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Software Development Certificate of Higher Education

  • Level(s) of Study: Undergraduate
  • UCAS Code(s): I300
  • Start Date(s): September 2022
  • Duration: One year, full-time
  • Study Mode(s): Full-time
  • Campus: Clifton Campus
  • Entry Requirements:
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Introduction:

This course is designed to develop your knowledge and skills necessary for you to enter a career in software development (e.g. web or app development), as well as providing a foundation for a range of other careers in commercial computing, or to continue your studies on a university degree course.

During this course, you'll learn about the key roles within software development, and develop the fundamental skills needed to work in these areas. You will have the option to complete the course with an industry-led project or short placement to test and hone the skills you have developed before you start working in this area.

The course develops core knowledge whilst putting theory into practice through skills development. As well as the practical skills necessary for a Computing professional, you will develop transferable skills, much sought after by employers, which will make you suitable for general employment in an ever-changing job market.

Personalisation is built-in with several modules allowing the choice of topic for projects and reports, allowing you to focus on the software development area you are interested in. Themes for these will be provided by employers so that you are working on real-world topics. Several modules also include Continuous Professional Development (CPD) within the assessment to enable you to focus on areas of interest or development needs to increase your competency.

Higher Technical Qualification

This course has the Higher Technical Qualification (HTQ) mark developed by the government to address skills shortages in this area.

HTQ courses are developed in consultation with employers and focus on applying knowledge in preparation for the workplace.

What you’ll study

The course is studied over one year, full time, with the options of completing a two-week industry-led project or short placement at the end of the course.

The modules develop your knowledge and skills along themes of professional skills and business knowledge; software engineering; information systems; databases; and web and mobile applications.

Development of employability is a key strength of this course, achieved through the technical and personal skills you develop which are sought after by employers. This includes an introduction to innovation and entrepreneurship as well as ethical paradigms in the IT industry. Specific preparation for work is covered in the professional development theme where you learn about CV writing and career planning whilst the seminars, labs, assignments and extra-curricular opportunities available have been structured to develop core competencies that you will be expected to demonstrate in the workplace.

Foundations of Computing Technology and Programming

This module has several strands including programming and technical aspects that introduce you to the fundamentals of writing computer programs, as well as numeracy and website development.

Essential Skills

Develop the skills required to succeed on your computing degree. You’ll learn how to confidently deal with numerical aspects of your course and practice your web publishing skills by creating and formatting basic web documentation.

Computer Science Programming

Learn about programming languages relevant to software with industrial scale, reliability and performance characteristics.

Web-based Programming

Understand programming for web-based applications, problem analysis and the procedures for program design, as well as using scripting languages.

Systems Analysis and Design

Introducing you to the fundamental principles of SAD, this module gives you a working knowledge of key systems development methodologies, techniques and tools.

Professional Development for Industry

This module will enable you to learn about the professional bodies and standards relating to the computing professional, and enhance your employability potential by increasing your awareness of the technological, social and economic factors driving the IT industry.

How you’re taught

Most modules involve a series of lectures to explain and develop the subject concepts. You will study alongside students on related computer science courses which will develop your learning through perspectives outside of the Software Development field. Some modules have optional surgery sessions where you can bring along questions on any aspects of the module you are finding difficult.

The nature of the subject means that much of your learning will be computer-aided. As well as using software development environments and packages for coursework tasks, you will also use some computer-aided learning packages and techniques such as online discussion groups.

You will also be supported to find a short summer placement. These optional elements provide you with the structure and support to take ownership over your professional development as you will upon entering the workplace.

Seminars and lab sessions

You'll have seminars and laboratory sessions, where you'll apply the theory from the lectures. This give you a thorough understanding and the development of practical skills including the application in real-world settings. In laboratory sessions, staff will help you explore and use technology and give you feedback on your practical work.

Tutorials

In tutorials you'll prepare CVs and applications and be given opportunities to engage with employers. For example our Digital Horizons week includes company talks, workplace visits and challenge events and you'll be encouraged to take an industry-led project at the end of the course. You'll develop an understanding of careers available to you, and the skills you will need, as well as providing valuable networking opportunities.

Input from industry

Industrial input into your learning will help prepare you for the workplace. Guest speakers from industry are central to the Professional Development for Industry module and will provide information on a variety of topics relevant to the workplace, such as ways of working and roles available, as well as key topics within the field.

