Prepare for further learning or training and/or develop knowledge and/or skills in a subject area
Qualification Grading Type
Why choose this qualification?
– prepare learners for employment within different roles in the digital and creative industries and in other industries that require specific digital and IT skills within Software Development.
Rules of Combination
Learners must complete the mandatory unit and six units from the specialist unit group.
Learners must complete the mandatory unit.
Learners must complete six units from the specialist unit group.
Maths for Computing
Object Oriented Programming
What is the purpose of this qualification?
This qualification is current and has been developed alongside consultants with years of industry knowledge to ensure that it is fit for purpose. The qualifications purpose is to:
- prepare learners to progress to a qualification in the same sector or a related area at a higher level
- prepare learners for employment within different roles in the digital and creative industries and in other industries that require specific digital and IT skills within Software Development.
This qualification can be used as an additional course to enhance learner apprenticeships.
What skills, knowledge, or understanding does this qualification develop?
These qualifications are for learners who want to develop and extend their digital and IT skills to prepare for different roles in the digital and creative industries within Software Development.
The qualifications are also designed for job roles in other industries where specific digital and IT skills are required, such as finance, marketing, machining and manufacturing.
How is this qualification different from other, similar qualifications?
A learner should take this qualification over others because this is a current qualification which will advance learner skills in Software Development.
Which job roles does this qualification support?
This qualification will give learners the additional skills to enhance their knowledge within the Software Development area of the Digital sector.
What are the progression options?
Learners can progress to a Level 4 qualification in Software Development.
Progression onto a higher level qualification, such as the Gateway Qualifications Level 5 Diploma in Web Application Development may also be possible.
Alternatively, learners can choose to continue on to another course within our Level 3 Digital suite:
Gateway Qualifications Level 3 Certificate in Digital Business Solutions
Gateway Qualifications Level 3 Diploma in Digital Business Solutions
Gateway Qualifications Level 3 Certificate in Digital Engineering Design
Gateway Qualifications Level 3 Diploma in Digital Engineering Design
Gateway Qualifications Level 3 Certificate in Digital Product Design
Gateway Qualifications Level 3 Diploma in Digital Product Design
Gateway Qualifications Level 3 Certificate in Games Technologies
Gateway Qualifications Level 3 Diploma in Games Technologies
Gateway Qualifications Level 3 Certificate in Networking and Cybersecurity
Gateway Qualifications Level 3 Diploma in Networking and Cybersecurity
Gateway Qualifications Level 3 Certificate in Social Media for E-Commerce
Gateway Qualifications Level 3 Diploma in Social Media for E-Commerce
Gateway Qualifications Level 3 Certificate in Systems Infrastructure
Gateway Qualifications Level 3 Diploma in Systems Infrastructure
Progression & entry requirementsThere is no requirement for learners to have undertaken a specific qualification, but learners should be able to demonstrate the skills and ability to study at Level 3. English and Maths at Level 2 will provide a good foundation for successful progression. Learners can progress in a number of ways: - progressing to a higher level qualification - progressing to employment where they can apply their digital and IT knowledge and skills.
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Additional funding information for qualifications included in National Skills Fund level 3 offer for adults
This qualification is included in the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) National Skills Fund level 3 offer for adults.
Qualifications included in the National Skills Fund – level 3 adult offer will be fully funded from April 2021 for any adult aged 24 and over who wants to achieve their first full level 3 qualification.
A funding uplift is provided for the level 3 adult offer based on guided learning hours which is based on the following:
- Qualifications of 360 guided learning hours or above – £600 per qualification
- Qualifications of 359 guided learning hours or below – £150 per qualification
We have done our best to collate and summarise the key information, and wherever possible we alert our providers to changes in funding policy.
This funding information is provided in good faith and it is always advisable to check directly with the funding agencies before committing to delivery.