Computing (HND)

This HND 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 Diploma (HND)
  • Study Mode: Full Time Only
  • Course Level Level 5
  • Location Victoria House
  • Course Length 1 year (with optional exit qualification after one year)
  • Start Date September Yearly
  • End Date July Yearly
  • Day Two days a week
  • Fee £7,495
  • Reduced Fee See below
  • Course Code UCASI100

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. It will also prepare you for continued study at Honours degree level.

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

Click here to view the Student Handbook for this course: HN Computing Student Handbook 2019-20

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.

  • Computing Research Project
  • Business Intelligence
  • Cloud Computing
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Robotics
  • Virtual and Augmented Reality Development
  • Games Development

This programme is awarded by BTEC.

Entry Requirements

You will need 64 UCAS tariff points (minimum). You will also hold a Level 4 Computing qualification equivalent to the HNC Computing at Merit level. 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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