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Entry Requirements

GCSE English and maths at A* to C (or equivalent) and a UCAS Tariff score of 48-64 from a full Level 3 qualification such as BTEC, A Level or an Access to Higher Education Certificate awarded by an approved further education institution in maths, physics, engineering, science, computer science, electronic systems or similar.

All students who are non-native English speakers and who have not undertaken their final two years of schooling in English, must demonstrate capability in English at a standard equivalent to IELTS 5.5; Reading and Writing must be at 5.5 or equivalent.

Mature students with appropriate related industry experience are encouraged to apply.

Who is the course for

Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals provide a wide-ranging study of the computing sector and are 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, Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals in computing give students experience of the breadth and depth of the sector that will prepare them for further study or training.

Course Content

First Year

In the first year students develop a broad knowledge and awareness of key aspects of the computing sector at Level 4 through six core units (mandatory), which include one unit assessed by a Pearson-set assignment. The units are:

  • Programming
  • Networking
  • Professional Practice
  • Database Design & Development
  • Security
  • Managing a Successful Computing Project (Pearson-set)

Specialist units

  • Computer Systems Architecture
  • Website Design & Development

Second Year

In the second year students develop a broad knowledge and awareness of key aspects of the computing sector at Level 5 through 2 core units (mandatory), which include one unit assessed by a Pearson-set assignment. The units are:

  • Computing Research Project (Pearson-set)
  • Business Intelligence

Specialist units

  • Cloud Computing
  • Network Security
  • Advanced Programming
  • E Commerce & Strategy
  • Artificial Intelligence

Actual Specialist units may be subject to change if sufficient number of students decide to follow one of the six specialist pathways offered by Pearson.

The course will also develop a broad range of transferable skills, which include communicating, team work, planning & organising, problem solving, IT skills and numerical techniques.

The course also includes four vendor qualifications delivered over two years:

  • CompTIA A+
  • Network+
  • Security+
  • Cloud+.

CompTIA certificates will be administrated separately through Pearson VUE testing centres, which we offer in Uxbridge College. Passing or failing the 4 vendor qualifications tests will have no impact on the BTEC HND+ Computing progression.

Study Methods

  • Classroom-based learning supervised by a tutor
  • Work-based learning supervised by a tutor
  • Live webinar or telephone tutorial with a tutor in real time
  • E learning supervised by a tutor in real time

How is the course assessed

Assessment is through a series of assignments including written assignments, group work, presentations and Time-constrained assessments.

Where next - Further Studies

Details of entry requirements for BTEC Higher National graduates into degree programmes at institutions in the UK and internationally can be found here

BSc degree programmes and MSc programmes after suitable post-diploma experience.

Students have progressed onto the final year of a degree course at the following universities:

  • Hertfordshire University
  • Plymouth University
  • Middlesex University
  • Greenwich University
  • Westminster University
  • Staffordshire University
  • Middlesex University
  • London Metropolitan University
  • London South Bank University
  • Anglia Ruskin University
  • West London University
  • East London University
  • Huddersfield University
  • Bath University.

Where next - Job Opportunities

The skills offered as part of the Pearson BTEC Higher National Diploma can provide graduates with the opportunity to work in many different areas of the computing sector. Previous students have successfully gained employment in the following roles: network administrator, IT help desk, application developer, Network Engineer, Computer Service and Repair Technician, Network Manager, Software Developer, Business Analyst, Web Developer, etc.

More Information

Please click here for the Course Handbook – containing full course details plus information on

  • Assessment and grading
  • College rules and resources
  • Student support and representation.

For further information, please contact our Information, Advice and Guidance team on 01895 853333 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

UCAS code: I101

Last updated: 17 March 2017.

Fees

  • Home student: £5,995
  • Overseas student: £8,565

The fees quoted are for home and overseas students for one year of study and include tuition, exam and materials fees. The tuition fee for the second year of two year programmes will be the same as the first year. First year students must also pay £5 for an ID card (which gives access to the college and facilities e.g. library) and £35 for college registration.

Whether you pay a 'home' or 'overseas' fee depends on whether you meet certain criteria. Uxbridge College does not create the criteria for fee status. The fee status criteria is provided in regulations and guidance, published by the government.

Please click here for information on the conditions you need to meet to be entitled to pay tuition fees at the 'home' rate for study on a Higher Education (HE) course at Uxbridge College. This information is only a summary.

If you are unsure about your status you should contact the Information, Advice & Guidance team at Uxbridge College or complete the Fees Assessment Questionnaire and return it to the address given on the form. The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) also has information about residency for international students.

How to Apply

All applications for HND courses are through Universities and College Admissions Service (UCAS). For an application pack, contact UCAS on 01242 227788 or visit www.ucas.com

For information and advice from the College you can also make an initial application by clicking the Apply Now button below. Our Information, Advice and Guidance team can provide you with support and advice to help you through the UCAS process.

Hayes Campus: Course Starting Mon 25 September 2017

Starts: 25/09/2017

Duration: 64 Week(s)

Where: Hayes Campus

When: Monday-Friday 09:00 to 17:00