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Computer Science (Year 2 Direct Entrants) HND

(SCQF level 8)

Applied Computing & Digital Technologies, Nautical and STEM

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Mode of Study


Start Date

31st Aug 2020, 2 years


City Campus

Applications from International Students Welcome


The HND Computing (Science) 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.

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, web development, networking and project management.

This HND course places particular emphasis on software development, project management and soft skills such as team-working; with year 2 of the programme further developing skills in object-oriented
programming and design and data science 

This course is placed on the Scottish Credit Qualifications Framework at Level 8. For more information on the framework visit:

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements

  • Successful completion of the HNC Computer (Science) or year 1 of the HND Computer Science course.
  • Successful completion of the first year of the HND Computing: Software Development (dependent upon units taken).

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 a range of SQA units, mostly at SCQF level 8, including the following:

  • Object Oriented Programming.
  • Object Oriented Programming and Design
  • Object Oriented Design.
  • Data Science.
  • Mathematics.
  • Relational Database Systems.
  • Managing a Web Server.
  • Web Development.

After the course


After successful completion of this course, you can apply for a range of entry level roles within the IT industry.

Continuing Study

You may be able to progress to the third year of a range of relevant degree courses at a number of universities.


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


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

  • Mode of Study:
  • Start Date:
    31st Aug 2020, 2 years
  • Location:
    City Campus
  • Applications from International Students Welcome