Software & Applications Development

In Scotland, over 90,000 people work in digital technology roles, and salaries are growing almost twice as fast as the average.

With this Foundation Apprenticeship, you’ll be setting yourself up for roles that are in demand not only just now, but in the future too. As a software or web developer, you can use your skills to create programs, robotic systems, apps and websites. As a database administrator or network manager you’d design and build computer systems to store and manipulate vital information.

What will I learn?
For your National Progression Award, your topics will be:

  • Computing Applications: Development
  • Computing: Authoring a Website
  • Software Design and Development

In S6, you’ll work in a hands-on, practical way as part of your work placement, towards achieving the five units of your Diploma:

  • Data Modelling
  • Investigating and Defining Customer Requirements for IT and Telecoms Systems
  • Health and Safety in IT and Telecom
  • Personal Effectiveness
  • And one of the following: Event Driven Computer Programming, Procedural Programming or Object Oriented Computer Programming

Entry requirements:
A good level of English and Mathematics (National 5) or completion of Web/Graphic Design and Development Skills for Work class. Other relevant knowledge and experience will be considered and will be discussed with course leader.

Read about Arbroath High pupil Eilidh's experience of doing a Foundation Apprenticeship in Software Development.




Key info

Over 2 years (5th & 6th year)
Starts: May 2021
Ends: May 2023 
Gardyne Campus: Year 1 & 2: Mon & Wed 2-5pm
Arbroath Campus: Year 1 & 2: Tues 9am-4pm

1 year option (in 6th year)
Gardyne Campus: Mon, Tues, Wed 2-5pm and Thurs 1-4pm
Arbroath Campus: Tue & Fri 9am-4pm

Please note: delivery of learning and work placements may be affected by COVID-19 restrictions, where remote and blended learning may be undertaken alongside or in place of classroom and workplace learning. 

Find out more about what the college is offering by contacting our Academic Partnerships Team at or 01382 834847

You can also speak to your school Guidance Teacher (Dundee schools) or Pupil Care and Support Teacher (Angus schools).