Starts: 28/09/2020

Duration: 32 Week(s)

Where: Harrow on the Hill Campus

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

Concession Fee

Home Fees: £5,603 Overseas Fees: £6,700

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

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.

Course Content

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):

  • Application Development
  • Advanced Programming
  • Emerging Technologies
  • Database Management Systems
  • Games Development
    These units allow you to improve the technical skills, employability and the software development skills.

Study Methods

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

The HND in Computing offers a progression route to a number of roles in the IT such as junior web designers, junior programmers, system support assistants, database management, networking assistants, network administrator and IT help desk sector.

More Information

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, Unity, Visual Basic.Net, Program-O using Xampp, Mysql and MS Project.

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 www.officeforstudents.org.uk for more information.

Last updated 6 December 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 www.ucas.com

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: 28/09/2020

Duration: 32 Week(s)

Where: Harrow on the Hill Campus

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

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