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Computer Science HNC

(SCQF level 7)

Applied Computing & Digital Technologies, Faculty of Business

Applications closed

Mode of Study

Full-time

Start Date

28th Aug 2017, 1 year

28th Aug 2017, 1 year

Location

City Campus

Applications from International Students Welcome

Overview

The HNC Computing (Science) course is an SQA qualification which aims to meet the challenges of employers seeking qualified learners who can demonstrate knowledge and skills in a range of technology areas. The course places particular emphasis on software development, data science, project management and soft skills such as team-working.

According to research from Tech Partnership (a network of employers working with the Scottish Government and Skills Development Scotland to create skills for the UK's digital economy) the number of UK Digital Businesses has increased 30% in the last 5 years.

Their forecast shows the number of people working in the UK as technology specialists between 2014 and 2024 will grow by 28%, significantly outstripping that predicted for workers more generally.

The course is delivered by experienced lecturing staff many of whom have industry experience in IT areas such as software engineering, programming, project management and technical support.

After successfully completing the award, you can apply for a range of entry level posts within the IT industry, you may progress to year 2 of the HND Computer Science course or enter a relevant degree course at a range of universities

This course is placed on the Scottish Credit Qualifications Framework at Level 7. For more information on the framework visit: www.scqf.org.uk/the-framework/

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements

  • One Higher* and three National 5 qualifications; OR
  • One Higher* and three Intermediate 2 courses (including at least one from Computing or Information Systems); OR
  • One Higher* and three Standard Grades at credit level; OR
  • A national qualification  at SCQF Level 6 in a related subject (such as Digital Media Computing, Computing: Technical Support or Software Development); OR
  • Other equivalent qualifications or experience

*in one of these subjects: Computing, Information Systems, Mathematics, Physics or any other relevant subject

Additional selection requirements

You’ll be invited for a group and/or individual interview where you can find out more about the course and tell us why you’re interested in this subject.

What you study

You'll study a range of SQA units mostly at SCQF level 7 including the following:

  • Developing Software: Introduction.
  • Systems Development Introduction.
  • Computer System Fundamentals.
  • Big Data.
  • Team working in Computing.
  • Managing a Web Server.

After the course

Careers

The HNC/D in Computing: Computer Science will prepare you for a career in programming, website development or as a support technician or database administrator.

Continuing study

Successful students can progress on to:

HND Computing: Software Development (Year 2).

HND Computer Science (Year 2).

Entry to a range of university degree courses.

Teaching

How the course is taught

Modes of delivery include lectures, guest speakers (where possible), practical lab sessions and tutorials. There is a strong emphasis on gaining hands on experience.

Assessment methods

Your course studies will be assessed using a variety of methods including the following:

  • Examinations
  • Project based submissions
  • Practical Assignment

Additional Information

Materials

You'll have 24/7 access to course learning and teaching materials via our e-learning website.

  • Mode of Study:
    Full-time
  • Start Date:
    28th Aug 2017, 1 year
  • Location:
    City Campus
  • Applications from International Students Welcome