SQA Advanced Diploma in Computing : Software Development


The cutting-edge curriculum of the Advanced Diploma in Software Development is specially designed to enhance the practical skills and knowledge of candidates who wish to obtain a job oriented qualification and cater to the demands of the dynamic ICT industry at both local and international levels.

The Advanced Diploma in Software Development also provides a pathway for direct entry into the 3rd (Final) year of a BSc/BEng Honours Degree offered by Northshore College and many other recognised Universities worldwide.

Entry Requirements

  • Age should be minimum of 16 years AND
  • A/L with 2 passes + Credit Pass for English in O/L or Any other English Language qualifications recognized by Northshore OR
  • O/L with 6 passes + Credit Pass for English in O/L or Any other English Language qualifications recognized by Northshore + Foundation Programme in Computing offered by Northshore or Relevant Foundation/Diploma Programmes conducted by any other recognized institutions


  • Full-Time – 18 Months
  • Part-Time – Weekends – 24 Months


Flexible Payment Plans (including monthly payments) and Special Scholarships are available


SQA Advanced Diploma @ Northshore College of Business and Technology

  • Globally recognised qualification
  • Equivalent to 1st and 2nd years of a UK Honours Degree and certain degree programmes offered locally
  • Direct entry into 3rd year of a Computing degree especially from UK, Australia, Canada Universities
  • Assignment based assessments.
  • Well-equipped computer lab facilities and all other modern amenities
  • The real university learning environment
  • Job placement opportunities

Module Outlines

  • Developing Software Introduction
  • Professionalism and Ethics in Computing
  • Computer Systems Fundamentals
  • Configuring a Desktop Operating System
  • Systems Development: Introduction
  • Systems Development: Object-Oriented Analysis and Design
  • Relational Database Management Systems
  • Web Development Fundamentals
  • Mathematics for Computing 1
  • Computing: Graded Unit 1
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Software Development: Data Structures
  • Team Working in Computing
  • Network Concepts
  • Troubleshooting Computing Problems
  • Software Development: Object-Oriented Programming
  • Computing: Software Development: Graded Unit 2
  • Self Describing Data (XML)
  • Mathematics for Computing 2
  • Developing Mobile Web-Based Applications: An Introduction
  • Systems Development: Testing Software
  • Web Development: Producing a Data-Driven Website


The Higher Diploma in Computing is designed for technically focused students who are interested to develop basic professional & academic capabilities in computing. Hence, this programme aims to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and comprehension required to allow them to contribute to the planning, design and management of computer systems

Entry Requirements

  • GCE A/L or Equivalent
  • GCE O/L with Northshore Foundation Diploma

Progression Pathway

Advance entry onto undergraduate degree programme in Computing

Duration & Mode of Study

Full-Time / Part-Time
18 – 24 Months

Career Opportunities

  • Application Engineer
  • Software Engineer
  • Software Quality Assurance Engineer
  • Web Developer
  • IT Educationist
  • Development Operations Engineer
  • System and Database Administrator
  • Data Scientist
  • Network Engineer
  • Information Technology Manager

Module Outlines

  • Introduction to IT
  • Computer Systems and Software 
  • Computer Science 
  • Database Management System 1
  • Software Engineering 
  • Systems Analysis and Design 
  • E-Commerce 
  • Networking 1
  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Information Systems Theory and Practice 
  • Management Information Systems 
  • Cyber Security and Encryption 
  • Networking 2
  • IT Project Management 
  • Database Management System 2
  • Computers, Society and Law