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Software Development student at UA92

Software Development
Cert HE

DIGITAL

Software is the driving force behind contemporary life, and developers are in demand. A Software Development Cert HE is your first step towards a stimulating career in the digital world.
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STUDY OPTIONS

OVERVIEW

STUDY LEVELS

Cert HE

UCAS CODE

C601

DURATION

1 Year

START DATE(S)

Sep / Nov / Jan / Feb / Apr / Jun

ENTRY YEAR

2024/25 | 2025/26

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

64*

Microsoft Partnership with UA92
What you will learn

Co-designed with Microsoft and focused on employability, our 1-year Software Development Cert HE course is equivalent to the first year of a degree.

  • Get to grips with front-and back-end development, and learn in-demand programming languages including JavaScript, Python, HTML, CSS and SQL.
  • Benefit from the opportunity to design and build a functioning website using a real-life scenario.
  • Develop the skills to write and implement algorithms and understand how to interpret and present data.
  • Look at how software systems are developed, understand the software development cycle and explore agile methodologies in the workplace.

If you’re looking for a software development course in Manchester, check out our 1-year Software Development Cert HE and unlock your greatness at UA92.

Professional Certifications

As a Software Development student, you will get the chance to gain additional professional, industry-recognised certifications alongside your course. These additional qualifications are often fully or part-funded and are a great opportunity to maximise your skillset for your future career. Examples of Professional Certificates that students have completed include AWS Cloud Certified Practitioner, CompTIA Data+ and Cisco CCNA.

How You Will Study

Course
breakdown

24 weeks of
study

 

4 x 6-week blocks

1 subject module per block

4 CPD focus days per block

Subject Module
Breakdown

250 hours of
study per module

 

80 hrs face-to-face (32%)

20 hrs Digital Wednesdays (8%)

150 hrs independent study (60%)

Assessment
Breakdown

No traditional
end-of-year exams*

 

100% coursework*

*there will be one short exam in the module Computational Problem-Solving.

Your course modules

Module 1 - Front End Development

You’ll get to grips with HTML, CSS and JavaScript, learning how to design and build a website based using a real-world scenario.

Module 2 - Back-End Development

You’ll take an in depth look at Webservers, that form the backbone of the Internet. You’ll gain an understanding of Linux system management, PHP programming language, Structured Query Language (SQL) and database development theory; whilst building a database-based webserver app hosted on a Linux based server.

Module 3 - Software Design

You’ll take a look at how software systems are developed from inception to delivery and testing. You’ll learn about both traditional software development lifecycle and agile methodologies as well as complete a group design assignment to simulate a workplace team working environment.

Module 4 - Computational Problem-Solving

You’ll develop the skills to devise efficient algorithms and undertake practical exercises implementing algorithms in the Python programming language. You’ll also learn how to interpret, and more importantly, present data.

What is the 92 Programme?

Alongside your subject modules, you will complete the 92 Programme.

Engaging with the 92 Programme is a requirement for all students and will count towards your overall grade.

In each block, you will take part in a number of Character and Personal Development focus days. During these focus days, you will complete activities designed to boost your mindset, develop your skillset and get you set for future career success.

Throughout the 92 Programme, you will develop skills in self-reflection and awareness, wellness and resilience and professionalism and employability, as well as upskill in different areas.

Find out more about how we prepare students for future career success.

Why the 92 Programme is part of your course?

In a recent study*, 78% of employers believe graduates do not arrive in the workplace fully equipped with the skills they need to be work-ready.

Another study conducted by the World Economic Forum** identified ‘10 Skills You Need for the Future of Work’. These skills include:

  • Emotional intelligence (EQ)
  • Analytical (critical) thinking
  • Active learning with a growth mindset
  • Interpersonal communication skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Technology skills

At UA92, we prepare you for life after graduation and equip you with the skills employers value most. You may not realise it, but developing  these skills now, will get you set for career success and could land you that dream job in the future.

*CMI Report: Work Ready Graduates

**World Economic Forum: The Future of Jobs Report 2023

How is the 92 Programme assessed?

You will produce a learning journal that will document your experiences. This will be submitted at the end of the academic year to assess whether you have met the required standard to pass the module.

Why study at UA92

UA92 offer a deliberately different experience to traditional universities; with fixed morning or afternoon timetables and no end of year exams. Our industry-inspired courses, place character and personal development firmly at the core of the learning experience.

