Advanced Computing (NQ) @ SCQF Level 6


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 programme is aimed at school leavers with the appropriate entry criteria and adult learners who require to reskill or upskill. 


The qualification has the potential to prepare you for employment 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





2 -2.5 days per week: blended delivery (face to face and remote)

Entry Requirements

  • 5 National 5 awards or equivalent
  • Successful completion of the Intermediate Certificate in Computing with E-sports (NCMP) course and a satisfactory internal reference. 

Entry may still be possible for mature students depending on their prior knowledge and experience.     

All applicants must 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 will be asked to attend an informal information and interview session. This may be face to face or virtual through TEAMS or by phone but remember to tell us all about yourself in your personal statement!

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.

As part of your interview, you may be asked to undertake a short skills test.  This will help ensure that you are on the correct level of programme for you. 

Course Content

The course includes subjects such as: Computer Games Design and Development, Website Design, Graphics and Development, E-sports events and Develop an E-sports product.

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.


There is no formal exam.  You will be required to undertake continual assessments throughout the year.  These will take the form of written, oral, individual or team projects


Provides the entry requirements to HNC Cyber Security 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 with the benefit of achieving NPA’s which are industry recognised awards.