Helping you to progress in a career in IT

Course Overview

The course will develop your understanding and foundations of core computing, programming, systems design and software development.

During the course, you will develop your skills and knowledge in areas such as computer networks, server and security management. The course is modular and the content is designed to be flexible enough to provide you with underpinning knowledge in all subjects.

You will also be given the opportunity to explore a range of areas in more detail.

As part of this course, you will also work with an employer, this can be completed alongside your course in the two days in which you are not studying or as block placements throughout the term breaks. 

What will I study? 

The course will allow you to develop your awareness of professional standards of conduct and practice; which will provide you with the ability to apply your skills, knowledge and understanding to a variety of computing problems and contexts.

You will study a Higher National Certificate (HNC), receiving a nationally recognised Higher Education qualification at the end of the year which is roughly equivalent to the first year of a BA (Hons) degree.

How will I be Taught and Assessed? 

You will be taught in a variety of ways, including lectures, practical sessions and workshops.

There are no formal examinations required for this course. Assessment methods include practical assessments, reports and essays, analysis of case studies, oral presentations, seminar papers, project work, Personal Development Portfolio, examinations and unseen class tests. Assessment will involve both individual and group/team-based assignments.

Why Should I Study Computing HNC?

This course provides a link to the increasing skill set required for careers in distributed systems, cloud infrastructures, system security and app development where there is a national skill shortage - particularly in cybersecurity.

What Could I Do Next?

Completion of this course will enable you to progress into a range of careers, including network support, administration, security and management, programming in a variety of languages, website design or database development.

We have hand-selected modules in this course that are linked to careers which are currently in high demand, including Data Analytics, Data Science and Software Development. 

The placement element of this course will expose you to potential employers as well as giving you real-world experience. This experience gives you the chance to build your own professional network and give you skills which are in high-demand across the country. 

Entry Requirements

  • BTEC Level 3 Qualification in IT
  • Access to Higher Education Qualification
  • Other relevant Level 3 qualifications
  • Relevant work experience.

Programme Specification

Download the Computing programme specification to find out more.


Financial Support

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