Pearson BTEC Level 4 HNC in Computing (RQF) PT Day (Year 1 of a 2 year course)
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. We accept a wide range of European and international qualifications. Mature students with appropriate related industry experience are encouraged to apply.
Who is the course for
This two-year part-time course is for those who are employed or seeking employment in the Computing and ICT industry.
Students will 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 and two further optional units at Level 4. The units/year are: Year 1 (2021 - 2022) _Units:
- Unit 1: Programming (Core unit))
- Unit 2: Networking (Core unit. Cisco_CCNA materials are embedded in this unit)
- Unit 3: Professional Practice (Core unit)
- Unit 8: Computer Systems Architecture (Optional Unit) Year 2 (2022-2023) _ Units:
- Unit 4: Database Design& Development (Core unit)
- Unit 5: Security (Core unit)
- Unit 6: Managing a Professional Project. (Pearson-set assignment unit)
- Unit 10: Website Design & Development (Optional unit)
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.
- 75% classroom-based learning supervised by a tutor
- 20% work-based learning supervised by a tutor
- 5% e-Learning supervised by a tutor in real time, guest speakers and field trips (Optional).
Students will attend college between 7-8 hours a week over 32 weeks per academic year. Timetables are usually available one month before registration. Please note, whilst we make every effort to ensure that timetables are integrated and are as convenient as possible for our students, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Student are expected to complete approximately 90 hours per unit for each 15 credit unit of independent study (i.e. on research and completing assignments) and unsupervised form of learning (e.g. e-learning, e-assessment, coursework, work-based learning, etc.)
How is the course assessed
Assessment is through a series of assignments including 95% written assignments, 3% group work, 1% presentations and 1% time-constrained assessments. the grades in each subject unit are shown as:
Where next - Further Studies
The Pearson BTEC Higher National Certificate provides a solid grounding in computing at Level 4, and allow students to continue their studies to Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Computing. The Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Computing allows students to specialise by committing to specific career paths and progression routes to degree-level study. On successful completion of the Pearson BTEC Higher National Diploma at 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)
- Progressing to university.
Students who completed Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Computing from our School 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
- London Metropolitan University
- London South Bank University
- West London University
- East London University
- Huddersfield University
- Bath University
- Northumbria University
Where next - Job Opportunities
The skills offered as part of the Pearson BTEC Higher National Certificate 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: IT help desk, Computer Service and Repair Technician, Web Developer, junior Network Engineer, etc.
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.
Last Updated: 03 March 2021
Home Fees: £3,277
The fees quoted are for students for one year of study and include tuition, exam fee, materials, ID card (which gives access to the college and facilities e.g. library) and 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.
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How to Apply
To apply for a course choose one of these methods:
- Online - click the Apply Now button, fill out the form and submit
- Post - download an application form here , or use the form in the prospectus. Fill it out and return it to: Student Records/Admissions, Uxbridge College, Park Road, Uxbridge, Middlesex, UB8 1NQ.
When we have received your application we will contact you to arrange an interview time.