Intermediate Computing (NQ) @ SCQF Level 5


This course introduces learners to several areas of computing including Computer Game Design, Website Design, Computer Hardware, Computer Support, Computer Software Applications and provides a good basis to progress onto a more advanced level 6 qualification or to gain employment as a junior IT trainee.  With the addition of E-sports units this will give individuals an introduction into the world of professional competitive gaming.

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 a recognised ICT qualification predominately looking at ICT Hardware and software development at SCQF level 5.     

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.

Course code





Attendance: Full Time 2-3 days per week

Entry Requirements

  • 4 Standard Grades at 4 or above; 4 Intermediate 1 awards; 4 National 4 awards
  • Successful completion of the Certificate in Computing (SCCP) 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 topics studied will include Computer Games Design and Development, Website Design, Graphics and Development, Introduction to E-sports and Plan an E-sports event.  

In terms of ICT Support the learner will study and obtain hands on practical experience covering: Computer Hardware and Systems, Install and maintain Computer Software, Troubleshoot and Secure IT Systems. 

Time will also be spent developing skills in software development and using IT applications in the Microsoft Office suite including Word Processing and Presentations. 

Time will also be spent developing appropriate numeracy and communication skills that are paramount in today’s working ICT society.

Also included in the course are two National Progression Awards in Computer Games Development and Web Design.


Assessments are ongoing throughout the year.


Completion of the programme may lead to progression to the Computing at SCQF Level 6 programme.

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, Computer Technician, 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 two NPA’s as well as their group award.