Accredited by: BCS Tech Gold Tech Partnership

GCU is the first university in Scotland to offer this innovative Tech Industry Gold Programme, which is accredited by the Tech Partnership.

The programme has been developed in co-operation with leading UK employers to provide you with the knowledge, skills, and understanding to become a professional software developer.

Studying on this programme you benefit from direct employer engagement in the form of Industry Insight Lectures, project case studies, participation in UK-wide competitions, attendance at employer-student events, work placements and networking opportunities with students from other universities. You will acquire the right balance of technical, interpersonal, project management and business skills needed as a software developer. In addition, you will have many opportunities to showcase your abilities to employers.

Students on this programme are encouraged to undertake an industrial placement, which may be undertaken on completion of Year 3. You can study abroad with the European Erasmus Exchange Programme and get training experience abroad through the International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience (IAESTE).

Your career

This programme has been designed to prepare you for a career as a software developer; typical job roles include Software Developer, Web Developer, Software Engineer, Programmer, Mobile Applications Developer, Cloud Engineer, System Analyst, Database Developer, Software Tester, IT Consultant or UX Developer.

What you will study

Year 1

Fundamentals of Computing, Mathematics for Computing, Fundamentals of Software Engineering, Web Platform Development 1, Programming 1, Integrated Project 1.

Year 2

Human-Computer Interaction, Data Structures & Algorithms, Programming 2, Database Development, Object Oriented Analysis & Design, Integrated Project 2.

Year 3

Systems Programming, Advanced Programming, Applications Architecture & Design Patterns, IT Project Management, Research Skills & Professional Issues, Integrated Project 3.

Year 4

Optional Industrial Placement Year 4/5: Secure Software Development, Big Data, Cloud Platform Development, options in either Mobile Platform Development or Web Platform Development 2, Honours Project.

Entry requirements

All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.

Year 1

SQA Higher

BBBB including either Maths, Computing or Physics plus Nat 5 English at C. Nat 5 Maths at C is also required if not taken at Higher level

A Level

CCC including one from Maths, Computing or Physics plus GCSE Maths and English at C/4

ILC Higher

H2 H2 H3 H3 including one from Maths, Computing or Physics. Maths and English is required at Ordinary Level O2 if not taken at Higher Level

IB Diploma

24 points must include either Maths or Computer Science


Level 3 Extended Diploma in relevant subject at MMM

Year 2

A level

120 tariff points from A-Level including a minimum D in Computing or Maths. Must also have GCSE English at Maths at C/4.

English language

Students whose first language is not English will normally be required to hold the equivalent of an Academic IELTS test score of 6.0 with no element less than 5.5.

Please note: if you are from a majority English speaking country, you may not be required to provide further proof of your English Language proficiency.

Additional information

Other academic and vocational qualifications

Each application to GCU is considered on an individual basis. If you do not have the typical academic entry qualifications, but can demonstrate relevant work experience and/or credits from recognized professional bodies, you may be eligible to enter this course via the University's Recognition of Prior Learning scheme.

International pathways

If you do not meet the English language requirements, you may be eligible for the English for University Study programme.

Fees and funding

The tuition fees you pay are mostly determined by your fee status. What is my student fee status?

Tuition fees 2018/19

  • Home: £1820
  • RUK: £9250*
  • EU: £1820
  • International: £11,500

*Total tuition fees for RUK students completing a three or four-year degree are capped at £27,750. Specific fees are subject to confirmation by the Scottish Government and may change once confirmed.

If you commence your studies in September 2018 or January 2019, these are the annual or module fees that apply to the duration of your course; however, fees are subject to change. For full details on how fees may change read our fees and refund policy.

Additional costs

In addition to course tuition fees, you may encounter additional costs during your time at University.


We provide high-quality education for a fair price; as the University for the Common Good, we are committed to offering accessible higher education for talented students by keeping our tuition fees low and providing a generous scholarship package of over £2.5 million per year.

If you have any questions or inquiries regarding scholarships available for 2018/19, please feel free to contact the student inquiries team.

International student start dates

For new international students, orientation events start on 14 September 2018. This extra time is specifically designed to assist new international students in settling into the UK and GCU prior to the start of general student induction and teaching.

There will be a whole host of fun and informative activities taking place during this period, including campus and city tours, as well as welcome events where you can meet other international students.

Professional accreditation

Awarded Tech Industry Gold by Tech Partnership. Tech Industry Gold degrees are defined by employers to provide students with the technical, business and interpersonal skills that place them in high demand in the tech sector. The degree is also accredited by BCS the Chartered Institute for IT.

Work placements

Students have the possibility to undertake an industrial placement on completion of Year 3. This can be a year-long placement or there is also an option of a 12-week placement in the second semester of Year 3. These placements are not compulsory or guaranteed.

Assessment methods

A range of methods will be used to assess learning outcomes; these include examinations, coursework, class tests, group projects, presentations and written reports. Group projects are assessed for the merits of the developed solution as well as innovation, communication of the solution and the ability to work as part of a team. Throughout their final year, students will undertake an individual project. This program will be endorsed by and is designed with input from, e-skills UK, the Sector Skills Council for Business and Information Technology. Students benefit from working through case studies as well as "guru" lectures provided by key employers, such as IBM, the NHS, and Capgemini. By working with e-skills UK this programme ensures that its graduates will be both employable and productive. GCU will be the first university in Scotland to have its programmes endorsed by e-skills UK. In addition, this program will be accredited by the British Computer Society.

Teaching methods

We aim to be flexible and to provide access to hardware and software outside lab hours. In our teaching, we use state of the art open source as well as professional software. Students benefit from free licenses to various professional software products. Student learning is supported through the use of Glasgow Caledonian University's Virtual Learning Environment, GCULearn. Learning materials are provided in digital format. By working closely with e-skills UK students studying on this programme benefit from direct employer involvement through guru lectures, networking opportunities and career mentoring support. The e-skills community online networking service is also available to allow interaction with industry experts and fellow students throughout the UK. A year-long optional placement opportunity exists between Years 3 & 4. Students will take part in group projects which go beyond the scope of individual modules. These group projects will address complex real-life tasks for external clients in order to improve students' academic, practical and employability skills. Opportunities exist through the European Erasmus Exchange Programme and the International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience Programme (IAESTE) to complete part of the degree at a foreign university. Students will be supported by the GCU Exchange and Study Abroad Team. In addition, students can participate in the Multinational Undergraduate Teamwork Project (MUTW), where teams of students from different countries collaborate in the development of a software project. Students attend team meetings at the participating universities and jointly present the developed project at the end.

Program taught in:
  • English (US)

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