Computing, Games and IT

Software Development Level 3 Full-time

In Brief

Start Date / Duration

This course will begin in September and runs for one year

Entry requirements

  • Five GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English and Maths.
  • Where applicants do not meet the entry requirements, the tutor may use their discretion based on a good personal reference and/or successful interview.

You will achieve

Software Development Level 3 Extended Diploma

Course overview

Use your coding and programming skills to lead the way in designing the future of software development projects.

There is a requirement for professional software developers that can work across a range of mediums such as smart computing, gaming, mobile devices and cross-functional applications or software and programming languages.

This course aims to help you study the fundamental principles of software development whilst learning to tackle professional and practical issues.

Course content

You will learn coding and software development processes and principles, understand requirements and specification analysis and explore a variety of software development life cycles. This course also helps to prepare you for a variety of careers in the field of software development as well as progression to apprenticeships or Higher Education.

Course themes:

  • Principles and fundamentals of computer science and systems
  • Planning and management of computing projects
  • IT systems security and encryption• Object orientated programming
  • Website development
  • Mobile apps development
  • Relational database development
  • Managing and supporting systems

On Programme Assessment will include a mixture of:

  • Practical demonstrations
  • Work based projects
  • Written assessments
  • Portfolio
  • Observations
  • End Point Assessment

You will need to provide your own writing materials and a USB stick.

Old Mill Lane campus
Church Street
S70 2AX

How much does the course cost?

Extra information

For further information please contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email

Barnsley College has a range of sports opportunities for all students to take part in, gain professional training and compete nationally and internationally. We also have a state-of-the-art fitness village, Honeywell Sports Village where students can make use of our fitness suite, spinning studio and classes for competitive rates. You don’t have to be studying sport to get involved in the Sports Academy.

Our Additional Learning Support team can provide you with the support you need. Please contact them on +44 (0)1226 216 769.

Please note we reserve the right to change details without notice. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Software Development Level 3 Full-time

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