Computing SCQF Level 7

This course is specifically designed to give you the academic and practical training needed to support IT systems or develop websites and applications.


Why take this course?

This course is designed to give you a taster into Computer Hardware and Software, during this course you will learn the basics of Networking, Software Development and Cyber Security.

Learn about the current and emerging trends in Computing and you get an introduction to the professional bodies that govern computing and the benefits of joining one of these professional bodies.

You will also learn how to be a professional and competent individual in Computer Hardware or Software and Cyber Security and the impact of the current legislation such as GDPR.

What you will experience

Learn all aspects of computing and then you will specialise in the field of your choice, whether this is Computer Hardware / Networking, or Software Development in our state–of–the–art labs.

You will have an opportunity to undertake an Ethical Hacking project assuming the role of a Cyber Security specialist as you test software or Hardware / Networks for vulnerabilities and understand why malicious individuals target specific programs or network and learn how to defend against these attacks.

Opportunities exist to for guest speakers to visit the College, compete against other colleges in the World Skills competitions and attend cyber security themed events where you can meet people in the industry.

Students on this course can apply for one our paid intern positions working on the student IT Helpdesk. This is a great opportunity to put into practice what you have learnt while supporting students at College.

Student at a computer

Key facts

Entry requirements

The entry requirements for this course are two Highers at Grade C or above — we would prefer that one of the Highers were Computing Science. Students progressing from Advanced Computing at SCQF Level 6 can also gain entry to this course.

Core Skills (Numeracy and Communications) at SCQF Level 5 are also required.

A Foundation Apprenticeship in any subject area will be considered equivalent as one unrelated Higher for entry to this course.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, please view the specific English language requirements for this course.

What you need to know

Next steps


At North East Scotland College

On successful completion of this course, you can progress to the following course(s) at North East Scotland College: 

At University

You can progress to university upon successful completion of this course. Full information is available in the course specification PDF.


Careers opportunities are widespread across the IT industry, mostly at a junior level. Common employment roles include:

  • Computer Support Technician
  • IT Support Technician
  • Software Developer
  • Support Engineer

The following infographic provides information on current and projected employment trends in this sector, within Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire. Follow the link on the infographic to view a larger image.

Infographic detailing current and projected employment trends in this sector, within Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire


This course is currently unavailable. Please contact the Student Advice Centre for more information.

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