Games Development and Hardware Technologies (SCQF Level 5) Academy Programme

What is special about this course?

This 1-year programme allows students to attend college on a part-time basis on Tuesday & Thursday afternoons.

  • Anderson High School pupils can apply during S6.
  • Brae High School pupils can apply during S5 and S6.

Pupils will have the opportunity to develop skills and knowledge for a potential further course or a career in various Computer Science disciplines.

Games Development classes will cover key topics and skills in Games Design, creation of Games Assets and development of a Graphical Game.  Introduction to programming concepts will be covered.

Computer Hardware & Networking classes will cover PC components,  building and upgrading of modern computer hardware systems. Networking topics will include introduction to security and design and configuration of an appropriate Local Area Network.

Entry requirements

Pupils are expected to be working towards, or already have achieved, National 5 level.

This course covers underpinning theoretical and practical design topics in modules covering:

  • NPA in Computer Games Development – Level 5
    • Games Design
    • Games: media Asset creation
    • Games Development
  • Computer Hardware & Systems
  • Computer Networking
  • Installation of Operating System and business software
  • A range of up-to-date industry standard software and hardware will be used to allow students to develop a broad range of skills.

How will I study my course?

  • Part Time

It is aimed that all classes will run face to face from the Lerwick Campus.  All supporting notes will be provided on our University Virtual Learning Environment.

How long will my course last?

1 Year

You will attend college at the Shetland UHI Lerwick campus, Computing Department on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons during term time up until the Easter break.

How will I be assessed?

    Students are assessed on each unit by a combination of practical, written assessments and assignments on the practical & theoretical tasks where appropriate.

Where can I study my course?

    • Lerwick Campus
    • Islesburgh Community Centre, Lerwick

Start date



For the latest information on fees please see our fees policy.


There are no fees for this course and transport between school and college will be provided.

What can I do on completion of my course?

The main direct progression route locally feeds directly into the:

  • NQ/NC Interactive Media & Computing course
  • HNC Computing
  • HND Digital Design & Web Development

This course acts as a platform for students to continue onto complete the NQ Interactive Media & Computing course, and/or with appropriate entry go directly onto one of our HNC programmes.

All HNC Computing Department programmes can lead locally onto Degree courses in:

  • BScH Computing
  • BSc Hon Computing (Software Engineering)
  • BScH Computing (Cyber & Network Security)
  • BScH Applied Software Development
  • BScH Interactive Media/Digital Design

There are several potential career paths depending on the Computing course route chosen e.g.:

IT Engineer, Network Engineer, Cyber Security, Web Designer, Software Developer, Mobile App Developer to Graphic artist, Digital Media, Web Design & Development and Marketing.

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We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at UHI Shetland. UHI Shetland 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.