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Computer Science HNC (HNC Computing)

Campus Sighthill Campus

Qualification SCQF Level 7

Study mode Full time

Duration 41 weeks

Start date Aug 2021

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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

 

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

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.

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

Information on Tests / 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

English Proficiency Requirements

IELTS 6.0  and Ideally no component below 5

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 options

  • Employment in a wide range of posts in the IT and computing industry

Study Options

Campus Study mode Start date Duration
Sighthill Campus Full time 30/08/21 41 Weeks

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