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Software Development & Programming Higher National Certificate* (HTQ)

Level 4 - Higher

Software Development & Programming Higher National Certificate* (HTQ)

Do you want a career in the fast-pacing Software Development & Programming industry with a qualification recognised by employers? If yes, the Software Development & Programming course is for you. 

Throughout the course, you will learn programming concepts using Java, C#, and Python. You will also gain hands-on experience in developing desktop applications and web-based systems.

The course will provide you with a solid foundation in software engineering principles, including Agile and Scrum methodologies.

Our Software Development & Programming course ensures you leave us with not only a thorough understanding of the principles of the subject but also the key transferable skills to be able to adapt and work in a demanding and ever-changing industry.

Key Features

This course is designed to provide you with the fundamental knowledge and skills required to become a proficient software developer. The course covers a wide range of topics such as programming languages, software development methodologies, database design, and web development.

This course includes several practical projects where you will have the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills. You will work collaboratively with your peers to design and develop software solutions for real-world problems.

Additionally, you will learn how to design and implement relational databases, SQL, and NoSQL databases. You will gain experience in creating dynamic web pages using HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and PHP.

By the end of this course, you will have a strong foundation in software development that will prepare you for further study or a career in the technology industry.

*This course is subject to validation.

Annual and modular tuition fees shown are applicable to the first year(HNC)of study. The College reserves the right to increase fees for subsequent years of study (HND) in line with increases in inflation (capped at 3%) or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament.



Sutton Coldfield College




Course Length: 30 Weeks

Entry requirements for Software Development is 32 UCAS Tariff points.  

Acceptable qualifications include a minimum of one A Level or an equivalent Level 3 qualification, preferably gained in a digital IT related industry.

Minimum of four GCSE’s at grade C/4 or above Mature applicants with other qualifications or non-formal qualifications are welcome to apply. If you are over 21 years of age, you will be assessed on an individual basis and may be asked to complete a short task to demonstrate the required level of knowledge to meet the demands of the course.

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Higher Education department on

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from

UCAS Code:SD01

Tuition fees:The standard tuition fee for full time home students applying for this course in 2023/2024 academic year is £6500.

Assessment methods include written examinations, coursework assignments, class tests and presentations. Coursework assignments involve undertaking elements of independent study and implementing associated practical tasks within a given deadline.

This course opens up various career paths, including:

  • software development
  • web development
  • database administration
  • system analysis
  • IT project management

Completing this course provides a strong foundation in software development and prepares you for further study or a career in the technology industry.

  • Unit 1: Professional Practice in the Digital Economy
  • Unit 2: Innovation & Digital Transformation
  • Unit 3: Cyber Security
  • Unit 4: Programming
  • Unit 5: Big Data & Visualisation
  • Unit 6: Networking in the Cloud
  • Unit 10: Database Design & Development
  • Unit 11: Software Development Lifecycles

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