Importance of Qualifications

CodeClan will be one of the first coding academies in the world to provide formally-accredited qualifications, thanks to a partnership established with the Scottish Qualifications Authority – one of Europe’s leading educational standards agencies.

Students graduating from CodeClan’s first awards course will receive a Professional Development Award in Software Development, ranking at Levels 7-9 on the Scottish Credits and Qualifications Framework depending on the grade achieved. Level 7 is equivalent to a two-year HNC award, and Level 8 to an HND. Based on 60-hour studying weeks, this course will deliver around six credits.

This qualification is being created by the SQA for CodeClan, although as with all of the SQA’s Awards it will be available to other authorised teaching establishments to deliver. It will form part of the authority’s integrated suite of computing, software and IT awards, which ranges from National Certificates to SVQs and HNC/HNDs. A huge range of topics is covered including Web Developing, Digital Imaging, Network Technology, Systems Engineering, Database Programming and Interactive Media.

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