SCQF Level 8

Course Overview

Computer Networking HND will cover important computing areas of networking and security. You will study specialist areas including subjects in; Computer Forensics, Ethical Hacking and Networking. 


Computer networking with security and forensics is one of the fastest developing branches of the new technologies industries. There is a huge demand in the industry for network professionals with salaries starting between £30,000-£50,000+. During this course you will develop an essential understanding of Networking for Home and Networking for Small Business. You will be introduced to Internet Service Provider (ISP) routing and switching which is used in the designing and support of computer networks.  The course uses CISCO Network essentials and an additional CCNA certificate in this can be gained alongside your main studies. This course will prepare you for further studies in computer systems and networks at university degree level or employment within the computer networking industry.  

What You Will Learn
  • Computer Networking Technologies
  • Routing
  • Switching
  • Internetworking
  • Basic Software Development
  • Computer Hardware and Software Installation Fundamentals
  • Troubleshooting
  • Private Cloud Virtualisation
  • Server Administration
  • Forensics
  • Ethical Hacking

Entry Requirements
  • For school leavers: Three Highers at C pass in Mathematics, Computing or?a Science 
  • For everyone else: All enquiries are welcome regardless of qualifications. Edinburgh College computing staff can assess where you can start or progress in your computing career and find the right course for you
  • Three Highers at C pass in Mathematics, Computing or?a Science
  • Adult returners and mature students with few qualifications are welcome to apply and will sit a screening activity to assess your level of knowledge

English Proficiency Requirements
  • IELTS 5.5
How the course is assessed
  • The course is mainly assessed on your practical skills
  • There will be some written assignments and multiple-choice tests
  • The Graded Unit for year one is an exam and for year two is a project

Information on Test/Auditions/Interview Requirements
  • At interview you will be asked to take part in a Skills and Experience screening exercise this will be on a computer.?
  • Please bring along any qualification certificates
  • Further course information will be provided by a lecturer on the course as well as an opportunity for you to ask questions

Progression And Articulation Routes
  • You can progress into the second or third year of general Computing degrees taught at various universities
  • You can progress on to year three of BSc (Hons) Computer Systems and Networks at Edinburgh Napier University

Download our progression route map here
Career Opportunities
  • Network engineer
  • If you take the test alongside your studies CCNA certificate job roles will be open to you

Number Of Days Per Week
  • 2.5 days per week (approximately)
Course Cost And Funding Options
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Courses may be subject to alteration or cancellation

Computing Overview

​Master the skills in digital media editing, database administration, social media and e-commerce, web design, animation, 3D modelling, programming in C#, PHP, Actionscript, Javascript, Java and C++, scripting, batching, network architechture and forensics, all taught by industry veteran lecturers with extensive real life experience.

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