- Two National 5s at grades C or above preferably one in Computing Science or Software Development or a recognised Computing course at Level 5.
Intermediate (SCQF Level 5/6)
1 Year (typically 3 days a week in college)
Are you interested in developing software and want to learn more? This course will focus on the fundamentals of computer programming and the main languages used in programming such as Python, HTML and CSS, and why these languages are used.
There is also an opportunity to learn about Cyber Security, which will focus on scripting, and give you an opportunity to use some of those scripts 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.
Everything you need to know before applying to this course.
As this is a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) course you will require a laptop that can run virtual software, as well as running software compilers such as Python IDLE.
Intermediate Computing: Software Development (SCQF level 5/6)
If you are studying a full-time non-advanced course (below HNC level), you may be entitled to funding.
You can apply for a full-time course online or using a paper form.
Open Days are a great way to find out more about this course and what it’s like to study at NESCol. You will see facilities, meet lecturers and get a feel for life as a student.
NESCol can provide extra support to students who have additional support needs, including:
You may be eligible for additional funding to support the cost of living, including travel costs, cost of materials, and childcare.
Whether you wish to progress in your studies or enter the world of work, North East Scotland College has excellent progression opportunities, with links to eight universities across Scotland and great relationships with industry employers.
On successful completion of this course, you can progress to the following courses at North East Scotland College:
Further study at advanced level may allow progression to university.
“I would definitely recommend NESCol to everyone who wants to study computing. No matter what age, or if this is their first course, or – if like me – you want to change your career. It’s a very friendly environment, well quipped when it comes to computing facilities and – most importantly – with very, very supportive and highly knowledgeable lecturers.”
“I enjoy Computing because it’s such a broad field. There’s a variety of skills to learn and you can easily develop a niche. No two projects will be the same and since it’s such a fast-paced field, there are always new developments to keep abreast of.
“The computing courses give you lots of practical skills and a strong foundation to expand upon.”
“By sharing my experience I hope I can inspire anyone with autism.”
“I would say to anyone thinking of returning to learning after time away – just do it.”
“I plan to progress from this introductory course right through to HND level.”
“College was great. I really enjoyed meeting new people interested in the same subject as me. The course really gave you free rein to explore your interest in different directions so you can get a feel for what you like.”
“Just because you are a girl, it will not stop you from succeeding or being accepted in computing. The college is very inclusive and really encourages girls and everyone to pursue a career in computing as long as they have a genuine interest in it.”
Please note: Course delivery – in response to Covid -19, courses may be delivered through a blend of campus-based classes and/or remote learning. Please check at time of booking. All classroom environments follow strict government social distancing guidelines to ensure the health and safety of students, staff and visitors.
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.
Completed forms should be signed and returned to us at the following freepost address:
The Student Information & Admissions Manager
North East Scotland College
Aberdeen City Campus
UK AB25 1BN
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: nescol.ac.uk, 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.
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