Advanced Computing (NQ) @ SCQF Level 6

Introduction

This course will enable students to further their learning and knowledge of areas such as Cyber security, Web development, Data science and programming and provides a good basis to progress onto a more advanced HE study 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). 

Several of the topics will be taught in computer labs as well as general purpose classrooms and use will be made of the College’s e-Skills lab for the technical support subjects.   

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 at SCQF level 6.     

The qualification has the potential to prepare learners for employment in the ICT sector and it is suitable for those who have decided to pursue the ICT Support area of work.

Location:

Dumfries

Duration

Attendance: Full Time 2 days per week

Entry Requirements

  • 5 Standard Grades at 2 or above; 5 Intermediate 2 awards; 5 National 5 awards
  • Successful completion of the Computing Science @ SCQF Level 5 (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 virtual either 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.


Prior to your interview, please use the following link to complete a short activity: http://www.dglearnnet.com/video/codebreaker/code.html 

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

Assessments are ongoing throughout the year.

Progression

This programme provides the ideal qualification for progression onto the HNC Computing Science courses at SCQF level 7 and subsequently the HND Computing Science at SCQF level 8.

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, 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.