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Computing HNC

Course Overview

This Computing HNC is an exciting and challenging part-time course, delivered over 2 years, that helps prepare students for work in the computer industry. During this course, students will develop skills that are in current demand such as: data analytics, programming, web design and development, security, professional practice, computer systems architecture, database design and development, networking, strategic information systems, and managing a successful computing project.

 

Students from this course may be already employed in, or will move into, a variety of jobs from IT technician, to web developer and other technical support roles.

 

After completing the HNC, students may consider continuing on to HND (level 5), subject to sufficient numbers applying, which normally will require students to complete further units at level 5 over a period of one year.

 

The course aims to enhance your IT skills across a range of key areas in order to develop your knowledge and experience in preparation for further study or employment.

What topics are covered?

Topics include data analytics, programming, web design and development, security, professional practice, computer systems architecture, database design and development, networking, strategic information systems, and managing a successful computing project.

What are the entry requirements?

There are several accepted entry requirements:

 

  • BTEC Level 3 Extended/Diploma
  • AS / A2 / A levels
  • Access to HE Diploma

You will also need English and Maths GCSE (full qualification) minimum Grade C/4

Please be aware Mature students will be considered on an individual basis.

What qualifications will I gain?

  • Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Computing (year 1 and 2)
  • Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Computing (year 3), subject to sufficient numbers of students applying

Who is the awarding body?

Pearson Education Ltd

How will I be assessed?

There are normally 2 or 3 assignments set for each unit. In order to meet the specific assessment criteria of the unit undertaken, each assignment will require you to demonstrate your ability to carry out research and solve computing related problems. Assessment evidence includes written reports, presentations and completed artefact/prototype (such as a website or database system). Assignments test understanding and ability to apply knowledge, carry out research and solve computing related problems. For example, an assignment in web development might ask you to explain and discuss server technologies and management services associated with hosting and managing websites. Another assignment in web development might ask you to utilise good design principles to create a multipage website.

What can I do after this course?

Successful  completion  of  the  course  usually  leads  into  employment  or  a  Higher  level Apprenticeship or continued study at HE level on to a Higher National Diploma.

How much does this course cost?

This HNC in Computing costs £6000, it is delivered over two years at £3000 a year.

What funding is available?

You can apply for a loan to cover your tuition fees and a maintenance loan for living expenses. To check if you are eligible for funding, please go to the Funding for HE Students page.

Which department is this course in?

Department of Digital and Computing

Where is this course?

The course is largely based in the Undergraduate Centre in the Roper Building, at Bath College City Centre Campus, with state of the art computer rooms and a dedicated undergraduate hub. The course also uses a dedicated hardware and networking lab. Students will have access to a wide range of software at no cost via the College’s Microsoft Web store. The software currently in use includes: Adobe Creative Cloud, Microsoft Office Professional, RStudio, Notepad++, PHPMyAdmin, Apache Web Server, Microsoft Project and Visual Studio. The computer software and hardware is ever-changing, reflecting the nature of the industry.

Where will I need to go on my first day?

On your first day, please report to the Reception in the Roper Building at City Centre Campus.

What else do I need to know?

To avoid disappointment, please make sure you apply for your chosen course early. Decisions regarding running or cancelling a course are made one week prior to the start of the course. If a course is cancelled, you will be informed and your course fees refunded in full. Please see Terms and Conditions of Enrolment.

The course will not run on bank holidays or during half term. Please check here for term dates.

Where can I find out more information?

For advice or more details please telephone 01225 312191 or email info@bathcollege.ac.uk. You may also visit our Student Advice Centre.

How do I apply?

You can apply for this course via UCAS, please use our apply button to go to the UCAS website.

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