Satisfactory completion of Level 4 Higher National Certificate in relevant computing-related subjects with a good attendance and an excellent College report. External applicants will be considered subject to matching of HNC units and satisfactory references. 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.
The purpose of Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals in Computing is to develop students as professional, self-reflecting individuals able to meet the demands of employers in the computing sector and adapt to a constantly changing world. In addition, Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals in computing give students experience of the breadth and depth that will prepare students for further study or training. The programme is a non-specialist ‘Computing’ pathway, without committing to a particular professional specialism. As a result, Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals in Computing programme is valued by companies and employers, and is perfect for individuals who wish to have a more of a ‘hands-on’ experience with their studies and is also valuable in preparing students for life at university.
The Level 5 Higher National Diploma consists of the Level 4 Higher National Certificate plus an additional 120 credits at Level 5 delivered via the general Computing pathway. The unit combinations and the list of optional units are:
Computing Research Project (Pearson-set)
E-Commerce & Strategy
Cisco “CCNA Routing and Switching” and Cisco “Introduction to Cybersecurity” are integrated in the BTEC L5 HND in computing programme. Actual optional 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 two vendor qualifications:
CompTIA certificates will be administrated separately through Pearson VUE testing centres, which we offer in Uxbridge College and delivered during the student breaks, i.e. December, February, April & May. Passing or failing the 2 vendor qualifications tests will have no impact on the BTEC HND+ Computing progression.
75% classroom-based learning supervised by a tutor
20% work-based learning supervised by a tutor
Students will attend college for 14 hours – over three days. Students are expected to complete approximately 22.5 hours per week of independent study (i.e. on research in LRC and completing assignments).
Assessment is through a series of assignments including 95% written assignments, 4% group work, 1% presentations. the grades in each subject unit are shown as:
Where next - Further Studies The Level 5 Higher National Diploma is recognised by higher education providers as meeting admission requirements to many relevant computing-related courses. Details of entry requirements for BTEC Higher National graduates into degree programmes at institutions in the UK and internationally can be found on the Degree Course Finder website (http://degreecoursefinder.pearson.com/). Or at http://UCAS.com. 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:
London Metropolitan University
London South Bank University
Anglia Ruskin University
West London University
East London University
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, IT Support Technician, Systems Tester, Web Designer, etc.
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UCAS code: I101
For students to be eligible for funding from Student Finance England, they must be studying on an eligible course at a provider registered with the Office for Students (OfS).The OfS is the new independent regulator for higher education in England and all higher education providers need to register with the OfS for their students to be eligible for student support in the 2020-21 academic year. The OfS has published providers on its Register and HCUC (Harrow College and Uxbridge College) has been registered since 10 December 2018. Please visit www.officeforstudents.org.uk for more information.
Last updated: 06 April 2020
The fees quoted are for home and overseas 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.
If you are unsure about your status you should contact the Careers Team at Uxbridge College or please click here to 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.
All applications for HND courses are through UCAS (Universities and College Admissions Service). 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 Careers Team can provide you with support and advice to help you through the UCAS process.