NPA Software Development (Level 6)
East, North and South Ayrshire Schools
This course is for school pupils only
Tuesday and Thursday 2pm – 4pm
Duration: 1 year
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 6 introduces learners to techniques that are important in the IT sector such as Computing Applications Development, Computing: Authoring a Website, and Software Design and Development.
The principal aim of the qualification is to provide learners with programming skills and prepare them for employment as entry-level computer programmers.
As the title indicates, this NPA is entirely focused on software development, including applications and websites.
As part of this qualification you will:
- Develop knowledge and skills relating to software development
- Develop computational thinking skills including problem solving
- Develop transferable skills including Core Skills
- Develop employment skills
- Develop an appreciation of the contemporary IT sector
You will study the following units:
- Computing: Applications Development
- Computing: Authoring a Website
- Software Design and Development
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. You should have completed the NPA in Software Development at SCQF level 4 or be able to demonstrate a similar skill level in coding.
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 6
- NC Games and Software Development
- Foundation Apprenticeship in Information Technology: Software Development
WHAT DO CURRENT STUDENTS SAY
&ldquo The course was 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.