Computer Networking Student
Cardonald Campus
SCQF Level
Start Date
26 Aug 2019
Qualification Type
Course Type
2 Years

Applications are now closed

This computing course covers skills within computer networking.

You will complete the HNC Computing in first year and then progress on to more specific networkign skills in year 2.

What will I learn?

  • Networking technology
  • Local area networking 
  • Routing and switching
  • Network administration  
  • Digital security  
  • Ethical hacking (Cardonald campus only)
  • Computing forensics.

In addition to this, you will also have the opportunity to study towards a Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA).

At Cardonald Campus, students can study for CompTIA A+ and Microsoft MCITP qualifications. These qualifications are highly desired by employers.

The College organises a series of networking competitions in preparation for World Skills and has specialist networking labs, with the latest Cisco equipment.

Employer and industry links

Studying with us is about more than gaining a certificate, it’s also about getting a job you’ll want to do and continue to develop. Throughout your time here, we'll help you to build your employability skills — they're the soft skills and personal attributes that make you more likely to get a job, do a good job or get a better job. These are the skills employers rate and we will ensure you are given the best chance to succeed.

Not only will we equip you with the skills you'll need but you'll also get access to a host of other activities from meting employers to taking part in World Skills our highly trained staff will give you the best preparation for further study or getting employment.

Jobs and further study

  • Third year entry to various degree courses at the University of the West of Scotland, Glasgow Caledonian University, Edinburgh Napier University and Abertay University
  • Second year entry to University of Glasgow, University of Strathclyde or University of Edinburgh
  • You will have potential to move onto jobs in networking and related industries.

Entry requirements (minimum)

  • One Higher and one Intermediate 2/National 5 from Computing, Maths, English, IT, or Science, or
  • A relevant NQ or equivalent qualification
  • A suitable employer or academic reference
  • We will consider your application if you have relevant experience but no formal qualifications.
  • If you do not meet the entry criteria for your chosen course, you may be offered an alternative course in the same subject area.

Direct entry to year two of the HND may be possible if you have a relevant HNC. Please contact the faculty directly via the email address below.

Please note: applicants who meet the entry criteria and have a suitable reference will be accepted on the course without interview. All other applicants will be interviewed.

Entry requirement equivalency table

  • If you do not meet the entry criteria for your chosen course, you may be offered an alternative course in the same subject area.

Making an application

For courses starting in August, you can make up to two applications.

Applications are made to a course and a first choice of campus. If the course is oversubscribed at your first choice you will be automatically considered for alternative sites and may be made an offer without a further application.

I've applied — what happens next?

When you apply:

You will receive an automated email confirming that we have received your application and we will be in contact as per the following stages:

  • selection will be by qualifications, possibly an interview and reference
  • proof of qualifications and a suitable academic reference must be supplied before an offer can be made
  • interviews, where required, will take place within four weeks of applying.


You will be informed of the outcome of the selection process by email within 10 working days of the interview.

There are four possible outcomes:

  1. unconditional offer: you have met all the entry requirements and your place is guaranteed
  2. conditional offer: your place is secured pending meeting the entry requirements
  3. waiting list: you have met all entry requirements, however, the course is full. If any spaces become available you may be contacted usually around about the course start date.
  4. unsuccessful: once an offer is received, you must respond within 10 working days or you risk losing your place.

If a place is unavailable at your first choice of campus, you may be offered a place at one of our other campuses.

Once you have accepted your offer, you will be sent further information, such as funding information, and an induction date.

More questions? Contact us about this course

0141 272 3782