• Computing

    Access to HN Computing

  • SCQF Level

    Level 6

  • Attendance/Duration

    Short Full Time

  • Start Date

    Feb 2021

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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.

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!

The wide range of careers includes web development, technical support, software engineering, cyber security, data analytics, games development, telecommunications and many more.

If you’re interested in a career in computing, this course can help you on your way.

For entry to this course you’ll need:

  • A real interest in computing.
  • Four National 5s (including Computing Science or Maths) OR an NQ at Level 5 in a computing related area.
  • An interview with us.

If you don’t have formal qualifications, but have life experience, then we’ll also consider you for a place, so please call us for a chat.

Whats Involved

This course will develop your skills in hardware, technical support, cyber security, programming, applications development (games, software, websites), digital media and IT applications such as databases. 

You’ll learn what is involved in successfully upgrading and configuring a computer system, allowing safe and secure access across an organisational network. You will develop an understanding of the technical terms used in computing that will allow you to converse with suppliers and employers.

You will explore current practice in corporate data security, and learn techniques for the development of a security strategy for a small business.

You will develop your programming and computational thinking skills by designing, implementing, testing and evaluating practical solutions.  You will primarily focus on the Python programming language but will also be exposed other languages such as C#.

You’ll learn how to plan, design and develop a small website using HTML and CSS.

You’ll explore the techniques and concepts involved in producing digital media such as animation software.

You will continually develop your IT skills throughout the course in areas such as word processing and database development.

The knowledge and skills in Level 6 Communication and Maths for Computer Games will help to furnish you with the generic skills you need to progress to Computing at HNC level and also future employment.

Go Anywhere

When you successfully complete this course, you’ll have the choice of:

  • Moving onto HNC Computing Science, HNC Cyber Security, HNC Games Development or HNC Technical Support & Networking.
  • Seeking to start your career with a Modern Apprenticeship in the area of computing

Places available



Start Date

Feb 2021

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