Software Development with Cyber Security SCQF Level 5

This course is designed to build on your existing knowledge and introduces you to software and app development.


Why take this course?

Are you interested in developing programs and wonder how they are made? This course will focus on the fundamentals of computer programming and the main languages used in programming such as HTML, CSS, and Python and why these languages are used.

There is also an opportunity to learn about Cyber Security with our embedded NPA in Cyber Security, which will focus on the scripting you have created earlier in the year and give you an opportunity to use some of those programs to test vulnerabilities in a computer system and how the malicious individuals can exploit these vulnerabilities.

You will also have the opportunity to learn some apps development and create your own app.

What you will experience

You will learn how computer apps are made, how to make a website that is user friendly and explore how Python is used in Cyber Security and Application Development.

Use Raspberry Pi's to build some programs that can run old games such as old-school Mario and Donkey Kong, and create your own retro gaming console using a Raspberry Pi. There may also be an opportunity to visit a local gaming studio.

Student at a computer

Key facts

Mode of study
Where you can study
1 Year
Subject area

Entry requirements

The entry requirements for this course are either two National 4's at grades at C or above — preferably a Computing or IT based subject; OR a recognised Computing course at SCQF Level 4.

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 cannot progress directly to university from this course, but on completion of a more advanced course this may be a possibility.


For more information about job opportunities, salaries and employment rates in this industry, visit the Career Coach website.


Aberdeen City Campus

STARTS Duration Code
August 2019
1 Year
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Online applications

You can apply for a place on this course by completing an online application form, which you can access using the 'Apply Online' button. Once completed, this will be received by our Admissions Team who will then process your application.

Paper applications

You may submit a paper application form, and return it to us completed and signed.

All completed paper applications 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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