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Computing & Systems Development BTEC HND (part-time)

This course allows you to develop a range of specialist technical software development skills and knowledge in programming, web technologies and systems development relevant to the current requirements of the IT industry. The programme covers a broad range of computing principles and applications that may be encountered in modern business. • You will achieve an industry-recognised HND which will enhance your career prospects and employability • You will benefit from our excellent, leading-edge computing facilities, small student groups and extremely supportive, industry-experienced teaching staff • You can achieve an HNC after up to 2 years of study (HND after 3 years) • You can take the opportunity to gain additional professional IT qualifications with further study • You may be able to progress to Year 3 of a related BSc degree programme. Do you want to learn relevant skills and knowledge to work in a computing environment? Are you keen to study a broad range of computing topics as well as have the chance to specialise? 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 computer systems. This programme covers a broad-based overview of computing allowing students 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 a vast range of industries with the aim of gaining interesting and well paid employment, or continuing your education to BSc (Hons) level.

Entry requirements

You will need:

  • Computing & Systems Development BTEC HNC
  • GCSE Mathematics and English at grades A to C or Functional Skills, AND
  • 80 to 120 UCAS points (A2 qualifications or BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in IT or Extended Diploma in IT, or Level 3 IT Apprenticeship), OR
  • An equivalent Level 3 qualification.

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

Course content

You will study topics using problem-based approaches that mirror employment practices culminating in a major project in Year 3 (HND students). The HND can be achieved with 3 years of part-time study. You can complete the HNC with up to 2 years of part-time study, and then choose to continue to an HND with a further year of study. Study options are flexible (and may be subject to change). You will be expected to attend College for a minimum of 8 hours a week. You will be required to attend 1 full day a week, 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 producing working solutions to real life computing problems - aiming to familiarise students with industry best practice.

The units to be studied have yet to be finalised but are likely to include:

HNC Level 4

  • Business Skills for e-Commerce
  • Computer Systems
  • Employability and Professional Development
  • Management in IT
  • Systems Analysis and Design
  • Website Design
  • Object Oriented Programming
  • Event Driven Programming Solutions
  • Network Operating Systems

HND Level 5

  • Project Design, Implementation and Evaluation
  • Information Systems in Organisations
  • Data Analysis and Design
  • Web Applications Development
  • Computer Games Design and Development
  • Programming in Java
  • Programming in .NET
  • IT Virtualisation.

You will undertake a work-related project as part of your programme of study. You will have the opportunity to gain professional Certified Internet Web 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 is through a variety of coursework assignments including case studies providing solutions to realistic computing problems, practical assessments, and computer-based tests. 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 at university or 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 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.

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)FeesLocationCourse Code
1 year 21/09/2015 Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri 9.00 am - 4.30 pm £3780 Cauldwell Street F1924 Course in progress

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