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Computing (Network Engineering/Security/Applications Development) BTEC HND

  • HE

This course will allow you to develop a range of specialist technical skills, enabling you to meet the demands of employers in the computing sector and to adapt to a constantly changing world. The programme will cover a broad range of computing topics that may be encountered in modern business. You will benefit from our excellent cutting-edge computing facilities, small student groups and extremely supportive, industry-experienced teaching staff. By completing this course you will achieve an industry-recognised HND, which will enhance your career prospects and your employability. During the course you may also have the opportunity to gain additional professional IT qualifications with further study.

After completion on the HNC in the first year, you will be able to choose from the following pathways at HND:

  • Network Engineering
  • Applications Development

The programme will help you to develop a sound understanding of the principles in your chosen field of study and you will learn how to apply these principles more widely. You will be able to perform effectively in your chosen field and will have the qualities necessary for employment.

Entry requirements

You will need:

  • GCSEs A*-C in English and maths or Functional Skills, AND
  • IT Apprenticeship Level 3, OR
  • A BTEC Level 3 qualification in Computing, OR
  • A GCE Advanced Level profile that demonstrates strong performance in a relevant subject, or adequate performance in more than one subject, OR
  • Other related Level 3 qualifications, OR
  • An Access to Higher Education Diploma in a Computing or related subject.

We also welcome applications from mature students who will be considered on relevant work experience rather than qualifications.

Course content

You will be expected to attend College for two full days a week.

You will gain academic, technical and professional training, leading to the skills necessary to design, implement, support, evaluate or manage IT systems in a vast range of industries, with the aim of gaining interesting and well paid employment, or possibly continuing your education to BSc (Hons) level after completing your HND.

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

Year 1 HNC

  • Programming
  • Networking
  • Professional Practice
  • Database Design & Development
  • Security
  • Managing a Successful Computing Project
  • Computer Systems Architecture
  • Web Development

Year 2 HND

Network Engineering

  • Computing Research Project
  • Business Intelligence
  • Transport Network Design
  • Cloud Computing
  • Network Security
  • Cryptography
  • Forensics

Applications Development

  • Computing Research Project
  • Business Intelligence
  • Prototyping
  • Application Program Interfaces
  • Application Development
  • Advanced Programming
  • Games Development

*Please note that these units may be subject to change.

Assessment methods

Assessment is 100% assignment based. There are no formal examinations associated with this programme. Teaching methods include lectures, practical sessions, group work, tutorials and workshops. In addition, substantial learning resources and support material are available on-line facilitating home study.

Further study and career options

On successful completion of the HND you will have the option to top up the qualification to a full Bachelor’s degree or enter employment. The course opens up excellent career opportunities in IT, where you could gain employment in roles including:

  • Network Engineer
  • Systems Architect
  • Computer Service and Repair Technician
  • Network Manager
  • HCI Designer
  • Games Developer
  • Web Developer
  • Systems Analyst
  • Systems Tester
  • Database Administrator
  • IT Project Manager
  • IT Support Technician

Additional information

Significant additional study will be required outside College hours to be successful on this programme. Higher Education loans, grants and bursaries may be available to fund these programmes. You will need to spend £25 to attend trips that will complement your course.

To enrol on this course you must apply through the University & Colleges Admission Service (UCAS) using the institution code B23 and the course code 032L. Visit or call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

Pay by instalments

The College offers an instalment plan for Further Education and Higher Education courses to students where the total amount payable at the point of enrolment is £200 or more. Within the scheme there is an ability to pay up to 7 instalments, depending on the length of the courses and the final payment must be paid at least a month before the end of the course.

Please note: You will be required to attend college 2 days per week (Days to be confirmed).

Course Information & How to Apply

You will need to complete a UCAS online application form to apply for this course, available at The codes needed are located in the 'Additional information' section above. Please call the College on 01234 291000 if you have any queries about your application.

LengthStart DateFees per yearLocationCourse Code
2 years 27/09/2021 £5895 Cauldwell Street BBF2227

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