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Female computing student
Anniesland Campus
SCQF Level
Start Date
26 Aug 2024
Qualification Type
Course Type
2 Years (August to June)

Applications are now for a waiting list.

This HND Software Engineering with Emerging Technologies course covers a range of subjects within the areas of software development. You will gain experience in developing programs and applications using various languages with a range of development tools. You will have the opportunity to study in emerging areas such as artificial intelligence, cloud computing and big data.

Every industry relies on software, creating a need for professionals who can design, develop, and maintain software applications. By studying software development, individuals position themselves for a wide range of career opportunities in various sectors, from finance and healthcare to entertainment and beyond.

What will I learn?

  • Programming fundamentals
    Introduction to core concepts of industry-standard languages which will lead into:
    • Object-oriented programming
    • Object-oriented analysis and design
  • Data structures
    Create a prototype application that looks at the different ways we can structure and scale data in our code
  • Web development
    Creating reactive, interactive, accessible and engaging content designed to be consumed across multiple devices
  • Software security
    Fundamental concepts of secure programming practices that adhere to industry standards
  • Emerging technologies
    This may include artificial intelligence, cryptography, cloud computing and big data

This course is available to study at Anniesland and Cardonald campuses. Computing lecturer, Adam, shares his experience teaching Software Engineering courses and what you can expect from the course. Watch here. 

Entry requirements (minimum)

  • One Higher, or equivalent, in Computing, Maths, IT, or a Science and one National 5, or equivalent, in English; OR
  • A relevant NC or NQ at Level 6, or equivalent qualification; OR
  • We will consider your application if you have relevant experience but no formal qualifications

Direct entry to year two of the HND Software Engineering with Emerging Technologies will only be possible if you have HNC Computing. Please contact the Faculty directly via the email address below.

Entry Requirements Equivalency Table

If you do not meet the entry criteria for your chosen course, you may be offered an alternative course in the same subject area.

Employer and industry links

Studying with us is about more than gaining a certificate; it is about getting a job you’ll want to do and continue to develop. Throughout your time here, we'll help you to build your employability skills. These are the skills employers rate, and we will ensure you are given the best chance to succeed. 

Not only will we equip you with the skills you'll need but you will get access to a host of other activities from meeting employers to taking part in WorldSkills competitions. Our highly trained staff will give you the best preparation for further study or employment. 

Articulation Routes

As a pathways student, you enrol on the undergraduate BSc (Hons) Computing (GCU Pathways) at Glasgow Caledonian University. In the first two years, you study HND Software Engineering and Emerging Technologies here at Glasgow Clyde College. This prepares you for year three and four of the Computing BSc (Hons) degree in which you then develop expertise in core computing areas while being able to choose elective modules that allow you to specialise in your chosen area of interest. Possible specialisations include mobile development, cloud systems development, secure software development, user experience development, advanced project management and big data.

Find out more about the BSc (Hons) Computing pathways programme at Glasgow Caledonian University

Jobs and further study

Following the successful completion of HND Software Engineering with Emerging Technologies you may progress to:

  • Third year entry to various degree courses at the University of the West of Scotland, Glasgow Caledonian University (including Pathways Programme detailed in 'Articulation Routes' section), Edinburgh Napier University and Abertay University
  • Second year entry to the University of Glasgow, University of Strathclyde and the University of Edinburgh is possible, depending on maths qualifications
  • You will have the potential to move on to jobs such as junior software engineer or systems developer, business intelligence or analyst.

Take a look at the course progression map for computing courses.

Making an application

For courses starting in August, you can make up to two applications.

Applications are made to a course and a first choice of campus. If the course is oversubscribed at your first choice you will be automatically considered for alternative sites and may be made an offer without a further application.

I've applied — what happens next?

When you apply 
You will receive an automated email confirming that we have received your application (remember to check your SPAM folder). 

Your application will be reviewed by the admissions team and you will either be: 

  • Made a direct offer (unconditional or conditional) 
  • Invited to book an interview session 
  • Advised that your application is unsuccessful – you have not met the entry requirements for this course and are advised to contact the College Student Advice Centres to discuss alternative options which may be available to you. 
  • We aim not to reject an application and if you don’t meet the entry requirements you may be referred to a different course or level.  

If you are invited to interview, you will be informed of the outcome of your interview by email within 14 working days. The outcome will be one of the following: 

  1. Unconditional offer of a place – you have met all the entry requirements and your place is guaranteed. You will be required to accept this offer to secure your place. 
  2. Conditional offer of a place – your place is secured pending you meeting the entry requirements. This may mean achieving school or college qualifications which you may not be able to provide to us yet. You will be required to accept this offer to secure your conditional place. Once your conditions are met this will change to an unconditional offer of a place which you must accept before you can enrol on the course.  
  3. Waiting list – you have met all entry requirements, and have been interviewed however, the course is now full so you have been placed on a waiting list. If any spaces become available you may be contacted, usually around the course start date. We would advise that you also consider other application options. 
  4. Reserve listfollowing your interview, you have unfortunately not been successful in this round of recruitment. We have placed your name on a Reserve list and your application may be reconsidered at a later date. This could happen any time up to the start date of the course but it is very possible that you will not be offered a place. We would advise that you also consider other application options. 
  5. Unsuccessful – your interview has been unsuccessful. You may be offered a place on a course at a different level, or advised to contact the College Student Advice Centres to discuss alternative options which may be available to you. 

Once an offer is received, you must reply within 14 working days or risk losing your place, as the system will automatically decline your offer after 14 days. 

Once you have accepted your offer, you will be sent out instructions about student funding, joining instructions and induction date.

More questions? Contact us about this course

0141 272 3782