Computer Science @ SCQF Level 7 HNC @ SCQF Level 7


This programme is a software design and software oriented computing course which has been developed and introduced to reflect contemporary technologies and methodologies. The award introduces traditional underpinning concepts of problem-solving whilst developing these within a number of technological advancements including an increase in social media, increase in mobile technology and the increase in focus on software development.

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

This award can be offered at one day per week over a two year period.




Attendance: 1 day per week.

Entry Requirements

Two Highers at C or above in appropriate academic subjects or equivalent
Successful completion of the Advanced Certificate in Computing and a satisfactory internal reference

In addition all applicants should have an SQA Numeracy Core Skill profile (or equivalent) at level 5 or above OR, National 5/Int 2 Mathematics at grade C or above.

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:

Course Content

Study will include part of the 15 Higher National credits such as Computer Forensic Fundamentals, Developing Software: Introduction, Professionalism and Ethics in Computing, Team Working in Computing and Troubleshooting Computing Problems; Mobile Technology; SQL: Introduction; E-Commerce: Publishing Web Sites. One Computing graded unit exam is also included in the programme.


Assessments are ongoing throughout the year.


Completion of the full course over 2 years may lead to progression to HND Computer Science and then the following year to a relevant degree programme offered by a number of universities.

The HNC can also be used as a qualification to gain direct entry into the second year of a related BSc Computing degree course at university.

Career Prospects

On completion of the course, you could apply for a range of jobs, including: Applications Development; Web Developer; e-Commerce; Software Developer or Web/Applications Support.

Additional funding information


Course Contact Details

Michelle Hodgson email

Selling Points

This course allows students to gain further knowledge in the computing world to help prepare them for further study or employment.