• Computing

    NPA Software Development

  • Eligible Schools:

    East Ayrshire Schools

    This course is for school pupils only

  • Location/Day/Time

    Kilmarnock Campus

    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

This course will interest you if you enjoy working with computers, creating digital content or generally enjoy solving problems.

The principal aim of the qualification is to provide you with programming skills and prepare you for employment as entry-level computer programmers.

As part of this qualification you will: develop knowledge and skills relating to software development. You will develop computational thinking skills including problem solving, transferable skills including core skills, employment skills and develop an appreciation of the contemporary IT sector. 

You will study the following units: Computing: Applications Development and Authoring a Website and 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. 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.

NEXT STEPS

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 (If you are still at school)

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.

Start Date

10 Jun 2019

Campus

Kilmarnock

Full

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