming, SQL Programming and Project Management.This course is equivalent to the first year of degree study and is year 1 of a two year HND programme. By studying this programme, you will develop suitable competencies and industry knowledge to enhance a career in computing.

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Upon successful completion, candidates will achieve the following awards;

  • HNC Computing at SCQF Level 7
  • HND Computing: Software Development at SCQF Level 8
Some of the units included cover topics such as Client Operating Systems, Database Design and Troubleshooting Computer Problems.


The course is full-time with delivery on campus over three days, for 36 weeks (Year 1). There will be some hybrid learning opportunities and this will be flexible throughout the delivery.


Entry requirements

Applications should have two relevant Higher qualifications at Grade C or above in Computing Science, Maths, Graphic Communications or other Science/Technology subject in addition to three National 5s at Grade C or above, or be progressing from a similar college computing course at SCQF Level 6.Applicants with no formal qualifications will be considered on an individual basis and their applications or enquiries are encouraged.Previous industry experience is not essential but would be advantageous.

Progression opportunities

On successful completion of the course, students may progress to some of the pathways outlined below.

Further or Higher Education Opportunities

  • HND Computing: Software Development Year 2 taught at Borders College
  • Other progression opportunities agreed upon with Borders College and partner Higher Education Establishments. Please
speak to the course team for further information. Employment opportunities in this vocational area that are applicable to the units undertaken in this course, such as;
  • IT Technician
  • Software Engineer
  • Trainee Programmer
  • Application Designer

Application and Interview Process

Applications will be reviewed by the curriculum team and candidates will be invited to interview to follow up on the information contained within to confirm suitability. A full, detailed personal statement is important at this stage. Candidates are provided with the opportunity to ask further questions about the course and college support services at the interviews.


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