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Computing: Software Development HNC

(SCQF level 7)

Applied Computing & Digital Technologies, Nautical and STEM

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Mode of Study


Start Date

31st Aug 2020, 1 year


City Campus

Applications from International Students Welcome


According to the Technology Insights Report from e-skills UK, “Through to 2020 Software Professionals show the highest forecast employment growth of all IT & Telecoms occupations." The demands of our global, data-intensive, knowledge-based economy is creating a skills gap and making now the perfect time to gain the skills necessary to meet demand. City of Glasgow’s HNC Software Development course is designed to give you the knowledge and expertise to fill this gap.

Therefore, this hands-on course will allow you to study towards an up-to-date qualification, covering many of the skills that are in high demand for a range of different careers in the software development/programming sector of the computer industry. These include developing skills in C# and Java, System Design, Android Development, XML, Event Driven Programming, Databases and Project Management.

This stimulating, learner-focused programme will be delivered to you by our highly professional teaching staff with significant software development experience and a proven track record of bringing out the best in their students.

This course will prepare you for either employment in a junior developer role within the IT Industry or progression to HND Software Development second year. Also, this course provides you with the entry level to a wide range of university courses in computing.

On successful completion of the course, you will receive an HNC Computing / HNC Computing: Software Development qualification.

This course is placed on the Scottish Credit Qualifications Framework at Level 7. For more information on the framework visit:

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements

  • One Higher at Grade C or above in a relevant* subject AND three National 5 qualifications at Grade C or above including Computing or Information Systems; OR
  • National Qualification at SCQF level 6 in a relevant subject (such as Digital Media Computing, Computing: Technical Support or Software Development); OR
  • Other equivalent qualifications or experience.

* relevant subjects include Computing, Information Systems, Maths, Physics, Chemistry.

Additional selection requirements

  • You'll be invited for a group and/or individual interview, where you'll get the opportunity to find out more about the course and tell us why you're interested in this subject area.

ESOL entry requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English should have minimum ESOL Intermediate level 2 or equivalent for NC/NQ courses and ESOL Higher for HNC/D courses.

What you study

  • Developing Software: Introduction.
  • Computer System Fundamentals.
  • Troubleshooting Problems.
  • Introduction to Project Management.
  • Systems Development: Introduction.
  • Introduction to Programming Fundamentals.
  • Developing Small Scale Standalone Applications.
  • Mobile Technology.

After the course


You can leave and gain employment.

Continuing Study

You have an opportunity to continue studying with us, progressing on to HND Software Development 2nd year as long as you meet the entry requirements - 15 credits, very good attendance in HNC and a very good reference from your lecturers.


How the course is taught

Modes of delivery of the HNC Software Development include lectures, practical demonstrations and tutorials that allow students the opportunity to take part individual or group lab assignments or projects.

Assessment methods

During the academic year, you will experience different types of assessments:

  • Open book or closed book assessments.
  • Multiple choice assessments.
  • Project based assessments.
  • Essay or report writing assessments.
  • Exams.

Additional Information


Teaching and learning materials for each unit course are created and made available on our e-learning portal by each lecturer.

  • Mode of Study:
  • Start Date:
    31st Aug 2020, 1 year
  • Location:
    City Campus
  • Applications from International Students Welcome