Pass in HNC in Computing. All the students must have completed a HNC qualification mainly in a Computing related area to be considered for HND in Computing.
Who is the course for
This is a one year course which will extend the range of skills and techniques developed as part of the HNC in Computing qualification. It also extends 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.
This is a non-specialist ‘Computing’ pathway, which allows students to complete a Pearson BTEC Higher National Diploma without committing to a particular professional specialism.
Over the one-year period, the course compromises of eight modules where three of them are core modules:
Computing Research Project (Pearson-set) – equivalent to two units
- Business Intelligence
Plus five optional units (these are subject to change):
Information Security Management
Systems Analysis & Design
- Artificial Intelligence
These units allow you to improve the technical skills, employability and the software development skills.
You will be taught by highly qualified subject specialists by 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 pastoral/ tutorial session. The teaching time may also include in-class software practical sessions and extra hardware practical sessions.
In addition, student will be expected to use 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 a Top-up degree in Computing studying the final year or to the second year entry of a similar degree or a closely related discipline at a University. It will also enable progression on to further study such as a Professional Development Qualification or vendor qualifications offered by Cisco, Microsoft, IBM, CompTIA and Oracle.
Where next - Job Opportunities
This course offers a progression route to a number of roles in the IT such as junior web designers, junior programmers, system support assistants, database management and networking assistants, network administrator and IT help desk sector.
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 you to use including Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite, Java using Netbeans, Visual Basic.Net, Program-O under Xampp, Mysql and MS Project.
How to Apply
To apply for a course choose one of these methods:
- Online - click the Apply Now button, fill out the form and submit
- Post - if you would prefer to submit a paper form please click here to download a copy. Please fill it out and return it to: Admissions, Harrow College, Lowlands Road, Harrow, Middlesex, HA1 3AQ.
When we have received your application we will contact you to arrange an interview time.