NC Computing (with Cyber Security)

With an ever-increasing demand for digital skills in all areas of industry, this course is a hugely important step in achieving a highly valued qualification in computing.

The course provides students with the practical skills and theoretical knowledge in a wide range of computing subject areas, such as Software and App Development, Web Authoring, Data Security, Digital Forensics, Ethical Hacking, Network Literacy and Computer Hardware and Systems.

On successful completion of the course, students may progress onto a range of HN programmes, which in turn can lead to articulation to university.

  • NPA Cyber Security (including Data Security, Digital Forensics and Ethical Hacking)
  • Higher Computing Science Software Design and Development and Information Design and Development units
  • Authoring a Website
  • Applications Development
  • Network Literacy
  • Computing Hardware and Systems
  • Computing Project
  • Computing: Academic Skills
  • Mathematics for Interactive Computing

  • Employment in roles across a variety of jobs in the digital, computing and IT sectors

  • HNC Computing including HNC Computing with Cyber Security
  • BSc Software Development with Cyber Security

  • Five National 5 awards (or equivalent) including Maths (or Applications of Maths) and English and preferably Computer Science,  all to be at grade C or above
  • Applicants who do not meet these criteria, but have relevant experience or alternative qualifications will be considered

Additional requirements:

  • An interview and skills test may 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


Falkirk Campus



Start date

19 August 2024

SCQF Level

Level 6