Advanced Higher Computing Science

At this level, learners are required to take the initiative in all aspects of their study. Whilst there will be class contact time made available, usually 3 periods per week in conjunction with the Higher Computing Science classes, the Heriot Watt Scholar programme has been made available to students.  This will allow study of the course content at times more suitable to the individual pupil needs.  It is also expected that students will obtain the relevant free, open-source software necessary to develop their skills in the more practical aspects of the course.

The 2 topic areas that students will cover:

  • Software Design & Development
  • Information Systems Design & Development

Added Value Unit

An Added Value Unit addresses the key purposes and aims of the course by focusing on breadth, challenge and application. This will be assessed through a major project which involves the application of skills and knowledge from the other units.


The two topic areas will be assessed internally via a series of predefined tasks throughout the year. Successful completion of these is necessary to allow the final exam to be undertaken.  The Added Value element will assess learners’ skills in analysing a problem, designing a solution to the problem, implementing a solution to the problem, and testing and reporting on that solution.  This is also internally marked and accounts for 60% of the overall course mark.  A final exam worth 40% is taken at the end of the course and externally marked.

Progression/Career Opportunities

Learners who have achieved this Advanced Higher Course may progress to further study, employment and/or training. Progression to further/higher education: For many learners a key transition point will be to further or higher education, for example to Higher National Certificates (HNCs)/Higher National Diplomas (HNDs) or degree programmes in various branches of Computing Science, Information Technology and other related areas.

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