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Computing – Higher National Diploma (HND)

Digital, Games Development and ICT

Course ID: 175173

Course Year: 24/25

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 one-year Higher National Diploma Top-up in Computing is designed for students who wish to pursue or advance their career in intelligent systems and builds on students' previous study at level 4. The qualification can enhance the career prospects of those who undertake it and, on completion, students may wish to progress to the one-year BSc (Hons) Computing (Top-Up) course to complete their degree.

The course covers the Intelligent Systems pathway and equips students with a solid understanding of the skills and knowledge to be successful in the computing industry. Strong links to business and the computing sector will facilitate industry-related briefs and real scenarios that provide an opportunity for students to acquire professional work ethics, time planning skills and working within a team.

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

HND Computing Programme Handbook (22-23)

This programme is delivered through in-person teaching. Should government guidance or public heath advice change in-year, students will be able to continue their studies with a blend of in-person and remote learning, supported by additional safety measures on campus.

Modules studied:

  • Computing Research Project
  • Business Process Support
  • Machine Learning
  • Forensics
  • Internet of Things
  • Emerging Technologies
  • Prototyping

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, work-based projects, creation of design documents, working logbooks and presentations with assessor questioning.

Formative feedback will support student progression in both written work and technical outcomes. Self and peer assessment in critique situations will be an essential element of all projects and the feedback from these will enhance student achievement and progression.

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 is designed for students who wish to pursue or advance their career in intelligent systems. In addition to the knowledge, understanding and skills that underpin the study of the computing sector it will give students the experience of the breadth and depth of the sector that will prepare them for further study or training.

Additional Costs

Students may be required to purchase their own materials for any specialist projects they undertake as part of the course.

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.

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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 on to the level 6 BSc (Hons) Computing (Top-up) course.

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

Potential career paths:
• Software Developer
• Online Reputation Manager
• Machine Learning Software Engineer
• Data Scientist
• Robotics Engineer

Example careers

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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 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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