  • Degrees and Certificates of Higher Education awarded by the prestigious Lancaster University
  • No traditional end of year exams**
  • Study one module at a time
  • Courses co-designed with industry
  • Fixed morning or afternoon timetable***
  • Multiple start dates throughout the year
  • Focus on Character and Personal Development

90%

said they felt supported with their learning.

NSS Results 2023

UA92 scored higher than all Greater Manchester Universities for Teaching, Academic Support, Mental Health Support Services and Assessment and Feedback in the National Student Survey 2023.*

THIS COURSE IS TAUGHT AT

Old Trafford Campus

This is where our story began, back in 2019. The UA92 Campus is in the heart of Old Trafford, Manchester. Inside there's a fully equipped Sports Performance Centre, Media Studio and Digital Academy. The tram stop is a 1 minute walk, which gets you into the heart of Manchester city-centre in under 10 minutes.  
FIND US
UA92 Old Trafford Campus Brian Statham Way Old Trafford Manchester UK M16 0PU

My UA92 Journey: Computer Science

What’s next?

This 1-year course is the perfect stepping stone to a full computer science degree. If you pass the Cert HE successfully, you will automatically be eligible to progress to the second year of the 3-year degree programme.

If you choose to leave after the 1-year Cert HE, you’ll walk away with a valuable level 4 qualification which will support your job applications in the sector.

Whatever you decide, you’ll be on your way to an engaging career in the digital world. You might go on to be a software developer, software engineer, computer programmer, computer technician, app developer or web designer.

Industry Partnerships

We have over 60 industry partners who support our mission to develop career-ready graduates. These partnerships provide you with access to industry-leading expertise, mentorship opportunities and work-place experiences.

Our industry partners play a vital role in shaping both the curriculum you study and your student experience. From delivering guest lectures and masterclasses to providing internships and graduate roles. Here are just some of our partners:

Meet the Computer Science Team

Damian Payton
Head of Digital

Steph Riley
Senior Lecturer

Ali Alizari
Senior Lecturer

Ngozi Nneke
Lecturer

Omar Ailobadi
Lecturer

ASK OUR DIGITAL STUDENTS

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*The NSS results referred to above compares UA92’s results against the 4 Universities in Greater Manchester (University of Bolton, Manchester Metropolitan University, Salford University and The University of Manchester). Teaching, Assessment and Feedback and Academic support refers to the average score across all questions in these themes. Mental health support services refers to question: How well communicated was information about your university/college’s mental wellbeing support services?

**There may be exams in some subject areas, but we avoid this where possible. Any exams will be undertaken at the end of the module instead of at the end of the academic year.

*** If you start in February, April or June or as an accelerated student, we can’t guarantee your timetable will be fixed am/pm throughout your studies.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

The standard entry requirements for the Software Development Cert HE course is 64 UCAS points.* However, each application is assessed on an individual basis, taking into consideration a wide range of factors. Depending on your personal circumstances, and in line with our  Contextual Admissions Policy, your application may still be considered if you have less than 64 UCAS Points. Alternatively, we have other courses that we can offer. If you would like to know more about applying to UA92 or have any questions about our entry requirements, please contact our Student Futures Team.

LEVEL 2

  • 2 GCSEs at Grade C/4 or above including English Language and Maths
  • Accepted Alternatives: Functional Skills Level 2 (English and Maths)

LEVEL 3

  • UCAS Points: 64
  • A Levels: CC (64 equivalent)
  • BTEC National Extended Diploma: MPP
  • BTEC Diploma: MM
  • T Levels: P (C+)
  • Scottish Advanced Highers: DD
  • IB: 24 points with 14 from Higher Level Subjects

NON-TRADITONAL

Some qualifications do not carry UCAS Tariff points but may still be considered. We take into account a range of qualifications and work/life experience that can demonstrate your ability to succeed on the course. Each application is assessed on an individual basis, taking into consideration a wide range of factors.

INTERNATIONAL

International Baccalaureat 

Pass the IB Diploma with minimum 24 points overall, with 14 points from Higher Level Subjects.

English Language Requirements

In addition to meeting the academic criteria, if your first language isn’t English, you may be asked for a recognised English language qualification. This is especially important if you are not a national of a majority English speaking country or you haven’t completed a degree in English. If you are an international student, in order to obtain a student visa, you will be required to demonstrate that you have the correct level of English language competency to study in the UK.

  • IELTS: Overall score of 6.5, with no section lower than 5.5
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