MCAST-BTEC Higher National Diploma in Computing and Systems Development (Software Development)
2 years full-time
BTEC Registration Fees
MCAST-BTEC Extended Diploma in IT Or: 2 A-Level passes and 2 I-Level passes Compulsory A-Level: Computing and one subject from Pure Mathematics and Physics Compulsory I-Level: Pure Mathematics or Applied if Pure Mathematics is not presented at A-Level
This qualification aims to provide a foundation for a range of technical and management careers in computing and to enable students to make an immediate contribution in employment.
Students who complete the MCAST-BTEC Higher National Diploma in Computing and Systems Development (Software Development) will find a number of career opportunities in the ICT Industry or in IT Departments in a wide range of work environments.
The course is based around an in-person training by qualified lecturers and is a mix of lectures and supervised practical work both in class and in specialised labs whenever necessary. A student is expected to do a significant amount of additional study work at home, since most of the specialised modules require a great deal of practice to master.
Assessment of each module is based on a system of continuous assessment through various numbers of assignments. The assignments can be home, class or practical work. Each assignment tests a number of criteria covered during lessons. To successfully complete the course a student must pass ALL Pass criteria from all assignments. Two attempts are allowed for each assignment. To achieve an overall grade of Merit the student must achieve all Pass and all Merit criteria. To achieve a Distinction additionally to the Merit requirements the student must also achieve all Distinction criteria.
Programme Learning Outcomes
× Expand the knowledge and experience in advanced .NET and Java technologies × Implement advanced websites using different tools × Apply methods of systems analysis and design × Integrate database access in web applications.
Core Study Units
Business Skills for e-Commerce Computer Systems Employability and Professional Development Project Design, Implementation and Evaluation Object Oriented Programming Database Design Concepts Quality Systems in IT Systems Analysis and Design Data Analysis and Design Digital Image Creation and Development Research Skills Mathematics for Software Development Programming in Java Web Applications Development Distributed Software Applications Programming in .NET
Progress After Completion
Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Software Development
Software designer and developer Web designer Systems analyst System designer