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Computing HNC and HND

Computing HNC and HND

About Studying at UCO
Key Information

Start date:September

Institutional code:O10

UCAS code:Contact UCO Reception

Duration:1 year full-time; 2 years part-time

Course type:Full-time or part-time

Fees per year:Full-time £7500; Part-time £3,750

Additional costs:Approximately £100 per academic year, to cover the costs of core text books and external visits.

Delivery Method:Face-to-face via Lectures, Seminars and Tutorials

Entry Requirements

A typical profile for a student who has recently been in education would consist of:

  • GCSE English and Maths grades at C/4 or above, or equivalent Level 2 qualifications
  • a BTEC Level 3 qualification in business or a similar field
  • a GCE Advanced level profile which demonstrates strong performance in a relevant subject or an adequate performance in more than one GCE subject.
  • Other vocationally related level 3 qualifications
  • An Access to Higher Education Certificate awarded by an approved further education institution

Mature students may present a more varied profile of achievement that is likely to include extensive work experience (paid and/or unpaid) and/or achievement of a range of professional qualifications in their work sector.

Applicants may be invited to an interview to discuss their qualifications and experience.

Award

Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Computing

The Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Computing offers students a broad introduction to the subject area via a mandatory core of learning, while allowing for the acquisition of skills and experience through the selection of optional units across a range of occupational sectors at Level 4. This effectively builds underpinning core skills while preparing the student for subject specialisation at Level 5. Students will gain a wide range of sector knowledge tied to practical skills gained in research, self-study, directed study and workplace scenarios. At Level 4 students develop a broad knowledge and awareness of key aspects of the computing sector through six core units, which include one unit assessed by a Pearson-set assignment.

The Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Computing offers students six specialist pathways designed to support progression into relevant occupational areas or on to degree-level study. These pathways are linked to Professional Body standards and vendor accredited certification (where appropriate) and can provide professional status and progression to direct employment. There is also a non-specialist ‘Computing’ pathway, which allows students to complete a Pearson BTEC Higher National Diploma without committing to a particular professional specialism. This offers additional flexibility to providers and students.

Who is the course for?

Holders of the Pearson BTEC Higher National Diploma will have developed a sound understanding of the principles in the field of computing and will have learned to apply those principles more widely. They will have learned to evaluate the appropriateness of different approaches to solving problems. They will be able to perform effectively in their chosen field and will have the qualities necessary for employment in situations requiring the exercise of personal responsibility and decision-making.

Course content – Level 4 HNC
  • Programming
  • Networking
  • Professional Practice
  • Database Design & Development
  • Security
  • Maths for Computing
  • Data Analytics
  • Managing a Successful Computing Project (Pearson-set unit).
Course content – Level 5 HND
  • Business Intelligence
  • Cloud Computing
  • Advanced Programming
  • Forensics
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Application Development
  • Computing Research Project (Pearson-set unit)
Placements and work experience

Throughout the course, students are encouraged to undertake relevant paid or voluntary work, in order to build their skills and experience.

What careers can the course lead to?

Holders of the Pearson BTEC Higher National Diploma will have developed a sound understanding of the principles in the field of computing and will have learned to apply those principles more widely. They will have learned to evaluate the appropriateness of different approaches to solving problems. They will be able to perform effectively in their chosen field and will have the qualities necessary for employment in situations requiring the exercise of personal responsibility and decision-making.

Graduates of the BTEC Higher National Diploma in Computing may continue to Honours level to earn a full Level 6 degree from a suitable university. Alternatively, students may choose to seek to develop their career in the computing sector, by accessing paid or voluntary work in the varied and wide-ranging sector locally and regionally.

Teaching and Assessment methods

The course is delivered by a series of lectures, seminars, tutorials, assignments and project based work. There is a strong focus on practical work, devising group strategies and solutions and feeding back via formal presentation. Students are also encouraged to work independently and to develop the necessary skills to enable the presentation of the highest standard with regards to academic submissions. The combination of theory and practice will enable students to engage in a wide range of activities that reflect modern day policing practice.

Assessments may take various forms and could include essays, reports, presentations, reflections on learning, and practical demonstrations.

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