NC Computing (with Cyber Security)

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

This course will provide students with both practical skills and theoretical knowledge in a range of computing subject areas, and supports progression to further study in crucial areas such as software development and cyber security.

This course will prepare students for progression onto a range of HN programmes in computing, 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 & Development & Information Design & 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

  • Further study options at HE level including BSc Software Development with Cyber Security.

  • Five National 5 awards (or equivalent) including 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

21 August 2023

SCQF Level

Level 6