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Computing — Higher National Diploma (HND) Top Up

Digital, Games Development and ICT

Course ID: 163279

Course Year: 21/22

Course Details

  • Study at The City of Liverpool College £2.5m Digital Academy.
  • One year, full-time programme.
  • Level 5 Higher National Diploma qualification.
  • Enhance your career prospects by learning valuable new skills which will help you thrive in the industry,
  • You'll gain extensive knowledge of computing and information technology through a wide variety of modules.
  • 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 HND in Computing will help you build on previous experience to develop the skills necessary to meet the demands of an exciting career in the IT industry and enhance your career prospects. The course will provide you with a thorough understanding of computing principles at Level 5, which then leads on to a range of specialist progression pathways at Level 6, relevant to your chosen profession within the computing sector.

You'll develop a broad knowledge of key aspects of computing through seven core units, which include one unit assessed by assignment. These units are:

  • Computing Research Project (30 credit modules)
  • Business Intelligence
  • Advanced Programming
  • Forensics
  • Prototyping
  • Games Development
  • Emerging Technologies

On completion of the course, you will have a sound understanding of the Computing and will be able to apply those principles in the real world. You will have learned to evaluate different approaches to solving problems. You will be well prepared for the world of work in yourchosen field.

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

HND Computing Programme Handbook (21-22)

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


Higher National Diploma in Computing

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.

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

On successful completion of the Higher National Diploma Level 5, you'll be able to develop your career in the computing sector through:

• entering employment
• continuing existing employment
• linking with other certificates/qualifications
• 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.

We're here to help...

Contact us to discuss your application or find out more:

 : 0151 252 3000

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.


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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