South Thames College Group (inc Carshalton, South Thames and Kingston College)

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Pearson Education Ltd

Computing - HNC

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Course summary

This qualification provides a thorough grounding in the key concepts and practical skills required for success in careers in computing and systems development. It provides a progression route to the HND in Computing and Systems Development or a progression path to a degree programme at university. Students may choose to take this as a full-time or part-time course.

Course details


Students will study the following Level 4 units:- •Programming (Core, 15 credits): Students learn about algorithms, how they are defined, and how they are implemented in code. •Networking (Core, 15 credits): Students learn about the core principles of networking and how to achieve communication between devices is achieved. •Professional Practice (Core, 15 credits): Students develop skills as communicators, critical thinkers, analysers, team workers and interpreters. •Database Design and Development (Core, 15 credits): Students develop an understanding of the concepts and issues relating to database design and development, as well as to provide the practical skills to translate that understanding into the design and creation of complex databases. •Security (Core, 15 credits): Students learn about the detection of threats and vulnerabilities in physical and IT security, and the management of risks relating to organisational security. •Managing a Successful Computing Project (Core, 15 credits): Students demonstrate the skills required for managing and implementing a project. Optional modules: We choose units that balance out the student learning experience. 1.Software Development Lifecycles (15 credits): Students develop an understanding of different lifecycle models and their application. Students are given an opportunity to put this understanding into practice by applying the tools and techniques to a particular project. 2.Website Design and Development (15 credits): Students will be able to explain server technologies and management services associated with the hosting and management of secure websites. They will categorise website technologies, tools and software used to develop websites, utilise website technologies, tools and techniques with good design principles to create a multipage website. They will create and use a Test Plan to review the performance and design of a multipage website.

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

International applicants

Please contact the international office to see whether this course is able to accept international applicants requiring a Tier 4 Visa.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Additional entry requirements


Suitable applicants will be required to attend a formal interview with the course leader - either in person or online.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)6An overall band score of 6.0, with none of the four skills below 5.5.
Cambridge English AdvancedLevel B2B2 First, formerly known as Cambridge English: First (FCE).

Students from outside the UK may be required to demonstrate their level of English by providing proof of an English language certificate or other qualification. This is particularly the case where a student: • is from a country where English is not an official/first language, or; • has previous qualifications which include English as a second language, or; • has previous qualifications which have not been studied through the medium of English. The approximate guideline minimum English level required for entry at level 4 is "B2" on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). This roughly equates to: • IELTS - an overall band score of 6.0, with none of the four skills below 5.5, or; • B2 First, formerly known as Cambridge English: First (FCE) **Please note that other English language certificates/qualifications are available, and may be considered, and the College looks at each applicant on an individual basis.**

Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

EU £6350 Year 1
England £6350 Year 1
Northern Ireland £6350 Year 1
Scotland £6350 Year 1
Wales £6350 Year 1

Additional fee information

The following course-related costs are included in the fees: annual printing allowance; BTEC registration fee. The following course-related costs are not included in the fees: additional printing over and above the annual allowance; the cost of books and equipment that you might wish to purchase.
Computing - HNC at South Thames College Group (inc Carshalton, South Thames and Kingston College) - UCAS