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The Pearson BTEC Higher National Diploma in Computing is a Level 5 vocational qualification. Successful completion can help your career and academic development in several ways:
• Entering employment
• Continuing existing employment
• Linking with the appropriate vendor accredited certificates
• Committing to Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
• Progressing to university to complete a ‘Top-up’ degree
A BTEC Higher National Diploma (HND) is equivalent to the 2nd year of a full university degree. However, BTECs focus on learning by doing and that means you will put what you learn into practice right away.
You will work on a series of assignments set in real-life scenarios Throughout the course, which will help you develop the practical knowledge and skills employers and universities are looking for.
Year 1 (Full Time)
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 – Managing a Successful Computing Project (15 credits)
Year 2 (Full Time)
Unit 13 Computing Research Project (30 credits)
Unit 14 Business Intelligence (15 credits)
Year 1 (Full Time)
Unit 8 – Computer Systems Architecture (15 credits)
Unit 10 – Website Design & Development (15 credits)
Year 2 (Full Time)
Unit 46 Virtual & Augmented Reality Development (15 credits)
Unit 47 Games Development (15 credits)
Plus three additional modules*:
Network Engineering Pathway*
Unit 15 Transport Network Design (15 credits)
Unit 16 Cloud Computing (15 credits)
Unit 17 Network Security (15 credits)
Software Engineering Pathway*
Unit 18 Discrete Maths (15 credits)
Unit 19 Data Structures & Algorithms (15 credits)
Unit 20 Advanced Programming
Application Development Pathway*
Unit 28 Prototyping (15 credits)
Unit 29 Application Program Interfaces (15 credits)
Unit 30 Application Development (15 credits)
*Pathways and optional modules that are subject to change.
There are no exams. You will engage in a range of learning and assessment styles and be encouraged to become effective and independent in researching and presenting individual and group work.
Work-based assignments are encouraged. Apprentices and others in employment are encouraged to engage with their own practice and to share knowledge and expertise with others through activities such as group work and presentations.
Example modes of assessments include: written assignments, presentations, case studies, reflective portfolio entries, problem based learning, reflective journals, seminars, independent studies, workplace investigations, self-evaluation/needs analysis, evaluations, literature critiques.
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 course is not accepting applications from Tier 4 international students. For more information, please contact the course provider.
If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:
15 January*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!
You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
This is a top-up course from HNC to HND. Applicants are expected to have previously achieved the HNC in this subject.
Fees and funding
|EU||£4,880 *||Whole course|
|England||£4,880 *||Whole course|
|Northern Ireland||£4,880 *||Whole course|
|Scotland||£4,880 *||Whole course|
|Wales||£4,880 *||Whole course|
*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.