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Software Development (Including Games and Apps) Extended Diploma Level 3 at Gloucestershire College

Course description

This course gives you the opportunity to discover the introductory to the principles of structured programming from which computer programs are built. The course explores the role of software developers including how they investigate and analyse the needs of the end-user before writing a program using code.

Although many people can use a computer, few are able to design and create the programs and Games that make them work - this is the specialised role of the Software Developer!

Software Development, including the creation and development of Applications and Games can be a rewarding career path which requires you to think logically, learn commercially attractive programming languages and design new programs for people to use in order to fulfil their business and leisure needs.

Course content

Your studies will include:

  • Using a variety of industry-standard programming languages, such as Microsoft C# and VB.Net
  • How to build new applications and solutions that work alongside popular operating systems

Over the two years, you will study 18 units. You will be given more information about the units at interview or enrolment.

This is a vocational programme which builds your practical skills, teaching you the knowledge you will need to become successful as a Software Developer - including popular industry-standard languages such as Microsoft C# and Visual Basic .Net.

The college supports you by providing well-equipped labs and up to date computer systems with modern software development kits and resources.

Entry requirements

  • You will need to have successfully achieved 5 GCSEs, grades A* to C, including English and Maths, or successfully completed a Level 2 Diploma in Computing with merit and functional skills at Level 2.
  • Selection is dependent upon a successful interview, homework, completion of a 2-day selection event and a positive reference.


Typically, Diploma programmes have no formal exams, preferring to test your knowledge and understanding through a mixture of vocationally relevant assignments and projects. Assignments usually involve a high-degree of practical work although some will require you to complete background research before starting the task.

Most assignments will involve you doing work outside scheduled classes although your lecturers are fully committed to give you support when you need it. You will be expected to spend an average of 12 hours a week studying outside of your college classes.

Financial information

Students will have the opportunity to attend one or more course related day trips or activities during the year. A fee is charged at enrolment as a contribution towards these events.

Future opportunities

A full-time course, the Diploma in Software Development (App and Games Development) is a programme equivalent to studying three AS-Levels. Successful completion of the Diploma enables you to progress onto the Extended Diploma to complete a second year of study giving the equivalent of 3 full A Levels and representing good progression for eithe work or Higher Education (e.g. Edexcel Higher National Certificate (HNC), Higher National Diploma (HND) or BSc Degree).

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Gloucestershire College directly.

Last updated date: 04 April 2016
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      • Nursery
      • Starbucks counter
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