Advanced Computing at Nescol

The Computing faculty at North East Scotland College offer a wide range of advanced computing courses. The courses on offer are suitable for those with Highers, who have completed the higher syllabus or have successfully completed any of the NC (National Certificate) Computing courses. For those returning to education, life skills and experience in the workplace may allow direct entry subject to availability.

HND Interactive Media (Web Development)

This very practical course will build on your design and technical abilities, and ensure you have the necessary skills and knowledge to effectively implement your ideas and designs into both static and dynamic web environments. You will work on real projects with real clients, allowing you to develop an in-depth and accurate understanding of professional standards and what to expect when working in a web-related role.

In Year 1 you will cover fundamental areas of web development including applications software, digital imaging, sound and vision, interactive media and 2D animation. In Year 2 you will look at the human computer interface, scripting for interactivity, interactive media composition and how to design and develop an interactive product. You will also look at key areas including e-business, website optimisation and professional and legal issues for interactive media developers.

Upon successful completion of the two year course, you will be granted an advanced entry into the third year of a selected course at Robert Gordon University. Alternatively you could use your HND to progress straight into employment. This course will give you the skills required to seek employment in Web Development, Animation, Video Games Design, Mobile App development and many more across multiple Industries.

HNC Computing

This qualification is specifically designed to give you the academic and practical training needed to design, implement and sufficiently support IT systems. Throughout the course you will develop relevant contemporary vocational skills, ensuring you are well-prepared for progression to further study or employment.

This course embraces key technological developments and incorporates them alongside fundamental areas of computing. You will study a range of topics including software development, virtualisation, mobile technology, Web 2.0 technologies and social media, allowing you to gain an in-depth understanding of current trends and practices.

Upon successful completion of the two year course, you may be granted an advanced entry of a selected course at Robert Gordon University. Alternatively you could use your HNC to progress straight into employment.

HND Computing: Software Development

This course will help you to develop a range of specialist software development skills in programming and systems development, whilst teaching you how to effectively utilise emerging technologies in this fast-paced and changeable industry

This stimulating programme of learning is designed to offer you academic, technical and professional training in order to establish design, implementation, support and IT management capabilities. All practical work reflects industry standard processes, and you will also study the legal and ethical issues relevant to computing and IT.

Upon successful completion of the two year course, you will be granted an advanced entry into the third year of a selected course at Robert Gordon University. Alternatively you could use your HND to progress straight into employment.

HND Computing: Networking

The course is designed to offer you academic, technical and professional training so that you can build essential specialist skills in installing, configuring and maintaining network infrastructures. The course will also cover the legal and ethical issues that accompany work in computing and IT.

In Year 1 you will have learned about fundamental concepts relating to computer networks. You will have built practical skills and theoretical understanding through various in-class exercises, projects and discussions. In Year 2 of the course you will study more specific areas of networking as well as the CISCO CCNA Vendor Qualification. Project work is used regularly to strengthen your team working and project management skills, and industry standard practices and processes are used to ensure your training is vocationally-focused.

Upon successful completion of the two year course, you will be granted an advanced entry into the third year of a selected course at Robert Gordon University. Alternatively you could use your HND to progress straight into employment.