Build your future and advance your career with the skills to get ahead when you study for a qualification in computing.
What is Computing?
Computing is an integral part of today’s world with IT and digital being ever-evolving areas, central in every organisation and business.
Evidence shows that in 2020 a tenth of all job vacancies were in tech and in July 2021 job openings are up to 100, 000 per month. With the job market expanding, Dumfries and Galloway College gives you the opportunity to study computing by offering a range of computing courses at different levels and experiences.
You will have the opportunity to achieve a qualification which leads to more advanced study or help gain future employment. These include new exciting areas of focus in digital skills such as cyber security, web development, and computer science which will help students to gain confidence and knowledge to thrive in this fast-paced industry.
New for 2021 is also the addition of e-sports to study to give students an introduction to the world of professional and competitive gaming!
The IT industry has a broad range of areas to study, so students will be able to direct their focus where they would like to succeed by exploring their interests and developing skills in key areas of study for their career aspirations.
Career paths with a qualification in Computing
- Web Developers - Using critical thinking skills with a strong knowledge of programming, computer operating systems, and paying close attention to detail, Web Developers meet the requirements set out by clients or corporations. With the ability to work remotely and be self-employed or employed. Average starting salaries are between £19,000 - £25,000 a year.
- Software Developer - Being fluent in computer coding, they often play an important and crucial role as part of the team. Software Developers create exact tasks to allow different actions on diverse devices, developers can solve their problems uniquely and creatively. They can either be self-employed or employed with the ability to work remotely. Average starting salaries are between £18,000 - £25,000
- IT Support Officer – Responsible for installing, finding, and fixing faults of computer and network systems to make sure users have no issues getting maximum benefits. Often companies rely on IT to make decisions so IT Support Officers must frequently have more than one area in which they are an expert. They can either be self-employed or employed with the ability to work remotely. Average starting salaries are between £17,000 - £23,000
- Computer Games Developer – Often has a creative flair with the knowledge of computer coding and analytical thinking skills to show initiative with problem-solving. Computer Games Developers are involved with games creation and production, depending on the company they often may have the role of Designer, Developer, and Programmer. Most likely employed yet has the possibility of working remotely. Average starting salaries are between £19,000 - £25,000
- Cyber Security – Provides the information for a client or corporation, finding weaknesses in their IT network and identifying them. Using their initiative with problem-solving solutions to stop any potential threats. More likely to be employed, can often work remotely. Average starting salaries are between £ 25,000 - £35,000
Why study Computing at Dumfries & Galloway College?
Get one step ahead and build your future with Dumfries and Galloway College – the leading provider of education and training in southwest Scotland.
Here’s why you should study with us:
We're in the top 2 of 26 colleges in Scotland for further education in student satisfaction with 97% Students Satisfied
We're in the top 4 of 26 of colleges in Scotland for higher education in student satisfaction with 94% Students Satisfied
Based on the 2018/19 academic year Student Satisfaction and Engagement survey conducted by the Scottish Funding Council.
Over 9 in 10 of our students move to a positive destination into further study or employment.
Based on our performance indicators.
Pathway to University
Our students successfully completing an HNC or HND program can continue their education journey and move on to further study towards a degree with a UK university.
Our Learning Environment
Our modern up-to-date computer labs offers a learning environment to thrive and develop the skills you need for your career. With support from our qualified staff members in our college e-Skills lab and general-purpose classrooms, Dumfries and Galloway college will help students to thrive throughout their studies.
Our course options:
Choose the course for you and click through to find out more and apply:
*Courses listed above are available as at time of publishing. Availability is subject to demand and some courses may stop accepting applications or be withdrawn at any time.
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.Find out more
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.Find out more
Introduction to Business, Enterprise & Technology (NQ) @ SCQF Level 4
This course introduces you to several areas of digital skills and the world of business and enterprise.
The programme is aimed at individuals who would like to re-skill or upskill or those that wish to enter education at an introductory level.