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Computing: Networking and Cyber Security HNC

(SCQF level 7)

Applied Computing & Digital Technologies, Nautical and STEM

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Mode of Study


Start Date

24th Aug 2020, 1 year


City Campus

Applications from International Students Welcome


This course will allow you to study towards an up-to-date qualification in many of the skills that are in demand for different types of computing careers. The course will follow the units of the first year of the HND Networking course, including network technology and routing technology.

You will receive an HNC Computing / HNC Computing: Networking award qualification on successful completion of the course. This course integrates learning materials from industry standard vendors such as Microsoft and Cisco which can help you to prepare for a variety of vendor certification exams.

This course is placed on the Scottish Credit Qualifications Framework at Level 7. For more information on the framework visit:

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements

  • One Higher at Grade C or above in a relevant* subject AND three National 5 qualifications at Grade C or above including Computing or Information Systems; OR
  • National Qualification at SCQF level 6 in a relevant subject such as Digital Media Computing, Computing: Technical Support or Software Development; OR
  • Other equivalent qualifications or experience.

*relevant subjects include Computing, Information Systems, Mathematics or Physics.

Additional selection requirements

  • You'll be invited for a group and/or individual interview, where you'll get the opportunity to find out more about the course and tell us why you're interested in this subject area.

ESOL entry requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English should have minimum ESOL Intermediate level 2 or equivalent for NC/NQ courses and ESOL Higher for HNC/D courses.

What you study

You'll study:

  • Introduction to Developing Software.
  • Computer System Fundamentals.
  • Troubleshooting Computer Problems.
  • Network Technology.
  • Routing Technology.
  • Client Operating Systems.
  • Ethical Hacking.

This course will have a final exam.

After the course


You can progress on to second year of HND Computing: Network Technology or apply for entry into the first year of related BSc Computing degree programmes at most universities on successful completion of this course.

  • Mode of Study:
  • Start Date:
    24th Aug 2020, 1 year
  • Location:
    City Campus
  • Applications from International Students Welcome