Introduction to
Computing Support with Cyber Security Broadly comparable to SCQF Level 4

This course is designed to give you experience in Computer Hardware, Software and Security, to prepare you for a career in Computing.


Why take this course?

Computing has changed rapidly over the last 10 years, websites have become more user friendly and compatible with a range of devices; PC, tablet & smartphones, games have become more complex and the demand for apps is increasing.

The new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) is also here to stay, and has an impact on everything we do digitally, failure to comply carries heavy fines, this means computing skills are in high demand.

If you are thinking about a career in computing, this is the perfect place to start and will introduce you to every element of computing, which can launch you into an exciting and ever-evolving career.

What you will experience

Learn how computers are built and what parts are essential in our new dedicated hardware labs, learning from experts who have years of experience.

You will learn how to ensure hardware is working correctly and how to maintain PC's to ensure they are repaired to a high standard. Students will also be introduced to software development and will have the opportunity to build their own mini website using HTML; perhaps even getting the chance to make a website for a company. Students will learn how to create their own app for Android and be taught about cyber security and given an introduction to the types of attacks that malicious hackers will use against websites.

Student at a computer

Key facts

Entry requirements

This course is suitable for those with no previous qualifications or work experience, but all applicants should have a genuine interest in Computer Hardware, Software & Cyber Security.

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.


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.

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

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


Places are still available on this course, which started in August 2019. Please see below for your options.

Aberdeen City Campus

STARTS Duration Code
August 2019
1 Year
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Fraserburgh 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

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.