Professional Computer Fundamentals (SCQF level 6) NPA

What is special about this course?

This course prepares learners for employment in an IT/computing-related post at technician or professional level by developing their knowledge and skills in key areas such as such as:

  • Computer networks
  • Network hardware
  • Network services and protocols
  • Security layers
  • Operating system security
  • Network security
  • Security software
  • Server installations
  • Server role and storage solutions
  • Server performance and maintenance

Entry requirements

  • Evidence of core skills at a level 5 in communications, numeracy and ICT.
  • Adult returners who do not meet the entry requirements above may have to complete an adult returner assessment to demonstrate evidence of communication, numeracy and IT ability at a level 5.  


  • Security Fundamentals
  • Network Fundamentals
  • Server Administration Fundamentals

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time
  • Part Time
  • Distance learning
  • Flexible
  • Online

How long will my course last?

One academic year

Where can I study my course?

    • Thurso
    • Alness
    • Dornoch

Start date



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What can I do on completion of my course?

NQ Cyber Computing Level 6

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