SCQF Level 7

Course Overview

HNC Computer Science is a steppingstone towards a career in a specialist computing science subject. During this course you will learn a diverse range of essential computing industry skills from troubleshooting computer problems to software development and CISCO networking.

This course is an ideal choice if you not yet sure where your strengths lie or what area of computing you wish to specialise in.

Discover dynamic skills as you develop your knowledge of IT and achieve your career ambitions. This unique course allows you to explore different disciplines in the computer science industry before deciding on a specialist subject in semester two of your 1st year of study.

You can choose one of two specialist paths based on your experience and strengths. These two paths will lead to a career in either software development or computer networking and security. This is a hands-on and practical course that will enhance your employability skills.

Each subject area you cover is tailored towards jobs available in the industry to make sure you get the best education to progress towards a specialist HND in computing science. All compatible Edinburgh College HND courses have third year entry to Edinburgh Napier University or Heriot-Watt University. Alternatively, you can apply to a university upon completion of your HNC and gain entry to the first year of a university course. 

What You Will Learn

These subjects include all possible routes and so options will depend on your choices during the course.

  • Computer Hardware and Systems
  • Operating Systems
  • Software Development
  • Ethical Hacking
  • Linux
  • Cisco Networking
  • System Development
  • SQL
  • Object Orientated Programming


Entry Requirements
  • For school leavers: Three Highers at C pass to include, Mathematics and Computing, or a Science.
  • For college learners: SCQF Level 6 course Computing qualification
  • For everyone else: All enquiries are welcome regardless of qualifications. Edinburgh College computing staff can assess where you can start or progress in your computing career and find the right course for you
English Proficiency Requirements
  • IELTS 6.0  and Ideally no component below 5
How the course is assessed
  • The course is mainly assessed on your practical skills
  • There will be some written assignments and multiple-choice tests
  • The Graded Unit for year one is an exam
Information on Test/Auditions/Interview Requirements
  • You will be  invited to attend an interview where you will be asked to complete a screening exercise online to assess your skills.
  • During the interview you will be given information on the course from a lecturer
  • You may be invited for a futher interview with a lecturer
Progression And Articulation Routes
  • Progression to an HND year 2 Software Development or Networking with a B in your graded unit. 
  • After one year with the college you could progress on to various Computing University degree courses with year one or two entry depending on the course
Career Opportunities
  • Employment in a wide range of posts in the IT and computing industry
Number Of Days Per Week
  • 3 days per week  class contact time (approximately).However the course is demanding and asignements and projets will be set for you to complete in your own time and so it is reccommended that you can dedicate 5 days per week to this course.
Course Cost And Funding Options
Start Date and Time

Full Time

This course will start week commencing...
  • Monday 30/08/2021
End Date

Full Time

This course will end on...
  • Friday 17/06/2022
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