HNC Computing (Computer Science)
Full-time, one year
We live in a digital age where the demand for ICT and digital technology is growing at an incredible pace. With good computing and IT systems now central to every business, organisations are set to become even more driven by technology and data./p>
In this dynamic and continually evolving sector, there’s already a skills shortage and it’s predicted there could be as many as 11,000 job opportunities each year in Scotland alone. So by investing in digital and IT skills now, you could find yourself highly sought after in the future!
If you’re interested in a career in computing and IT systems, this course can help you on your way.
This course will give you the skills you need to design, implement and support IT systems in a wide range of industries. It focuses on the key areas of software development, databases, interface design, troubleshooting and e-commerce.M/p>
For entry to this course you’ll need:
If you don’t have formal qualifications, but have previous employment, practical or life experience, then we’ll also consider you for a place, so please call us for a chat.
You’ll look at computer system basics - how to install an operating system and how to install/configure application and security software. You’ll look at programming, coding, testing and technical documentation.
Next basic programming looking at good design and good programming practices. You’ll then move onto modularity, parameter passing and objects.
You’ll also look at the software development life cycle and will design, construct, test and deploy a small standalone interactive application. You’ll then discover the concepts and scope of relational databases using a query language (SQL). You’ll learn how to create and maintain a data storage system, how to manipulate data stored within a table structure and how to produce formatted reports.
You’ll develop the skills required to create a relational database management system using commercially available database software. You’ll learn how to write SQL select statements to maintain a database structure and how to interrogate a database.
You’ll explore the concepts of user interface design for digital media such as web, apps, games and animation.
You’ll develop valuable skills for finding solutions to computing problems in the context of computer networking, software development or technical support. You’ll also learn about e-commerce and how to use and apply relevant maths techniques, such as matrices and calculus.
You’ll have the chance to work on a team based ICT project, where you’ll plan, organise and manage a project.
Finally, you’ll look at professional issues such as legislation, codes of conduct and ethical considerations.
You will have the opportunity to undertake 2 further units, which can lead to other qualifications, including:
When you successfully complete this course, you’ll have the choice of:
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