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IT: Software Development Level 3

What entry requirements do I need?

You will need a minimum of: 5 GCSEs grade A*/9 - C/4 including English and maths; or successful completion of the Level 2 Diploma with merit or above.

What will I learn?

Over the two years you will gain an in-depth knowledge about a wide range of ICT areas including networking, programming, web design, and game development. You will be able to analyse complex tasks and develop innovative solutions to their problems. You will develop your independent study skills and learn how to manage projects; skills which will help you to excel in professional environments. You will also gain an industry recognised accreditation from CISCO upon completions of the course.

You will study a range of topics including:

  • Programming
  • Analysis and Innovation
  • Systems security
  • Website development, client and server side.
  • Game design and development
  • Systems analysis and design
  • Advanced databases
  • CISCO systems
  • Client and server operating systems

You will use your passion for IT and software development to gain the knowledge and technical ability to fulfil your ambition for working in this dynamic industry, or studying it in greater detail at university.

This is a coursework-based qualification, and you will be assessed through assignments set to tight deadlines. To be successful, students must be prepared to work in their own time and contribute to class discussion.

What could I progress on to?

On completion of the course you can progress onto degree level courses here at the University Centre Hastings, or start an Apprenticeship in the industry.

You may also look to start your career in the industry in roles such as a Computer support specialist, a Software engineer, a Database administrator or a Web developer.

There may be additional costs required at enrolment to cover course visits and trips.

Additional Course Details for 19/20

  • Study Year Year 1
    Course code 3604Y1
    Course name Level 3 Diploma in IT (Software Development)
    Campus Ore Valley Campus
    Study mode Full-Time
    Start date 09/09/19
    Duration 36 week (s)

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Sometimes it can be difficult to decide the right level at which to study. The guide below will help you work which level is best for you.

Entry Level

These courses are for students who want to start progressing up the qualifications levels or have no previous qualifications.

Vocational Level 1

You must have a mixture of grades E to G at GCSE to study at this level.

Vocational Level 2

You must have two grade D's and two grade E's at GCSE or a relevant level 1 qualification to study at this level.

Vocational Level 3

These courses are equivalent to A levels, you must have at least four GCSE's at grade C or above or a relevant level 2 qualification.

A Levels

A levels are level 3 courses, you must have or expect 5 A-C grades at GCSE level including Maths and English.
Foundation Degree and Degree Our university courses typically require a relevant level 3 qualification or 120 UCAS points.