Computing (NC - SCQF Level 6)


21 Aug 2023


14 Jun 2024

Today's world revolves around the use of digital technologies and requires people with a mix of computing, technical, creative, and people skills. This course covers a wide range of topics, including hardware and systems, data security, applications development and coding with HTML, CSS, JavaScript and Python. In this course you will undertake a wide range of different computing units to develop a skill base to provide opportunities to progress to higher levels of study or into employment. Borders College are committed to providing candidates with a wide skill base in further education to enable them to specialise if the choose to progress their studies in the region. This course at SCQF Level 6, will afford the opportunity for candidates to achieve this.

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The course is full-time, delivered on campus over three days, for 36 weeks. There will be some hybrid learning opportunities and this will be flexible throughout the delivery.


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Entry requirements

Applicantsshould have 3 relevant National 5 qualifications, 5 relevant Standard Gradesor be progressing from a similar college course at SCQF Level 5.
Previous experience with Programming, Computer Systems, and/or Networking is not essential but would be advantageous.

Progression opportunities

On successful completion of the course, students may progress to some of the pathways outlined below.

Further or Higher Education Opportunities

  • HNC Cyber Security taught at Borders College
  • HNC/D Computing: Software Development taught at Borders College

Employment opportunities in this vocational area that are applicable to the units undertaken in this course, such as;

  • Game design/development
  • Hardware engineer
  • IT Support
  • Network engineer
  • IT Technician
  • Junior website developer

Application and Interview Process

Applications will be reviewed by the curriculum team and candidates will be invited to interview to follow up on the information contained within to confirm suitability. A full, detailed personal statement is important at this stage. Candidates are provided with the opportunity to ask further questions about the course and college support services at the interviews.

Course Content

Upon successful completion, candidates will achieve the following awards;

  • NC Computing at SCQF Level 6 including;
  • NPA Software Development SCQF Level 6
  • NPA in Cyber Security at SCQF Level 6

Some of the units included cover topics such as Ethical Hacking, Authorising a Website and Computer Hardware and Systems


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