Staff Profiles

Joanna Hartley

Deputy Head of Department

Computer Science

Joanna Hartley - Deputy Head of Department Computer Science

Jon Robinson

Principal Lecturer

Computer Science

Jon Robinson

Matthew Bates

Senior Lecturer

Computer Science

Matthew Bates

Peter FitzGerald

PL - Student and Academic Experience Manager

Computer Science

Peter FitzGerald

How you’re assessed

Modules are either assessed via coursework, exam or a combination of both. Coursework makes up over half of the total assessment for the programme.


Coursework assessments can take many forms. You will often be given a practical task to do for the assignment which you then write up in a report. You may also have to demonstrate what you have done or give a presentation on it. Some modules involve an element of seminar contribution in the assessment and some others use computer-based assessment. Some modules will provide employer-set themes for the coursework which will enable you to apply the knowledge to real-world scenarios as you will be expected to do in employment.


The range of assessment methods aims to give students a variety of ways in which to demonstrate achievement as well as encouraging the development of the communication skills valued by employers.

Careers and employability

Students who successfully complete Cert HE Software Developer will be able to progress to Year Two of NTU's BSc (Hons) Software Engineering or BSc (Hons) Digital and Technology Solutions Professional (Software Engineering) apprenticeship.

NTU Enterprise

You'll also have the opportunity to turn your ideas into a viable business with help from NTU Enterprise, NTU's purpose-built Centre for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise, a support centre to help students create, develop and grow their own businesses.

Campus and facilities

You will learn in a creative and stimulating environment that will give you the knowledge and transferable skills you need to be ahead of the graduate crowd.

We provide facilities that enhance the quality of our education and push the boundaries of our research. Students have access to specialist centres including:

  • games console laboratories
  • networking and security laboratories
  • human-interactive technology
  • stereo-projection.

Students also enjoy working with the latest software. Examples include:

  • EnCase
  • 3D StudioMax
  • XNA Xbox development suite
  • The Adobe Creative Suite (Flash, After Effects, Photoshop)
  • the Unreal and Half-life Games Engines.

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • A-levels – BBB, including an IT, Maths or Science subject; or
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – DDM, including relevant IT, Maths or Science modules; or
  • 120 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications, including an A-level grade B equivalent in IT, Maths or a Science subject; and
  • GCSEs – English and Maths grade C/4.

Other qualifications and experience

We consider equivalent qualifications and combinations, please see UCAS course search for details and use our calculator to help you work out how many UCAS points your qualifications relate to.

We may also consider credits achieved at other universities and your work/life experience through an assessment of prior learning. This may be for year one entry, or beyond the beginning of a course where applicable, for example, into year 2. Our Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer Policy outlines the process and options available for this route.

Contextual offers

As well as assessing your application and qualifications, we use contextual data and information to make offers for this course. Depending on your circumstances, we may make you an offer up to two grades below the standard entry criteria. Find out how we assess your application.

Getting in touch

  • If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions and Enquiries Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

For this course, you will need one of the following:

  • A-levels – BBB, including an IT, Maths or Science subject; or
  • 120 UCAS Tariff points from three A-levels or equivalent qualifications, including an A-level grade B equivalent in IT, Maths or a Science subject

International qualifications

We accept qualifications from all over the world – check yours here:

Undergraduate preparation courses (Foundation)

If you don’t yet meet our entry requirements, we offer Foundation courses through our partner Nottingham Trent International College (NTIC), based on our City Campus:

English language entry requirements

You can meet our language requirements by successfully completing our pre-sessional English course for an agreed length of time, or by submitting the required grade in one of our accepted English language tests, such as IELTS:

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

Fees and funding

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and funding pages will answer all your questions.

What's included in the course fees?

Your course fees cover all the facilities and support you need to succeed.

  • You will have access to extensive computing facilities, some available 24 hours a day and including technician support.
  • You will have dedicated online storage to support backup of work.
  • You will have access to Microsoft Academic Alliance membership which gives you free copies of all Microsoft developer software including operating systems, Visio and Project.
  • As one of our students, you will be able to join the Oracle Academic Initiative as an individual member and get free database software.
  • Students are able to register for a free personal copy of 3D Studio Max.
  • Extensive equipment is available to loan for coursework and project work. For example, you can borrow cameras and phones.
  • We offer extensive free training software including tutorials on 3D Studio Max, Flash, Photoshop, TCP/IP Packet analysis, Java, Javascript, HTML5, Oracle.
  • Most major software is available across the campus machines, including Adobe Master Collection Suite.

