HNC/HND in Computing

This is a chance to take your love of computing to a higher level. This course is a level 4 at HNC - year 1 (higher national certificate) and level 5 at HND - year 2 (higher national diploma). You can choose to complete one year and get an HNC or both to get the HND.

If you wish to then top-up to a full degree you can either do this in University or colleges that offer degree level top-ups by taking a 3rd year of the qualification.

The course itself contains areas you will be expected to know when heading towards a career in the IT sector, which might include cyber security, networking and web design to name a few. The industry is broad and so this qualification opens the path to many options by teaching the main fundamentals of computing, which is the base level needed for these careers.

  • What will be studied
    • Programming
    • Computer networking
    • Database design and development
    • Security
    • Website design and development
    • Researching and managing a project
    • Business intelligence
    • Cloud computing
  • What are the entry requirements?

    In order to qualify for this Higher Education course you must have:

    • A minimum of 64 UCAS Tariff points
    • 5 GCSEs at Grades 4 and above (previously C and above), including maths and English.
    • Mature applicants (21 years and above) with suitable background or experience may be accepted without formal qualifications, subject to interview.
    • Good knowledge of technology and IT systems

    The ability to problem solve with creativity

  • Where does this course lead to?
    • System Administrator
    • IT Technician
    • Cloud Technician
    • IT Desktop Support Analyst
    • IT Helpdesk Support
    • IT Security Analyst
    • Entry Level IT Analyst
    • Network Technician
    • IT Assistant
    • Software developer



    Degree top-up at University / college

    Own business / freelance work in the IT industry, such as programming

    Career / trainee position in an IT company

  • What qualifications will be gained?

    Year 1 - Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Computing
    Year 2 - Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Computing

  • How will this course be delivered?
    • Practical workshops using hardware/software
    • Theoretical studies
    • Tutorials
    • 1:1 support
    • Presentations / demonstrations
  • How will I be assessed?
    • Completion of externally set assignments
    • Course work

    You will be awarded a Pass/Merit or Distinction for each completed Unit. Once all units are complete, you will receive an overall grade for the course.

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Start Date : 09/2021 End Date : 09/2023 Fee : N/A
Day : N/A Time : N/A Fee Description : N/A Duration : 1 or 2 years
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