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Computing — Higher National Certificate (HNC)

Course information

This HNC in Computing will develop students as professional, self-reflecting individuals able to meet both the demands of employers in the computing sector and adapt to a constantly changing world. The qualification aims to widen access to higher education and enhance the career prospects of those who undertake it. The course provides students with a thorough grounding in computing principles at Level 4 that leads on 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 eight core units, which include one unit assessed by a Pearson-set assignment. These units are:

  • Programming
  • Networking 
  • Professional Practice
  • Database Design and Development
  • Security
  • Managing a Successful Computing Project (Pearson-set unit)
  • Software Development Lifecycles
  • Website Design and Development

The programme handbook for this course is available to applicants online:

HNC Computing Programme Handbook (19-20)


Higher National Certificate in Computing

This course leads to...

This programme produces graduates skilled in a broad range of specialist areas. Progression is through direct entry into the industry, or through further study at HND or degree level.

Entry Requirements

• BTEC Level 3 qualification in Computing
• Other related Level 3 qualifications
• Related work experience

Applicants should hold a total UCAS Tariff points score from relevant qualifications of at least 96 points.

Why study with us?

We have designed the course delivery so that when possible we can include industry led courses such as CISCO and Oracle.
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Course ID: 163560

Course Year: 21/22

Course Duration: 1 Year


This course is only available to learners aged 18 and over. Fees are payable by all students unless sponsored by an employer, but you may qualify for a student loan through Student Finance England towards the cost of your course and living costs. Find out more at, or contact our HE team at

Fee for21/22 is 6568.00
In future years we anticipate increasing this fee in line with the annual inflation level (capped at RPI All Items Excluding Mortgage Interest (RPIX)).

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