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FdSc Software Development


This programme responds to the high demand for software developers who are able to work across many different industry and organisation types. The programme will provide you with the skills to design, build and test software solutions to overcome User problems. It focuses on providing you with the cognitive and intellectual competencies specific to software development roles, such as digital communications, security case development, web development and relational database design and development. 

Throughout this programme you will develop a broad knowledge of computing, in addition to developing your programming skills, systems analysis, design techniques and database skills. You will use industry standard database software and develop software development skills using our state-of-the-art IT equipment. In addition to technical skills, you will develop your communication skills so that you can collaborate with people and become a valued team player.


This programme aims to meet the complex and organic needs of the computing and IT sector by providing appropriately trained, qualified and skilled staff with the requisite knowledge, competence and understanding of business organisation, database design & development, digital marketing and solution development. 

Upon completion, you will be able to demonstrate innovative thinking coupled with cognitive and intellectual competencies specific to Software Development roles; digital communications, security case development and design good practice, relational database design and development, web development, employment; risk assessment and Governance. 

The content of the programme is mapped against elements of the standards of the Higher Apprenticeship, to ensure you have the opportunity to gain sufficient knowledge and understanding of the specified modules. 

Entry Criteria

UCAS tariff points: 48

Standard entry criteria: 

  • Ideally, you will hold four GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including maths and English (or Level 2 equivalent). If you do not hold these qualifications, you will be required to commit to study GCSE maths and English alongside the programme.
  • International applicants require a minimum 5.5 IELTS in each band.
  • You will be interviewed by the curriculum team (international applicants via Skype).
  • You will hold 48 UCAS points or a combination of qualifications that show you can be successful on this programme.
  • You must provide a personal statement.
  • Your standard of academic writing will be assessed at induction.

Non-standard entry criteria: 

  • Evidence of relevant experience which demonstrates you can be successful on this programme.
  • A personal statement.
  • You will be required to attend an interview with two members of the curriculum team.
  • You will participate in induction activities to assess your standard of academic writing in English.
  • You will complete basic and key skills builder (BKSB) assessments to establish your level of maths, English and ICT skills (applicable where no formal qualifications in computing and/or IT related subjects and/or work experience in a computing or IT related job role can be evidenced).
  • If you do not hold the required qualifications in maths and English, you must commit to studying GCSE maths and English alongside the programme (or a minimum 5.5 IELTS in each band for international applicants).

What next after FdSc Software Development?

You could progress to a relevant degree programme at New College Durham to top-up this qualification to a degree.

FdSc Software Development

Durham, UK
Level 4, Level 4, Level 5, Level 5, Level 5, College Higher Education, Alternative Courses/Degrees

Published on 10 Jul 2020

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