Computing with Digital Media SCQF 5 (Online Virtual Classroom) NC

What is special about this course?

Whether you are checking social media, keeping up with YouTube, or playing your favourite game, you are interacting with the work of a team of coders, video editors, designers, artists and animators.

If you want to join them, this course is the perfect start.

We will guide you as you work with DSLR's, graphics tablets, HMD's, Smartphones, 3D Capture and network hosting solutions. You will explore how to create everything from mobile games to broadcast news.

You will be surrounded by talented, creative, and technically minded students. You will be challenged, inspired and above all supported.

We continue to engage with XpoNorth, Scotland's Leading Creative and Digital Industries festival. This gives you exposure to the cutting edge of tech and creative development, a great opportunity to see what’s available in the work market.

Where possible, you may have the opportunity for work placements, some of which are commercial projects.

Find a future where you do what you love.

During your course, you'll be further developing your digital skills but have a look at our information about key computing skills and essential student skills. 

Entry requirements

No formal qualifications are required.

  • you should have a keen interest in computing
  • you will need basic computing skills to access your online classroom
  • students should be at least 16 at the start of their course
  • mature students are very welcome

We’ll be inviting you, by email, to attend course information sessions between now and the start of your course. We urge you to come along if at all possible.

You will study from a range of subjects such as:

  • 3D modelling and animation
  • game design
  • video production
  • image editing
  • network literacy
  • website design and development
  • website graphics
  • applications development
  • computing project
  • computer hardware and systems
  • social media literacy
  • digital media
  • embedded development of core and essential skills

More than just your subject

Imagine coming out of college with your subject qualification PLUS a portfolio of skills endorsed by employers. That’s exactly what you will get with us. Our skills+ portfolio is part of your full-time course. You will develop skills in digital literacy, entrepreneurship, metaskills, work-readiness, net-zero, wellbeing, and the skills you need for your future aspirations. Our skills+ portfolio becomes your portfolio to take away with you. Whilst studying your subject you will build your skills+ portfolio and gain confidence and resilience along the way.


Internet connection and a suitable device with headphones, microphone and camera (minimum spec) is required. Please email us if you have any concerns about connectivity or equipment.

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time
  • Online

You normally need to commit to 18 hours per week (2-3 days) of learning time consisting of timetabled learning and self-directed study.

You will learn online through timetabled classes delivered by a lecturer in a virtual classroom. You’ll use our virtual learning environment to access resources, complete assessments, and chat to your lecturer and classmates. You will also complete regular and flexible personal study which most students choose to do from home. 

You will be assessed by means of a combination of practical tasks and open and closed book assessments throughout the year. You may have to attend a college centre or other exam centre for some of these – we can discuss this with you on application.

How long will my course last?

34 Weeks

Where can I study my course?

    • Study from anywhere including your local campus or centre

Start date

Late August/early September


Find out more about fees, fee waivers and funding options.


Students may qualify for bursary funding.

What can I do on completion of my course?

You could continue study in areas such as interactive media, web development, software development, 3D computer animation, computing and technical support.

This qualification also provides an ideal skillset to move into employment into a small to medium sized business or as a start point for a career in a larger organisation.

Is there more information available online?

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I want to start in 2024/25

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at UHI North, West and Hebrides. UHI North, West and Hebrides operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.