Applied Computing (HNC)

Applied Computing (HNC)

This HNC programme is designed to equip you with the knowledge, understanding and skills that are essential for success in the current and future computing industry sector.

Course Information

  • Course Type University Level
  • Subject Area Information Technology
  • Qualification Higher National Certificate (HNC)
  • Study Mode: Full Time Only
  • Course Level Level 4
  • Location Victoria House
  • Course Length 1 year, full time
  • Start Date September Yearly
  • End Date July Yearly
  • Day Two days a week
  • Fee £7,495
  • Reduced Fee

    See below

  • Course Code I099

This new programme is designed to equip you with the relevant knowledge, understanding and skills that are essential for success in the current and future computing industry sector. Key features include:

You will:

  • Design, build and operate your own microprocessor systems, using Arduino circuitry and programming in C. You will deliver a personal project integrating design, programming and sense/control features. Projects in the last year have included proximity sensors for Covid warnings, children’s memory games, pet watering systems and currently an SMS message system for a vulnerable adult. (Computational Methods)
  • Apply number theory to practical computing scenarios through practical activities. Using a variety of languages and other applications you will explore algorithms and data structures, exploring how they work efficiently or otherwise! You’ll explore simple probability theory and distributions, which underpin much of today’s Business Intelligence, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence. You’ll explore geometry, matrix and vector methods essential in graphics used in gaming. (Computer Systems & Control)
  • Investigate the theoretical and practical design and use of information systems in a variety of contexts from small businesses to large operations. This is essential underpinning for big data and analytics used widely in commerce and gaming. The use of database software will include design and implementation of relational database applications, as well as their applications, hosting, management and security. (Databases and Information Systems)
  • Develop the skills to contribute to the design and development of data systems. Using modern engineering methods, tools and systems used for statistical computing you will learn how to apply predictive and strict analytics techniques. You will learn how organisations use Power BI as a tool for undertaking descriptive analytics through Business Intelligence. (Business Intelligence & Big Data)
  • Learn to solve problems algorithmically. Procedural, object oriented, and event-driven paradigms are studied and applied to create programs to carry out operations. You will implement and debug applications. The process of developing an application using the software lifecycle will be explored – comparing and contrasting the various approaches. The use of GitHub will improve your employability and develop your skills in a wider context. (Software Development)
  • Carry out practical exercises related to modern networking. You’ll explore standards and protocols, specifically TCP/IP and related protocols. Using Cisco Networking and Virtual Box applications, you’ll explore topologies, wired and wireless networking and cabling. You’ll use NICs, switches, routers and firewalls. You’ll develop troubleshooting and diagnostic skills, using applications such as Wireshark. You’ll implement network management and security solutions though directory, DNS, DHCP, remote access and virtual systems. (Fundamentals of Computer Networking)

The programme is delivered through theoretical sessions and practical workshops and you will be expected to research topics and complete assignments outside class time. You will be assessed through a mixture of end of module tests and assessed coursework that can be either written work, question and answer sessions or practical demonstrations.

Click here to view the Student Handbook for this course: HNC Computing Student Handbook

This programme is awarded by BTEC.

Entry Requirements

You will need 64 UCAS tariff points (minimum) from AS, A Level or BTEC Extended Diploma in IT – grades MPP, an appropriate NVQ at Level 3, an Access to Higher Education Diploma or other Computing qualifications deemed equivalent to the above. All applicants must have GCSE English and Maths at grade C (4) or above or equivalent. Those without formal qualifications will be considered on an individual basis.


You will have access to a Learning Resource Centre with a range of books and journals including many available electronically. Additionally there is a suite of computers that can be booked to carry out individual work and research. The faculty has an IT Lab allowing students to investigate the workings of modern PCs and networks in an accessible, controlled environment. There is a restaurant on site at Victoria House which sells refreshments and light snacks.

Additional Costs

A reading list will be provided and there will be a number of recommended textbooks that you are encouraged to purchase. Some of these texts will be available through our Learning Resource Centre, both in print and electronically. The college provides every student with free access to Office 365 and associated OneDrive storage. In addition, students have access to Microsoft Imagine software resources, e.g. operating systems, development tools at no additional cost. Students may freely access vendor specific learning resources, e.g. Microsoft Technical Associate (MTA) and sit related certifications exams at a reduced price. Throughout the course students are encouraged to participate in educational visits which may be separately priced.

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