National 4 Computing Science (Course Code: C716 74)

SCQF Level 4 (24 SCQF credit points)

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Why study Computing Science?

Computing science is vital to everyday life – on social, technological and economic levels. It shapes the world in which we live and its future. Computing is embedded in the world around us, from systems and devices in our homes to our places of work. It has also changed the way we learn, relax, travel and communicate.

Learning computing science will give you many benefits apart from learning about technology. You will learn valuable transferable work and life skills, such as being able to solve problems in a logical way, think creatively and handle information.

The skills you learn in this course are useful in lots of different job areas. These include science, communications, entertainment, education, business and industry.

Career Pathways

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Computing and ICT


Science and Maths

Transport and Distribution

Uniformed and Security Services

What do I need to get in?

The school or college will decide on the entry requirements for the course. You would normally have achieved:

What will I study?

This course aims to help you understand key computing concepts and processes. You will learn basic computing, logical and problem solving skills. You will learn how to solve a variety of computing problems, through designing, developing and testing in real life situations. And, you will look at the impact of computing technologies on the environment or society.

The course has two compulsory units, plus an added value unit that assesses your practical skills.

Software Design and Development (9 SCQF credit points)

In this unit you will:

Information System Design and Development (9 SCQF credit points)

In this unit you will:

Added Value Unit: Computing Science Assignment (6 SCQF credit points)

In this unit you will:

How will I be assessed?

Your work will be assessed by your teacher or tutor on an ongoing basis throughout the course. Items of work might include:

You must pass all units plus the added value unit to gain the course qualification.

Study Materials

What can I go on to next?

If you complete the course successfully, it may lead to:

Further study, training or employment in:

Which jobs are related to this subject?

Where can my parents find out more?

Your school will give your parents an Options or Choices information booklet, which has detailed information on the curriculum and the individual subjects or courses you can study. It will also invite them along to a Parents’ Information Evening.

They can also read the information leaflet(s):

Nationals in a Nutshell - Computing Science (National 4)