Access to Computing

This course is for anyone who is considering a career in the IT industry. It provides students with a taste of the different specialities within computing, including computer hardware, cyber security and programming. This engaging course will use Raspberry Pis to help candidates develop practical skills and theoretical knowledge. As part of this course, students will have the opportunity to achieve Vendor Certification, which is highly respected by employers.

Course content includes:

  • NPA Cyber Security
  • National 5 Computing (units only)
  • CompTIA IT Fundamentals
  • Computer Hardware
  • Social Media Literacy
  • Maths and Communications Units

  • The career path for this course is further study

  • NC Technical Support
  • NC Computing with Cyber Security

One of the following:

• Three National 4 awards (or equivalent) including Maths, English and Computing Science
• Applicants who do not meet these criteria, but have relevant experience or alternative qualifications will be considered
Additional requirements:
• An interview will form part of the selection process

Further advice for full-time applicants:

• Please ensure you have an online account before starting your application
• If you created your account prior to September 2016, you will need to register a new account
• Before starting the application process, please ensure you already hold or are working towards the relevant entry qualifications required for the course you are applying for
• Ensure you use your own personal email address when creating your online account
• Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an automated email immediately
• If you do not receive an acknowledgement e-mail immediately, please check your SPAM/Junk folder
• Please include as much detail as possible in your personal statement such as; the reason you are applying, future career plans, previous employment, relevant experience, hobbies and interests
• Disclosing support needs in your application will not affect your chances of being offered a place on a course at Forth Valley College
• If your application is successful, you will be invited for interview. For January start courses interviews will be in Nov/Dec and interviews for August start courses will take place between February and May
• If your application is unsuccessful, you will be offered support in finding a suitable alternative course
• Applicants who provide a mobile phone number on their application form will be sent a text reminder prior to the day of interview
• If you are unable to attend an interview or wish to withdraw your application - please email


  • Location

    Falkirk Campus

  • Attendance


  • Start date

    26 August 2019

  • End date

    12 June 2020

  • SCQF Level

    Level 5