Computing with Digital Media NC Level 5

What is special about this course?

Whether you are checking social media, keeping up with YouTube, or playing your favourite game, you are interacting with the work of a team of coders, video editors, designers, artists and animators.

If you want to join them, this course is the perfect start.

We will guide you as you work with DSLR's, graphics tablets, HMD's, Smartphones, 3D Capture and network hosting solutions. You will explore how to create everything from mobile games to broadcast news.

You will be surrounded by talented, creative, and technically minded students. You will be challenged, inspired and above all supported.

We continue to engage with XpoNorth, Scotland's Leading Creative and Digital Industries festival. This gives you exposure to the cutting edge of tech and creative development, a great opportunity to see what’s available in the work market.

Where possible, you may have the opportunity for work placements, some of which are commercial projects.

Find a future where you do what you love.

During your course, you'll be further developing your digital skills but have a look at our information about key computing skills and essential student skills

Entry requirements

Studying at SCQF level 5, you should have achieved National 5 Computing Science or a minimum of 3 relevant National 4 qualifications or equivalent (ideally in Art/Graphic Communication and Maths/Computing).

We’ll be inviting you by email to attend course information sessions between now and the start of your course. We’d urge you to come along if at all possible.

You will study from a range of subjects such as:

  • 3D modelling and animation
  • game design
  • video production
  • image editing
  • network literacy
  • website design and development
  • website graphics
  • applications development
  • computing project
  • computer hardware and systems
  • social media literacy
  • digital media
  • embedded development of core and essential skills

More than just your subject

Imagine coming out of college with your subject qualification PLUS a portfolio of skills endorsed by employers. That’s exactly what you will get with us. Our skills+ portfolio is part of your full-time course. You will develop skills in digital literacy, entrepreneurship, metaskills, work-readiness, net-zero, wellbeing, and the skills you need for your future aspirations. Our skills+ portfolio becomes your portfolio to take away with you. Whilst studying your subject you will build your skills+ portfolio and gain confidence and resilience along the way.


Internet connection and a suitable device with headphones, microphone and camera (minimum spec) is required. Please email us if you have any concerns about connectivity or equipment.

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time
  • Online

You normally need to commit to 18 hours per week (2-3 days) of blended learning time consisting of timetabled learning and personal study.

Timetabled learning will take place in an online classroom where you connect and interact with your lecturer and classmates using with video, voice and text chat.  You will also complete regular and flexible personal study which most students choose to do from home. 

How long will my course last?

34 Weeks

How will I be assessed?

    You will be assessed by means of a combination of practical tasks and open and closed book assessments throughout the year. You may have to attend a college centre or other exam centre for some of these – we can discuss this with you on application.

Where can I study my course?

    Please note, UHI West Highland will be changing its name to UHI North, West and Hebrides in August 2023, subject to Scottish Government approval. This will not impact on your choice of course or how and where you will study.

Start date

Late August/Early September


For the latest information on fees please see our Fees & Funding information pages.


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?

You could continue study in areas such as interactive media, web development, software development, 3D computer animation, computing and 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.

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I want to start in 2023/24

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at UHI West Highland. Please note, UHI West Highland will be changing its name to UHI North, West and Hebrides in August 2023, subject to Scottish Government approval. This will not impact on your choice of course or how and where you will study. UHI West Highland 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.