HNC Computing (SCHOOLS)

***PLEASE NOTE - only pupils who will be at school during session 2022/23 can apply for this course***

Higher National Certificates are designed to meet the needs of employers both locally and nationally. Employers highly value the employability skills developed through HN study, as they equip learners very well for the realities of the workplace. HNCs demonstrate to employers that the holder has the skills and the ability to succeed in their industrial sector.

Undertaking the HNC Computing provides you with the opportunity to experience higher education level study in Computing that is not available in schools. This can give you an advantage when progressing to university or applying for a Modern Apprenticeship and will add value to your CV or UCAS application’s personal statement.


Falkirk: Tuesday and Thursday (afternoons) over two years.

Candidates will study for 6 unit credits in each year.

In Year 1 you will study:

  • Computer System Fundamentals
  • Troubleshooting Computer Problems
  • Professionalism and Ethics in Computing 
  • Developing Software: Introduction
  • Programming Foundations
  • Graded Unit Exam - written exam covering the units above

In Year 2, you will study:

  • Team Working in Computing
  • Developing Small Scale Applications
  • User Centred Design
  • Testing Software
  • Introduction to Project Management

Articulation to college courses would require students to undertake some work on a self-study basis.

  • Junior Software Developer
  • Applications Programmer
  • Systems Analyst 
  • User Support

  • HNC Computing can be used to gain entry to Computing related HE courses

  • Pupils should be working towards achieving two Highers including English or Maths over S5 and S6 and your school will need to confirm that you are ready to study at Higher level.
  • Pupils should have achieved at least National 5 in Maths, English and Computing Science in S4 achieving at least a B pass in each of these.

Further advice for School College Programme and Foundation Apprenticeship applications:

• Please ensure you have an online account before starting your application
• 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, 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 to an information session
• If your application is unsuccessful, you should speak to a guidance teacher or SDS school liaison officer.
• If you are unable to attend the information session or wish to withdraw your application, please email the School Partnership team -


Falkirk Campus

Start date

23 August 2022

End date

15 June 2023

SCQF Level

Level 7