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Computing – Higher National Certificate (HNC)

Digital, Games Development and ICT

Course ID: 173032

Course Year: 24/25

Course Details

  • Study at The City of Liverpool College £2.5m Digital Academy.
  • One year, full-time programme.
  • You'll gain extensive knowledge of computing and information technology through a wide variety of modules.
  • Enhance your employment prospects for an exciting career in the digital industry.
  • Outstanding academic and pastoral support.
  • Study at our Arts Centre building, in our state of the art Digital Academy with full Microsoft suite.

What to expect from the course

The one-year Higher National Certificate in Computing for England is aimed at students wanting to continue their education at university-level through applied learning. It is designed for students who wish to pursue or advance their career in the computing sector and provides the knowledge, understanding and skills that are essential for success
The course develops students as professional, self-reflecting individuals able to meet both the demands of employers 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.
Students gain a thorough grounding in computing principles at Level 4 relating to professions within the computing sector and are prepared to continue their studies at level 5. The delivery of the course has been designed so that where possible industry led courses such as CISCO and Oracle can be included.

Modules studied:
Professional Practice
Database Design and Development
Planning a Computing Project
Software Development Cycles
Fundamentals of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Intelligence Systems

How will I be taught?
Knowledge and understanding will be acquired through the following range of approaches to module delivery:

Work related and work-based learning
Mixed modes of delivery
Tutor-led learning (lectures, with student interaction/discussion, class exercises and group work, as appropriate to the topic)
Tutor-led workshops (practical sessions with student interaction)
Self-managed learning/research (outside timetabled sessions)
VLE delivery and support (learning materials, exercises and reference documents are made available as well as means of communication between students, tutors and support staff)
IT and software available on campus as learning tools
Self-directed learning using programming material via the VLE
Mentoring sessions (one-to-one with the tutor)
Learning logs (in paper or electronic form, e.g. blogs)
Supported learning and resources available via the LRC
A learner support unit for students with particular educational needs.

How will I be assessed?
The programme is assessed through submission of written reports and practical solutions such as programming, database development and web applications.

Formative assessment is primarily developmental in nature and is designed to give feedback to students on their performance and progress, with support. Feedback will be given on formal coursework submissions to enable you to learn and develop throughout the course. This will include feedback on draft or formative assessment work at least once per assignment for each of the modules.

Summative assessment is given where students are provided with the assignment grades contributing towards the overall unit grade.

Who is the course intended for?
This course is aimed at students wanting to continue their education through applied learning. It will provide a wide-ranging study of the computing sector and is 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, it will give you the experience of the breadth and depth of the sector that will prepare you for further study or training.


Higher National Certificate in Computing for England

Why study with us?

The delivery of the course has been designed so that where possible industry led courses such as CISCO and Oracle can be included.

Student Benefits

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Academy Bakery

The Academy Bakery is located on the Duke Street campus, producing a range of first class baked goods daily. These include artisan breads, patisserie and biscuits, as well as special occasion/novelty cakes by award-winning master-bakers. Students are offered a range of discounts throughout the year.

The Academy Bakery
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Academy Hair and Beauty Salons

Duke Street is also home to The Academy Hair and Beauty salons. They offer generous student discounts on a wide range of hair and beauty treatments, at a fraction of high-street prices. These include styling, cutting, perming, highlights, facials, manicures, electrolysis and traditional and homeopathic massage.

The Academy Salons
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Academy Restaurant

Duke Street campus is also home to the College’s Academy Restaurant. Often referred to by it’s customers as Liverpool’s hidden gem, the restaurant serves top class cuisine, at highly competitive prices. Food is expertly prepared by professional chef/tutors and young chefs in training and offers students a range of discounts at different times of the year.

The Academy Restaurant
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Microsoft Office 365 - Free

When you become a student of the College you’ll receive full access to Microsoft Office 365. This allows you to install the software on your own computer and other devices at home, completely free of charge.

A gym, including treadmills and exercise bikes.
Onsite Sports Facilities/Fitness Suite

The college has excellent sports and fitness facilities at its Roscoe Street campus. Students pay a one-off membership fee for all year round usage of weekly supervised gym sessions, as well as access to a number of sporting clubs and events.

Career pathways

Students who successfully complete this qualification may continue their studies at The City of Liverpool College University Centre and progress onto the level 5 Higher National Diploma (HND) in Computing for England.

Alternatively, graduates may wish to progress directly into employment in their chosen career or study at another higher education provider.

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Entry Requirements

For this particular programme, the following will apply:

• Full level 3 qualification in Computing or a related subject area (e.g. BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma or A-Levels)
• GCSE English Language and Maths at grade 4/C or above or equivalent.

We also welcome applications from those with relevant experience in lieu of the minimum entry requirements. If you are a mature student and you can demonstrate experience and skills needed for our HE courses from current work and/ or through other skills or experience, this can supplement your application.

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


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 for24/25 is 6700.00
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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