National 5
Computing Science SCQF Level 5

Build the fundamental skills required to pursue further training or employment in computing.

Overview

Why take this course?

Computing science is vital to everyday life — socially, technologically and economically. It shapes the world in which we live, and the future. Computing is embedded in the world around us - from systems and devices in our homes and workplaces, to how we access education, entertainment, transport and communication.

The National 5 Computing Science course develops knowledge and understanding of key concepts and processes in computing science; enabling learners to apply skills and knowledge in analysis, design, implementation and evaluation to a range of digital solutions. Learners communicate computing concepts and explain computational behaviour clearly and concisely using appropriate terminology, and develop an understanding of the role and impact of computing science in changing and influencing our environment and society.

What you will experience

 

You will study two main units, as outlined below:

Software Design and Development 
The aim of this Unit is for the learner to develop knowledge, understanding and practical problem-solving skills in software design and development through appropriate software development environments. Learners will develop their programming and computational thinking skills by implementing practical solutions and explaining how these programs work. These tasks will involve some complex features and both familiar and new contexts, which will require some interpretation on the part of the learner. Learners will also develop an understanding of how data and instructions are stored in binary form, basic computer architecture and awareness of different contemporary software development languages/environments. 

Information System Design and Development
The aim of this Unit is for the learner to develop knowledge, understanding and practical problem-solving skills related to information system design and development through a range of practical and investigative tasks. Learners will apply computational thinking skills to implement practical solutions using a range of development tools and to develop an understanding of the technical, legal and environmental issues related to one or more information systems. Tasks will involve some complex features and familiar and new contexts, which will require some interpretation on the part of the learner.

You will experience a variety of teaching methods and practical activities. The course will be delivered in either a school computing classroom or in a College campus. Throughout the course, you will be expected to demonstrate/develop the following essential skills for the workplace:

  • Good time keeping skills
  • An ability to work independently
  • Planning and preparation skills
  • An ability to establish/maintain good working relationships with others
  • Problem solving skills.

Evidence for assessment is collated through a variety of classroom-based methods including multiple choice tests, coursework and online assessment. There will be a final SQA Exam in May 2018.

 

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Key facts

Subject area

What you need to know

Anything else?

Whilst you are on the course, you will be required to:

  • Always be ready to start your class at the given time;
  • Demonstrate a commitment to learning and self-study;
  • Adhere to the School Pupils Code of Commitment.

Eating and drinking are not permitted in classrooms. Drinking water is available from water dispensers in the corridors within the College buildings.

Next steps

Education

At North East Scotland College

Upon successful completion of this course, you could consider Higher Computing Science or a Foundation Apprenticeship, or you may be able to progress to one of the following full-time courses at North East Scotland College:

Employment

Those who wish to progress directly to employment will find a range of entry-level jobs available.

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Availability

Please note that this is a two year course. However, pupils do have the option to participate in only one of the two years and still achieve the accredited units.  

Please note that courses are subject to minimum viability levels. In the event of insufficient numbers of applications, courses may be withdrawn from the programme. Certain courses are arranged with schools working in a consortium arrangement – in such cases, pupils from consortium schools will be given priority in the allocation of places.