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HND Computing: Software Development

This course allows you to develop a range of specialist technical software development skills and knowledge in programming and systems development. It will prepare you for progression to further study in Computing, Software Development or a related discipline. You will gain academic, technical and professional training leading to the skills necessary to design, implement, support, evaluate or manage IT systems in a vast range of industries. It will allow you to develop an awareness of professional IT issues such as legal and ethical considerations. You not only have the opportunity to learn the skills to succeed in established software development areas of database management and systems development, but also the skills needed to succeed in emerging technologies. The key skill of the object oriented paradigm in modern software development is included along with the opportunity to develop programming and design skills using ‘in vogue’ technologies such as mobile applications.

Year 1:

  • Developing Software: Introduction
  • Software Development: Programming Foundations
  • Systems Development: Introduction
  • Introduction to Project Management
  • Team Working in Computing
  • Computer System Fundamentals
  • Troubleshooting Computer Problems
  • Ethical Hacking Fundamentals
  • Computer Forensics: Fundamentals
  • Mathematics: Calculus & Matrices for Computing
  • Developing Small Scale Stand Alone Applications
  • Professionalism and Ethics in Computing
  • Computing: Planning
  • Graded Unit – Exam


Year 2:

  • Software Development: Object Oriented Programming, Analysis & Design
  • Data Structures
  • Relational Database Management Systems
  • Developing Mobile Web Based Applications
  • Developing Websites for Multiplatform Use
  • Graded Unit –Project
  • Introduction to SQL

  • Junior Software Developer
  • Applications Programmer
  • Systems Analyst
  • User Support

Year 3 of a related degree programme.

One of the following:

  • 2 Highers at Grade C or above, one of which should preferably be in Maths or Computing Science or a Technology subject.
  • Successful completion of a relevant National Qualification at Level 6
  • Applicants who do not meet the criteria, but have relevant experience or alternative qualifications will be considered.

Please note that selection will be made via successful interview.

Further Advice for full-time applicants:

  • Please create an online account when starting your application.  Your login details for the old College website are no longer valid
  • Before starting the application process, please ensure you already hold or are working towards the relevant entry qualifications required for the course you are applying for
  • Ensure you use your own personal email address when creating your online account
  • Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an automated email immediately – if you do not receive an acknowledgement e-mail immediately, please check your SPAM/Junk folder
  • Please include as much detail as possible in your personal statement such as; the reason you are applying, future career plans, previous employment, relevant experience, hobbies and interests
  • Disclosing support needs in your application will not affect your chances of being offered a place on a course at Forth Valley College
  • If your application is successful, you will be invited for interview.  For January start courses interviews will be in Nov/Dec and interviews for August start courses will take place between February and May
  • If your application is unsuccessful, you will be offered support in finding a suitable alternative course
  • Applicants who provide a mobile phone number on their application form will be sent a text reminder prior to the day of interview
  • If you are unable to attend an interview or wish to withdraw your application – please email

  • Location

    Falkirk Campus

  • Attendance


  • Start date

    28 August 2017

  • End date

    15 June 2018

  • SCQF Level

    Level 8