Starts: 27/09/2019

Duration: 32 Week(s)

Where: Harrow on the Hill Campus

When: Monday-Friday 09:00 to 17:00

Concession Fee

Home student: £5730 Overseas student: £7014 The fees quoted are for home and overseas students for one year of study and include tuition, exam fee, materials, ID card (which gives access to the college and facilities e.g. library) and college registration. Whether you pay a 'home' or 'overseas' fee depends on whether you meet certain criteria. Harrow College does not create the criteria for fee status. The fee status criteria is provided in regulations and guidance, published by the government. If you are unsure about your status you should contact the Careers Team. The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) also has information about residency for international students.

Entry Requirements

English and maths GCSEs grade 9-4 (A*- C) or equivalent and a UCAS Tariff of 48 points from a related full Level 3 qualification such as A-Level, BTEC or Access to Higher Education. International students require an IELTS score of 5.5. Mature students with relevant work experience and/or professional qualifications are also welcome to apply.

Who is the course for

This is a one year course which will develop a range of skills and techniques; personal qualities and attributes essential for successful performance in working life and thereby enabling you to make an immediate contribution to employment. It will also provide flexibility, knowledge, skills and motivation as a basis for future studies and career progression in computing and systems development.

Course Content

Over the one year period, the course compromises of eight modules where six of them are core modules:

  • Programming

  • Networking

  • Professional Practice

  • Database Design & Development

  • Security

  • Managing a Successful Computing Project (Pearson-Set)

Plus two optional units:

  • Strategic Information Systems

  • Website Design & Development These units allows you to improve the technical skills, employability and the soft skills such as research, presentation and teamwork skills.

Study Methods

You will be taught by highly qualified subject specialists through a mixture of lectures, seminars and workshops. There will also be the opportunity to attend lectures from expert speakers. Taught lessons will take place for 14 hours a week and 1 hour a week of a pastoral/ tutorial session. The teaching time may also include in-class software practical sessions and extra hardware practical sessions.

In addition, students will be expected to use the learning resource centre to do their independent learning to complete the assessments.

How is the course assessed

The course is assessed entirely through coursework. A variety of assessment methods will be used which are designed to enable learners to meet the learning outcomes for the module and experience a range of methods in preparation for further study or employment. This includes written essays, reports, presentations, video, practical observations (including 95% written assignments, 3% group work, 2% presentations).

Where next - Further Studies

This course can lead to direct progression to an HND in Computing or onto the second year of a degree in Computing, or a closely related discipline at university. It will also enable progression onto further study such as a Professional Development Qualification or vendor qualifications offered by Cisco, Microsoft, IBM, CompTIA and Oracle.

Where next - Job Opportunities

The HNC in Computing offers a progression route into a number of roles in the IT sector such as junior web designers, junior programmers, system support assistants, database management and networking assistants, network administrators and IT helpdesk roles.

More Information

Please click here for the Course Handbook– containing full course details plus information on

  • Assessment and grading
  • College rules and resources
  • Student support and representation.

Up-to-date computers, printers and access to the Internet will be available for the completion of coursework. We have a number of programs available for use including Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite, Java using Netbeans, Visual Basic.Net and MS Project.

For students to be eligible for funding from Student Finance England, they must be studying on an eligible course at a provider registered with the Office for Students (OfS).The OfS is the new independent regulator for higher education in England and all higher education providers need to register with the OfS for their students to be eligible for student support in the 2019-20 academic year. The OfS has publishes providers on its Register and HCUC (Harrow College and Uxbridge College) has been registered since 10 December 2018. Please visit for more information.

Last updated 14 March 2019

How to Apply

All applications for HND courses are through UCAS (Universities and College Admissions Service). For an application pack, contact UCAS on 01242 227788 or visit

For information and advice from the College you can also make an initial application by clicking the Apply Now button below. Our Careers Team can provide you with support and advice to help you through the UCAS process.

Starts: 27/09/2019

Duration: 32 Week(s)

Where: Harrow on the Hill Campus

When: Monday-Friday 09:00 to 17:00

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