HND in Computing & Systems Development Level 5

The Higher National Diploma (HND) in Computing is an internationally recognised qualification and is validated, administered and verified by BTEC/Edexcel. The BTEC HND is equivalent to the first two years of an honours degree programme at a British university. This qualification is designed to equip students with the knowledge, understanding and skills required for success in current and future employment in information technology.

This qualification falls in line with the British Computer Society (BCS) and Engineering Council requirements for accreditation. Students will gain a wide range of sector knowledge tied to practical skills gained in research, self-study, directed study and workplace scenarios.

The course units include topics modules such as programming, networking, database design and development, forensics, business intelligence, security and network management.

The course is full time and is studied over 2 years, 12 hours a week.

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Career Prospects

Successful completion of the Higher National Diploma (HND) in Computing can lead to career progression in a range of areas.

Possible careers include: systems analyst, data designer, systems tester, database administrator, IT project manager, IT support technician and web designer.

Entry Requirements

The entry requirements for the course are;

1. A BTEC Level 3 qualification in Computing
2. A GCE Advanced Level profile that demonstrates strong performance in a relevant subject or adequate performance in more than one GCE subject. This profile is likely to be supported by GCSE grades at A* to C (or equivalent)
3. Other related Level 3 qualifications
4. Related work experience
5. An international equivalent of the above

Students who do not fulfil the entry requirements will be considered for this course on an individual basis and may be required to undertake some initial assessments.

Additional Details

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Work is assessed on an ongoing basis through the completion of assignment tasks. Deadlines for these assessments will be set at the beginning of each year.

Typical methods of assessment include assignments, developing portfolios, coursework, presentations and examinations. 

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When you apply to the college you will be invited for an interview to discuss the course and your career ambitions.

Although most of the course will be delivered from the Telford College campus some modules may be delivered from the University Centre Telford where there is a small charge for parking.
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Tuition fees for this course are £5,900 (full time) or £2,950 (part time) each year of study.

Funding is available to support with the cost of this course and in some cases living expenses. Please see the Fee Information link for further advice and guidance relating to tuition fees and funding.

After the course

Upon completion of the Higher National Diploma (HND) in Computing you can seek a top-up degree at university. These courses include Games Development, Software Development Computer Security and Digital Media Development.