Computing Science Higher

Course Outline 

The Computing Science Higher course builds on the generic National 5 Computing Science course. Pupils will be encouraged to use an enquiring, critical and problem-solving approach to their development of software and applications solutions.  

Course Content

The course consists of two units:

Software Design and Development

Pupils will investigate advanced concepts in software development and computer architecture. They will develop and test advanced modular programs in at least two different software development environments.  

Information Systems Design and Development

Pupils will design, develop and test complex information systems using appropriate development tools. They will also investigate a variety of contemporary computing technologies from 'intelligent systems' to 'big data'.


To gain the course award, students must pass both units above and pass the external assessment. The external assessment consists of two components with the following weightings:

    • Coursework                                 40%
    • Written Examination             60%

The coursework is a substantial task provided by SQA and is designed to appraise students' practical skills across the component units. The task is undertaken in controlled conditions.


Formal homework will be issued on a bi-weekly basis.  In addition to this, students will be expected to set aside time for the study of notes etc in preparation for tests.  Work not completed in class should be completed at home.

Entry Requirements / Progression Route

Pupils will have achieved at least a 'B' pass at National 5 level.

On successful completion of the higher course, pupils can go on to study Advanced Higher Computing Science.

For further information please contact - Mrs Teresa Summers, PT Computing and Business Education.