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In Short

Application for this course is via UCAS Institution Code: W66 and UCAS Course Code: JT34

The new BTEC Higher National in Computing for England is designed to develop students as independent-thinking professionals who can meet the demands of employers and adapt to a constantly changing world. The qualifications aim to widen access to higher education and improve the career prospects of those who take them.

The BTEC HNC/HND in Computing for England will equip students with the computing skills, knowledge and the understanding necessary for a range of careers including network engineering, software engineering, games design, security and applications development.
On completion of the course students will have developed a sound understanding of the principles in their field of study and will have learned to apply those principles more widely. They will have learned to evaluate the appropriateness of different approaches to solving problems. They will be able to perform effectively in their chosen field and will have the qualities necessary for employment in situations requiring the exercise of personal responsibility and decision-making.

In addition to the knowledge, understanding and skills that underpin the study of the computing sector, this course will give students the experience that will prepare them for further study or employment in a related area.

Note: students on this course will be registered to receive a stand-alone HNC Computing for England in Year 1 of their studies.


Entry Requirements

Applicants should normally be at least 18 years of age. Applications are welcomed from candidates with a subject-specific Level 3 course such as a National Subsidiary/Diploma/Extended Diploma, A Level, Access to Higher Education Course, or a work-based course, such as NVQ 3 or Advanced Apprenticeship with a minimum 48 UCAS points achieved.

International applicants will be required to have an IELTS score of 6 achieved within the last two years to apply for this course.

Mature students may present a more varied profile of achievement that is likely to include extensive work experience (paid and/or unpaid) and/or achievement of a range of professional qualifications in their work sector. Applicants will normally be invited for interview.


Course Content

The Pearson BTEC Level 5 HND in Computing for England is a qualification with a minimum of 240 credits from mainly 15 credit units.

Year 1

Mandatory Core Units: Programming, Networking; Professional Practice; Database Design & Development; Security; Planning a Computing Project (Pearson-set), Specialist Units: Software Development Lifecycles, Maths for Computing

Year 2

Mandatory Core Units: Computing Research Project (Pearson-set) (30 credits); Business Process Support, Specialist Units: Game Design Theory, Games Development, Emerging Technologies, Operating Systems, Digital Sustainability

*Please note: Specialist Units can be subject to change


How will I be assessed?

The course is predominantly assessed through the completion of assignment projects. Much of the study will require work outside of formal classes, so self-motivation and good time management skills are essential. As a guideline you are advised that a 15-credit unit approximates to a learning time of 150 hours.

Two core units: one 15 credit (Level 4) and one 30 credit unit (Level 5) will be assessed by a mandatory Pearson-set assignment.



A key progression path for BTEC HNC and HND learners is to the second or third year of a degree or honours degree programme, depending on the match of the BTEC Higher National units to the degree programme in question. Depending on the entry requirements of individual universities successful completion of the course will enable you to apply to top up to a range of degree level courses in related subject areas. UCAS course search ( will enable you to explore options for Top Up courses available throughout the UK.



The course fees for all students for this course will be £6250 per annum. Details of the student finance available for all higher education students can be found on the student finance website

Additional Course Costs

Please note International Students will be charged an additional £250 admin fee on top of their tuition fee.


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