Higher Computing Science (Course Code: C816 76)

SCQF Level 6 (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

To see what career areas this subject could lead to and the routes to get there, download and view these career pathways:

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?

Software design and development

Development methodologies, Analysis, Design, Implementation (data types and structures), Implementation (data types and structures); Implementation (algorithm specification), Testing, and Evaluation.

Computer systems

Data representation, Computer structure, Environmental impact, and Security risks and precautions.

Database design and development

Analysis, Design, Implementation, Testing, and Evaluation.

Web design and development

Analysis, Design, Implementation (CSS), Implementation (HTML), Implementation (JavaScript), Testing, and Evaluation.

How will I be assessed?

The course assessment has two components totalling 120 marks:

The question paper has 3 sections. Section 1 is mandatory and you have the option of completing either Section 2 or Section 3:

For the assignment component there are 3 tasks. Task 1 is mandatory and you have the option of competing either Task 2 or Task 3:

Both the question paper and the assignment are set and externally marked by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA).

The grade awarded is based on the total marks achieved across course assessment.

The course assessment is graded A-D.

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 (Higher)