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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.

What topics are covered?

The staff aim to teach skills that are in current demand, so the topics are regularly updated to reflect what is happening in local businesses.


Currently, the units delivered in the 2-year programme include:

  • Programming
  • Networking
  • Professional Practice
  • Database Design and Development
  • Security
  • Managing a Successful Computing Project
  • Strategic Information System
  • Computer Systems Architecture
  • Website Design and Development
  • Data Analytics

Who is the course aimed at?

This course is suitable for anyone wishing to develop their skills in this vocational area, people who have been out of education for some time, those who may not have achieved their potential in earlier education and students progressing from A levels or BTEC diplomas. This course is particularly suited to those wishing to return to employment or looking to change career direction.

What are the entry requirements?

Applications are welcome from candidates who possess one or more of the following:

  • Equivalent of 80+ UCAS points
  • Level 3 qualification such as a National Award / Certificate / Diploma, Progression / Advanced Diploma, GCE A-level, Access to Higher Education course, or a work-based course such as NVQ 3 or Advanced Apprenticeship
  • Relevant work/life experience (without formal qualifications), but who can demonstrate they possess the necessary skills and drive to succeed on the course


Applicants will, normally, also require at least four full GCSE passes (minimum Grade C/4), including maths and English language or their level 2 equivalents.
Where English is not the applicant’s first language a IELTS score of 5.5 (Reading and Writing must be at 5.5), or equivalent qualification, will normally be required.


Applications may be subject to interview.

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 learn?

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.

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?

HNCs are designed to produce high-quality graduates in the applied computing sector. Graduates of this course are independent thinkers with sound technical knowledge who possess real work-based experience and skills in the IT industry.


Successful completion of the course could lead, for example, to employment, a higher level apprenticeship, further study to HND level, and later to Honours Degree level offered by other relevant institutions.

How much does this course cost?

This HNC in Computing costs £2,700.

What funding is available?

You can apply for a loan to cover your tuition fees and a maintenance grant/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 Technology

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 using our online application form (click the ‘Apply’ button).


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