Computing with Digital Media NC Level 5

What is special about this course?

This is a locally designed programme which has been designed to meet the growing needs of IT and computing-related sectors, giving you an up-to-date, recognised qualification within the context of an ever-changing employment market.

Entry requirements

  • National Certificate in Digital Media Computing at SCQF Level 4
  • National Certication in Computing with Digital Media at SCQF Level 4
  • National 4 Computing Science
  • National 5 Computing Science
  • Relevant Computing related NPA at SCQF Level 4 or 5
  • Applicants with a general interest in computing and a desire to obtain necessary qualifications for a career in the industry will also be considered

Mandatory units include:

  • Applications Development
  • Computer Hardware and Systems
  • Digital Media Elements for Applications
  • Information Literacy
  • Network Literacy
  • Project
  • Social Media Literacy

Optional Units include:

  • Computing: Academic Skills
  • Data Security
  • Digital Forensics
  • Ethical Hacking
  • Games Design
  • Games Development
  • Games Media Assets
  • Website Design and Development

This course is delivered online with timetabled classes and can be studied from anywhere with an internet connection. If you would prefer to study this course at one of our campuses in Thurso, Dornoch or Alness, please let us know on your application form.

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time
  • Part Time
  • Online

You normally need to commit to 18 hours per week (2-3 days) of blended learning time consisting of timetabled learning and personal study. Timetabled learning will take place from Wednesday to Friday. 

Timetabled learning will take place in an online classroom where you will connect and interact with your lecturer and classmates through our virtual learning environment. You will also complete regular and flexible personal study which most students choose to do from home. 

This course is delivered online between UHI North Highland, UHI Argyll and UHI West Highland.

How long will my course last?

1 Academic Year

Full time - one year


Where can I study my course?

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    What can I do on completion of my course?

    The NC in Computing with Digital Media at SCQF Level 5 provides qualifications that could help learners get entry level jobs in the following areas: 

    • Desktop support
    • Network administration
    • Network support
    • Games design
    • Software development
    • Mobile applications development
    • Web development

    On successful completion of the NC in Computing with Digital Media at SCQF Level 5, at the discretion of the centre, learners may also progress directly onto the following programme: 

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