Computer Science HND @ SCQF Level 8


This programme builds on the skills and knowledge gained in the HNC to develop an awareness of current professional practices and technologies within the domain of computer science whilst focusing on software and systems development. A key area will develop a range of specialist knowledge and skills that reflect recent, in-demand developments in project management, web servers and database developments.

This award aims to prepare you for employment in an IT-related post at technician level, to prepare you for further study or to develop an employee?s IT skills to improve their effectiveness in the workplace.




Attendance: Full Time 2.5 days per week

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

Progression is from the Year 1 HCSC/1A/F0 and requires successful completion of all 15 year 1 course credits.

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 with a Graded Unit project.


Successful completion of the full HND Computer Science course with a minimum Grade ?B? in the Graded Unit 2 will allow direct entry to the third year of the BSc Computer Science degree at the University of the West of Scotland (Dumfries campus) or similar with other Universities.

Career Prospects

On completion of the course you could apply for a wide variety of jobs, including: 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: further details.

Selling Points

This course completes the learner?s journey and prepares them for employment or further study.