Digital Content Creation NQ Level 5

What is special about this course?

NPA Content Creation is designed to help you create professional content for online and social media platforms such as YouTube, Instagram, TikTok, Snapchat, Twitch and Podcasts. The course will cover the planning and production of digital images, video, audio and animation.

Entry requirements

An interest in creating content for social media and websites.

This course introduces learners to techniques that are important in the digital media sector, such as audio, still images, animation and moving images.

The subjects will cover:

  • Digital Media Images
  • Digital Media Audio (Podcasts)
  • Moving Images (Video)
  • Introduction to Computer Animation
  • Animation Fundamentals
  • Digital Media Elements for Applications (Icons)


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.
Adobe Licenses will be provided to students working at home for the period of their studies.

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time
  • Online

Online in the evenings, 2 nights per-week, plus additional study and assessment time.

Classes will be recorded to allow flexibility i.e. for students with families.

How long will my course last?

34 Weeks

How will I be assessed?

    Due to the nature of the course content, most of the assessments are project based and involve planning, preparation, production and evaluation to learn from what worked/didn’t work and be able to implement that in future projects. There will be some written work involved in the planning stages and some closed book or extended responses required for some outcomes.

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. This will not impact on your choice of course or how and where you will study.

Start date

August 2023




A Fee Waiver or funding of up to £200 could be available to help with payment of course fees, depending on your personal circumstances. This support will be available for people who are 16 or over, living in Scotland and either in low paid work or actively seeking work. To be eligible, you must have income of £22,000 a year or less, or be on certain benefits. You will also not be undertaking any secondary, further or higher education, SDS funded training or participating on the Community Jobs Scotland programme. Please contact your local college centre for more information about eligibility, or call us on 01397 874000.

What can I do on completion of my course?

On successful completion of the NPA, at the discretion of the centre, learners may also progress directly onto the following HN programmes: HNC Digital Design with Web Development.

Is there more information available online?

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I'm really glad I found this course. The lecturer has been great so far and we've already talked about how I can take my skills to the next level. I would encourage anyone to get involved. 

John Arthur Paul

Apply for Digital Content Creation NQ Level 5

We are no longer accepting applications for 2022/23

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. 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.