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. 

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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

Start Date

Flexible

Study Type

In centre, online, or a combination

Training Type

diploma

Duration

420 hours or 20 weeks full-time study.

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 and 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 itself be an invaluable asset in seeking employment.

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

Here are the core elements that make up the Diploma in Software Development: 

Coding Fundamentals: Introduction to Software Development. The course has been designed to take you from zero knowledge to working knowledge and begins with a series of fundamental modules that guide 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 and 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 as you progress. These provide you with an excellent base for your 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.

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.

Aims and Objectives

The key objective of this Diploma is to give you a solid base of programming skills that will enable you to work as a Junior Developer. The big outcome benefit is that your portfolio of projects will enable you to showcase your skills and personality to prospective employers.

Successful completion of the full Diploma will give you a Diploma in Full Stack Development certification from Code Institute.

Courses Included

Coding Fundamentals: Introduction to Software Development

Created by the Code Institute development experts to ensure all students hit the ground running and at the same level. You’ll learn the fundamentals of the languages, technologies and concepts utilised through the intensive course. This process enables you to dive straight into your Diploma in Software Development.

Core Languages

  1. HTML5
  2. CSS3
  3. JavaScript
  4. Python

User Centric Frontend Development

  1. Introduction to an Integrated Development Environment (IDE)
  2. Introduction to Cloud 9
  3. The Cloud 9 Ecosystem
  4. The Command-line Interface
  5. Git Basics
  6. GitHub
  7. Debugging HTML & CSS In the Browser
  8. Introduction to Responsive Web Design
  9. Media queries
  10. Mobile vs desktop approach
  11. CSS transitions
  12. CSS animations
  13. CSS transformations
  14. CSS witchcraft
  15. Bootstrap Basecamp
  16. Core CSS & The Grid System
  17. Components
  18. Beyond Bootstrap
  19. Introduction to User Experience Design (UXD)
  20. The Strategy Plane
  21. The Scope Plane
  22. The Structure Plane
  23. The Skeleton Plane
  24. The Surface Plane
  25. Putting it all together -  Resumé Mini Project I
  26. Milestone Project   

Interactive Frontend Development

  1. Introduction to Syntactically Awesome Stylesheets (Sass)
  2. CSS Extensions
  3. SCSS as a scripting language
  4. Structuring with SCSS
  5. Responsive Design with SCSS
  6. Test-Driven Development Using Jasmine
  7. Introduction to jQuery
  8. jQuery Events
  9. Traversing the DOM
  10. Introduction to Data Visualizations
  11. Scalable Vector Graphics
  12. D3.js
  13. DC.js and Crossfilter.js
  14. Application Programming Interfaces (APIs)
  15. Consuming APIs Using JavaScript
  16. Data & The DOM
  17. Putting it all together -  Resumé Mini Project II
  18. Milestone Project                           

Practical Python

  1. Core Python
  2. Getting Started with Python in Cloud 9
  3. Test Driven Development with Python
  4. Getting to grips with algorithms
  5. Boggle Solver Part One
  6. Boggle Solver Part Two
  7. Reading and writing to files
  8. The Flask Framework
  9. Getting Started with Flask
  10. Applying Styles
  11. Flask and Data
  12. Routing and Templates
  13. Deploying to Heroku
  14. Putting it all together -  Flask Chat Application Mini Project
  15. Milestone Project

Data Centric Development

  1. Data Fundamentals
  2. Data Store Types
  3. Database Fundamentals
  4. Relational Database Design
  5. A Database Management System in Action - MySQL
  6. SQL In Action
  7. Python and MySQL
  8. Twitter API - Setup and Trends
  9. Twitter API - Tweets I
  10. Twitter API - Tweets II
  11. Twitter Streams - Storing
  12. Twitter Streams - Reading Back
  13. Introduction to Go Humongous with MongoDB
  14. Create a MongoDB Database
  15. Manipulate Data Using Mongo Shell
  16. Manipulate Data Programmatically with Python
  17. Manipulate Data with A Custom User Interface
  18. Putting it all together -  Flask Task Manager Application Mini Project
  19. Milestone Project

Full Stack Frameworks

  1. Hello Django
  2. Testing Django
  3. Heroku toolbelt
  4. Making our code deployment ready
  5. Deploying to Heroku
  6. Environments, Automation & Security
  7. Introduction to Authentication & Authorization
  8. Getting Set Up
  9. Logging Out
  10. Creating Login Functionality
  11. Authorization
  12. User Registration & Profiles
  13. Password Reset
  14. Custom Authentication
  15. Bootstrapping A Django Project
  16. Create a Blog
  17. Create Models, Views and URLs
  18. Create HTML templates and CSS styles
  19. Blog Deployment
  20. Putting it all together -  Django ECommerce Application Mini Project

Milestone Project

Pre-Requisites

Whilst there are no formal prerequisites for this Diploma, it is important to reiterate that this is a Level 5 qualification on the European Framework of Qualifications, which is equivalent to the first year of a degree course. You must therefore be confident that you can study at this level.

 

To study this Diploma it would be advantageous if you enjoy problem-solving and are willing to commit to a solid, regular study schedule with a minimum of 10-12 hours per week dedicated to study.

For those with no prior experience in this area who are thinking about whether a career in software development or programming is right for them, we have a basic Coding Challenge that you can complete. Speak to one of our Course Advisors if you’d like to try this.

Finance Options

Wherever possible our training is tailored to your needs. The cost of our training programmes depend on the course(s) you choose and varies according to duration and breadth. Rest assured we have a number of payment options available to ensure the cost of training is affordable and can be worked alongside your other financial commitments. Common ways people fund their training include: - 

 

Self-Funded: 

  • Flexible payment plans to help you spread the cost* available at many of our centres;
  • You could opt to pay upfront.

 

 

Company Funded:

Requesting funding from your employers needn’t be a daunting task. Many employers support and encourage their employees with their professional development and consider it a worthwhile investment to fund any training required.

What we can help with:

  • Providing a comprehensive training programme outlining learning outcomes
  • Tailored personnel letters
  • Communication with finance departments to arrange payment options (upfront or payment plan*).

* Terms and Conditions apply. Speak to a Course Advisor for full information on the options available to you.

 

 

Career Path

Career prospects for anyone working in the software development/programming industry are exciting. There is a global skills shortage for trained, knowledgeable programmers and this diploma is closely aligned with the skills required in the real-world job market. With experience and further training, you could command a top salary in roles such as Software Engineer, Systems Developer, Frontend Developer, Backend Developer, Full Stack Developer, Python Developer or Multimedia Programmer to name just a few.

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