Courses at Ayrshire College
NPA Software Development
This course is for school pupils only
Kilmarnock Campus Tuesday/Thursday 2pm – 4pm
WHO IS THE COURSE FOR
This course will interest you if you enjoy working with computers, creating digital content or generally enjoy solving problems.
The NPA in Software Development is suitable for a wide range of candidates with basic computing ability who wish to develop the fundamental knowledge and skills required to solve problems by developing computer programs in a high level language.
WHAT IS THE COURSE ABOUT
The NPA in Software Development at SCQF Level 4 is intended to prepare you for progression to further study in a variety of computing disciplines.
During the award you will learn all about the basic programming concepts and how to write short programs using a software development language and environment. After the basics are covered you will develop further programming skills and eventually the knowledge and understanding required to devise a solution to a problem in software development. By the end of this course you will have developed practical skills in software development through the use of a high level language.
These courses will give you the opportunity to develop:
- Understanding of the principles of software development, software development languages and environments
- Entry level skills using a high level programming language
- Industry-standard software and principles
- Core Skills in problem solving in relation to software development
- Analytical and other transferable skills
The Course includes the following Units:
- Computing: Programming in a High-level Language: Fundamentals SCQF level 4
- Software Development SCQF level 5
- Problem Solving SCQF level 4
WHAT DO I NEED
You need to have a basic level of skills in Microsoft Word and understand the general operation/navigation of a Windows based PC. You must possess an interest in at least one of the following: art, programming, audio or design. It would be good if you have played different games and consoles/platforms but not essential as we will discuss a variety of examples throughout. Some previous experience of coding using platforms like Scratch and AppInventor would be good though not essential.
HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED
You will be expected to create a portfolio of your work. The portfolio may be paper or electronic (digital) and should be completed over the period of the course, with you contributing material to the portfolio on an ongoing basis.
Successful completion of the Level 4 course may allow you to progress to:
- NC Computing at level 5
- NC Games and Software Development
- Foundation Apprenticeship in Information Technology: Software Development
WHAT DO CURRENT STUDENTS SAY
“Honestly, the College turned out to be really enjoyable. Very flexible but I’m still able to work on and complete tasks. The very flexible approach allows me to work at my own pace and still get it completed in time.
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At Ayrshire College we understand how important it is for businesses to have a highly effective workforce. Our short course programmes are designed to enhance the trainee’s skills and knowledge to enable them to implement their learning into their day to day practices. Our tutors encourage trainees to share workplace challenges; where possible they will try identify potential tools, techniques or further training that may be useful.
Business, Computing and IT Short Course Range
We also offer a wide range of other short courses and evening classes that may be of interest to you. Please visit our Business Centre page for more information.
Our Business, Computing and IT short courses are offered throughout our Ayrshire Campuses however we are happy to deliver these on your premises or customise the content for you. Call our Business Solutions Team on 0300 303 0303 to discuss your training requirements.