Computing with Digital Media NC Level 5

What is special about this course?

If you are looking for a career in computing or IT and looking to acquire the comprehensive knowledge required for business and industry then this is a course to build the foundations.  This course covers a range of core computing subjects, exploring both the technical and creative side of computing allowing you to move further forward in the subject area.  The course is very much hands-on learning and you will achieve a good understanding of general computing, while at the same time gain practical and technical skills that employers are looking for.  You will try various digital media disciplines such as web development, software development, technical support and network literacy not forgetting office applications which are all valuable to potential employers.

West Highland College UHI is now a Microsoft IT Academy and there may be opportunity to achieve Microsoft Office Specialist Certification in various of the Office applications.

Entry requirements

Studying at SCQF level 5, you should have achieved National 5 Computing Science qualification or a minimum of 3 relevant National 4, Intermediate 1 or Standard Grade Found/General level qualifications (ideally in maths and a science).

You will study from a range of subjects such as

  • network literacy
  • website design and development
  • website graphics
  • applications development
  • a computing project
  • computer hardware and systems
  • preparing to work / volunteering
  • mobile technology
  • social media literacy
  • security fundamentals
  • digital media
  • software design and development
  • Core Skills, Numeracy and Communication

Microsoft Office Specialist Certification   (This may be offered as part or an enhancement of your course)

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time

How long will my course last?

Full Time: 3 days per week for 34 weeks

Where can I study my course?

  • Auchtertyre
  • Broadford
  • Fort William
  • Gairloch
  • Kilchoan
  • Kinlochleven
  • Mallaig
  • Portree
  • Strontian
  • Ullapool

Start date

September / October

How much will my course cost?

Most students have their course fees paid as this is a full time course. Please contact your local college learning centre or Student Services for more information.

Some of our courses require students to have essential equipment/clothing.

If you are 18 and over and are eligible for a bursary, these costs will be met through your bursary. If you are not eligible for a bursary, you will need to fund these items yourself.

If you are under 18, you are entitled to have essential equipment paid for whether you are entitled to EMA or not. However you must apply for EMA even if you know that you’re not entitled to EMA.

If in any doubt or if you want detailed information, please call student services on 01397 874321.

What funding can I apply for?

Students may qualify for bursary funding.

Further information on course fees & funding can be found here

What can I do on completion of my course?

Once complete, you may consider continuing study at a higher level in areas such as Information Technology, Computing, Interactive Media, Web Development, Software Development, 3D Computer Animation or Technical Support.  This qualification also provides an ideal skillset to move into employment into a small to medium sized business or as a start point for a career in a larger organisation.  This course is also a good foundation to enhance your computing and IT skills before moving to a course in another subject area.

Is there more information available online?

You can use the above QR code to connect directly to the course details.

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We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at West Highland College UHI. West Highland College operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.

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