An Introduction to Computing
Comparable to Level 4
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 studying computing, but have little or no previous experience, this course is the ideal place to start.
For entry to this course you’ll need:
- Three National 4 passes
If you don’t have formal qualifications, but have life experience, then we’ll also consider you for a place, so please do apply. You’ll need to have an interview with us and we may also ask for a reference.
This course will introduce you to programming and web design, giving you the skills you need to move on to further study. It also includes two National Progression Awards (NPA) in Games Development and Software Development.
You’ll begin with basic word processing and learn how to produce documents using packages such as Microsoft Word.
You’ll look at what’s involved in basic computer programming and learn how to create a simple software program for a given problem.
You’ll explore software development, including computing language, how to use common features and basic programming concepts.
You’ll develop skills for designing and developing a website, and have the chance to work on a real live web project.
You’ll learn about the digital media elements that can be used within multimedia applications, such as images, 2D animations, audio and video files.
A significant part of the course focuses on what’s involved in developing computer games. You’ll begin by learning about different types of ‘media assets’ needed for developing a game, such as graphics, sounds, animations, videos and text.
Next, you’ll move onto game design and planning. You’ll look at different gaming platforms and ‘genres’ or gameplay, before planning and designing your own computer game.
Then it’s onto development, where you’ll create a working computer game. You’ll evaluate how well it works and then promote it for play.
You’ll build transferable Essential Skills in meaningful contexts to help you become more effective in life, learning, and work. This could be communication, numeracy, ICT, working with others, and problem solving.
Finally, we’ll help you develop your skills for employment, such as communication, working as part of a team or problem solving.
When you successfully complete this course, you’ll have the choice of:
- Moving onto NC Computing (Level 5)
- Moving onto another Level 5 course such as NC Business & Admin