Computer Technologies NQ

What is special about this course?

Every organisation uses software and hardware to solve problems and perform tasks more effectively, so if you want to improve your career prospects, a good level of computing skills is essential.  This introductory course is suitable for all types of people regardless of qualifications, age or work experience and will allow you to gain practical skills and a formal qualification in digital media computing.  You will learn about a range of computer applications which will ensure that you are proficient in multimedia creation, basic games design, software development/programming and hardware installation and maintenance.

This qualification also embeds 3 NPAs (National Progression Awards).  You will also gain industrial experience by working in the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Centre.  This placement will allow you to improve and develop your hardware skills in a realistic environment.


Entry requirements

You require two Intermediate Level 1 National 4 (SCQF 4) qualifications, preferably in Computing, Numeracy or Communication.  However, if spaces are limited, there will be a selection process and you will be invited to discuss your application with a member of college staff.  You will be asked to undertake a short aptitude test.  You will also be expected to attend a one day taster course over the summer holiday to familiarise yourself with the college and staff.

An introduction to Computing covering:

  • computer programming;
  • fundamentals of cyber security;
  • animation and games development;
  • website development for the 21st century;
  • computer hardware and systems installations;
  • computer networking fundamentals

You will also get the chance to improve your employment prospects by identifying and recording your skills, strengths and achievements and completing a work experience unit.

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time

Face to face

How long will my course last?

1 Year

Where can I study my course?

    • Perth College UHI

Start date



Most full-time students will have their fees paid.

Students on part-time courses may also be eligible to have their course fees waived.

What can I do on completion of my course?

On completion of the NQ Computer Technologies you may be able to progress onto the HNC Computing (both streams).

This level of qualification might help you find work at a junior level within the IT industry in data entry or clerical work.

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I want to start in 2023/24

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at Perth College UHI. Perth College UHI operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.