Computing SCQF Level 7

Giving you the skills needed to pursue a successful career in computing.


Why take this course?

This flagship computing course aims to equip students with the skills required to follow a career in computing at technician or junior programmer level. It is designed to meet the needs of industry and commerce, and on completion of the course core elements, students can choose from two streams of study: Software Development or Technical Support.

Please note that the course content is currently under review by the SQA and may be subject to change. 

What you will experience

This course will give you the skills necessary to design, implement and support IT systems. It will also place you in a strong position for progressing towards further study or employment.

The course is mainly assessed on a continuous basis, but does include an external examination. Coursework takes the form of essays, reports, presentations, case studies and practical projects, and most of the assessment of student work is undertaken by North East Scotland College staff. 

Student at a computer

Key facts

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Entry requirements

This course is suitable for those with Highers, who have completed the Higher syllabus or have successfully completed a non-advanced course.

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

For those returning to education, life skills and experience in the workplace may allow entry subject to availability.

What you will need

Applicants should be aware that a laptop is required for this course.

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.

Next steps


At North East Scotland College

On successful completion of this course, you can progress to year 2 of the following course at North East Scotland College: 



At Aberdeen City Campus this course consists of 9 credits in Year 1 and 3 credits in Year 2 (over 18 weeks).

At Fraserburgh Campus this course consists of 6 credits in Year 1 and 6 credits in Year 2.

Those applying for Year 1 of a part-time NC, HNC or HND level course will require pre-entry guidance before booking on to their course. Please contact the Student Advice Centre: 

Telephone: 01224 612330

Please note that timetabling changes can often occur after the Part-time Course Guide is published, and as a result the printed version of the guide may not hold the most up-to-date information.

We therefore advise you that all start dates and times listed on the website are at all times accurate, and should be used as your main point of reference before booking your course.

This course is currently unavailable. Please contact the Student Advice Centre for more information or register an interest.

If you take up a place on a College course, at the start of the course you will be asked to sign an enrolment form. In signing the form and/or taking up a place on a College course, you will enter into a contract with the College and be bound by the North East Scotland College Standard Terms and Conditions of Study. Copies of the Terms and Conditions are available for inspection on notice boards and at various locations throughout the College, at the College Reception, on the College website:, or can be obtained on request from the Student Funding and Admissions Manager, North East Scotland College, Aberdeen City Campus, Gallowgate, Aberdeen AB25 1BN. Please note that courses are offered subject to (a) there being sufficient numbers of enrolments and (b) the availability of resources. The College reserves its right (i) not to run courses where the number of students is considered insufficient or where resources are unavailable and (ii) in certain circumstances, to refuse admission to an individual applicant.