Advanced Certificate in Computing: Software Development

About the Program

An Advanced Certificate in Software Development from Focus College can launch you into a software career or can take you to the next stage of your education – a degree!

There is a strong demand for software developers in a wide variety of industries, from biotechnology to telecommunications and transportation. In this 1-year* full-time program, you will get the skills you need to jump into the growing Internet Technology field and launch your career.

If you have an analytical, problem-solving mind and like to be creative while working with computers, the Advanced Diploma in Computing: Software Developer program from Focus College could be just the place for you to start your journey to a career in IT.

You could complete the certificate program, find employment, spend another year with us to complete your Advanced Diploma, or transfer to a university to work towards a degree. It all starts right here.

Focus on your goal and we’ll get you the skills to make it a reality.

The program covers an introduction to developing software, ethics in computing, troubleshooting, an introduction to project management, database design fundamentals, relational database, as well as an introduction to SQL and mathematics for computing.

The Advanced Certificate in Software Development will provide a breadth of competencies. Upon completion of this program students will have:

  • Developed knowledge and skills in planning, developing, and evaluating
  • Developed employment skills, particularly relating to the IT industry
  • Developed and enhanced transferable skills for employability and core skills
  • Developed study and research skills as well as academic stimulus
  • Developed a range of contemporary computer and software skills that are required by the technology industry
  • Been prepared for employment in competitive international markets or for progression to degree study at partner universities around the world
  • Been provided with underpinning knowledge associated with appropriate vendor qualifications

This program has been approved by the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training.

Career Opportunities

The Advanced Certificate in Software Development courses aim to equip students with the necessary skills required to pursue a career in the computing field at a professional or junior managerial level. They are also aimed at those who wish to study computing at this level before undertaking a career in another field where such skills are often very necessary.

This program will prepare students for employment in an IT/Computing-related post at a technician or professional level in a software development role.

Who Will Benefit?

Most people have a lot to gain from taking this program. Former students returning to school, anyone who wants to pursue higher education, adult learners with families, working individuals who wish to enhance their career prospects, and people who wish to start their own businesses.

Admission Requirements

Minimum Grade 12 or equivalent Canadian qualification OR relevant experience or mature students

In the case of students from non-English-speaking countries/territories, students will have to demonstrate their English proficiency at a minimum IELTS Band level of 6.0 or equivalent. (In a case where a prospective student has no proof of English proficiency or an English proficiency level below IELTS Band 6.0, that student will be required to take the Focus College ESL “Crash Course”)


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This program is offered at the Kelowna and Surrey campuses. Students are required to maintain 80% attendance throughout the program. Approximately 10-15 hours/week is required from students to be successful in this program. In order to graduate, students must pass all units through the program with a grade of C or higher

*Program length when completed in normal time. **Program length following the accelerated track.

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Focus College response to Covid-19

Updated March 16, 2020

Due to the current pandemic and the desire to protect the health of our students, Focus College is taking measures which incorporate social isolation.

For current students:

We are suspending our Advanced Diploma and Office Manager courses for the week of March 16-20th, to allow for temporary distance learning to be set up. If any students do not have access to a computer from home, we request that they notify the college immediately. Further information on how courses will be delivered will be available as the week goes on. Please monitor your student email for further information throughout the week.


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