L3 Diploma in Software Development

Adult learner pathway qualification to a career in tech

A ready-to-deliver, learner pathway into software development leveraging content, platform, and support from Code Institute to enable colleges to teach at scale. This course is designed to meet the objectives of the National Skills Fund and Adult Education Budget funding streams

Ready to Deliver

Always-on platform, all curricculum content and built-in summative assessments

Reach Further

Attract more learners with online, flexible delivery and a pathway to level 5

Learner Funding

Adult Skills funding via the National Skills Fund and Adult Education Budget to £2,583

L3 Diploma in Software Development

The qualification gives learners a foundation in Software Development to begin their pathway into a tech career. They can progress their skills in a work setting or by transitioning to the level 5 Diploma in Web Application Development

Course content covers the fundamental elements of modern software development and provides learners with the framework to develop their skills using practical, project-based methodologies.

Course Overview

L3 Diploma in Software Development

RQF: Level 3

Durataion: 1 Year

TQT: 420

Funding Stream: Adult Skills, National Skills Fund, Adult Education Budget and others to £2,583

Code Institute: Platform, Curriculum Content, Summative Assessments

Awarding Body: Gateway Qualification

Project Management
Concepts, processes, and tools used to manage IT projects
Develop an understanding of this text-based programming language to create interactive elements on web pages
Maths for Computing
Skills including matrices, series, and probability and learning how to interpret data gathered for a defined purpose
Object Oriented Programming
Examine the features, tools and, techniques of object-oriented programming and use a structured approach to the design and development of a program
Programming Implementation
Learners will become familiar with the underpinning concepts of programming and how it is implemented.
Robot Technology
Learn the principles and operations of robots and robot control systems, types of sensors. Develop the skills to design and develop a program to control a robot.
Software Testing
Understand testing strategies and techniques; the stages from planning to acceptance testing; and how automation can be applied to software testing.

Entry Requirements

There 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 and have a good standard of English and Maths.

Code Institute offers colleges an initial assessment tool to help to accurately evaluate learners’ competencies and suitability for the course. This also provides an introduction to studying in an online environment to prospective learners.

Delivery & Assessment

The qualifications can be delivered 100% online or in a blended format using Code Institute’s platform, content, analytics and, always-on tutor support. Content has built-in project-based learner assessments to help colleges evaluate learners more easily.

Code Institute provides the Learner Management System, course content, and tutor support to enable colleges to deliver and learners to succeed.

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Certification and Funding

The qualification is awarded by Gateway Qualifications and has been approved by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) that regulates qualifications, examinations and assessments in England and Qualifications Wales, the regulator of non-degree qualifications and the qualifications system in Wales.

Full details of funding in England are available from the Full details of funding in England are available from the Education Skills and Funding Agency. Currently, the qualification is funded under the Adult Education Budget provision and via the National Skills Fund. Funding routes in Wales can be found on Qualifications Wales.  

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