Introduction to Computing (Schools)

***PLEASE NOTE - only pupils who will be at school during session 2024/25 can apply for this course***

This one-year course is open to pupils in S4 and S5 and is an ideal first step for anyone considering a career in the IT industry.  

Students gain experience in a mixture of the different specialities within computing, including technical support, software development, cyber security and networking.

The deadline for applications is Friday 19 April 2024 but early applications are encouraged.

You will study the following topics at SCQF Level 5: 

Computing: Website Design and Development; 

Software Design and Development; 

Programming for Mobile Devices; 

Computing: Computer Hardware and Systems; 

Computing: Computer Networking Fundamentals; 

Data Security

With further study, you will be able to progress to a variety of different careers in the IT industry, across the disciplines of technical support, software development, cyber security and networking.

On successful completion of the course, you will be eligible to apply for:

  • NC Computing with Cyber Security  

Applicants must have EITHER:

  • a minimum of four Nat 4s, including English & Maths (or Applications of Maths) and preferably Computing

OR (if unable to evidence the above)

  • be on track to pass four Nat 5s, including English & Maths (or Applications of Maths) and preferably Computing

Applicants must also:

  • be IT literate as this course does not cover basic IT skills
  • provide a reference/recommendation from a current teacher

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

11 June 2024

SCQF Level

Level 5