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Langside Campus
SCQF Level
Start Date
26 Aug 2024
Qualification Type
Course Type
1 Year (August to June)

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.

Every industry relies on software, creating a need for professionals who can design, develop, and maintain software applications. By studying Computing, individuals position themselves for a wide range of career opportunities in various sectors, from finance and healthcare to entertainment and beyond. The flexibility of remote work is also a significant advantage in the field, allowing developers to work from anywhere with an internet connection.

What will I learn?

  • System fundamentals
  • Software development
  • Troubleshooting computing problems
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Professional Issues and Ethics
  • Developing small scale applications
  • Web development
  • Project management
  • Database fundamentals

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.

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 (remember to check your SPAM folder). 

Your application will be reviewed by the admissions team and you will either be: 

  • Made a direct offer (unconditional or conditional) 
  • Invited to book an interview session 
  • Advised that your application is unsuccessful – you have not met the entry requirements for this course and are advised to contact the College Student Advice Centres to discuss alternative options which may be available to you. 
  • We aim not to reject an application and if you don’t meet the entry requirements you may be referred to a different course or level.  

If you are invited to interview, you will be informed of the outcome of your interview by email within 14 working days. The outcome will be one of the following: 

  1. Unconditional offer of a place – you have met all the entry requirements and your place is guaranteed. You will be required to accept this offer to secure your place. 
  2. Conditional offer of a place – your place is secured pending you meeting the entry requirements. This may mean achieving school or college qualifications which you may not be able to provide to us yet. You will be required to accept this offer to secure your conditional place. Once your conditions are met this will change to an unconditional offer of a place which you must accept before you can enrol on the course.  
  3. Waiting list – you have met all entry requirements, and have been interviewed however, the course is now full so you have been placed on a waiting list. If any spaces become available you may be contacted, usually around the course start date. We would advise that you also consider other application options. 
  4. Reserve listfollowing your interview, you have unfortunately not been successful in this round of recruitment. We have placed your name on a Reserve list and your application may be reconsidered at a later date. This could happen any time up to the start date of the course but it is very possible that you will not be offered a place. We would advise that you also consider other application options. 
  5. Unsuccessful – your interview has been unsuccessful. You may be offered a place on a course at a different level, or advised to contact the College Student Advice Centres to discuss alternative options which may be available to you. 

Once an offer is received, you must reply within 14 working days or risk losing your place, as the system will automatically decline your offer after 14 days. 

Once you have accepted your offer, you will be sent out instructions about student funding, joining instructions and induction date.

More questions? Contact us about this course

0141 272 3826