South Thames Colleges Group

Computing - HNC South Thames Colleges Group Degree level: Undergraduate Awarded by: Pearson Education Ltd


Course options

Course summary

TEF Bronze

South Thames Colleges Group has opted into the TEF and received a Bronze award.

Find out more about the TEF.

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.

How to apply

Application deadlines

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!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code KC23
Institution code K82
Campus name Kingston College
Campus code K

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

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

Qualification Offer Further information

32 UCAS points from two A Levels or equivalent Level 3 qualification ideally in a related subject and/or relevant work experience. Plus: GCSEs at grade A*-C/9-4 to include English Language and Mathematics.

Additional requirements

References from an official email address (ie. NOT Outlook, Gmail, Yahoo, etc.) This can be from your previous institution if you were a student in the last 4 years or from a line manager if you are currently working.

Suitable applicants will be invited to interview, where they will be required to further demonstrate their suitability for the course. Applicants may be asked to take a diagnostic test/talking through their portfolio/auditioning.

Credit transfer and accreditation of prior learning or experience:

Other qualifications and relevant work experience may also count for academic credit. Further information is available at our Accreditation of Prior Learning page

Relevant work experience or a Level 3 qualification, ideally in a related subject, plus GCSEs at grade A*-C/9-4 including English Language and Mathematics.

Additional entry requirements


You will be required to attend an interview.

English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
Cambridge English Advanced Level B2 B2 First, formerly known as Cambridge English: First (FCE).
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 An overall band score of 6.0, with none of the four skills below 5.5.

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.**

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

No fee information has been provided for this course

Additional fee information

Fees for a 2020 start are yet to be confirmed.

Provider information

Visit our website

South Thames Colleges Group
Kingston Hall Road

Course contact details

Visit our course page
Kingston College Admissions