Our industry driven courses are designed to prepare young people for work and provide skills pathways into a wide variety of digital roles. Our courses focus on work based learning aligned to industry competency frameworks, alongside embedded SQA accreditation.

The proposal is to create an innovative on-line course to prepare S6 students for a career in the tech industry by utilising real world projects and collaborating in teams in a remote working environment.  

The course will be themed around one of the following key areas. 

  • Cyber Security
  • Software Development
  • Data Science

The courses combines practical professional experience along with developing entrepreneurial skills.  The course is learner driven, empowering students, and is both flexible and self-paced.  Although the course is designed to be delivered six hours per week for an academic year using zoom classes, workshops and webinars, students will have access to additional online materials at any time. Students will be taught the applications and processes commonly used in the workplace; agile methodology, collaboration tools like Trello and Jira and using GIT for version control.  Throughout the course students are supported by qualified tutors, mentors, work-based assessors and industry experts.  The emphasis will be on work based learning and students will develop the skills and competencies that will support their employability into a variety of roles within the tech industry.  Building an e-portfolio that will be assessed by work based assessors.  Dependent on their previous experience students will also be given an opportunity to gain the NPA Level 6 in Cyber Security, Software Development or Data Science or more appropriate HN units.  The course also aims to encourage innovation and creativity and develop entrepreneurial skills in the students.  Students form project teams and agree amongst themselves a product they want to create or decide to work with a third sector client to solve specific problems.  Using agile methodology and guided by mentors, these teams organise their own stand-ups, sprints and set their own milestones, deadlines and deliverables.   There will also be opportunities to present these products to the wider tech community. The course is designed to give students opportunities to develop their entrepreneurial skills and prepare them for entry into the workplace, Graduate or Modern Apprenticeships, or onto further study in universities or colleges.  

National Progression Awards (NPAs) assess a defined set of skills and knowledge in specialist vocational areas, linked to National Occupational Standards.  The NPAs in Data Science at SCQF levels 4, 5 and 6 provide foundation knowledge and skills in data science to increase awareness of the discipline among learners and provide practical skills in data analysis. The qualification will also raise awareness of the societal aspects of this important, emerging technology.  They are the first school-based national qualifications in Data Science to be developed and will prepare learners for further studies and future employment in this area.

NPA Data Science at SCQF Level 4:

Group award consists of: Data Citizenship, Data Science.

NPA Data Science at SCQF Level 5:

Group award consists of: Data Citizenship, Data Science and one from these options:  Computer Programming, Data Security, Data Science(Project), Data Science (Statistics), Machine Learning.

NPA Data Science at SCQF Level 5:

Group award consists of: Data Citizenship, Data Science and one from these options:  Computer Programming, Data Security, Data Science(Project), Data Science (Statistics), Machine Learning, Statistics.

National Progression Awards (NPAs) assess a defined set of skills and knowledge in specialist vocational areas, linked to National Occupational Standards. The NPAs in Cyber Security at SCQF levels 4, 5 and 6 provide foundation knowledge and skills in data security, digital forensics and ethical hacking — and provide a skills pipeline into the cyber security industry. These awards are designed to raise awareness of cyber security and fill the current skills gap in this field. They will encourage learners to improve their cyber hygiene and enable them to identify security weakness safely, legally and ethically. They will also help learners to contribute more safely to virtual communities. They are the first school-based national qualifications in cyber security to be developed and will prepare learners for further studies and future employment in this area.

NPA Cyber Security at SCQF Level 4:

Group award consists of: Data Security, Digital Forensics, and Ethical Hacking.

NPA Cyber Security at SCQF Level 5:

Group award consists of: Data Security, Digital Forensics, and Ethical Hacking.

NPA Cyber Security at SCQF Level 6:

Group award consists of: Data Security, Digital Forensics, and Ethical Hacking.

National Progression Awards (NPAs) assess a defined set of skills and knowledge in specialist vocational areas, linked to National Occupational Standards (NOS). The NPA in Software Development at SCQF level 6 introduces learners to techniques that are important in the IT sector such as Computing Applications Development, Computing: Authoring a Website, and Software Design and Development.  The principal aim of the qualification is to provide learners with programming skills and prepare them for employment as entry-level computer programmers.

Group award consists of: Applications Development, Authoring a Website, Software Design and Development.

Code Division can develop a number of digital courses all with work based learning at their core and supported by industry expertise. The courses can embed SQA units from level 4 to Level 7 including: Java Programming, Python Programming, Web Development, SQL introduction, User Centred Design, Testing Software, Advanced Excel, and Relational Databases.