What is software development?

Software development is the activity of designing, building and supporting computer software. Our software development courses covers a broad range of hard and soft skills necessary to become a software developer, engineer or programmer. These skills include researching and creating new software, testing, prototyping, re-engineering and maintaining existing software products.

Explore our Software Development Courses

Web Development Courses

Advanced Software & Web Developer Diploma

In the Advanced Software and Web Developer Diploma, students learn the coding languages that every web developer needs to know: HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Students…

Web Development Courses

Advanced Software & Web Developer with Python

In the Advanced Software and Web Developer Diploma, students learn the coding languages that every web developer needs to know: HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Students…

Software Development Courses

Software Development Diploma

This diploma is your entry route to a job as a programmer or developer in the growing IT sector.

Software Development Courses

IT Specialist – HTML and CSS

The HTML and CSS course is excellent for those looking to gain employability skills in the area of web development.

Software Development Courses

IT Specialist – HTML5 Application Development

The HTML5 Application Development course consists of three major areas: Hypertext Mark-up Language (HTML), Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) and Javascript.

Software Development Courses

IT Specialist – Java

This Java course is excellent for those wanting to learn how to code in Java, a powerful object-oriented programming language.

Software Development Courses

IT Specialist – JavaScript

This JavaScript course is excellent for those looking to gain valuable introductory JavaScript skills and improve their employability prospects in the areas of designing and…

Software Development Courses

IT Specialist – Python

IT Specialist - Python teaches this versatile programming language which can be used to power websites, build games, and even program hardware.

Software Development Courses

IT Specialist – Software Development

The IT Specialist - Software Development course is a solid introduction for those looking to understand programming concepts and practices better. The course focuses mainly…

What is the difference between a software and a web developer?

Web development is a part of software development which is why their characteristics are closely linked. However, the main difference is that web developers build web applications only. Software development covers a wider range of software, including web applications.

Do I need to become a software developer to design webs?

While it is not mandatory to learn software development in order to design web applications, it is recommended.

Web development is an independent discipline with a unique set of skills, meaning training is essential if this is your desired area of expertise. An additional Software Developer course, or combined Software & Web Development diploma, further supports a wider understanding of the industry, leading to more potential opportunities in the future.

Why take on software development training?

As the digital world grows, so too does the need for software developers. This competitive landscape makes breaking into the industry challenging, but equally rewarding.

Salaries are above the national average, with entry-level positions starting at £20,000 per annum. As a basic requirement, employers ask that applicants demonstrate a focused understanding of system software, application software and programming software. A qualification in computer science is also required.

Why choose a Pitman Training software development course?

  • A highly respected training provider, Pitman Training software development course instantly enhances your CV.
  • Our software development courses cover everything from the basics of software development to learning coding languages and HTML5 training.
  • You can combine a Pitman software development training diploma with a related Pitman Training course to further improve your employability. Learning how to become a software developer pairs well with web development and server administration courses.
  • Courses run all year long across the UK in our software development training centers. Prefer to learn software development online? All our courses are available online, which allows you to advance your career from your home or office.
  • Become a software developer at your own pace. Whether it is full-time or part-time, with a Pitman Training course fits around your schedule.
  • Regardless of whether you choose to learn software development in-center or from home, you can always count on our experienced course advisors to guide and support you through the entire learning journey.

Careers in software development

  • There are many software development occupations: software developer, engineer and programmer.
  • Software developers design and create computer programs; engineers apply engineering principles to these programs; and software programmers create the code for the application, ready for installation.
  • The salary for software development roles ranges from £20,000 p.a. up to £60,000 p.a. for senior roles. The national average salary for those in software development is £30,000 p.a.

Software development courses available

Our fully-accredited introductory course to Programming Concepts is an essential first step for anyone looking to get into software development.

Trainees are encouraged to build upon their existing software development knowledge with tailored HTML5 courses and Advanced courses that combine software development with web development.

Those with a background in IT can also increase their career prospects with an MTA Software Development Fundamentals course or a Programming Fundamentals diploma.

Whichever software development course you choose, whether online or in-center, our experienced course advisors are with you every step of the way.

Got a question about our software development training? Just contact us for a free, friendly career consultation with the training experts.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is a tutor-led training seminar a better way for you to learn?

Absolutely, tutor-led seminars, commonly known as instructor-led training sessions, offer an engaging and interactive approach to learning. Led by seasoned professionals, these sessions ensure a deeper understanding of the subject matter, providing immediate feedback and personalized attention. Whether it’s employee training or corporate skill development, these instructor-led sessions encourage direct interaction, fostering an environment conducive to active learning. At Pitman Training, our extensive collection of tutor-led training videos combines the flexibility of online learning with the live guidance of expert instructors.

Are the courses approved?

Yes our courses are accredited by awarding bodies and accepted by all employers.

When do the courses start?

We have monthly intakes for every course, please enquire to find out more.

I work nights, can I study part-time?

Yes, we recommend all our students allocate 8 to 10 hours per week. All our courses take up to 3 months to complete and our diplomas take up to 1 year.

Who will train me?

Some of our certifications are studied online using our interactive platform and some of our diplomas are conducted via online seminars.

Do I study online or at a training centre?

We offer a blended learning approach. Our courses and diplomas can be studied remotely from the comfort of your own home. You also have the option to also study in our centers if you prefer face-to-face learning.

If I fail an exam?

One re-sit is provided for our courses. However, we have a very high pass rates in completing the assessments.

Can I pay back over a period of time?

Yes, we offer various payment plans up to 36 months to help split the cost over a manageable period of time.

What is the cost?

Our costs vary for our courses and diplomas and start from as little as £20 per month over a 36-month payment plan period. Fill in the form to find out more.

Finance Options

Wherever possible our training is tailored to your needs. The cost of our training programmes depend on the course(s) you choose and varies according to duration and breadth. Rest assured we have a number of payment options available to ensure the cost of training is affordable and can be worked alongside your other financial commitments. Common ways people fund their training include: –


  • Flexible payment plans to help you spread the cost* available at many of our centres;
  • You could opt to pay upfront.

Company Funded:

Requesting funding from your employers needn’t be a daunting task. Many employers support and encourage their employees with their professional development and consider it a worthwhile investment to fund any training required.

What we can help with:

  • Providing a comprehensive training programme outlining learning outcomes
  • Tailored personnel letters
  • Communication with finance departments to arrange payment options (upfront or payment plan*).

Funding & Grants:

There may be the opportunity to apply for funded grants that can help towards the cost of training. These include the Skills Development Scotland ITAs and the ReAct programme in Wales. All schemes will have different terms and conditions that will need to be met in order to qualify for a grant and these are managed by each individual centre.

We’d recommend you speak to a Course Advisor in your local centre to find out whether they are registered to offer any such schemes and discuss your requirements further.

* Terms and Conditions apply. Speak to a Course Advisor for full information on the options available to you.

Career Path

A great diploma that can help open the doors to a variety of careers thanks to its unique tailor-made set up. You could work towards any number of office administration type careers in roles such as Medical Secretary, Legal Secretary, PA, EA or Office Manager. Alternatively, you could utilise the skills gained to kick-start a rewarding career in an accounting role with positions such as Bookkeeper, Accounts Assistant or Finance Assistant.

Pitman Training Course Enquiry

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