Computing — Higher National Diploma (HND) Top Up

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Course information

This Computing HND will build on your previous experience and 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 5, students develop a broad
knowledge and awareness of key aspects of the computing sector through seven
core units, which include one unit assessed by a Pearson-set assignment. These
units are:

  • Computing Research Project (30 credit modules)

  • Business Intelligence

  • Advanced Programming

  • Forensics

  • Prototyping

  • Games Development

  • Emerging Technologies

Holders of the Higher National Diploma Level 5 will have developed a sound
understanding of the principles in their field of study (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.

Special Features: We have designed the course delivery so that when possible
we can include industry-led courses such as CISCO and Oracle.

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

HND Computing Top Up Programme Handbook (19-20)

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


BTEC Higher National Diploma (HND) Computing

This course leads to...

On successful completion of the Higher National Diploma 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).

Students can also stay at the college and progress onto the Level 6 BSc (Hons) Computing Top-Up Degree through the Open University.

Entry Requirements

• Completed HNC in Computing or equivalent Level 4 certificate of higher education
• Related work experience

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

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Course ID: 159150

Course Year: 19/20

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

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