Computing Higher National Diploma
Computing Higher National Diploma
Application for this course is via UCAS Institution Code: W66 and UCAS Course Code: JT34
The new BTEC Higher National Diploma in Computing is designed to address an increasing need for high quality professional and technical education pathways at Levels 4 and 5, thereby providing students with a clear line of sight to employment or to progression to a degree at Level 6. The course is aimed at students wanting to continue their education through applied learning. The BTEC HND in Computing 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.
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 64 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.
The Pearson BTEC Level 5 HND in Computing 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; Managing a Successful Computing Project (Pearson-set),
Specialist Units: Website Design & Development; Maths for Computing.
Upon successful completion of year 1 full-time students can be awarded a stand-alone HNC.
Year 2 – Mandatory Core Units: Computing Research Project (Pearson-set) (30 credits); Business Intelligence.
Specialist Units: Cryptography; Application Program Interfaces; User Experience and Interface Design; Emerging Technologies; Games Development.
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 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. For example Southampton Solent offer BSc (Hons) Applied Computing as a top up with an entry requirement of a HND with Merit profile. Please see https://www.solent.ac.uk/courses/undergraduate/applied-computing-top-up-bsc.
The course fees for all students for this course will be £5750 per annum for 2019/20. Details of the student finance available for all higher education students can be found on the student finance website www.gov.uk/student-finance. For information and advice on course fees please contact Roz Osborne at email email@example.com or telephone 01305 764733
Additional Course Costs Include a £20 College parking permit if applicable. *Note – All costs may be subject to change and may vary dependent on place of purchase.