Interactive Media and Computing NQ

What is special about this course?

The award aims to provide our learners with developing a range of skills and knowledge designed to underpin key aspects of Computer Technologies, Web and Digital Design.

The course covers a wide range of skills: IT Business Applications, Technical skills (hardware and networking), programming skills, Digital Design, communication and team working skills.

Entry requirements

Four Standard grade passes at General level, or four National 4 passes. Relevant computing experience can also be used as entry.

The course consists of the following subject areas:

  • Computer Graphics Design
  • Web Design
  • Multimedia
  • Computer Animation
  • Intro Games Design 
  • Computer Hardware Installation
  • Operating Systems
  • Introduction to programming
  • Communications
  • Numeracy
  • Enterprise Activity
  • Business IT Applications

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time
  • Part Time

Various teaching methods include:

  • Face to Face
  • Personal research
  • Tutorials
  • Team working

How long will my course last?

1 Year

Full-time (one year) or part-time (variable length depending on number of units studied)

Where can I study my course?

    • Lerwick Campus

Start date



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


Most full-time students will have their fees paid.

Students on part-time courses may also be eligible to have their course fees waived.

For more information see the funding page.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Academic: on successful completion of the course you would be able to progress onto our HNC Computing or HNC Digital Design and Web Development course.

Career: This level of qualification might help you find work at a junior level within the IT industry in data entry or clerical work.  Most local IT Companies recruit our students from our higher level academic computing courses.

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I want to start in 2024/25

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