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HNC/HND Higher National Diploma in Computing

Course Name 
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Course Details

Location Wakefield City Campus
Level Level 4, Level 5
Start Date September
Duration 1 year for HNC, followed by 1 year for HND
Time of Day Day
Mode of Study Full time
Awarding Body Pearson Edexcel
Offering Code HCL4COM1F000
Course Overview Level 4 (HNC) / Level 5 (HND) The Higher Nationals in Computing gives you the opportunity to follow your interest in Computing at Higher Education level. If you are a student who has completed their level 3 studies recently or you are an adult looking to develop new skills and opportunities, the Higher Nationals in Computing will give you the abilities you need to target exciting careers in the field of IT/Computing. The Higher National Certificate (HNC) is the first year, and the Higher National Diploma (HND) is the second year. Locally and nationally, demand for IT professionals is ever-increasing. Based in our state-of-the-art new facilities and using industry-level technologies, students studying the HNC/D in Computing will develop the technical, theoretical and personal skills needed to analyse, design, develop and support modern IT systems. The course is designed to develop both the technical and academic aptitudes that students need for a career in Computing - specifically building the skills and understanding required to progress into software and systems development roles.
What you will Study Your first year of study (HNC) will consist of the following units: • Programming • Networking • Professional Practice • Database Design and Development • Security • Managing a Successful Computing Project • Computer Systems Architecture • Software Development Lifecycles These units will give you grounding in the theories and practices of coding and developing business systems – along with the technical and mathematical abilities to understand how computers function. You will learn how to manage IT projects, and develop your communication, business knowledge and analysis skills (of equal importance to modern employers as the technical skills). In the second (HND) year, you will continue your development in general computing skills, with a particular emphasis in software and systems development. The units will include: • Business Intelligence • Robotics • Advanced Programming • Artificial Intelligence • Client/Server Computing Systems • E-Commerce and Strategy • Computing Research Project
How you will Learn Students will be given opportunity to learn through a variety of methods, all designed to facilitate the learning of the high-level technical skills and development of the academic abilities needed both on this course and in industry. These include: • Classroom-based lectures, • Practical demonstrations, • 'Hands-on’ activities and exercises, • Group/individual tutorials • Analysis of case studies and background reading • Research and supportive notes • Industry visits and guest speakers (where relevant)
Course Structure Classroom based: approx 70% Practical work: approx 30%
Nature of Assessments on the Programme Students taking the Higher Nationals in Computing will be assessed using a range of techniques. Units are usually internally assessed and externally verified by the awarding body. The assessments themselves are a mixture of academic and practical tasks, depending upon the topics in question.
Entry Requirements Applicants should have a minimum of 64 UCAS tariff points from a Computing-related, full level 3 qualification. Typically these are A-Levels, BTECs, GCE Applied or an Access to HE Diploma – but other equivalents (including international qualifications) will be considered. You should also have GCSE grade ‘C’ in English and maths. Alternatively, applicants with previous significant work experience or other relevant learning may be eligible via our APL process for accreditation towards this course. If you do not fit the typical profile outlined above (e.g. you may have alternative qualifications), please get in touch - as we consider all applicants on an individual basis. All applicants must complete a satisfactory interview.
Attendance Expectations The course is full-time, over around 3 days per week for 16 hours per week. A similar amount of self-study time outside of these hours is also a requirement.
Fee Information

These fees relate to 2018/19

Annual Tuition Fee : Full-time £6750.00 per year

Any student entered/registered with an Awarding Body who has been given free entry and then withdraws or is withdrawn by a tutor will incur the certification fee associated with the course. Any re-sit examination will incur a cost.

Different fees apply to international/overseas students and those studying this qualification as a standalone course

Financial Support Information For more detailed information on financial support and fees for students aged 19+ please contact the Financial Support Team on 01924 789304
Further Study Following the first year of study (HNC), students can progress onto the HND in year 2, and potentially a BSc (Hons) in Computing via a ‘top-up’ third year.
Career Opportunities Successful students will have a wide-range of possible career opportunities in the field of computing, particularly - but not limited to - the areas of systems development. Just some examples are: • Network Engineer • Systems Architect • Computer Service and Repair • Technician • Network Manager • Software Developer • Systems Designer • Business Analyst • Games Developer • Web Developer • Data Analyst • Business Analyst • Marketing Analyst • Data Engineer • Fraud Analyst • Operation Research Scientist • Forensic Computer Analysts • IT Security Coordinator • Ethical Hacker • Fraud Analyst
How to Apply

Please apply through UCAS

If you require details on how to apply or enrol, please contact Course Information on 01924 789111

Admissions Process For details on higher education admissions procedures, please see the 'Admissions Code of Practice' document on the Wakefield College website:
Disability Support Information

We’re committed to a programme of support to ensure that the Equality and Diversity policy is fully effective. We recognise the importance of effective support mechanisms in enabling all students to achieve their potential and will continue to improve provision for students with a disability.

The Additional Support Service is responsible for supporting disabled learners and those with language support needs. The earlier you request support, the quicker it can be provided, so if you know you’ll need support or adjustments, contact us in good time before your course starts. Get in touch on 01924 789120 or email us at:

For Further Details

Please contact Adam Willerton on 01924 789144, email  

Alternatively, contact Course Information on 01924 789111, email


Course Groups (W) Higher Education, Professional Course
Subject Area (W) Computing & ICT
Client Group (W) 19+, Higher Education, Business
Search Ref (W) 59256
Website Ref (W) 11HKN20LEB