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HTQ in Software Development

Higher Technical Qualifications (or HTQs) are Level 4 and 5 qualifications that are specifically developed with employers and businesses.

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Course Summary

Subject Area: IT, Digital Skills and Computer Science
Higher Education
Location: The Roundhouse
Full Time or Part Time: FT
Level: 4
Number Of Years: 2
Interview Required?: Y
Weeks: 32
Hours: 12.00
Start: 11/09/2023
Tuition: £8000 Per Year
The Roundhouse

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Course Information for Students

This HTQ is ideal for school-leavers (18+) who are looking for an alternative to degrees or apprenticeships. 
It is also a smart move for anyone looking to upskill and gain a qualification, whether they are already in employment or looking to retrain. 

  • Successful completion of the Digital T Level: Digital Production, Design and Development: Merit/B/C
  • Three A-levels graded C or above
  • Level 3 qualification at Merit grade or above
  • English/Maths GCSE grade 4/C or above
  • Relevant workplace experience will also be considered

All applications are considered on an individual basis. If you do not meet the entry requirements, you may be offered a place on the HTQ bridging course, prior to starting the HTQ.

Based within our Institute of Technology – subject to validation and approval – you will study topics such as:

  • Foundations of Computer and IT Systems
  • Computational Mathematics
  • Programming
  • Data Driven Systems

You will also be provided with the opportunity to build on your soft skills, through individual and team-based projects. 

Face to face, with elements of remote delivery. You will experience workplace simulations, virtual workplaces and work experience.


  • Practical and written assessments
  • Individual and team-based project work

The HTQ is currently subject to validation and approval.

HTQs have been designed with employers to get you ready for work.  It means that, once you’ve completed your HTQ, you’ll be ready to jump straight into your chosen career. There are also often clear pathways to progress to further study from HTQs for those who want to pursue a degree.


For more information, contact Derby College Group on 0800 0280289 or

In line with the Consumer Act and our Student Protection Plan, we reserve the right to close a course – if there are insufficient student numbers to make the course financially viable.

Course Information for Employers

If you are an employer and would like to know more about the apprenticeships and professional training we deliver or how you can get involved in co-creating and co-delivering the curriculum, please contact us via email on, call us on 01332 387 421 or visit our employer pages here.

Career Information

This course could lead to one of these careers...

Other Science, Engineering and Production Technicians


Other Science, Engineering and Production Technicians

IT Engineers


IT Engineers

Programmers and Software Development Professionals


Programmers and Software Development Professionals

Information Technology and Telecommunications Directors


Information Technology and Telecommunications Directors

IT Operations Technicians


IT Operations Technicians

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Course Information Last Updated On: March 15, 2023 12:26 pm