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Course summary

Get the skills and qualifications that employers need. Start a higher technical qualification and upskill alongside work. The Higher National Diploma in Computing (Software Engineer) is an industry recognised Higher Technical Qualification (HTQ), designed to meet the needs of employers. Start a HTQ and upskill alongside work, leading to a career in digital as a Software Developer.

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


All of the modules on this course are compulsory and worth either 15 or 30 credits. Successful completion of all of the units in the first year is worth a total of 120 credits at Level 4 and equivalent to a Higher National Certificate. Successful completion of all of the units in the second year is also worth a total of 120 credits and will lead to the award of a Level 5 Higher National Diploma. Year 1 Unit 1: Programming (15 Credits) Unit 2: Networking (15 Credits) Unit 3: Professional Practice (15 Credits) Unit 4: Database Design & Development (15 Credits) Unit 5: Security (15 Credits) Unit 6: Planning a Computing Project (15 Credits) Unit 7: Software Development Lifecycles (15 Credits) Unit 13: Website Design & Development (15 Credits) Year 2: Unit 16: Computing Research Project (30 Credits) Unit 17: Business Process Support (15 Credits) Unit 18: Discrete Maths (15 Credits) Unit 19: Data Structures & Algorithms (15 Credits) Unit 20: Applied Programming and Design Principles (15 Credits) Unit 47: Emerging Technologies (15 Credits) Unit 45: Internet of Things (15 Credits)

Assessment method

Assessment is via a combination of written exams, practical projects and coursework, including externally assessed assessments set by Pearson for Unit 6: Planning a Computing Project and Unit 16: Computing Research Project.

How to apply

Application codes

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £7500 Year 1
Northern Ireland £7500 Year 1
Scotland £7500 Year 1
Wales £7500 Year 1
Channel Islands £7500 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £7500 Year 1

Additional fee information

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Computing (Software Engineering) HTQ at University Centre Weston - UCAS