Introduction to Computing & IT (NQ) @ SCQF Level 4


The course has been designed for those who have no, or little experience of computing and IT who want a good grounding for employment but also offers an opportunity to progress onto further areas of FE study.

The course covers the use of Microsoft Office applications software and other computing topics including Digital Gaming, Computer Games Development, Internet Safety and Online Communications.  Other topics studied include Digital Media, Web Development, Digital Numeracy and Digital Communication Methods.

The programme also includes the SQA nationally recognised computing qualification PC Passport (Beginner) and an introduction to computer programming using Java.  A good starter course for those interested in IT and computing! 

It is an ideal access course for anyone wishing to gain the knowledge and confidence to then progress to further FE study in any discipline.




Attendance: Full Time 2 days per week.

Entry Requirements

No formal qualifications or experience are required for this programme, but applicants must demonstrate the ability to work at Intermediate 1 level and show a keen interest in multimedia. 

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.

Course Content

The programme offers learners the opportunity to attain the SQA National Certificate in Computing qualification together with several other relevant topics including PC Passport (Beginner): Introduction to the Internet and On-Line Communications, Introduction to IT software and Intro to IT Systems. Other units include Working in a Team; Internet Safety; Web Development; Communication; Numeracy; Computer Hardware & Systems and Digital Gaming Design. 

Learners will attend lessons in various locations including classrooms, computer labs and the e-Skills lab.


Assessments are ongoing throughout the year.


Completion of the course may lead to progression to the Intermediate Certificate in Computing or the Certificate in Visual Communication (Graphic Design & Creative Media).

Career Prospects

Junior or Operator level employment in computing.

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 programme is designed for those who have little or no experience, who are looking for a change of career or want to get back into work to gain some knowledge and experience of the computing/IT industry.