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Diploma in Software Development

The Diploma in Software Development is for any aspiring software developer or programmer out there who wants to learn the core skills needed to work as a coder. Created by Code Institute and credit-rated by Edinburgh Napier University, the content of this Diploma has been carefully designed to meet the demands of the current job market, so you can be confident of impressing potential employers with your coding abilities. 

Is this for you?

Would you like a rewarding career in software development or programming? This Diploma is for those with little or no prior programming experience and will help you learn a valuable cross-section of skills which can lead to a Junior Developer role. The flexible, online training method means you can study around existing work and lifestyle commitments whilst retraining for a rewarding career in an industry where skilled personnel are in high demand.

Award and Associated Qualifications

Awarded 420 CPD points upon successful completion

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or a combination, in centre, Online

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420 hours or 20 weeks full-time study.

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    About this diploma

    We have partnered with Code Institute to bring you a world-class learning experience where you will gain globally transferable skills as well as a valuable industry qualification.

    Demand for trained programmers and software developers is at an all-time high. This Diploma in Software Development prepares you for a rewarding and prosperous career in this field.

    Your training focuses on practical, skills-based learning over theory. There are no exams, you will be assessed on five milestone projects of your own creation. These projects comprise your portfolio which will be an invaluable asset in seeking employment.

    A mentor and team of tutors will support you learn. Lessons take place in Code Institute’s world-class online learning platform. The system is intuitive and take you through the course step-by-step using bitesize tutorial videos, alongside tasks and quizzes to help you learn how to design, develop and debug your own code.

    Here are the core elements of the Diploma in Software Development: 

    Coding Fundamentals: Introduction to Software Development. The course has been designed to bring you from zero knowledge to working knowledge and begins with a series of fundamental modules that take you through the core principles of HTML, CSS, JavaScript and Python. These languages underpin the key learning module in which you will create your milestone projects.

    User Centric Frontend Development: Create visually-appealing, responsive web applications that elicit positive user experiences.

    Interactive Frontend Development: Build interactive and intuitive web applications. Leverage APIs and data visualisations to power-up your apps!

    Practical Python: Introduce logic to your applications with python. Use algorithms to build web-based games and applications.

    Data Centric Development: Develop data-driven applications that can read from and update structured or unstructured data in your database.

    Full Stack Frameworks: Implement powerful and scalable web apps at speed! Learn how to authenticate users and process payments.

    The exciting thing about this Diploma is that you’ll be creating tangible, real-life projects along the way. These provide you with an excellent base for a professional portfolio that you can showcase to prospective employers when you start job hunting.

    Code Institute regularly liaise with leading industry experts when creating the syllabus to ensure the course content matches the market demands for careers in this field. This means you can be confident that the training will leave you with relevant skills that are in high demand by employers worldwide.

    To further emphasise the quality of this training, Code Institute has gained academic recognition for this Diploma having partnered with Edinburgh Napier University. This Diploma is equivalent to Level 5 on the European Qualifications Framework and Level 8 on the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework.

    Once you have successfully completed the full Diploma you will be awarded a Diploma in Full Stack Development from the Code Institute.

    Learner Support

    Code Institute takes great pride in the quality of student support that is available. This shows in their impressive student success rates. You can be assured that their dedicated student care team will work hard to help you succeed and achieve your career aspiration. The support processes available to every student are:

    Tutor Support – this emulates the classroom learning experience. At the click of a button you can instant message experienced tutors with questions or queries about your training or, if you prefer, you can give them a call and they’ll talk you through it.

    Mentoring – at the start of your training you’ll be assigned a mentor. They will help you get started and throughout the duration of your studies. Their role is to help you plan your projects and ensure you stay on track with your progression through the course. They’ll even offer employment and interview advice and guidance once you’ve finished the Diploma.

    Online student community – when you start your training, you’ll be able to join the online student forum where you can chat to fellow students studying the Diploma. This is a great setting that brings together a sense of community where you can network, ask advice, questions and share the tips and tricks you’re learning along the way.

    Student care – the student care team are there to ensure that you hit your study goals. They will match you with a mentor and work with you to ensure that you are happy and motivated while undertaking the programme.

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      What's the difference?

      We offer a range of training packages in a range of subject areas and can offer blended learning opportunities to best meet your needs


      Our courses are practical in nature and focus on a single subject and can last anywhere from a few hours to a few days.


      Diplomas are designed to give you a complete skillset mapped to a specific career path and contain a number of core and elective courses