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Computing: Software Development (Year 2 Direct Entry) HND

(SCQF level 8)

Applied Computing & Digital Technologies, Nautical and STEM

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Mode of Study


Start Date

31st Aug 2020, 2 years


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."

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, Object Oriented Design, Object Oriented Programming, SQL Programming, Big Data and Project Management

Embedded within this award is an Oracle vendor qualification which may make you significantly more employable. 

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 help prepare you for either employment or progression to university in computing, a skill set that is currently in high demand.

This course is placed on the Scottish Credit Qualifications Framework at Level 8. For more information on the framework visit:

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements

  • HNC Computing: Software Development, OR
  • First Year HND Computing: Software Development.

Additional selection requirements

  • You'll be invited for a group and/or individual interview where you can find out more about the course and tell us why you are interested in this subject.

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

Year two:

  • Object-oriented programming
  • Data structures
  • Relational database management systems
  • Object-oriented analysis and design
  • Developing websites for multi-platform use
  • Multi-user operating systems
  • Big data

Embedded within this award is an Oracle vendor qualification which may make you significantly more employable. 

After the course


This course prepares you for a career in software development, web design/development, and information systems development.

Continuing study

Successful students can progress on to year three of BSc (Hons) Computing, Internet Systems Development, or Web Systems Development at Glasgow Caledonian University.

In order to be considered for year three entry, you'll have to have successfully completed their HND and gained an A in their graded unit two project.


  • Mode of Study:
  • Start Date:
    31st Aug 2020, 2 years
  • Location:
    City Campus
  • Applications from International Students Welcome