NC Computing (Level 5)
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. 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 4s (including Computing Science or Maths) OR an NQ at Level 4 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.
This course will give you a broad range of skills in computer hardware, software, applications and editing. It also includes a National Progression Award in Digital Media Editing.
You’ll begin by learning how to set up, maintain and upgrade computer hardware and systems. You’ll look at software components, and learn how to install software packages onto a system.
You’ll develop basic skills in applications development, from project planning through to creating a prototype. You’ll also test your application using a suitable development environment.
You’ll develop skills in three types of editing - still images, audio and video. For each you’ll work through a brief, from identifying what you need to final presentation. Some of the areas you’ll learn about along the way include technical standards, copyright, editing audio effects and manipulation.
You’ll develop your IT skills in word processing and spreadsheets. You’ll also have the chance to work on projects involving web design and technical support.
You’ll develop basic skills in cyber security and be encouraged to improve your cyber hygiene and resilience. You will learn to identify security vulnerabilities safely, legally and ethically.
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.
When you successfully complete this course, you’ll have the choice of:
- Moving onto NC Computing (Level 6)
- Seeking to start your career with a Modern Apprenticeship in the area of technical support