SCQF Level 5

Course Overview

CompTIA A+ is an industry-renowned qualification with top companies such as Microsoft and Cisco recognising A+ certification. This course is ideal if you would like to learn to diagnose computer problems, repair, configure and install computer hardware and operating systems. You will also learn essential skills that will allow you to troubleshoot and upgrade personal computers. The course is, therefore, a great way to enhance your career prospects.

Please note: we offer a Distance Learning course at our Sighthill campus and an evening class at our Granton campus. The Granton course offers a taught evening class with learning supported by hands-on practical exercises and runs every Thursday evening from 17:30 to 20:30 each semester.

Semester 1 Aug-Jan

Semester 2 Jan-June

What You Will Learn
  • Diagnose Computer Problems
  • Computer Hardware
  • Operating Systems
  • Troubleshooting
  • Upgrading Personal Computers
Entry Requirements
  • Minimum of 1 national 5 in a numerate subject such as maths, computing or a science subject
  • If you are a mature student then we will take current or previous skills and experience into account
English Proficiency Requirements
  • IELTS 5.5
How the course is assessed
  • This is a preparation course - on successful completion of the course, you will be eligible for discount vouchers towards the cost of the two A+ exams which will mean a saving of £75 at current prices.
  • The evening course includes an SQA certified unit in PC Hardware and Operating system Essentials.
Information on Test/Auditions/Interview Requirements
  • There will be an interview where you should bring along your qualification certificates. The interview is an opportunity to meet the lecturer, hear about the course and ask any questions.
Progression And Articulation Routes
  • Sit the CompTIA A+ examinations - this certification is internationally recognized and will be beneficial when seeking a career in IT support and the computing industry.
  • 3D Printing evening course
  • Robotics and Control systems
  • CISCO Internet of Things  (IoT)
  • Computing and Digital Media or NPA Cyber Security, Networking and Forensics
  • CISCO Entry Networking Technician (CCENT)

Download our progression route map here
Career Opportunities

  • An ideal course for CPD for those already in employment that need to upskill on basic computing technology and troubleshooting computer issues.
  • Entry level IT Technician and similar apprenticeships

Number Of Days Per Week
  • For the evening course 1 evening per week Thursday 17:30 -20:30 at Granton Campus
Course Cost And Funding Options
Student Stories

Gabriella successfully studied the January evening course in 2017, she was then accepted on to the BEng Security and Forensics (Incorporating HND Networking) course in August 2017. She successfully gained her HNC in June 2018 and is now studying towards the 2nd year of her HND.

Start Date and Time


This course will start on…
  • Thursday 23/01/2020
End Date


This course will end on...
  • Friday 12/06/2020
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Courses may be subject to alteration or cancellation

Computing Overview

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