HND Computing: Software Development (Fixed Framework)

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Higher National qualifications provide skills and knowledge employers need. They allow advanced university entry internationally.

Higher National qualifications provide skills and knowledge employers need. They allow advanced university entry internationally.

The HND in 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 HND in 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, re-use, re-engineering and maintenance.

This qualification is available through a growing number of colleges and universities around the world. Typically, an HND takes two years to complete.

Why deliver this qualification

Higher National qualifications have been developed by SQA in partnership with colleges, universities and industry — so employers recognise that they provide sound evidence of ability.

The Unit-based structure supports flexible delivery. A Unit is typically 40 hours of timetabled learning.

All in a global context, the HND covers new software and systems development, modification, re-use, re-engineering and maintenance — as well as professionalism, ethics and team working in computing.

Who does this qualification suit

The HND in Computing: Software Development is suitable for a wide range of candidates including:

  • school leavers
  • adult returners to education
  • individuals in employment who wish to enhance their career prospects
  • people who wish to start their own business

Entry requirements

As with all SQA qualifications, entry is decided by the college or learning provider. As a guide, the college or learning provider will look for:

  • school-leaving qualifications equivalent to QCF level 3/ SCQF level 6, meaning the student has the ability to study at the higher level
  • a centre-devised test which shows the student’s ability to study at HND level
  • relevant work experience

Progression

The HND in Computing: Software Development can provide advanced entry to degree-level study. For further information please refer to the SQA Diploma to Degree arrangements.

Approval

Centre and subject approvals are required as outlined here: Approvals Process

Assessors and verifiers must be able to meet SQA’s general requirements for technical/occupational competence.

How to assess

Each individual Unit specification gives detailed information on the Evidence Requirements and approaches to assessment for each Unit.

Ongoing course assessment will apply.

 

Where can you take this course?

Qualification Structure

HND Computing: Software Development

Group Award code:  GG5L 16 (240 SCQF credit points)

HND Computing: Software Development at SCQF level 8 consists of 21 mandatory Units.

Course Tutor Guide (including Course Framework)

For further information on the structure and Units for this course please refer to the Course Tutor Guide (852 KB)