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Computing NQ

(SCQF level 6)

Applied Computing & Digital Technologies, Creative Industries

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Mode of Study


Start Date

29th Aug 2022, 1 year


City Campus

  • Applications from International Students Welcome
  • Overview

    With a growing economy in digital technologies and a requirement for a workforce to be skilled in technical roles NQ Computing (Level 6) provides a platform to develop your technical computing skills. This course will provide you with practical and theoretical skills in a range of vital subject areas and prepare you for progression to higher level HN computing-based programmes within the college.

    The course is delivered by highly qualified computing lecturers who have experience within the industry.

    The course is placed on the Scottish Credit Qualifications Framework at Level 6. 

    Entry requirements

    Minimum entry requirements

    • Three National 5 qualifications at Grade C or above including English and Mathematics or Numeracy; OR 
    • Other equivalent qualifications or experience.

    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 area.  Where COVID restrictions are in place we will invite you to either a video meeting, telephone conference call or make an offer based on your application form.

    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

    • Digital Media Elements for Computing.
    • Website Design and Development.
    • Database Systems.
    • Cyber Security.
    • Networking Technologies.
    • Installing and Maintaining Hardware.
    • Troubleshooting Operating Systems.
    • Working with the Internet and Online Communications.
    • Computer Systems Architecture.
    • Software Design and Development.

    You'll also develop the core skills in: 

    • Communication.
    • Problem Solving.
    • IT.
    • Numeracy. 
    • Working with Others.

    After the course


    You can expect to gain a entry level positions in computing after completing further study or progress on to HN computing and technology related courses.

    Continuing Study

    You can go on to study a Higher National level course. The most common are our HNC Technologies into Business, Web Development and Design. You may be accepted onto other computing-related courses.

    Continuing study

    Successful students can progress on to:

    You can go on to study a Higher National level course. The most common are our HND Web Development, HNC Digital Design and Web Development, HN Computing/Computer Science. You may also be accepted onto other computing-related courses.


    How the course is taught

    We deliver a mix of practical activities, demonstrations, groups work and discussions. 

    • Mode of Study:
    • Start Date:
      29th Aug 2022, 1 year
    • Location:
      City Campus
    • Applications from International Students Welcome