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Computing, Higher National

Diploma (HND)

The Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals in Computing is aimed at developing students as professional, self-reflecting individuals able to meet the demands of employers in the computing sector and adapt to a constantly changing world. The qualifications aim to widen access to higher education and enhance the career prospects of those who undertake them.

Providing a thorough grounding in computing principles at level 4 that leads the student to a range of specialist progression pathways at level 5 relating to individual professions within the computing sector.

Skills and Knowledge Developed: At level 4 students develop a broad knowledge and awareness of key aspects of the computing sector through six core units, 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 unit)

Holders of Pearson BTEC Higher National Diploma Level 5 will have developed a sound understanding of the principles in their field of student (Computing) and will have learned to apply those principles more widely.

They will have learned to evaluate the appropriateness of different approaches to solving problems. They will be able to perform effectively in their chosen field and will have the qualities necessary for employment in situations requiring the exercise of personal responsibility and decision-making.

Teaching Methods: The knowledge and skills acquired on the programme will link directly to the vocational context and will diversify into a range of skills required by the computer industries. Teaching and learning methods will include formal lectures and seminars which will underpin the creative and technical practical programming and networking workshops. Practical modules eg programming will take place in a suitable environment with tutor support and guidance and extra independent learning sessions will be timetabled to allow access to the specialist equipment and resources.

Assessment Methods: The programme is assessed through the submission of written reports and practical solutions such as programming, database development and web applications. Formative assessment is primarily developmental in nature and designed to give feedback to students on their performance and progress with support. Summative assessment is given where students are provided with the assignment grades contributing towards the overall unit grade. The programme allows 120 credits at each level - HNC (120) and the full HND (240 in total).

Please note: this course will only run when it has a sufficient number of applicants.

On successful completion of the Pearson BTEC Higher National Diploma at level 5, students can develop their careers in the computing sector through:

- Entering employment

- Continuing existing employment

- Linking with the appropriate vendor accredited certificates

- Committing to Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

As well as progressing on to our level 6 BSc Hons Computing Top Up Degree through the Open University.

What the course leads to

On successful completion of the Pearson BTEC Higher National Diploma at level 5, students can develop their careers in the computing sector through:

- Entering employment

- Continuing existing employment

- Linking with the appropriate vendor accredited certificates

- Committing to Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

As well as progressing on to our level 6 BSc Hons Computing Top Up Degree through the Open University.

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All of our courses are fast-paced and work related. They are filled with tasks that give you cutting edge skills and a fantastic grounding in ICT and in the Digital Arts.

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