BTEC HND Computing - Full Time

Course Overview

This course is suitable for qualified individuals who would like to pursue a career in the IT industry.

The programme offers training which is in line with the fundamental requirements of ORACLE and ADOBE (Vendor) programmes. The units studied will provide you with a range of technical skills such as Java, PHP, .Net, C++, SQL. You will also learn other skills such as systems analysis, database design, web design and development as well as 2D/3D modelling and animation. Pearson has designed the specification working closely with employers to ensure students have the opportunity to engage in real life skills and knowledge that are needed within the computing workforce

Course Requirements

All applications will be considered individually however offers will usually be based on:

64 UCAS points (those with 48 UCAS points will be considered for an interview)
BTEC Level 3 qualification (2 years) in relevant subject
Other related Level 3 qualifications
Normally 4 GCSEs at grade C or above (or numeric score of 4/5 under newly reformed GCSE grading), including maths or English
An Access to Higher Education Diploma in relevant area

Related work experience will be considered in place of formal qualifications

Course Assessment

Assessments will be through a mixture of assignments, coursework and examinations.

Course Finance

£3,600 per year Part-Time,£6995 Per Year Full-Time.
*Subject to Office for Students registrationStudent supplies and text books.
Study trips and visits may be arranged throughout the course.
These will be discussed, along with any costs, with you at the appropriate time.

Course Includes

The following units will be studied on the course:

Year 1 (HNC)
Unit 1-Programming
Unit 2-Networking
Unit 3-Professional Practice
Unit 4-Database Design and Development
Unit 5 -Security
Unit 6-Managing a Successful Computing project
Unit 8-Computer Systems Architecture
Unit 10-Website Design & Development

Year 2 (HND)
Unit 13-Computing Research Project
Unit 14:Business Intelligence
Unit 20:Advanced Programming
Unit 21:Data Mining
Unit30: Application Development
unit 36 Client/Server Computing Systems
Unit38:Database Management Systems
Unit 47: Games Development

Work experience is not a compulsory element of the course however it is advantageous for students to have had some work experience. At the end of Year 1 you may wish to pursue some voluntary work experience of your choice, this would help to orientate yourself towards the world of work within the IT industry.

Attendance on Trips/Visits will not affect your academic success but they will enhance your overall experience.


Upon successful completion of the first year of the course you will receive a Level 4 HNC in Computing. Upon successful completion of the first year of the course you will receive an HND In Computing.

Course Potential Careers

Achievement of the HND will enable you to apply for the final top-up year of a BSc (Hons) computing course at your chosen university. Please be aware that some universities may require additional 'bridging' units to be completed.

Course Dates

September 2019- July 2021

Course Times

to be confirmed

Email Contact

Examining Body

The programme is awarded by Pearson Edexcel.

Hours Per Week

14 hours

Phone Contact

0300 300 0090


30-34 weeks