Computing (HNC)

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
  • Do you want to learn relevant skills and knowledge to work in a computing environment?
  • Are you keen to study a broad range of computing topics as well as have the chance to specialise?

This 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. Using the college’s IT lab facilities with expert technical support and modern classroom settings, you will study a broad range of computing topics that give you an overview of this demanding and exciting industry. Practical sessions include dismantling and assembling computer hardware, analysing drives to recover data as well as configuring and managing local computer networks.

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 2020-21

The currently course structure includes the units listed below. These units have been selected to reflect the needs of the work environment and to reflect the choices of our students. Please note that these units may be subject to change and are for guidance only.

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

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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