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Course summary

"The purpose of Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals is 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 aims of the Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals in Computing for England are: ● to equip students with computing skills, knowledge and understanding in order to achieve high performance in the global computing environment ● to provide education and training for a range of careers in computing, including network engineering, software engineering, data analytics, security, intelligent systems, applications development and testing ● to provide insight and understanding of international computing operations and the opportunities and challenges presented by a globalised market place ● to give students knowledge and understanding of culturally diverse organisations, cross-cultural issues, diversity and values ● to give students opportunities to enter or progress in employment in computing, or to progress to higher education qualifications such as an honours degree in computing or a related area ● to provide opportunities for those students with a global outlook to aspire to international career pathways by achieving an internationally recognised professional qualification ● to provide opportunities for students to achieve vendor accredited certifications ● to allow flexibility of study and to meet local or specialist needs ● to offer a balance of employability skills and the knowledge that is essential for students with entrepreneurial, employment or academic aspirations. The Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Computing for England offers students a broad introduction to the subject area via a mandatory core of learning, a unit specialism which is pathway dependent and an optional unit of study; allowing for the acquisition of skills and experience across a range of occupational sectors at Level 4. The Level 4 pathway includes a general pathway and the following specialist pathways: ● Data Analytics ● Network Engineering ● Cyber Security. The BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Computing for England builds underpinning core skills effectively, preparing students for further subject specialisation at Level 5. They will gain a wide range of sector knowledge that is tied to practical skills gained in research, self-study, directed study and workplace scenarios."


Programming, Networking, Professional Practice, Security, Planning a Computing Project (Pearson-set), Software Development Lifecycles Optional modules: to be confirmed

Assessment method

"Guided learning hours These are the hours where a tutor is present to give specific guidance towards the learning aim being studied. Guided learning hours include lectures, tutorials and supervised study in, for example, open learning centres and learning workshops. They also include supervised assessment activities such as invigilated exams, observed assessments and observed work-based practice. ● The total guided learning hours for Higher National Certificate (HNC) = 480 hours. ● The total guided learning hours for Higher National Diploma (HND) = 960 hours. Some examples of activities that can contribute to guided learning include: ● classroom-based learning supervised by a tutor ● work-based learning supervised by a tutor ● a live webinar or telephone tutorial with a tutor ● live e-learning supervised by a tutor, and ● all forms of assessment guided or supervised at the time by a tutor or other education or training provider. This includes where the assessment is competence- based and turned into a learning opportunity. Independent learning hours These are the hours where a student is learning without the direct guidance of a member of centre staff. They are critical to the student’s ability to develop knowledge and skills, as well as providing them with the opportunity to develop key transferrable skills such as self-discipline, time management and self-motivation. Some examples of activities that can contribute to independent learning include: ● self-directed research and investigation ● reading set texts or other sources of information ● watching subject-related videos as part of investigation and research ● reviewing recordings of scheduled sessions or notes from those sessions ● peer activities, such as group meetings and online discussions, where students explore their learning together, and ● reviewing and recording thoughts on their own learning. ● The total independent learning hours for Higher National Certificate (HNC) = 720. ● The total independent learning hours for Higher National Diploma (HND) = 1,440."

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:

  • Course does not award QTS

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

Other qualifications outside of the UCAS Tariff points system will also be considered Relevant work experience, or an international equivalent to the above qualifications. Credits achieved at other universities and your work/life experience If you need more help or information, get in touch through our enquiry form

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6with a minimum of 5.5 in each band
TOEFL (iBT)80with the following minimum scores: Reading: 18 Writing: 17 Listening: 17 Speaking: 20
PTE Academic59with no less than 59 in any band
Cambridge English AdvancedCgrade C in tests prior to 2015 with no less than 'weak' in any band

We may accept other high school English qualifications if you are applying for an undergraduate degree. Please contact us at [email protected] to clarify.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £7950 Year 1
Northern Ireland £7950 Year 1
Scotland £7950 Year 1
Wales £7950 Year 1
Channel Islands £7950 Year 1
EU £15000 Year 1
International £15000 Year 1

Additional fee information

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Computing (HNC) at University of Roehampton - UCAS