Intermediate Computing (NQ) @ SCQF Level 5

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This course introduces learners to several areas of computing including Computer Game Design, Website Design, Computer Support, Computer Software Applications and provides a good basis to progress onto a more advanced level 6 qualification or to gain employment as a junior IT trainee.

This programme is aimed at learners who have chosen a career in the field of Information and Communication Technology (ICT).

The programme will be delivered through hybrid learning and several of the topics will be taught in computer labs.

The programme is aimed mainly at school leavers with the appropriate entry criteria. However, it also provides an opportunity for adult learners to study recognised ICT qualifications SCQF level 5.

The qualification has the potential to prepare learners for employment in the ICT sector.

Course code



Dumfries Campus


Attendance: Full Time 2 days per week – hybrid learning

Entry Requirements

  • 5 Standard Grades at 4 or above; 5 Intermediate 1 awards; 5 National 4 awards
  • Successful completion of the Certificate in Computing (SCCP) course and a satisfactory internal reference;
  • Entry may be possible for mature students depending on their prior knowledge and experience.

Applicants may be invited to attend an Information and Interview Session prior to being offered a place on the course.

If you are currently studying at the College, you will also require a positive Progressing Learner Reference.

Information and Interview Session Requirements

Once we have received your application you may be asked to attend an informal information and interview session. This may be virtual either through TEAMS or by phone.

This is a key aspect of the application process. You must confirm your attendance should you be offered an appointment.

During the information and interview session, we will ensure the entry requirements and your aspirations and career plan are appropriate for the course and the level of course you have applied for. It is therefore important that you prepare well for this.

During your information and interview session, lecturers will be scoring your suitability for a place on the course based on meeting the entry criteria.

Course Content

The topics studied will include Computer Games Design and Development, Website Design, Graphics and Development.

Time will also be spent developing skills in Digital Forensics, Ethical Hacking, Computer Programming and Data Security as well as developing appropriate numeracy and communication skills that are paramount in today’s working ICT society.

The course is designed by completing National Progression Awards such as Computer Games Development and Web Design amongst others.


Assessments are ongoing throughout the year.


Completion of the programme may lead to progression to the Computing at SCQF Level 6 programme.

Career Prospects

This programme will give learners the opportunity to develop a range of skills and techniques in software development and ICT support, as well as the personal skills and attributes essential for successful performance in working life in the field of computing.

Career options would be at a trainee or entry-level post in areas such as Website Development, Computer Technician, 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 with two NPAs as well as their group award.

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