Computing Science Higher

What is special about this course?

Computing science is vital to everyday life — socially, technologically and economically; it shapes the world in which we live and its future. Computing is embedded in the world around us from systems and devices in our homes and places of work, to how we access education, entertainment, transportation and communication.

At this level, learners will be introduced to an advanced range of computational processes and thinking, and learn to apply a rigorous approach to the design and development process across a variety of contemporary contexts. Learners will also gain an awareness of the importance that computing professionals play in meeting the needs of society today and for the future, in fields which include science, education, business and industry.

Because of its relevance and its focus on developing transferable skills, it will be valuable to many learners, particularly those considering a career or further study in computing science disciplines.

The aims of the Course are to enable learners to:

♦develop and apply aspects of computational thinking in a range of contemporary contexts

♦extend and apply knowledge and understanding of advanced concepts and processes in computing science

♦apply skills and knowledge in analysis, design, implementation and evaluation to a range of digital solutions with some complex aspects

♦communicate advanced computing concepts and explain computational behaviour clearly and concisely, using appropriate terminology

♦develop awareness of current trends in computing technologies and their impact in transforming and influencing our environment and society

Related to these aims, and underlying the study of computing science, are a number of unifying themes, including technological progress and trends, the relationship between software, hardware and system performance, and information representation and transfer as a core component of any computation. These are used to explore a variety of specialist areas through practical and investigative tasks.

Entry requirements

To gain entry to the course candidates require either:

  • 1 pass at National 5 in a related subject area or
  • To be a mature student with appropriate work experience


  • Satisfactory references
  • Successful interview

Mandatory Units:

  • Software Design and Development (Higher) – 9 SCQF credit points (60 hours)
  • Information Systems Design and Development (Higher) – 9 SCQF credit points (60 hours)
  • Course Assessment – 6 SCQF credit points (40 hours)

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time

How long will my course last?

1 Years

Where can I study my course?

    • Thurso

Start date



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What can I do on completion of my course?

Students who successfully achieve the Higher Computing Science can progress to the HNC Computing course

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