City College Plymouth

FdSc Software Development

We are a College with a national reputation for promoting enterprise, employability and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Study in a friendly, supportive higher education community with dedicated and enthusiastic lecturers delivering courses designed with employers, ensuring that you graduate with industry-relevant skills and knowledge. In 2017, the College was awarded the Teaching Excellence Framework Gold Award for our university-level provision.

Course details

  • Year 1
  • Core modules
    • SDFD102 Programming Concepts

      An understanding of the general principles and concepts of programming will allow learners to create simple programs and test applications and produce appropriate documentation for simple applications.

    • SDFD103 Mathematics for Software Development

      This module will develop the student's mathematical ability and provide a foundation for computer based algebra, transformations, numerical concepts and relational algebra. Computing packages and calculators will be used throughout the programme.

    • SDFD104 Data Analysis and Database Design

      This module will teach students how to model, store, manipulate, and query data (with an emphasis on relational databases). You will also become acquainted with implementing and testing your database design.

    • SDFD105 Human Computer Interface

      This module aims to give learners a full understanding of the Human Computer Interface (HCI) and the part it plays in the construction and design of software that is usable, attractive, efficient and effective. The learner should develop a critical appreciation of the advantages and disadvantages of various interfaces currently available and experience the production of a prototype application.

    • SDFD107 Project Management in IT

      This module will teach students how to manage a project. They should be able to analyse and plan the activities needed to carry out the project. Setting up a project, how to control and execute a project, and how to carry out project reviews. They should also understand how the project fits into the company or other organisational environment.

    • SDFD110 Computer Platforms

      This module will help learners to understand the fundamental components that are used to form a computer. It will provide an overview of different types of computer and identify various operating systems that are used.

  • Final year
  • Core modules
    • SDFD202 Data Structures and Algorithms

      This unit will provide the learner with experience in the use of algorithms and data structures which underpin much of today's computing. The unit will develop formal concepts of data structures and algorithms and the relationship between them.

    • SDFD203 Research Project

      To develop research skills in a combination of design, development and analysis as an integrative activity appropriate to Software Development, and in the presentation of an account of work in written and oral form.

    • SDFD205 Analysis and Design

      This module will teach students about the system lifecycle, fact finding methods, and modelling tools used to develop a system from scratch.

    • SDFD211 Statistical and Computational Mathematics

      This module will show students how to develop and utilise statistical analysis and provide a background to the computing issues involved with statistical applications. It will also introduce mathematical methods which have been specifically designed to be calculated using a modern computer.

    • SDFD212 Computing and Robotics

      This module will help learners to understand the fundamental components that are used to form a computer. It will provide an overview of different types of computer and identify various operating systems that are used.

    Optional modules
    • SDFD209 Games Programming

The modules shown for this course are those currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new modules. Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to amendment from time to time as part of the University’s curriculum enrichment programme and in line with changes in the University’s policies and requirements.

Fees, costs and funding

As this course is delivered by one of our partner colleges, please contact the college directly for information on fees and funding.

How to apply

All applications for undergraduate courses are made through UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service). 

UCAS will ask for the information contained in the box at the top of this course page including the UCAS course code and the institution code. 

To apply for this course and for more information about submitting an application including application deadline dates, please visit the UCAS website.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office via our how to apply webpage or email

Progression routes

Completing this course enables you to progress onto these related courses and programmes with the University of Plymouth at level 5 or level 6, as specifically defined by this programme’s progression agreement.

For further information, including the progression from foundation degree form, please visit

Our partnership with City College Plymouth

The University of Plymouth has developed partnerships with institutions around the world with the sole purpose of making higher education more accessible to those people who need something just a little different.

Our Academic Partnerships enable students to enrol for a degree at a partnership institution closer to home, or engage in distance learning – even when they’re in the middle of the ocean. They are there for those people looking to return to education, or enhance their professional development. Full- or part-time; foundation degree to masters-level – we cater for a huge variety of needs and aspirations.

Many of our partners offer specialist degrees, unique facilities, and smaller class sizes at a competitive price. And as a student of two institutions, you get the best of both worlds; a supportive learning environment as part of a close-knit community, and a university-level qualification awarded by the University of Plymouth. You’ll enjoy not only the facilities and services your partnership institution provides, but also all of the additional support and resources you need from us, and you’ll automatically become a member of our Students’ Union, too.

We are continuing to grow the number of partner institutions and expand our academic community to new locations around the UK and overseas. Why not visit the Academic Partnerships page on our website for a full list of partners and for more details on studying with us?

One of our partners delivers this particular course – so please visit their website for full course details, entry requirements, tuition fees and information on what student life is like there. 

Studying with City College Plymouth

Just one-and-a-half miles from Plymouth University, we’re one of the largest colleges in the South West, with two main sites linked by shuttle buses, with a dynamic Students’ Union and Student Liaison Team.

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