Computing Student
SCQF Level
Start Date & time
Week beginning 24/08/2020
Qualification Type
Course Type
Distance Learning (one year)


HNC Computing is one of SQA’s longest established and one of the most popular National awards. It covers a wide range of computing subject areas and it allows you to progress further towards the HND qualifications in Computing Science, Networking, Software Engineering, or Technical Support.

On your successful completion of this course you will receive an HNC Computing certified award.

This broad-based course is at Level 7 of the Scottish Credit Qualification Framework (SCQF).

What will I learn?

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

Students on this course have the added opportunity to acquire further vendor qualification 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 World Skills competitions.

Employer and industry links

In addition to gaining your HNC qualifications, we will provide you with opportunities to develop and build your employability skills. As well the 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 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.

Articulation Routes

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

Jobs and further study

Graduates of this course will have the opportunity to continue towards their HND in Computing Science, Software Development, Networking, or Cyber Security.
Students may also apply to study various computing courses at any of the Scottish universities.

Entry requirements (minimum)

  • One Higher at Grade C or above in a relevant subject AND one National 5 (or equivalent) from Computing, Maths, English, IT, or Science; OR
  • A relevant NC or equivalent qualification; OR
  • 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.

Entry Requirements Equivalency Table

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 10 working days of the interview.

Once an offer is received, you must reply within 10 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 3298