Computing & Cyber Security

The computing industry is continuing to grow in response to technological progress, meaning more people than ever are using computers and digital devices, also increasing the need for experts in cyber security. This demand is expected to continue, and there are expected to be over 700 new jobs created in computing in West Lothian alone in the next 10 years.

As a college, we offer a range of computing courses covering networking, programming, cyber security and digital design over a variety of different levels, from Level 5 up to Level 8 (HND) to prepare you for employment within this industry.

We have excellent links with local employers and related organisations, and we use these relationships to benefit our students by bringing in knowledgeable speakers from the industry. Our previous computing students have received sessions from computing experts at oracle, cybercrime experts from a range of companies and university lecturers from Edinburgh Napier University.

As a college, we know that not all learning takes place within a classroom or college setting. We take our students out to various different organisations and settings, with previous students visiting a range of computing organisations such as GE Power, Oracle, Sky and Torness Nuclear Power Station. Some of our students are also given the opportunity to travel abroad as part of their course, with recent computing students travelling to Romania and Germany.

Many of our computing students also complete a placement to allow them to build the skills and experience needed to excel in their future career. Previous students have had the opportunity for work placements within a range of large IT organisations, including Sky Broadcasting.

In September 2019, the college their first digital conference: Interrupt19. The event was sponsored by Adobe and featured a host of industry speakers. Take a closer look at this innovative event here

HNC Cyber Security student Scott Smith reflects on his time at West Lothian College in this video