Advanced Computing (NQ) @ SCQF Level 6

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This course will enable you to further your learning and knowledge of areas such as cyber security, web development, data science and programming and provides a good basis to progress onto more advanced HE study or to gain employment as a junior IT trainee.With the addition of E-sports units, you will gain knowledge and understanding of professional competitive gaming which is developing in Scotland at a fast pace.

The qualification has the potential to prepare you for employment or further study within the computing sector. The underpinning knowledge and understanding gained from the course will be a valuable resource for you to explore this route.

Course code



Dumfries Campus


2 -2.5 days per week, independent study will be required

Entry Requirements

  • Three National 5 qualifications at Grade C or above including English and Mathematics or Numeracy; OR
  • Other equivalent qualifications or experience.
  • Entry may be possible for mature students depending on their prior knowledge and experience.
  • If you are currently studying at the College, you will also require a positive Progressing Learner Reference.

Information and Interview Session Requirements

You’ll be invited to an interview session where you can find out more about the course and tell us why you’re interested in this subject area.

You will also be required to complete a skills test to ensure that you can work at the appropriate level.

Studying full time is a major commitment and reviewing your skills test will help our specialist staff to give you the best advice on which level of study and course is right for you. We will make an offer based on your application form, interview and skills test.

Course Content

Throughout the course you will complete a National Progression Award in Cyber Security. You will also cover subjects such as: Programming for mobile devices, Ethical hacking, network fundamentals and Data Security.

The course will also cover a vendor qualification from CISCO.


The year is divided into 3 teaching blocks, so assessment is spread evenly throughout the course. There are opportunities for re-assessment throughout the year.

Assessment methods may include individual and group projects, presentations, written assignments, and practical exercises.

There is no formal exam within the course.


Provides the entry requirements to HNC Cyber Security and/or entry into the Batchelor of Engineering Cyber Security degree (in partnership with UWS).

Career Prospects

Career options would be at a trainee or entry-level post in areas such as Website Development, Data Analyst, Help Desk Technician & Support Technician.

Additional funding information

You may be eligible for Bursary or EMA (Education Maintenance Allowance) funding for this course. Please contact a member of the funding team for details.

Selling Points

This course provides students the start of a pathway to degree level

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