Computing at Gloucestershire College - UCAS

Course summary

The HNC in Computing offers the option of a range of general and specialist study units to suit each student’s choice of programme and future progression plans of which there are three pathways to choose from: - Cyber security Designed to provide you with a range of skills, knowledge and experiences to prepare you for a career in this evolving industry. As security and privacy issues are becoming increasing threats, you'll be on the front-line ready to deal with a wide range of risks and challenges. It will provide an opportunity to gain knowledge of security, the associated risks and how it has an impact on business examining security measures involving access authorisation and regulation of use. It will introduce how to detect threats and vulnerabilities in physical and IT security, and how to manage risks relating to organisational security. It provides a programme of study that covers the understanding and practical skills required in the digital forensics, cybersecurity and cyber defence sectors - Software engineer Designed to provide you with understanding software development projects from the very beginning, the software development lifecycle, and understanding the required functionality and features of the system or software. You will have the opportunity to understand user and client requirements, plan what needs to be developed and how such as choosing frameworks, tools and languages. This will allow for the development that follows key scientific and engineering principles, as well as the established processes for development. The world of programming and software engineering is vast and includes many occupational pathways to pursue - Network engineering Designed to provide you with wider background knowledge of computer networking essentials, how they operate, protocols, standards, security considerations. It will provide an opportunity to explore a range of networking technologies to deliver a fundamental knowledge of Local Area Networking (LAN), Wide Area Networking (WAN) and their evolution to form large-scale networks. the protocol methodologies related to IP data networks. and the prototypes associated with a range of networking technologies Computer networks are the driving force behind the evolution of computer systems and allow users to access data, hardware, and services regardless of their location. Gloucestershire College offers you an expert tutorial system, providing support to develop your professional and personal educational abilities. Also, the necessary qualities and attitudes required to attend to and adapt with the demands of this growing and emerging technology market. What will I study?

  • Programming
  • Networking
  • Professional practice
  • Database design and development
  • Security
  • Planning a computing project
  • Software development lifecycles
And 2 optional depending on chosen pathway which may include:
  • Network management
  • Network Security
  • Forensics
  • Internet of Things
  • Cloud Computing
  • Emerging Technologies
  • Application development
(This list is not exhaustive)

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


Core Modules:

  • Programming
  • Networking
  • Professional Practice
  • Database Design and Development
  • Security
  • Managing a successful computing project
And 2 optional from:
  • Computer Systems Architecture
  • Software Development Lifecycles
  • Data Analytics
  • Strategic Information Systems
(This list is not exhaustive) The exact combination of units delivered can be discussed with students during the application stage.

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

Mature students (over 21) are welcome and encouraged to apply. Any mature applicants that do not meet the UCAS point requirement will be assessed in terms of appropriate experience, knowledge, or industry-based qualifications. We will consider prior learning, life experience and/or work experience but also explore alternative options with you to set you on your path to your goal.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
Cambridge English AdvancedLevel B2
IELTS (Academic)5.5Across all skills.

To study Higher Education at Gloucestershire College, normally applicants will be required to have GCSE English and Mathematics grade 4 (C) or above (or equivalent). The College will consider Functional Skills Qualification in English and Maths at Level 2. The ability to demonstrate the required level of proficiency in English and Maths, through an appropriate assessment at the College’s discretion may be considered. All decisions are based on an applicant's individual circumstances and the College will approach each application on a case by case basis.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £7400* Year 1
Northern Ireland £7400* Year 1
Scotland £7400* Year 1
Wales £7400* Year 1

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

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

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

Sponsorship information

If you need information about a loan for your fees and other related information, try The Student Loan Company Fees quoted on Gloscol website page are per year of study. Fees are subject to change.

Computing at Gloucestershire College - UCAS