Start Date: Duration: Level: Study mode: Course location: Course Type:
January 2 Years Level 4 Part-Time Evening Bede Campus University Level Qualification
September 2 Years Level 4 Part-Time Evening Bede Campus University Level Qualification

What’s it all about?

The HNC in Computing offers students a broad introduction to the subject area via a mandatory core of learning, while allowing for the acquisition of skills and experience through units such as Programming, Networking, Professional Practice, Database Design and Development, Security and Managing a Successful Project.

For students who have recently been in education, the entry profile is likely to include one of the following:

- A BTEC Level 3 qualification in Computing
- 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) and/or 9 to 4 (or equivalent)
- Other related level 3 qualifications
- An Access to Higher Education Diploma awarded by an approved further education institution
- Related work experience
- An international equivalent of the above

We also consider applicants prior learning when considering their acceptance on a Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals, through recognition of prior learning.

Study level Cost Additional fees
19+ 2300.00 *subject to change It is expected that a student will have access to their own computer in order for them to be able to complete work outside of college.

BTEC Higher Nationals in Computing are assessed using a combination of internally assessed centre-devised internal assignments (which are set and marked by centres) and internally assessed Pearson-set assignments (which are set by Pearson and marked by centres). Pearson-set assignments are mandatory and target particular industry-specific skills.

Those working within the computing sector cannot just rely on their technical skills and must ensure all skills are relevant to increase employment opportunities. They will be required to communicate appropriately with stakeholders throughout their career and the ability to use maths and English in a professional context is an essential employability skill that must be developed at all levels of study. Development of essential maths and English skills are embedded throughout these qualifications in accordance with industry requirements and below are some examples of how these skills are developed in the BTEC Higher Nationals Curriculum:
? Written reports
? Formal presentations
? Informal conversations
? Use of professional, sector-specific language
? Using binary data
? Understanding algorithms
? Calculating costs

Some aspects of computing require higher level maths skills than others, but
throughout your studies you will be using some level of maths within the curriculum. It is vital that students taking a BTEC Higher National in Computing are aware that these skills will be required throughout their studies, and as part of learning activities and assessments to ensure their skills are in line with current industry standards.

When studying the Higher National Diploma as a full time student, you will be in college 12 hours per week. Part time students will be in college 6 hours per week, currently a Tuesday and Thursday evening, 5:30-8:30 pm.

You are expected to study outside of college a similar amount of time in order to successfully complete the qualification.

The aim of the Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals in Computing is to develop students as professional, self-reflecting individuals able to meet the demands of employers in the computing sector and adapt to a constantly changing world.

The Pearson BTEC Higher National Certificate (HNC) is a Level 4 qualification made up of 120 credits. It is usually studied full-time over one year, or part-time over two years.
The Pearson BTEC Higher National Diploma (HND) is a Level 4 and Level 5 qualification made up of 240 credits. It is usually studied full-time over two years, or part-time over four years.

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