What is special about this course?
This is a one-year full time course which is designed for people who are looking to improve their knowledge and skills in computing, multimedia and games design. This course is a good stepping stone to HNC courses in computing, administration and business. On completion students will achieve the following qualifications:
- The National Certificate Digital Media Computing at Level 5.
- The National Progression Award Web Design Fundamentals at Level 5.
- The National Progression Award Computer Games Development at Level 4.
The course is delivered at SCQF levels 4 and 5 therefore candidates are expected to be educated to SCQF level 4, which could be demonstrated by having some of the following qualifications.
- A group of Standard Grades at General Level.
- A group of National 4 qualifications.
- A group of Intermediate Level 1 units.
Applications from adults without formal qualifications are welcome.
The course consists of 18 credits all of which are mandatory.
F3GB 10 Communication
This Unit is about using straightforward reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills in situations in your personal life, at work and in education.
F915 10 Computer Games: Design
This Unit is for candidates who wish to gain an understanding of underlying concepts and fundamental principles involved in computer game planning and design. Candidates will learn how to recognise and distinguish differences between gaming platforms, environments and genres. Candidates will be introduced to fundamental methods used in the planning and design stages of a computer game. Candidates will plan and design a computer game.
F917 10 Computer Games: Development
This aim of this Unit is for candidates to gain an understanding of processes involved in the final stages of computer game development. Candidates will learn how to use their chosen game development environment to assemble all the elements and produce a working game. Candidates will acquire an understanding of the evaluation process and plan and deliver an activity to promote a computer game.
F916 10 Computer Games: Media Assets
The aim of this Unit is for candidates to gain an understanding of the different types of media assets required for developing a computer game. Candidates will identify legitimate methods of acquiring media assets and how to plan and produce media assets for use in a game development environment.
F1KH 11 Computer Networking Fundamentals
The overall aim of this Unit is to enable candidates to set up a small computer network. Candidates will also be required to apply an appropriate methodology and select tools to test and troubleshoot a small network installation. The Unit will provide candidates with information about the different types and features of networking components and the physical network topologies used in industry.
DF2X 11 Computer Systems
This Unit is designed to develop knowledge and understanding of the principles of computer systems and practical skills related to computer systems through the use of contemporary hardware and software.
F1KR 11 Computing: Computer Hardware and Systems
This Unit is designed to provide candidates with information about the main functional elements in a computer system. The candidate will learn about the main functional and physical characteristics of motherboards, memory devices and processors with an emphasis on understanding individual hardware components and assembly.
F1KS 11 Computing: Digital Media Elements for Applications
This Unit is designed to enable candidates to develop the skills of digital media applications and the various media elements used within these applications. Candidates will develop the skills to generate images, 2D animations, audio and video files for inclusion in a multimedia application.
F1K8 11 Computing: Office and Personal Productivity Applications
This Unit is designed to enable candidates to make efficient and effective use of software application packages for personal and business use. The Unit will also offer practical experience in using complex features of the three main types of software application packages associated with office and personal use — word processing, databases and spreadsheets.
E9XD 10 Core Mathematics 2
This unit is been designed to enable candidates to consolidate basic numerical skills within the context of computing.
F180 11 Interactive Multimedia for Web Development
This Unit introduces candidates to the design and development of animation and interactive multimedia applications, including digital narratives, for use on the World Wide Web. This Unit is suitable for candidates who have some experience of using computer application software to produce basic web pages and digital images and who wish to develop their knowledge and skills to include animation and interactivity.
DF32 11 Multimedia Technology
This Unit is designed to develop knowledge and understanding of the principles of multimedia technology and to develop practical skills in the capture, creation and storage of multimedia data through the use of contemporary hardware and software.
F3GF 10 Numeracy
This Unit is about using straightforward numerical skills in everyday settings that involve graphical information, calculations, and solving problems.
F1FD 11 PC Passport: Internet and On-line Communications
This Unit is designed to introduce candidates to a range of internet tools used to access, retrieve and exchange information from the internet or an intranet. Candidates will use a range of e-mail features to send and receive messages. Candidates will also acquire routine skills in the use of hardware and software relating to on-line communication.
DF2Y 11 Software Development
This Unit is designed to develop knowledge and understanding of software development and to develop practical skills in software development through the use of a high level language within an appropriate software development environment. In particular, it will develop and consolidate candidates’ familiarity with standard language constructs and algorithms, and enable candidates to develop modular programs combining standard constructs.
H60D 45 Weblogs
This Unit is designed for learners who have an interest in following and posting information on weblogs (blogs). It is designed to enable the learner to create a high quality blog and post information on a specific subject over a period of time. Learners will be able to discuss the features which characterise high-quality weblogs, for example: usability; navigation; structure; connectedness and presentation. The learner will identify and track a variety of weblogs using specific software that allows multiple weblogs to be tracked easily (aggregation tools).
F182 11 Web Design and Development
This Unit is designed to develop knowledge and understanding of the website design and development process, with an emphasis on meeting client requirements, evaluation and testing. This Unit also develops practical skills in the process of developing a website using web authoring tools.
H614 45 Computing: Website Graphics
This Unit is designed to develop knowledge and understanding of the main technical aspects of using graphics and digital images in websites. Learners will develop practical skills in creating graphics and optimising graphics and digital images for use on websites. Learners will also develop practical skills in the creation of simple web pages that incorporate text and optimised graphics.
How will I study my course?
- Full Time
- Part Time
The majority of teaching is done face to face and is classroom based.
How long will my course last?
Where can I study my course?
- Lews Castle College, UHI, Stornoway
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?
Candidates who successfully complete the National Certificate can progress to either:
- HNC/D Computing.
- HNC/D Administration and Information Technology.
- HNC/D Business.
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