"The Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Computing for England offers students one general pathway and five specialist pathways, designed to support progression to relevant occupational areas or degree-level study. The Pearson BTEC Higher National Diploma in Computing for England offers the following specialist pathways for students who wish to concentrate on a particular aspect of computing: ● Software Engineering ● Applications Development and Testing ● Data Analytics ● Network Engineering ● Cyber Security. The non-specialist ‘General’ pathway allows students to complete a Pearson BTEC Higher National Diploma without committing to a particular professional specialism. This offers additional flexibility to providers and students. Holders of the Pearson BTEC Higher National Diploma will have developed a sound understanding of the principles in their field of study and will have learned to apply those principles more widely. They will have learned to evaluate the appropriateness of different approaches to solving problems. They will be able to perform effectively in their chosen field and will have the qualities necessary for employment in situations that require the exercise of personal responsibility and decision making. The pathways at both Level 4 and Level 5 are mapped to the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education’s Occupational Standards, professional body standards and vendor-accredited certification (where appropriate) and can provide professional status and progression to direct employment."
Following the 120 credits at Level 4 achieved within the Higher National Certificate, an additional 120 credits at Level 5 creates the Higher National Diploma. Core units for HND students include the Computing Research Project (Pearson-set) and Busines Process Support Further optional modules are to be confirmed
"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
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
Other qualifications 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
|IELTS (Academic)||6||with a minimum of 5.5 in each band|
|TOEFL (iBT)||80||with the following minimum scores: Reading: 18 Writing: 17 Listening: 17 Speaking: 20|
|PTE Academic||59||with no less than 59 in any band|
|Cambridge English Advanced||C||grade 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.
English Language requirements
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Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£7950||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£7950||Year 1|