Computing: Software Development SCQF Level 8

This course will help you to develop a range of specialist software development skills to prepare you for a career in this fast-paced and changeable industry.


Why take this course?

This course will help you to develop a range of specialist software development skills in programming and systems development, whilst teaching you how to effectively utilise emerging technologies in this fast-paced and changeable industry.

What you will experience

The first part of the course gives you a broad foundation for learning software development skills.  You will then progress to learn techniques in analysing customer requirements, designing systems to meet customer’s specifications, implementation using a wide variety of development tools, and rigorous testing techniques to ensure the product is robust and fully fits the needs of the customer.

Student at a computer

Key facts

Mode of study
Where you can study
2 Years
Subject area
View the full course specification PDF, 52KB

Entry requirements

Applicants should have two Highers, preferably including Computer Science. Applicants should also have Numeracy Core Skill at SCQF Level 4. 

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, please view the specific English language requirements for this course.

What you need to know

Next steps


At North East Scotland College

At University

You can progress to university upon successful completion of this course. Full information is available in the course specification PDF.


Those who successfully complete this course often secure work as:

  • IT Support Technician
  • Software Developer
  • Web Designer
  • Web Developer
  • Web Support Officer

The following infographic provides information on current and projected employment trends in this sector, within Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire. Follow the link on the infographic to view a larger image.

For more information about job opportunities, salaries and employment rates in this industry, visit the Career Coach website.

Infographic detailing current and projected employment trends in this sector, within Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire


Please note that the Fraserburgh offering of this course is for existing HNC Computing students, based at the Fraserburgh Campus, to progress to year 2 of the HND Computing: Software Development course.

Aberdeen City Campus

STARTS Duration Code
August 2018
2 Years
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Online applications

You can apply for a place on this course by completing an online application form, which you can access using the 'Apply Online' button. Once completed, this will be received by our Admissions Team who will then process your application.

Paper applications

You may submit a paper application form, and return it to us completed and signed.

All completed paper applications should be returned to the following freepost address:

The Student Information & Admissions Manager
North East Scotland College
Aberdeen City Campus

Should you have any problems with your application, please contact the Student Advice Centre:

Telephone: 01224 612330

If you take up a place on a College course, at the start of the course you will be asked to sign an enrolment form. In signing the form and/or taking up a place on a College course, you will enter into a contract with the College and be bound by the North East Scotland College Standard Terms and Conditions of Study. Copies of the Terms and Conditions are available for inspection on notice boards and at various locations throughout the College, at the College Reception, on the College website:, or can be obtained on request from the Student Funding and Admissions Manager, North East Scotland College, Aberdeen City Campus, Gallowgate, Aberdeen AB25 1BN. Please note that courses are offered subject to (a) there being sufficient numbers of enrolments and (b) the availability of resources. The College reserves its right (i) not to run courses where the number of students is considered insufficient or where resources are unavailable and (ii) in certain circumstances, to refuse admission to an individual applicant.