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  • Start date:   August 2021
  • Level of Qualification:   SCQF Level 7


Please be aware this course is now full. You may still apply and if a space becomes available we will contact you. Alternatively, you can explore other courses on our website or email if you wish to speak to a member of staff.

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This course is for those wanting to progress from NQ computing into further study or into a career in computing or information technology. It develops skills and knowledge in software development and technical support.

Read about Daniel McCann's West Lothian College experience here

  • What the course includes

    The course includes:

    • Project management
    • Computer operating systems
    • Programming
    • Web development
    • Application software
    • Working within a project team
    • Computer architecture.

    There is a final graded unit exam.

Why choose this course

You will gain access to industry standard software, meet potential employers; and have the chance to study as an associate of Edinburgh Napier University.

Entry requirements

  • 1 Higher (grade C or above) plus two Standard Grades (credit level) or
  • Foundation Apprenticeship in a related subject or
  • Suitable range of SQA units at Intermediate 2 and Higher level

We consider mature candidates with relevant experience.

If English is not your first language, ESOL Level 5 is an entry requirement for this course.

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    Where it leads

    Education: HND networking or HND software development; possible progression to year 2 of a university degree-level course. Former students have progressed onto courses at The University of Abertay and Heriot Watt University

    Employment: IT technician, helpdesk support technician, trainee programmer or apps designer. Previous students have found employment with East Renfrewshire Council, SKY and Concept

Interview arrangements

If we invite you for an interview, plan to be in college for around three hours.

There will be an individual interview: we allocate time slots for this on the day.

Please bring evidence of any qualifications, and/or employment references.

Fees, Finance & Funding

There may be help available to assist with your study related costs. Impartial, confidential help and advice on financial matters is available from the Student Funding Team - including Bursaries, Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA), Student Awards Agency for Scotland, Student Loans Company and student support funds. Click here to find out more

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Take that next step in your career and apply for this course today. If the course is not yet open for applications, register your interest or feel free to ask any questions by clicking make an enquiry.