FdSc Software Developer at Buckinghamshire New University - UCAS

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Course summary

Do you love the idea of creating apps and software? Want a job in computing but not sure where to start? A Higher Technical Qualification (HTQ) in Software Development could be exactly what you’re looking for. This two-year course focuses on training real-world skills, to an industry-agreed standard. This means you can graduate with the exact skillset that some of the biggest companies in the country are looking for. Why Study this Subject? The world runs on computers. Almost all businesses and organisations rely on complex computer-based systems for their day-to-day operation. There is an ever-increasing demand for people with the skills to update, maintain and enhance software. This programme has been carefully designed by our industry expert academics, based on standards set by professional bodies, to provide you with the skills and abilities needed to thrive in the fast-moving software industry. FdSc HTQ Software Developer offers you the opportunity to get a broader understanding and expertise in a range of areas, from management and costing to project delivery. Gaining a solid grounding in these skills is crucial in ensuring that you graduate as a well-rounded and efficient software developer. Why Study at Buckinghamshire New University? FdSc HTQ Software Developer is a part of BNU’s computing school. This means that you will have access to a team of expert lecturers who have vast experience working in their respective fields. This exciting degree allows you to explore the diversity of modern software development, learning the integral skills required for today’s industry workplace. We do not just teach in the classroom; you will increase your knowledge through involvement in real-life projects and gain hands-on experience. What Will I study? During this course you will acquire skills in programming, building secure web and mobile applications and work on team-based software projects; whilst exploiting an agile development approach. You will learn how to develop highly dependable and reliable systems, within an object-oriented design approach. This is done using several industry-standard approaches, such as UML (Unified Modelling Language). In addition, you will develop an understanding of the process involved in managing the development and testing of large-scale software projects. From your first day onwards, you will be studying topics including:

  • web development
  • networking
  • computer architecture
  • computing computational fundamentals
  • software engineering
  • object oriented analysis design
  • real-time systems (team project)
  • web application development
  • algorithms and data structures.
*What are my career prospects? * This degree prepares you for a job as a software developer. When you finish after two years, you can work in a variety of different areas such as finance, computer games, retail, transportation, security, healthcare, and defence. You could find yourself in organisations covering large multinational, public-sector bodies, and government projects with multi-billion-pound budgets at one end of the scale to small consultancy firms at the other. With such a range of jobs and industries available after graduating, you could work on a wide variety of projects. You will work closely with developers, product managers, graphic designers, and business analysts to find out what clients want and the most efficient way to achieve that. You might be responsible for working on either the replacement of a complete system or modifying software and integrating it into existing networks. As a software developer, your daily tasks could include:
  • talking through requirements with clients
  • testing software and fixing problems
  • maintaining systems once they are up and running
  • being a part of technical designing
  • integrate software components
  • producing efficient codes
  • writing program codes for reference and reporting.

This Higher Technical Qualification is approved against occupational standards decided by employers. Learn more about Higher Technical Qualifications.

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

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  • Year 1

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FdSc Software Developer at Buckinghamshire New University - UCAS