Computing and Digital Technologies

HNC Computing NextGen


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Interested in a flexible, high-earning career in the Computing and Digital Technologies industry (also known as the Tech Industry) but not sure of the options or direction you’d like to take?

Our HNC Computing will allow you to explore a variety of technologies in this digital world and understand the underlying concepts.  You will be introduced to a selection of areas that impact aspects of all our daily lives including Basic Computing Concepts, Coding and Software Development, Networking and Cyber Security, Technical Support, UX design and Web Development, Data Science and Artificial Intelligence.

Each subject area is tailored towards current job opportunities in the industry which will give you the best opportunity to succeed in this dynamic and exciting area of work.

Depending on where your new-found passion lies, there are options for you to progress on to HND level in your chosen subject area(s)


Find out more about NextGen courses.

Course Information

One of the following:

  • Minimum 1 Higher at grade C or above preferably a STEM subject
  • A relevant group of NQ Units at SCQF level 6 (must include a proven level of Maths & English)
  • Foundation Apprenticeship in IT: Software Development
  • Foundation Apprenticeship in IT: Hardware & Systems Support
  • Modern Apprenticeships in IT related disciplines
  • Previous employment or practical experience and enthusiasm in the subject area may be considered in place of formal entry requirements

Please note: entry is also subject to a satisfactory interview, an academic reference may be requested.

Aim of Qualification

  • Develop candidates’ knowledge and skills in planning, developing and evaluating.
  • Develop employment skills, particularly relating to the IT industry.
  • Develop study and research skills.
  • Develop learning and transferable skills (including Core Skills).
  • Provide academic stimulus.
  • Support candidates’ continuing professional development.

You will learn and understand the fundamental workings of a PC system, identify and resolve common issues that can occur with regular use. You will be introduced to the legislation and laws governing the use of systems in any environment, study the design and operation of Basic Computing Concepts, Coding and Software Development, Networking and Cyber Security, UX design and Web Development, Data Science and Artificial Intelligence and how it impacts on systems and our daily life.

Learners will complete accredited courses within the HNC and have the opportunity to undertake professional vendor exams as part of this course and are encouraged to do so.

All learners will have the opportunity to train for and enter national IT competitions.  We have a strong record of past participants who are highly skilled and have represented the college both Nationally and Internationally.


Depending on options taken during studies, progression can be made on to the following courses:

  • HND Software Development
  • HND Networking
  • HND Computer Science
  • HND Digital Design and Web Development

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