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Computing HND

Course Overview

This Computing HND is an exciting and challenging full-time course, delivered over 1 year, that helps prepare students for work in the computer industry or continue to further study towards a BSc Level 6 qualification at university. Students will develop current and industry relevant skills in, network security, digital forensics, application development, business intelligence, computing research project, games development and advanced programming.


Students from this course may be employed in or will be capable of moving into a variety of different roles including, web development, IT technical support, software engineering, digital forensics, IT security, and network engineering.


After completing the HND, students can consider applying to join a related university programme to gain a full Bachelor of Science degree.


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 covered include:


  • Research project
  • Business intelligence
  • Network security
  • Advanced programming
  • Forensics
  • Application development
  • Games development.

What are the entry requirements?

HNC Computing or Level 4 equivalent.

What qualifications will I gain?

You will gain a Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Computing

Who is the awarding body?


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 or an artifact/prototype (such as a business application or computing research report). Assignment’s test understanding and ability to apply knowledge, carry out research and solve computing related problems. For example, an assignment in digital forensics might ask you to conduct a digital forensic investigation on a device or network or a cyber-attack. Another assignment in games development might ask you to develop a functional video game based on a specific game design with evidence of using development methodologies

What can I do after this course?

Many students progress into the industry to a variety of job roles. Successful completion of the course also offers the opportunity to continue onto a university course to gain a full Bachelor of Science degree in a related subject.

How much does this course cost?

This course costs £6000, and can be completed over one year, or two years at a cost of £3000 per 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.

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.

How do I apply?

Click the Apply button at the top of this page to be taken through to the UCAS website where you can make an application.


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