• Computing

    HND Computer Science

  • SCQF Level

    Level 8

  • Attendance/Duration

    Full-time, one year

  • Start Date

    Aug 2022

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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!

For direct entry into Year 2 of the HND, you’ll need:

  • An HNC Computing (2012 version) with a minimum of 15 credits
  • Preferably an A or B for the HNC Graded Unit
  • An interview with us

What's Involved

This course builds on the HNC and will give you a wide variety of sought after skills in computing related posts, including software development, security, web servers, databases and mobile technologies.

In software development, you’ll look at object oriented programming (OOP) and developing websites for multiplatform use, including scripting languages for clients and server-side.

You’ll explore security concepts, and learn to design and construct secure contemporary computer networks. This involves learning about possible threats and vulnerabilities, as well as cryptography.

You’ll look at the role of web servers and develop hands on skills to install, configure and maintain a web server, as well as implement suitable security.

You’ll learn how to design and create a Relational Database Management System (RDBMS). You’ll look at the terminology, key concepts and process involved, then design your own RDBMS.

You’ll look into mobile technologies and some of the factors concerning the hardware and software involved, as well as the legal, ethical and social issues. You’ll design and implement a functional app for a mobile device.

You’ll look at what’s involved in successful project management and will plan, implement, monitor, manage and report on your own project.

You’ll explore what’s involved in setting up and building an e-Business, including branding, business planning solutions and promotional media communications.

You’ll also have the chance to:

  • Take part in the STEM Ambassador Programme, and volunteer to visit schools to take lessons
  • Volunteer with CoderDojo, the global network of free programming clubs for children and young people
  • Take part in live projects, such as designing a website for Ayrshire and Arran Health Board
  • Attend open days and hear guest speakers from universities and industry, such as Dell

Go Anywhere

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

  • Moving onto HND Computing Games
  • Moving onto a degree course at one of our partner universities, such as UWS or Glasgow Caledonian University (direct entry to year 2)


  • The magic of digital – ICT students enjoy an educational trip to Euro Disney. Click here to read the blog.
  • See what they’ve been up to – ICT students’ summer showcase. Click here to read the blog.
  • Find out what it’s really like – Student of the Year Lindsay Frearson talks about her experience at Ayrshire College on the HND Computer Science course. Click here to read the blog.


  • Are you ready for the Data Revolution? Discover how data is changing everything, with this short overview of the Ayrshire Bytes Conference held at Ayrshire College. Click here to watch the video.
  • How data will run your day - discover what your life will be like in 2035, with this fascinating key note speech by the Data Lab’s CEO Gillian Docherty at the Ayrshire Bytes Conference. Click here to watch the video.

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Start Date

Aug 2022

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