Introduction to Computing at Nescol

The Computing faculty at North East Scotland College offer an introduction to computing courses. This course is aimed at those who have basic computer operating skills but no prior experience in PC maintenance, and the course is appropriate for both school leavers and mature students who wish to further their knowledge and capabilities in computing. This course is not suitable for those with no prior qualifications, knowledge or those with no experience of computers.

Introduction to Computing

This course is a great option if you want to try your hand at IT support and basic digital media to decide if a career in this sector is really for you. It will give you a good understanding of basic hardware maintenance, software installation and configuration, and general troubleshooting. It will also raise your level of competence as an IT user and give you a taste of different specialist areas within computing.

This entry level course will give you the IT skills needed to work in today’s fast-paced and ever-changing world of technology. The course is designed by industry experts to give you a comprehensive grounding in relevant commercially-required IT and Digital Media skills.

National Certificate Computing at Nescol

The Computing faculty at North East Scotland College offer a wide range of non-advanced computing courses. To achieve entrey into these courses applicants should have successfully completed the Introduction course, and/or have relevant qualifications at National 4/5, Intermediate 1/2 or Standard Grade General/ Credit level (including Computer Science). An interest in computer hardware and maintenance and trouble-shooting technical problems is also important.

NC Computing with Digital Media

This course is aimed at students who wish to discover and develop skills in IT and Digital Media. It is designed to develop their knowledge of contemporary applications of computing and digital media in current use. This course offers the opportunity to explore a range of computing disciplines; Interactive Media/Web Development, Software Development, Technical Support & Networking.

You will cover web design fundamentals and development, computer hardware and systems and applications development. You will look at modern-day advancements in mobile technology and personal computer applications, and complete a computing project. You will also complete an NPA Digital Literacy and NPA Games Development at level 5, and Digital Acquisition & Editing: Video and Digital Media: Still Images Editing at level 6. You will also cover Communications and Numeracy at level 5 (or potentially level 6).

NC Computing: Technical Support

This course is suitable for students progressing from the Introduction to Computer Support course and for those who have studied computing at school level and are interested in and enjoy computer hardware, maintenance and troubleshooting technical problems. The course offers extensive training in developing customer support provision and will provide you with an in-depth understanding of what it’s like to work in an IT support role

You will learn about installing and maintaining computer software and hardware, as well as computer systems architecture. You will focus on troubleshooting and secure IT systems as well, whilst studying project design and implementation. The hands-on nature of the course will allow you to develop valuable skills in software development, and in installing, configuring and testing ICT networks.