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Computing & Systems Development BTEC HNC (part-time)

This course will allow you to develop a range of specialist technical software development skills, as well as knowledge of programming, web technologies and systems development relevant to the current requirements of the IT industry. The programme will cover a broad range of computing principles and applications that may be encountered in modern business. You will benefit from our excellent cutting-edge computing facilities, small student groups and extremely supportive, industry-experience teaching staff. By completing this course you will achieve an industry-recognised HNC, which will enhance your career prospects and your employability. During the course you can also take the opportunity to gain additional professional IT qualifications with further study.

Entry requirements

To take part in this course you will need GCSES at grade A-C in English and Mathematics, plus:

  • 120 UCAS points (A2 qualification or IT BTEC Level 3 Diploma or Extended Diploma), OR
  • A Level 3 IT Apprenticeship, OR
  • An equivalent Level 3 qualification.

We also welcome applicants with relevant work experience, subject to a successful interview.

Course content

This programme is designed to equip you with the knowledge, understanding and skills required for success in current and future employment in the field of computing and computing systems. The course will cover a broad-based overview of computing, which will allow you to develop wide-ranging skills and knowledge. You will gain academic, technical and professional training, leading to the skills necessary to design, implement, support, evaluate or manage IT systems in vast range of industries, with the aim of gaining interesting and well paid employment, or continuing your education to BSc (Hons) level.

You can complete the HNC with up to two years of part-time study, and then choose to continue to a HND with a further year of study. You will be expected to attend College for a minimum of 8 hours per week: one full day, or a combination of days and evening sessions. Our computing courses are delivered in small groups, by lecturers with a wide range of industry backgrounds. The teaching team have adopted a ‘hands on’ approach to best familiarise you with industry practice.

The units available for study on this course are likely to include:

  • Business Skills for e-Commerce
  • Computer Systems
  • Employability and Professional Development
  • Emerging Technologies
  • Systems Analysis and Design
  • Website Design
  • Event Driven Programming Solutions
  • Information Systems in Organisations.

You will also undertake a work-related project. The College holds Academy status with CISCO, CompTIA and Microsoft, and you will have the opportunity to gain professional certifications in addition to your HNC. Course fees for these additional qualifications can be found within our part-time course guide.

Assessment methods

Assessment will be through a variety of coursework assignments, including case studies providing solutions to realistic computing problems, practical assessments, and computer-based tests. There will be no formal examinations on this programme. Teaching methods will include lectures, practical sessions, group work, tutorials and workshops. In addition, substantial learning resources and support material available online, facilitating home study.

Further study and career options

On successful completion of the HNC you can progress on to further study with our HND or choose to enter employment. The course opens up excellent career opportunities in IT, where you could gain employment in roles including computer programmer, IT specialist, IT support, database designer and more.

Additional information

Significant additional study will be required outside of College hours to be successful on this programme. Higher Education loans, grants and bursaries may be available to fund this course. To enrol on this programme you will need to apply through the University and College’s Admission Service (UCAS) using the Institution Code BED B23, and the Course Code 0231. You will need to spend £25 to attend trips that will complement your course.

Course Information & How to Apply

To apply online, select the 'Apply' button below. You will need to register an account and then you can follow the instructions on screen.

LengthStart DateDay(s)Time(s)Fees per yearLocationCourse Code
2 years 21/09/2015 Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri 1.15 pm - 9.00 pm £3150 Cauldwell Street F1923 Course in progress


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