Computing - HNC

Course Code: IH1HE16

UCAS Code: I100


 Students starting in September 2021 will be supported
in their success
through blended on campus and online tutor-led
learning experiences.

Next available course:

Start DateLocationDuration / Fees
13/09/2021University Centre1 Year / £8,750Apply
04/01/2022University Centre18 MonthsApply

Course Overview

Advance your career in computer science and digital technologies with the HNC Computing.

Whether you’re looking to improve your prospects in this area or you’re seeking an entirely new career direction, this industry-recognised qualification will underpin your future success.

We are committed to providing a highly responsive curriculum and have co-created this programme with employers to provide the essential knowledge and skills required by this ever-changing and vibrant sector.

An added advantage is that you can study the programme either full-time (over 1 year) or part-time (over 2 years), allowing you to fit study around work and other commitments.

Entry Requirements

You will need a minimum of 48 UCAS points or a level 3 qualification in any computing discipline. A level 2 qualification in maths and English is also desirable.

If you do not have the formal entry qualifications but you can demonstrate relevant industry experience instead you are still encouraged to apply. We will consider your application on an individual basis but we will expect you to be qualified to at least level 2 in maths and English..

Qualification Obtained

BTEC Higher National Certificate in Computing

Career Options and Progression

Assessment Methods


Most courses are assessed via a combination of coursework and exams – the percentage weighting of each of these is outlined below. Coursework might range from written tasks and assignments to the collation of a portfolio of evidence based around a work placement. Coursework differs from exams in that it is usually non-timed and carried out independently.


Exams are formal, timed written assessments, carried out in a controlled environment and overseen by one or more invigilators. They assess your grasp of the theory and underpinning knowledge related to your chosen career area. The opposite of practicals, they require you to set out your practical understanding within an academic context. Some courses have no exams – the exam/coursework ratio is outlined below.


Practical assessments identify your technical ability to apply theory to hands-on tasks in your chosen career area. They can be timed or non-timed and involve observation of your practical skills and competencies, either in a work-based environment or a dedicated College setting that closely resembles the workplace. Practical work-based assessments are supported and carried out by a trained assessor.

Assessment MethodLevel 4Level 5Level 6

Course Structure

Level 4 Modules

Professional PracticeIH4MD04415Mandatory
Database Design and DevelopmentIH4MD04515Mandatory
Managing a Successful Computing ProjectIH4MD04715Mandatory
Website Design and DevelopmentIH4MD04815Mandatory
Data AnalyticsIH4MD04915Mandatory

Teaching and Learning Methods

Scheduled Learning

Scheduled time relates to the time you spend in directed study with the guidance and support of our academic tutors. Scheduled learning can take a variety of forms and will vary from one course to the next, but may include lectures, seminars, tutorials, project supervision, demonstrations, studio or workshop time, fieldwork and external visits.

Independent Study

Higher education courses rely on students undertaking work outside of formal, scheduled sessions and this is generally categorised as independent study. Independent study might include preparation for scheduled sessions, follow-up work, wider reading or practice, completion of assessment tasks and revision.


Many of the degree programmes at B&FC incorporate opportunities for work placements to provide you with the opportunity to link your studies to relevant professional practice in a real work environment. Our programme teams are able to offer support in securing an appropriate work placement where it forms part of your programme, and will work closely with you during the placement to ensure that the opportunity allows you to develop personally, professionally and academically.

Learning MethodLevel 4Level 5Level 6

Industry Placement and Field Trips

Other Costs and Equipment Needed

Expert Tutors

All staff involved in the delivery of higher education courses within the College are approved to teach the subjects and modules they deliver. The approval process ensures that staff delivering a given programme are appropriately qualified and, where appropriate, possess relevant technical and industrial experience and professional practice.

Tuition Fees

Regulation and Accreditation

Terms and Conditions

Programme Handbook

Programme Specification