Computing for England (Network Engineering) at New College Swindon University Centre - UCAS

Course summary

This two-year Level 5 Higher National Diploma is designed to reflect the increasing need for high quality professional and technical education at Levels 4 and 5. This course will provide you with a clear line of sight to employment and to a degree at Level 6 with us if you choose.The course is designed to support your progression into high quality, technically skilled occupations in industry. On this course you will develop a sound understanding of the principles in your chosen field of study and will learn to apply those principles more widely. You will learn to evaluate the appropriateness of different approaches to solving problems, and you will be able to perform effectively in your chosen field and have the qualities necessary for employment in situations that require the exercise of personal responsibility and decision making. Students will have the opportunity to go on trips to a number of varied locations (included for indicative purposes only) such as: Rutherford Appleton Space Labs, National Museum of computing, Bletchley Park, Science Museum London, National Cyber labs Cheltenham. (Subject to change). Guest speakers are regularly engaged, including orators from QA, the British Computing Society, UKSBS and industry recognised individuals. Students will gain computational thinking and research skills, high level teamwork skills and current knowledge of industry standards and techniques. Students will develop interpersonal, teambuilding and presentation skills, time management and prioritisation skills. Progression On successful completion of this course, students can develop their careers in the computing sector through entering employment, continuing existing employment, gaining vendor certification, committing to Continuing Professional Development (CPD) or progressing on to our BSc Computer Science in partnership with the University of Gloucestershire. The HND is recognised by higher education providers as meeting admission requirements to many computing-related courses, for example: ● BSc (Hons) Computing ● BSc (Hons) in Applied Computing ● BSc (Hons) in Business and Computing. What can I do next? On successful completion of the HND, you can continue your studies with us by progressing on to the final year of the BSc degree in partnership with the University of Gloucestershire. Skills gained in software engineering, networking and data analytics which will provide the perfect basis for a career in any of the following areas: -Systems Developer -Network Engineer -Web Developer -Database Administrator -IT Consultant -Web Designer -Systems Analyst -Data Analyst

This Higher Technical Qualification is approved against occupational standards decided by employers. Learn more about Higher Technical Qualifications.


Year 1: -Programming -Networking -Professional Practice -Database design & development -Security -Planning a Computing Project (Pearson-set) There will also be 1 Mandatory Specialist Unit and 1 Optional

Assessment method

All assessment is through assignments and based on scenarios relevant to the industry, with a local flavour where possible.

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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Swindon and Wiltshire Institute of Technology
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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

New College Swindon is unable to accept international students that require a student visa to study in the UK

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Typically, applicants should also have GCSE English and Maths, at grade 9-4 (A*-C) or an international equivalent. Mature applicants without formal qualifications, but with evidence of sufficient, relevant industry experience will be considered.

Additional entry requirements


English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)5.5No less than 5.5 in reading, writing, speaking and listening.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £7250 Year 1
England £7250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £7250 Year 1
Scotland £7250 Year 1
Wales £7250 Year 1

Tuition fee status depends on a number of criteria and varies according to where in the UK you will study. For further guidance on the criteria for home or overseas tuition fees, please refer to the UKCISA website .

Additional fee information

Please note: Tuition fees are published for the first year of entry only and may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by the Office for Students. *Fee information for European Union (EU) students: If your course starts on or after the 1st August 2021, you will no longer be eligible for financial support from Student Finance England unless you meet one of the following criteria: you are able to benefit from the citizens’ rights agreements you are an Irish national living in the UK or Republic of Ireland – benefits of Irish nationals under Common Travel Area guidance arrangement will continue
Computing for England (Network Engineering) at New College Swindon University Centre - UCAS