The course deals with computer hardware and support techniques wherein candidates develop advanced skills in Networking, Data Communication and Hardware Installation & Maintenance. The course practically helps candidates to develop their skills necessary for the present environment. This qualification reflects current technological developments and IT industry practices, and articulates to a wide range of degree programmes. The course is made up of core and optional units. Each unit has a credit value and it is linked with the number of contact hours per semester required for the study.
Students are required to obtain a minimum of 12 credits for the Advanced Certificate award, 6 of them are core units and 6 are optional units. In the Advanced Diploma award, the students are required to obtain minimum 30 credits, 18 are core units and 12 are optional. A credit value is equivalent to 44 contact hours.
Who does this qualification suit
The SQA Advanced Diploma in Computing: Technical Support is suitable for a wide range of candidates including:
- school leavers
- adult returners to education
- individuals in employment who wish to enhance their career prospects
- people who wish to start their own business
"This course will cover the knowledge and specialist technical skills needed by those who work in computer system support roles."
Duration and the entry requirements
The course would normally be undertaken on a two-year full-time basis and the academic year comprises 3 semesters. The entrance requirements
- 1- Higher Education Certificate or other equivalent certificate.
- Applicants have to take an English language placement test to determine if they will require a foundation programme before joining the diploma programme.
Accreditation of prior learning
Applicants may be considered through the accreditation of prior learning, which may be certificated or experiential. The admissions and registration staff are responsible for determining the grounds on which accreditation is acceptable. All applications are subject to approval of the Ministry of Higher Education. Please check Accreditation of prior learning (APL) entry condition in new student entry requirement page
College Requirement Course
All the students are required to study a College requirement course “Entrepreneurship – Creativity and Innovation course” for 3 Credit Hours during the second year of their academic programme, apart from the programme requirements.
The potential areas of employment for candidates completing their Advanced Diploma would be: Network Administration in major organisations involving local area networks (LAN) and wide area networks (WAN), Installation and maintenance of Computer Server equipment in private organisations and ministries.
After the successful completion of the programme requirements, the students will be awarded with the certificates from the Scottish Qualification Authority.
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