Advanced Diploma in Software Development
About the Program
An Advanced Diploma in Computing: Software Development from Focus College can get you prepared to jump into a software career or enter a partner university.
If you’re looking for a career in a field with a strong demand for skilled employees, IT and Software Development are two great options with job opportunities in many different industries – from biotechnology to telecommunications and transportation.
In this 2-year* full-time Advanced Diploma in Computing: Software Development program, you will take your analytic, problem-solving brain and add the specific skills taught in our employment-focused courses and be job-ready in no time.
And you have the option to complete the diploma program and jump right into securing employment or move on to university to get your degree.
The Advanced Diploma in Computing: Software Development will give students the skills and theoretical knowledge that they need to move into higher education and employment. The software development activities covered include new development, modification, re-use, re-engineering, and maintenance.
The specific aims of the program are to:
- Develop a range of contemporary software development skills that are required by industry
- Develop students’ knowledge and skills in planning, developing, and evaluating
- Develop employment skills, particularly relating to the IT industry
- Develop learning and transferable skills (including core skills)
- Prepare learners for employment in competitive international markets
- Prepare learners for progression to degree study at partners universities in various countries
The Advanced Diploma in Computing: Software Development is designed to equip students with the necessary skills required to pursue a career in the IT field at a professional or junior managerial level. The program will prepare students for employment in a software development role with an IT/Computing-related post at technician or professional level.
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.
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”).
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.