Computing and Systems Development Higher National Diploma (HTQ) at Barnsley College University Centre - UCAS

Course summary

This one year (HTQ - subject to IfATE approval) programme will build on the learning you have undertaken while studying a Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Computing. It has been approved by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (IfATE) and is a Higher Technical Qualification (HTQ), which has been approved as meeting occupational standards. You will have the opportunity to focus on one of the following three specialised study areas: Software Engineering, Network Engineering or Data analytics

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


You will choose one of the following specialist study areas: Software Engineering – including units such as data structures and algorithms, applied programming and design principles, discrete maths, applied cryptography, information security management and forensic. Network Engineering – including units such as transport network design, cloud computing and network security. Data analytics – including a computing research project, business process support, advanced programming for data analysis, machine learning, big data analytics and visualisations, systems analysis and e-commerce.

Assessment method

You will be taught through lectures, practical sessions and independent learning. We foster a culture of independent learning and decision making that will develop your problem solving and analytical skills. You will complete project-based assessments which will combine several units to give you an employment-based assessment. The teaching will reflect the project approach and will include aspects of teamworking.

How to apply

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Barnsley College Higher Education Church Street Campus
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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

We are not currently accepting international applications

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

You will be required to have a successful interview with the tutor

Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £5995 Year 1
Northern Ireland £5995 Year 1
Scotland £5995 Year 1
Wales £5995 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £5995 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

Fees are quoted based on 2022 entry information and are subject to change for 2023.
Computing and Systems Development Higher National Diploma (HTQ) at Barnsley College University Centre - UCAS