This is an exciting and hands-on computing course suitable for school leavers or mature students who want to develop the key computing skills required to progress on to a number of HND courses.

Throughout the course you will use industry standard software such as Adobe Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Flash, and Fireworks, as well as Programing and scripting languages such as Javascript and Python.

You will also have access to well-equipped specialist labs for hardware fault-finding, installing, and configuring operating systems such as Windows 10 and Server 2012 and building computer networks. You will also begin to study how to secure computers and networks.

All students study the core units in the first 17 weeks (Semester 1). Thereafter, you will select either the software development or networking stream, whichever best suits your career ambitions or area of interest.

  • One year full-time
  • Computer hardware and operating systems
  • Designing and developing websites
  • Network literacy
  • Applications development
  • Personal development
  • Numeracy
  • Data security
  • Computing project
  • Apps for good
  • Academic skills

Software/Web Development Stream

  • Programing for mobile devices
  • Software design and development

Networking/Technical Support Stream

  • Server administration fundamentals
  • Networking fundamentals

One of the following:

  • Four National 5s at Grade C or above preferably including Computing Science
  • Intermediate Certificate: Computing with Digital Media
  • Work experience and/or other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis
  • HND: Web Development (incorporating Mobile Applications Development) SCQF Level 8
  • HND: Computing: Technical Support SCQF Level 8
  • HND: Computing: Networking SCQF Level 8
  • HND: Computing: Software Development SCQF Level 8
  • HND: 3D Computer Animation SCQF Level 8
  • HND: Computer Games Development SCQF Level 8 (Higher Maths required)

After progression through to HN level:

  • Network engineer
  • IT technician
  • Web developer
  • Software developer
  • Technical support engineer
  • You may be required to take part in an informal conversation as part of the application process. This group/individual conversation may be an information session, a portfolio discussion, or a skills based exercise
  • You will be expected to bring a reference with you
  • In the case of Fife school leavers, the College will request a Transition Form from the school