Course Brief

Software drives business and developers drive software – the world is reliant on software, and programming is at the heart of this. Professionalism and critical thinking, supported by an ability to work independently and as part of a team are core skills of a developer. If you can think logically and you enjoy exploring and dismantling problems, working with others to consider requirements and creating ideas and possible solutions you can gain the experience and learn the skills needed to excel as an Application Developer.

This unit introduces students to Application Development and is designed to simulate the roles and responsibilities of a commercial developer working in a suitable business environment with access to a small team of colleagues. Initially, students are introduced to a business-related problem and will need to adopt and use appropriate methods and practices to analyse, break down and discuss the issues – then, decide, design, create and test a possible solution. Students should be free to debate, evaluate and select different design and development methodologies depending on their own judgment and consideration.


  • This course is offered in 50 contact hours.

Upon successful completion of this unit, learners will be able to:

  • Produce a Software Design Document by analysing a business-related problem and deduce an appropriate solution including a set of initial requirements.
  • Use design and development methodologies with tools and techniques associated with the creation of a business application.
  • Work individually and as part of a team to plan and produce a functional business application with support documentation.
  • Evaluate the performance of a business application against its Software Design Document and initial requirements.
  • BTEC Higher National Diploma (HND) in Computing
    Acquire an honours degree in Computing via the Pearson BTEC HND in Computing route.

    The BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma (HND) in Computing is a wide-ranging computing qualification that equips learners with relevant, foundational knowledge and skills in computing and information systems. It is suited to those desirous of pursuing careers in the IT sector, such as systems analysts, software engineers and developers, information system design and management, and IT maintenance and technical services areas, to name a few.  

    This Level 5 Higher National Diploma qualification is recognised as an accepted route onto the later stages of a number of UK and foreign university qualifications.  

    Successful completion of the HND in Computing allows direct entry into the University of Greenwich BSc. (Hons) in Computing & Information Systems.