Computing with Digital Media NC Level 6

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.

Studying at SCQF level 6 will further develop your computing and digital media skills.

If you want to join them, this course is the perfect course to develop your existing skill base.

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 support XpoNorth, Scotland's Leading Creative and Digital Industries festival. This gives our students exposure to the bleeding edge of Tech and Creative development, to see what’s available in the work market.

We aim to offer all students opportunity for work placements and regularly have commercial projects available to talented candidates.

Find a future where you do what you love.

Entry requirements

Studying at SCQF level 6, you should have achieved an NC in Computing with Digital Media SCQF level 5, Higher Computing Science or a minimum of 3 relevant National 5, Intermediate 2 or Standard Grade Credit level qualifications (ideally in Art/Graphic Communication and Maths/Computing).

  • 3D modelling and animation
  • games programming
  • games design
  • asset production
  • video production
  • image editing
  • network literacy
  • website design & development
  • applications development
  • computing project
  • computer hardware and systems
  • social media literacy
  • digital media
  • ethical hacking
  • core skills numeracy and communication

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time

This course is available in all of our college centres.

You will be part of a virtual classroom using blended learning: a combination of video conferencing and web based virtual learning environments. You will have access to discussion forums, chat, online classroom and real time talk with your lecturer and fellow students.

Our experienced college centre staff will support you.

How long will my course last?

34 Week

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


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.


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?

On successful completion, you may consider studying HNC Computing with us. 

Alternatively areas such as interactive media, web development, software development, 3D computer animation, information technology, computing or technical support.

Is there more information available online?

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What our students, graduates and staff say

This has been a great course. Before I started I had done four NPAs in computing, digital media and web design as part of the school college partnership.

We’ve done a lot of new things that I hadn’t done in school. We do group work together and I am the lead programmer on our joint project, which has been fun. Others in the group have worked on the creative side of the project. This means we can all use our strengths.

By studying the creative aspects of computing alongside programming, I have experienced both and it has allowed me to see what areas I might specialise in in the future.

I would recommend the course for anyone who wants to get into computer programming, basic animation and web development. The computing world is growing and there are many employment opportunities.

Connor Murphy

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