Computing Science – Advanced Higher


The course comprises two compulsory units and an assessment.

Software Design and Development (12 SCQF credit points)

In this unit you will:

  • develop a range of advanced concepts and processes relating to software design and development, including the use of standard algorithms, structured data types and a range of programming constructs
  • develop skills in developing well-structured, complex modular programs through practical tasks, using appropriate programming languages
  • through investigative and practical work, study the similarities and differences in different contemporary programming paradigms.

Information System Design and Development (12 SCQF points)

In this unit you will:

  • study a range of advanced concepts and processes relating to the design and development of complex information systems
  • develop skills in developing and implementing complex information systems through practical tasks using appropriate development tools
  • investigate a contemporary development, describing its purpose, features and applications, a related technical challenge or current area of development, examining its legal and/or ethical implications, and evaluating its environmental, economic and/or social impact.


Course assessment (8 SCQF credit points)

The course assessment consists of two components with a total of 150 marks:

  • Component 1 — project (90 marks)
  • Component 2 — question paper (60 marks)

The question paper will be set and marked externally by SQA.

Your work will be assessed by your teacher on an ongoing basis throughout the course. You must pass both units and the course assessment to gain the course qualification.

The course assessment is graded A-D. Your grade will depend on the total mark for all the units in your course.

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