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HNC Computing - Full Time
Who is this course aimed at?
The course is aimed at those wishing to be employed in roles such as network engineer, software developer or computer technician. This is a modern course and gives the candidates strong skills in all areas of computing, which are vital for today’s economy.
What entry requirements will I need?
Entry is subject to an interview selection process which will assess your suitability in terms of academic qualifications and motivation.The minimum academic qualifications are: successful completion of an computing-related NC course (at least 15 credits including core skills at Intermediate 2/SCQF level 5 or Higher level and pass of coursework and exam). For direct entry you would normally be expected to have attained a minimum of six relevant Standard Grades at level 1-2 and/or one relevant Higher grade. Mature applicants with relevant employment experience are welcome and will be assessed on an individual basis and may be required to undertake additional exercises. All applicants subject to an interview and core skills test which must be achieved at Intermediate 2/SCQF Level 5 or above.
How and where will I study?
Study for this one year full-time course will take place at the main college campus in Arbroath. Opportunities to study clusters of specialised units may be available e.g. software engineering, desktop support and computer networking with Vendor qualifications. Some units can be undertaken on a distance learning basis on agreement with the Course Leader.
What will I study on this course?
There is an emphasis on gaining the skills to build a strong foundation in the main areas of computing: programming, networking (CISCO), computer fundamentals and the worldwide web. The course has been refreshed to also include topics which are in line with new technologies today: mobile computing, security and ethical hacking. There are opportunities to study vendor based exams.
Job and progression routes?
After the HNC, candidates could apply for jobs in the following areas: PC support technician, trainee network engineer, trainee software developer, IT helpdesk support. Progression to HND Computing Year 2 or Year 1 at university in a computer-related discipline on successful completion. The course is designed to be flexible in nature and to give candidates a choice in how they wish to progress. If you progress to the HND course, candidates can articulate into university year 3 in computer programming related disciplines (including web based) or in networking. There are articulation routes to universities in both Dundee and Aberdeen.