N4 Computing Science

The course is currently studied over the full academic year with four full periods per week. National 4 Computing Science may be taught within a bi-level environment with National 5 students, where common elements of the course are studied together. Assessed pieces of coursework will be set throughout the year which must be completed at the required level, before students undertake a self-contained Assignment towards the end of the study period. The majority of the practical aspects of the course will use free “open-source” software, which means that students should be able to enhance their learning experience by coding at home, where access to suitable computer hardware is available.  Learning is supported by the use of the online Google Classroom, where all students will be expected to participate and add value to the learning environment.

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 challenge and application. This will be assessed through an assignment which involves the application of skills and knowledge from the other units.


Whilst there is no grade awarded at National 4 level, students must pass all of the required Units including the Added Value Unit. All work is currently internally assessed.

Progression/Career Opportunities

Computing and ICT are specialisms that are found in all career areas. From IT support to Games Development, Scotland has a nationwide shortage of relevantly trained personnel.  This need is set to increase over the foreseeable future.  Satisfactory completion of the National 4 Award will allow progression to National 5 Computing Science.

SQA Information