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  • Start date:   August 2021
  • Level of Qualification:   SCQF Level 5


This practical course is for anyone who wants to develop information technology and computing skills needed for more advanced courses such as HNC computing or HNC cyber security.

Read about Karolis Kafka's West Lothian College experience here

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    What the course includes

    The course includes:

    • Software development
    • Computer application software
    • Website development
    • Communication, information technology, problem solving and numeracy
    • NPA¬†Data Science

    It also contains a National Progression Award (NPA) unit in cyber security.

Why choose this course

You will gain NPA awards in both Cyber Security and Data Science. You will meet employers, learn about potential job opportunities, and about cyber security.

Entry requirements

  • Standard Grade or National 4 English, mathematics and a science subject at General level or
  • Equivalent qualification such as ECDL, along with relevant work experience

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: HNC computing, HNC cyber security, HNC digital design and web development.

    Employment: office environment as data entry operative, clerical or secretarial support staff, trainee computer technician, junior programmer.

Interview arrangements

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