SCQF LEVEL 6 - Higher

Computing Science is vital to modern life – socially, technologically and economically – shaping our world and its future. Computing is embedded all around us, from devices in the home and workplace, to how we access education, entertainment, services and communication. Understanding computational processes and thinking is vital to many other fields including science, economics, business and industry.  




1 Year full time/

6 periods per week


An extended practical assignment done in class and marked by SQA  


(31% of the final award) 


Two hours 30 minutes written examination  


(69% of the final award) 




Miss Collett

Mr Speirs



While many pupils will want to become computing professionals, all will benefit from a knowledge of computing. As a rigorous academic subject, Higher Computing Science is valued as an entry qualification, relevant to all STEM areas, by universities, colleges and employers alike. 

Building on prior understanding and skills, you will revisit the same four broad areas of study covered at Nat 5, exploring these in greater detail.  

Like the Nat 5 course, taught units are delivered from June to January, with the remainder of the academic year being devoted to the course assignment and revision.  


Software Design & Development 

In this unit pupils will explore concepts relating to software design & development including algorithms, data handling (reading and writing to files) and human/computer interaction, developing practical skills through a range of interesting programming tasks written in the Visual Basic programming language. 


Web Design & Development 

Pupils study web-based systems through practical and investigative tasks. Much of this topic focuses on development and formatting of websites using technologies such as HTML, CSS and JavaScript (writing functions).  


Database Design & Development 

Pupils apply computational thinking skills to design, develop and interrogate sophisticated databases using complex queries written in SQL. 


Computer Systems 

Pupils develop an understanding of how computer systems work, including representation of programs and data, computer architecture and cyber security. 


Everything you need to know before selecting this course

entry requirements

To study Computing science at Higher level, pupils will be expected to have gained a minimum of a C pass at Nat 5 level. 

what will you get?

An SQA Higher level qualification in Computing Science. 


The course is graded  


A: Band 1, Band 2 

B: Band 3, Band 4 

C: Band 5, Band 6 

D: Band 7 


Everything you need to know about future pathways from this course


This course is suitable for all learners who are interested in becoming a: 


Web Developer

Software Engineer

IT Trainer  


Database Administrator

Games Developer  

Network Manager 

Forensic Computer


Airline Pilot 

Careers in Computing Science  

my world of work

This link will take you to an excellent resource on MyWOW which looks at potential career routes when you select a combination of subjects. 


Information from pupils who have studied this course as to how they feel it was.

Adrian - S5

I choose to do computing because I thought that having the skills learnt in the subject could be helpful later on in life.  


I really enjoy the programming in the course because it's also fun to do in your own time   

Typing on a Computer

Murray - S5

I chose higher computing science because I find it interesting to learn about how a computer works and how to use different computer programs effectively  


I have enjoyed the web design and development the most as it allows you to create your own websites based on your own ideas  


The higher course has a lot more content compared to the National 5 course and there is much more to remember when it comes to tests. There is a lot of working on your own and researching different problems that you face.  


I would recommend this to people who are interested in learning about computers and how they work.   

Hands on Computer Keyboard