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Computing HNC and HND

Computing HNC and HND

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Key Information

Start date:September

Institutional code:O10

UCAS code:CS56

Duration:2 year full-time; 4 years part-time

Course type:Full-time or part-time

Fees per year:Full-time £5,995; Part-time £2,998

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

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Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Computing

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HTQ LogoThe Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate/ Diploma in Computing offers students a broad introduction to the subject area, effectively building underpinning core skills while preparing the student for 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. Students will develop broad knowledge and awareness of key aspects of the computing sector through six core units, which include one unit assessed by an assignment.

Our HNC/D in Computing has been approved by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education as a Higher Technical Qualification (HTQ). This means that the qualification has been developed in collaboration with employers and businesses, so that our students get the specific training, knowledge and skills required for their chosen career.

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
  • Planning a Computing Project (Pearson-set unit)
  • Software Development Lifecycles
  • Website Design & Development
Course content – Level 5 HND
  • Computing Research Project (Pearson-set)
  • Business Process Support
  • Risk Analysis & Systems Testing
  • Network Security
  • User Experience & Interface Design
  • Network Management
  • Internet of Things
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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.

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.

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