Computer Science HND @ SCQF Level 8


This course is for students who have completed HNC Computing Science and who want to progress to a degree in a Computing discipline or into employment in computing-related disciplines.


This course is equivalent to second year of degree study and we offer this course as a standalone HND or as part of a three-year programme which will allow you to graduate with the University of West of Scotland Batchelor of Engineering Cyber Security degree which is also available on campus at Dumfries & Galloway College.   

Opportunities exist to enable learners to attend part-time on an individual subject basis.

Course code





2 – 2.5 days per week, Part time: 1 day per week over 2 years, blended delivery (face to face and remote). 

Entry Requirements

The HND Computer Science is a 30 credit, 2-year programme with the HNC Computing (Computer Science) course covering the first 15 credits over the first year. 

?     Successful completion of the HNC Computing Science (15 credits) and a satisfactory internal reference.

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

Information and Interview Session Requirements

There are no interview arrangements for this course due to entry criteria being progression from HNC Computing Science.


Course Content

Study will include 15 Higher National credits such as: RDBMS; Managing a Web server; Developing Websites; Database Design Fundamentals; Network Concepts; Human Computer Interaction; Network Concepts; Private Cloud Virtualisation.  One double credit Computing graded unit project is also included in the programme.


Assessments are ongoing throughout the year and include a final graded unit project.


Successful completion of the full HND Computing Science course will allow entry into the third year of the UWS Batchelor of Engineering Cyber Security degree, delivered at Dumfries & Galloway College or into second or third year of a university degree course of the learner’s choice.

Career Prospects

This HND will prepare you for entry to a wide range of positions such as: IT Systems Support Officer, Database Administrator, Information Systems Administrator, Trainee Systems Developer, Trainee Programmer or Computer Trainer.

Additional funding information

You should apply to the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS).  Please visit their website: for further details.

Selling Points

This course enhances the learner’s journey and prepares them for employment or further study of the 3rd year Cyber degree