Computing Science

Computing Science: Higher

Level 6 (24 SCQF credit points)


Software Design and Development

Computer Systems

Web Design and Development

Database Design and Development

Computing science is vital to everyday life — socially, technologically and economically; 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 and places of work, to how we access education, entertainment, transportation and communication. At this level, you will be introduced to an advanced range of computational processes and thinking, and learn to apply a rigorous approach to the design and development process across a variety of contemporary contexts. you will also gain an awareness of the importance that computing professionals play in meeting the needs of society today and for the future, in fields which include science, education, business and industry.

Course Construction:

In addition to the Course assessment, the Course includes four mandatory Units

Higher Computing Science Course Specification


Students will be required to sit two practical and theory based end of unit assessments. The final course assessment is made up of 2 components: a question Paper (110 marks) and an assignment, undertaken in class and marked externally (50 marks).


Higher Computing Science may lead to Advanced Highers, the Scottish Baccalaureate and a wide range of Computing qualifications within Further and Higher Education including HNC, HND and Degree level. Higher Computing Science may also contribute to the Science entry requirements set by many Universities and may support progression in other subjects at Degree Level.

Possible careers include: Website Developer, Computer Forensics, Security Systems, Games Developer, Database Administrator, Technical/Network Support, Digital Media (TV, Radio etc.), Software Tester, IT Trainer, School Teacher, Business/Systems Analyst, Project Manager/Planner, and Events Planner/Manager.

Entry requirements

Students would normally be expected to have attained a pass in Computing Science at National 5 level. Higher Computing Science may also be a suitable choice for students with a strong Maths or Physics attainment that have no prior experience of Computing Science but have a strong interest in the subject.