This course will develop your professional and self-reflection skills to meet the demands of employers in the computing sector, and allow you to adapt to a constantly changing world. You will gain a nationally recognised, vocationally specific qualification to enter employment in computing and systems development, whilst ensuring you are prepared for the workplace.


  • HNC Full-time: 1 year
  • HNC Part-time: 2 years
  • HND Full-time: 2 years
  • HND Part-time 4 years

Contact Time (per week):

  • Full-time: 2 days
  • Part-time: 1 day

• 96 UCAS points typically from A Levels or Level 3 Diploma in Computing or IT, although students from other subject specialisms are encouraged to apply
• Mature students who may not have formal qualifications are encouraged to apply for an interview where you will be considered on your experience, enthusiasm and commitment

Course Content:

Year 1

  • Programming (Core)
  • Networking(Core)
  • Professional Practice(Core)
  • Database Design(Core)
  • Security(Core)
  • Managing a Successful Computer Project(Core)
  • Software Development Life Cycles (Specialist)
  • Web Design and Development(Specialist)

Year 2

  • Computing Research Project(Core)
  • Business Intelligence(Core)
  • Application Development(Specialist)
  • Application Program Interfaces(Specialist)
  • User Experience & Interface Design(Specialist)
  • Architecture(Specialist)
  • Emerging Technologies(Specialist)

You will learn through a combination of independent and group activities including lectures, seminars, practical workshops, and demonstrations, tutorials, trips, visits and work-related experiences.

A range of assessment methods will be used including reports, presentations, and research projects.

Successful completion of this course will provide you with the qualifications required to ‘top-up’ to a full Bachelor’s Degree at university in just one year. Acceptance on to these courses is at the discretion of the institution offering the top-up.

The HND is a specialist vocational programme with a strong work-related emphasis. You could gain employment in the computing industry in roles such as a Systems Analyst, Data Designer, Database Administrator, IT Project Manager, IT Support Technician or Web Designer.

You will be taught in a dedicated IT suite with high specification computers running the latest industry standard software including Adobe Creative Cloud. You will also have access to high-speed internet on these systems. Free Wi-Fi is available to all students.

Throughout your course you will use the Google Suite for Education for lesson resources, assignments and group collaboration.

You will also have access to an Academic Support Tutor to assist you with your studies and careers advisors to help you with your future employment.

You will have the opportunity to take part in a range of trips such as exploring the history of computing at Bletchley Park and gaming events such as the popular EGX. Please note that trips may differ year-on-year.

You will undertake live assignments for real clients. There is an extensive tutorial pathway to improve employability and career options.

You will also have the opportunity to meet guest speakers from industry including consultants within the field of web design, database and security. Please note that guest speakers may differ year-on-year. You will also complete one weeks work experience in the second year.

“Because of the diverse range of topics taught on the HND I was able to develop a set of skills that built the foundations of my career. I now work as a Web Analyst for a popular television production company and am responsible for the analytics of three multi-million pound websites.”

David Watts

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For Admission

Department : Computing and IT
Level : Level 4/5
Awarding Body: Pearson Edexcel
Starts : 09 September, 2019
NCS UCAS Code: N33
Course Code: HDCOMAP
UCAS Code: I190
Fees : £6500 per year (part-time £3250). Some travel costs will be required for external visits. This is typically around £100.

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