Higher Education

Start Date: Duration: Level: Study mode: Course location: Course Type:
September 1 Year Level 4 Full-Time Ashington Main Campus University Level Qualification Apply Enquire

What’s it all about?

The course is a great alternative for those who don't want to head off to university to study higher education, or who do not want to study away from home. We offer smaller class sizes to allow you to explore a range of computing topics, will look in considerable detail a range of factors influencing technology within companies and how a range of IT / Computing solutions can be developed to improve efficiency within an organisation.

You must hold 1 A-Level 9-4. A*-C or a BTEC Diploma MM grade.

Study level Cost Additional fees
19+ please enquire Students may wish to purchase additional resources however we provide a comprehensive range of resources and e-books on the virtual learning environment.

You will be assessed on: Programming, Security, Networking, Web Design, Professional Development, Databases, Software Development Lifecycles and then submit a final project.

GCSE Grades 9-4 (A*-C) Required

We have various industry links to support with projects and research.

This course takes place over 1 year, full time.

Delivery times will be 2 evenings ( 5-9pm Tuesday and Thursdays) with 4 hours of directed study.

The HNC in computing is a specialist, work-related programme of study that aims to give you the key knowledge, understanding and practical skills required by the computing sector. The course offers academic and technical training that will give you the skills necessary to design, implement and support IT systems in a vast range of industries. You will develop a range of contemporary vocational skills relating to the use and support of IT systems.

You will study 8 units - 1-6 are compulsory, you can then choose 2 from the remaining optional units.

1 Programming
2 Networking
3 Professional Development
4 Database Design and Development
5 Security
6 Managing a Successful Project
8 Software Development Lifecycles
10 Website Development

Pearson BTEC RQF Level 4 HNC Computing

Equivalent to 1st year of university/Foundation Degree depending on if you've applied for university.

What’s next?

Some students may wish to progress to a HND in Computing or move onto university, however some students may feel that they are ready start their career at an appropriate level. We will be on hand to support you in deciding which route is best for you.

Skills for employment

This course is a Higher Technical Qualification (HTQ), approved by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education. HTQs are alternatives to apprenticeships or degrees, providing a practical and employer-led study programme. Our HTQ courses are approved against occupational standards set by employers to give you the skills and experience to start a career in your chosen field.

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