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Course summary

A key progression path for those completing the Pearson BTEC National Diploma, A levels or those in a related role in industry is the level 4 Higher National Certificate. This is a full time one year course and can be followed by a second year to gain the Higher National Diploma. On completion students can opt to do a one-year top up to gain a BSc degree in Computing at University, via a Higher Apprenticeship or they can move directly into industry. The HNC in Computing will provide learners with a solid foundation in Computing. The work-related programme of study covers the key knowledge, understanding and practical skills required in the computing sector and also offers particular specialist emphasis through the selection of specialist units.


Example units: Year 1 • Programming • Networking • Professional Practice Computing, Business and Management • Database Design & Development • Security • Managing a Successful Computing Project (Pearson set unit) • Website Design & Development • Computer Systems Architecture All modules must be passed achieving 120 credits to pass the award. Units may be subject to change.

Assessment method

You will be required to complete an assessment for each module of your course. The purpose of assessment is to ensure that effective learning has taken place of the content of each unit. Evidence of this learning, or the application of the learning, is required for each unit. The assessment of the evidence relates directly to the assessment criteria for each unit, supported by the generic grade descriptors. The process of assessment can aid effective learning by seeking and interpreting evidence to decide the stage that learners have reached in their learning, what further learning needs to take place and how best to do this. Therefore, the process of assessment should be part of the effective planning of teaching and learning by providing opportunities for both the learner and assessor to obtain information about progress towards learning goals. The assessor and learner must be actively engaged in promoting a common understanding of the assessment criteria and the grade descriptors (what it is they are trying to achieve and how well they achieve it) for further learning to take place. Therefore, learners will receive constructive feedback and guidance about how they may improve by capitalising on their strengths and clear and constructive comments about their weaknesses and how these might be addressed. Assessment will take place continually throughout sessions however the Summative assessment evidence will be in the form of assignment, written report, practical observation, witness testimony, presentations with written script and film. There are no formal timed examinations for this Award.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Entry requirements include: • A Levels or L3 BTEC National Diploma / GNVQ Advanced or Relevant work experience in a responsible IT role. • GCSEs for English and maths at grade C/4 or above however equivalent qualifications and/or work experience will be taken into consideration. • Applicants without GCSEs will be required to complete initial assessments and may wish to consider the part time GCSE courses that the college offers both during the evening and daytime. • Accreditation may be given for relevant work experience or prior learning for mature learners. • To be able to study on this course you will need to have reached a certain standard of speaking English –please refer to the Course Specification for the IELTS requirement for your individual course. Please see

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £7425 Year 1
Northern Ireland £7425 Year 1
Scotland £7425 Year 1
Wales £7425 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
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