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Langside Campus
SCQF Level
Start Date
28 Aug 2023
Qualification Type
Course Type
1 Year (August to June)

Applications open January 2024

HNC Computing is one of the longest-established and most popular qualifications. It covers a wide range of computing subject areas and provides the opportunity to progress to year 2 of various HND qualifications including Computer Science, Networking, Software Engineering, or Technical Support.

Students on this course have the added opportunity to acquire further vendor qualifications such as Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA), CompTIA A+ and Microsoft MCITP which are all highly desired by employers. You will also have the opportunity to enter WorldSkills competitions.

What will I learn?

  • System fundamentals
  • Software development
  • Troubleshooting computing problems
  • Networking technology
  • Web development
  • Computer forensics
  • Ethical hacking
  • Project management
  • Database fundamentals

Entry requirements (minimum)

  • One Higher at Grade C or above in a relevant subject and one National 5, or equivalent, from Computing, Maths, IT, or Science; OR
  • A relevant NC or equivalent qualification; OR
  • A suitable employer reference 

We will consider your application if you have relevant experience but no formal qualifications.

Entry Requirements 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.

Employer and industry links

In addition to gaining the HNC qualification, we will provide you with opportunities to develop and build your employability skills. As well as technical knowledge, you will be equipped with the soft skills and personal attributes needed to get a job, do a good job or get a better job.

As a Glasgow Clyde College student, you will have access to a wide range of opportunities such as meeting employers, visiting sites and taking part in national events and competitions.

No matter what route you decide to take i.e. employment or further education, this course will prepare you to achieve your goals and objectives.

Jobs and further study

The majority of our successful HNC Computing students progress to HND qualifications. This course also provides you with an entry-level qualification to progress to a number of university courses.

Graduates of this course will have the opportunity to continue their studies in a range of HND qualifications including HND Software Engineering, Networking or Cyber Security.

You may also apply to study various computing courses at any of the Scottish universities.

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 will be in contact as per the following stages:

  • Selection will be by qualifications, possible interview and reference
  • Proof of qualifications and a suitable academic reference must be supplied before an offer can be made
  • Interviews will take place within four weeks of applying.

You will be informed of the outcome of the selection process by email within 14 working days of the interview.

Once an offer is received, you must reply within 14 working days or risk losing your place.

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

More questions? Contact us about this course

0141 272 3826