Additional Costs

Your course fees cover the cost of studies, and include loads of great benefits, such as the use of our library, support from our expert Employability team, and free use of the IT equipment across our campuses.

Library books

Most study modules will recommend one or more core text books, which most students choose to purchase. Book costs vary and further information is available in the University’s bookshop. Our libraries provide a good supply of essential text books, journals and materials (many of which you can access online) – meaning you may not need to purchase as many books as you might think! There may also be a supply of second-hand books available for purchase from previous year students.

Field trips

All essential field trip costs will be included in your course fees. There may be the opportunity to take part in optional field trips, which do incur additional costs.

Print and copy costs

The University allocates an annual printing and copying allowance of £20 depending on the course you are studying. For more details about costs for additional print and copying required over and above the annual allowance please see the Printing, photocopying and scanning information on the Library website.

Students will also be required to pay additional costs for printing, poster preparation and final dissertation copies in their final year - estimated costs approximately £20 - £50.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service on telephone +44 (0)115 848 2494.

Tuition fees for September 2022 entry

Tuition fees are payable for each year that you are at the University. The level of tuition fees for the second and subsequent years of your undergraduate course may increase in line with inflation and as specified by the UK government. See our fees for 2022 entry.

Scholarships

We offer scholarships of up to 50% of your tuition fee. You can apply for your scholarship when you have an offer to study at NTU.

Living costs

Get advice on the cost of living as an international student in Nottingham and how to budget:

Paying fees

Find out about advanced payments, instalment plan options and how to make payments securely to the University:

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

What's included in the course fees?

Your course fees cover all the facilities and support you need to succeed.

  • You will have access to extensive computing facilities, some available 24 hours a day and including technician support.
  • You will have dedicated online storage to support backup of work.
  • You will have access to Microsoft Academic Alliance membership which gives you free copies of all Microsoft developer software including operating systems, Visio and Project.
  • As one of our students, you will be able to join the Oracle Academic Initiative as an individual member and get free database software.
  • Students are able to register for a free personal copy of 3D Studio Max.
  • Extensive equipment is available to loan for coursework and project work. For example, you can borrow cameras and phones.
  • We offer extensive free training software including tutorials on 3D Studio Max, Flash, Photoshop, TCP/IP Packet analysis, Java, Javascript, HTML5, Oracle.
  • Most major software is available across the campus machines, including Adobe Master Collection Suite.

Additional Costs

Your course fees cover the cost of studies, and include loads of great benefits, such as the use of our library, support from our expert Employability team, and free use of the IT equipment across our campuses.

Library books

Most study modules will recommend one or more core text books, which most students choose to purchase. Book costs vary and further information is available in the University’s bookshop. Our libraries provide a good supply of essential text books, journals and materials (many of which you can access online) – meaning you may not need to purchase as many books as you might think! There may also be a supply of second-hand books available for purchase from previous year students.

Field trips

All essential field trip costs will be included in your course fees. There may be the opportunity to take part in optional field trips, which do incur additional costs.

Print and copy costs

The University allocates an annual printing and copying allowance of £20 depending on the course you are studying. For more details about costs for additional print and copying required over and above the annual allowance please see the Printing, photocopying and scanning information on the Library website.

Students will also be required to pay additional costs for printing, poster preparation and final dissertation copies in their final year - estimated costs approximately £20 - £50.

How to apply

This course will be available for applications in early November 2021.

Ready to join us?  Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

Writing your application and personal statement

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. So include all of your qualifications and grades, including resits or predicted grades.

Your personal statement is a really important part of your application. It’s your chance to convince us why we should offer you a place! You’ve got 4,000 characters to impress us. Make sure you use them to show how your skills and qualities are relevant to the course(s) you’re applying for. For more hints and tips, take a look at our page on how to write a good personal statement.

Keeping up-to-date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU on our Your Application page. Good luck with your application!

This course will be available for applications in early November 2021.

You can apply for this course through UCAS. If you are not applying to any other UK universities, you can apply directly to us on our NTU applicant portal.

Application advice

Apply early so that you have enough time to prepare – processing times for Student visas can vary, for example.  After you've applied, we'll be sending you important emails throughout the application process – so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Writing your personal statement

Be honest, thorough, and persuasive – we can only make a decision about your application based on what you tell us:

Would you like some advice on your study plans?

Our international teams are highly experienced in answering queries from students all over the world. We also have members of staff based in Vietnam, China, India and Nigeria and work with a worldwide network of education counsellors.

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