Computing: Software Development with Cyber Security SCQF Level 8

This course will help you to develop a range of specialist software development skills to prepare you for a career in this fast-paced and changeable industry.


Why take this course?

Software is everywhere! More and more devices are controlled by software and the industry is constantly evolving as we continue to move towards an era where computers and software dominate our lives.

You will learn programming languages that will prepare you for a career in this ever changing industry, as you focus on Human Computer Interaction and making your programmes and software more user friendly.

Smart home devices such as the Amazon Alexa, Google Home or even the Apple Homepod were developed using the skills you will learn on this course.

What you will experience

Learn different programming languages such as JavaScript and HTML and how to make user friendly applications and websites, you will then learn about Object Orientated Programming such as Python and Java and how these can be used in Cyber Security and Software Development.

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 will be able to take part in software events such as the Hackathon which are hosted at our partner universities.

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 — preferably one of these Highers being Computer Science; OR a relevant SCQF Level 6 course in Computing.

Students must have Numeracy Core Skills and Communication both at SCQF Level 5 or higher.

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

At University

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


Those who successfully complete this course often secure work as:

  • IT Support Technician
  • Software Developer
  • Web Designer
  • Web Developer
  • Web Support Officer

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


Please note that the Fraserburgh offering of this course is for existing HNC Computing students, based at the Fraserburgh Campus, to progress to year 2 of the HND Computing: Software Development course.

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

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