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HCUC

Computing

UCAS Code: I320

Higher National Certificate - HNC

Entry requirements


GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE English and maths at A* to C (or equivalent)

UCAS Tariff

48-64

From a full Level 3 qualification such as BTEC, A Level or an Access to Higher Education Certificate awarded by an approved further education institution in maths, physics, engineering, science, computer science, electronic systems or similar

About this course


Course option

1.0year

Full-time | 2020

Entry Requirements

GCSE English and maths at A* to C (or equivalent) and a UCAS Tariff score of 48-64 from a full Level 3 qualification such as BTEC, A Level or an Access to Higher Education Certificate awarded by an approved further education institution in maths, physics, engineering, science, computer science, electronic systems or similar.

All students who are non-native English speakers and who have not undertaken their final two years of schooling in English, must demonstrate capability in English at a standard equivalent to IELTS 5.5; Reading and Writing must be at 5.5 or equivalent.

Mature students with appropriate related industry experience are encouraged to apply.

Who is the course for

Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals provide a wide-ranging study of the computing sector and are designed for students who wish to pursue or advance their career in computing.

In addition to the knowledge, understanding and skills that underpin the study of the computing sector, Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals in computing give students experience of the breadth and depth of the sector that will prepare them for further study or training.

Course Content

First Year

Modules

Course Content
Students will develop a broad knowledge and awareness of key aspects of the computing sector at Level 4 through six core units (mandatory), which include one unit assessed by a Pearson-set assignment. The units are:

Programming

Networking

Professional Practice

Database Design & Development

Security

Managing a Successful Computing Project (Pearson-set)
Specialist units

Computer Systems Architecture

Website Design & Development
Cisco “CCNA Routing and Switching” materials are embedded in the BTEC L4 HND in computing programme. Actual Specialist units may be subject to change if sufficient number of students decide to follow one of the six specialist pathways offered by Pearson. The course will also develop a broad range of transferable skills, which include communicating, team work, planning & organising, problem solving, IT skills and numerical techniques.

Study Methods
75% classroom-based learning supervised by a tutor

20% work-based learning supervised by a tutor

5% e-Learning supervised by a tutor in real time, guest speakers and field trips (Optional).
Students will attend college for 15 hours/Y1 or 14 hours/Y2 – over three days. Students are expected to complete approximately 18 hours per week of independent study (i.e. on research in LRC and completing assignments).

Assessment methods

Assessment is through a series of assignments including 95% written assignments, 3% group work, 1% presentations and 1% Time-constrained assessments.

Tuition fees

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Channel Islands
£5,730
per year
England
£5,730
per year
EU
£5,730
per year
International
£7,014
per year
Northern Ireland
£5,730
per year
Scotland
£5,730
per year
Wales
£5,730
per year

The Uni


Course locations:

Hayes Community Campus

Harrow Campus

Department:

Computing and Information Technology

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