Computing (Security) at Chichester College Group (inc Brinsbury, Chichester, Crawley, Northbrook & Worthing Colleges) - UCAS

Course summary

The Higher National Diploma (HND) in Computing is a rigorous specialist vocational programme, linked to professional body requirements and with a strong work related emphasis. The programme is designed to focus on IT security and computing forensics to support secure use of IT for local companies and businesses. On the course you will have the opportunity to enhance your computing knowledge and practical skills to enable you to be an effective manager and provide a progress route into employment, University or to higher-level qualifications. You will develop, test and secure networks within a practical space developed to allow you to test your understanding. This two-year higher education course offers both theoretical and practical units combined with an extensive range of teaching and learning methods that enhance the learners knowledge and skill. Learners will develop an in-depth understanding of how to secure computer networks and understand and resolve threats. We will tutor students in how to use professional tools and programmes. You will be taught in a nurturing environment with lots of expert support from our experienced and industry qualified tutors. They will teach you through a blend of lectures, guest speakers, seminars, case studies as well as individual and group work. The HND Computing course comprises of 15 modules and they are: Year 1 Programming Networking Professional Practice Database Design & Development Security Managing Successful Computing Project (Pearson Set) Software Development Lifecycles Website Design & Development Year 2 Computer Research Project (Pearson-set) Business Intelligence Cryptology Forensics Information Security Management Network Security Virtual and Augmented Reality Development As a student of Crawley College, you will have access to all of our services, which includes study support, the Students Union and our library's online resources. Special features of this programme include: You can progress onto a final top-up year and achieve a full degree at our Chichester campus. Opportunity to tailor your HND through optional units Small group sizes ensure you get the support you need to succeed You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics, professional practitioners with industry experience, demonstrators and technical officers and guest speakers. STEM building The college has unveiled plans to build a multi-million pound facility at Crawley College that will put the college at the cutting edge of training delivery in computing. The new building will be home to a suite of modern teaching and interactive spaces, which will be used to integrate the use of technology and STEM (science, technology, engineering & maths) in to its curriculum. Shelagh Legrave OBE, Chief Executive of CCG, said: “We are very excited to be able to share our plans for the new STEM facility here at Crawley College. “Working with employers, the council and the community, we recognise how important it is to invest in STEM and this new facility will give the college a specialist building to train students in advanced technologies, in turn ensuring that local people are able to fill local jobs in these industries. “This is part of our long-term commitment to Crawley College and investing in the modernisation of our facilities for the benefit of young people in the local area. It will be accessible to local schools, employers and the wider community – it will be a STEM centre that is not just for Crawley College, but for Crawley.” Vicki Illingworth, Principal at Crawley College, said: “I believe it will revolutionise the way we deliver training and education to our young people, as well as the wider community, integrating STEM technology into subjects across the college.” Building work began in January 2020, and the building is set to open to students in 2021.

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Subject options

This course offers the following subject options:

  • Computer


At the end of year 1 students achieve an Edexcel BTEC Level 4 HNC Diploma having studied 8 units totalling 120 credits. At the end of year 2 students achieve an Edexcel BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma having studied 15 units totalling 245 credits. Skills and experience gained Learners studying for Edexcel BTEC Higher Nationals in Computing and Systems Development will be expected to develop the following skills during the programme of study: • ability to integrate a range of concepts, knowledge and skills relating to computing and systems development • ability to apply complex theories to practical realistic work situations in the computing sector • independence of approach to study and the generation of computing evidence • ability to engage with complex and/or unpredictable situations in computing contexts • ability to take responsibility to manage and direct their own and others’ activities • insight and judgement in relation to the margins and consequences of error • research and investigative skills • responsiveness to change and ability to multitask • ability to innovate and work in a creative way.

Assessment method

After the course The HND in Computing allows progression into or within employment in the IT and computing sectors, either directly on achievement of the award or following further study to degree level. Students may wish to convert the BTEC HND into a degree by completing the top up year which is available at Chichester College or other UK universities.

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

Mature students with suitable experience and/or portfolio of work are welcome to make an application and attend an interview and/or audition. All students complete an interview and may be asked to present a portfolio of work or undertake an assessment/audition as part of their application.

Additional entry requirements


English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic)6No factor below 5.5. For those resident in the UK who have suitable work experience, a college English test is available to show competency in English.

Student Outcomes

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £6500* Year 1
England £6500* Year 1
Northern Ireland £6500* Year 1
Scotland £6500* Year 1
Wales £6500* Year 1
Channel Islands £6500* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

Fees are subject to review for September 2024 (January 2024)
Computing (Security) at Chichester College Group (inc Brinsbury, Chichester, Crawley, Northbrook & Worthing Colleges) - UCAS