IT Applications Software 1 Broadly comparable to SCQF Level 5

Explore the use of different applications for fast, effective use of IT.


Why take this course?

This Unit is included in the framework of a number of HNC and HND Group Awards, and should ideally be taught and assessed within the particular Group Award to which it contributes. It is designed to enable you to use IT systems and applications independently to support a range of information processing activities.

You should develop a broad knowledge of the theoretical concepts, principles, boundaries and scope of IT applications. By the end of the Unit you should have learned how to plan for, develop and produce the relevant information requirements of users.

Credit points and level: 1 HN credit at SCQF level 7: (8 SCQF credit points at SCQF level 7)

What you will experience

To meet the requirements of users you will be required to use and develop a broad range of skills in a range of software applications packages, (a minimum of four) such as, word processor, spreadsheet, database, simulation, graphics, communications (internet, intranet, email, etc..), audio/music, animation, video, multimedia, desktop publishing, data logging and retrieval, control or other packages. On successful completion you will be able to:

  • Operate a range of IT equipment independently, giving attention to security and to other users 
  • Use a range of software packages to meet complex information requirements

In Outcome 1 you will learn about the components of hardware, the functions of operating system tools and how these are used. You will also learn about data security measures and resolving common hardware and software problems. You will learn about all of the elements above in the context of meeting the needs of all users of a computer system. 

In Outcome 2 you will learn about how to use a range of software packages to meet complex information requirements. You will learn about a minimum of four different software packages from the whole range of applications packages available. The emphasis in this Outcome will be on producing complex information in a context that is unfamiliar to you. You will learn how to integrate data types, (eg text, number, graphics, audio, video) into a single product and to format the product so that the final output is clear and helpful to users. You will find out how to plan to meet users' information requirements, select software packages appropriate to information requirements, select suitable computer data sources for information and extract suitable information from these computer data sources to meet relevant user requirements.

The Unit is largely of a practical nature; it lends itself to a single assessment containing a number of tasks in the form of a project or case study. An observation checklist is required for Outcome 1. Candidates will be required to submit evidence in the form of printed documents for both Outcomes 1 and 2. Files should be provided for candidates as appropriate to negate the need for them to enter large amounts of text or data. Candidates are to have access to on-line help, tutorial support and/or supplier’s manuals as required.

Your tutor will mark your certified assessments. Any re-submissions, known as remediation, will also be directed and remarked by your tutor. Your work will then be cross-marked by an in college subject expert, a process called moderation. It is only then that a result can be sent to the Awarding Body for certification. A pass is not final until all cross-checking procedures have been successfully completed. Your pass will be notified to the SQA for certification. Assessments are booked through the BCD team. 

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Key facts

Mode of study
Distance Learning
Method of study

This course requires you to manage your workload independently, and will involve attendance at a campus or centre - often for assessment purposes only.

Entry requirements

Candidates should have good keyboard and mouse skills and a thorough familiarity of computers and software packages. This may be evidenced by successful completion of appropriate National Units or courses, or experience in an informal or work environment.

What you need to know

Additional costs

This course involves an additional SQA fee. Please see our Courses Explained page for further information on costs.

Anything else?

Please note that fee waivers may apply. Find out more about funding for part-time courses.

Next steps




This course requires some attendance at College, often for assessment purposes only. Please enquire about expectations for your specific course when booking.

Attendance is usually at the Aberdeen City Campus or Fraserburgh Campus.

Pre-entry guidance is required prior to booking a place on this course. Please contact Brenda Bryce, Distance Learning Co-ordinator by email or on 01346 506014 in the first instance for more information. When submitting your distance learning application form, please ensure you attach the additional information sheet listing qualifications and previous knowledge with your application. You may be required to attend College for assessment. Please check if this is a requirement for your course.

Duration Fees* Code
40 Hours over 6 Months £125.00
Paper applications only

Paper applications

You must submit a paper application form and additional information form for this course and return them to us completed and signed.

Completed forms should be returned to the following freepost address:

The Student Information & Admissions Manager
North East Scotland College
Aberdeen City Campus

Should you have any problems with your application, please contact the Student Advice Centre:

Telephone: 01224 612330

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