Qualification

National 5 (SCQF Level 5)

Duration

1 Year

Starts

03 Jun 2020
05 Jun 2020

Interests

  • Computing

Campus

  • Ellon Learning Centre
  • Fraserburgh Campus

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 on a College campus. Throughout the course, you will be expected to demonstrate/develop the following essential skills for the workplace:

  • Good timekeeping 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 2020.