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HND in Computing

HND in Computing and Systems Development 

(awarded by Edexcel)

Edexcel is the UK's largest awarding body, offering academic and vocational qualifications to more than 25,000 schools and colleges in over 100 countries worldwide.

Edexcel BTEC Higher Certificates and Diplomas are designed to provide a specialist vocational programme that offer a strong sector- related emphasis on practical skills development alongside the development of requisite knowledge and understanding.

The qualifications provide a thorough grounding in the key concepts and practical skills required in their related sector and allow for direct progression to employment or progression to higher education.

As a nested qualification the HNC is an embedded component of the HND. However, it can be taken as a stand-alone qualification.

If a learner enrols for an HNC they would be eligible to gain a grade for the HNC. If they then move onto an HND, the learner is graded on their HND performance. The grade for the HND will include units from the previously achieved HNC.

If a learner opts to take an HND from the start, then on successful completion of the HND they will receive one grade for the HND achievement only.

If a learner opts to take an HND from the start but later chooses to revert to an HNC programme, then on successful completion of the HNC they will receive a grade for the HNC achievement only.

BTEC Higher National Certificate (HNC) - 1 Year

The BTEC HNC is a 120 credits Level 4 qualification, which is delivered over 1 year at East London College. The HNC is an embedded component of the HND, however, it can be taken as a stand- alone qualification. If a student opts to take the HNC they would be eligible to gain a National Certificate after successful completion of a minimum of 8 modules.

BTEC Higher National Diploma (HND) - 2 Years

The HND is a 240-credits, level 5 qualification delivered over 2 years, the first year at level 4  (HNC) and the second year at level 5. If a student opts to take the HND they would be eligible to gain a Higher National Diploma after successful completion of a minimum of 16 modules.

Progression 

Once you have successfully completed the HND you can continue on to study the third year of a degree or an honours degree.

At East London College we offer a BSc (Hons) in Computing final year top-up which is awarded by University of Greenwich. Learners who gain the HND in Computing and Systems Development will be eligible apply for direct entry on to this programme.

Career Opportunities

The BTEC Higher National Qualifications have been developed with career progression in mind.  They allow for progression into or within employment in the business sector, either directly on achievement of the award or following further study to a degree.

This qualification is suitable for students who have already decided that they wish to enter this area of work or for others who wish to use this qualification as a stepping-stone in order to enter the specialist area of computing.

Course Structure

The units for this programme focus on how business theory applies in the modern and contemporary workplace. Theses unit aims to offer you excellent opportunities for progression, both academically and professionally. 

Year 1 Units - leading to a HNC award on successful completion*

  1. Business Skills for E-Commerce
  2. Computer Systems
  3. Website Design
  4. Database Design Concepts
  5. Employability and Professional Development
  6. Management of Projects
  7. Programming in .NET
  8. Network Infrastructure

Year 2 Units - leading to a HND award on successful completion

  1. e-Commerce Strategy
  2. Web Applications Development
  3. Programming in Java
  4. Computer Systems Architecture
  5. Wide Area Networking Technologies
  6. Data Analysis and Design
  7. Information Systems in Organisations
  8. Project Design, Implementation and Evaluation

*Certification depends on whether learner is enrolled on the HNC or HND award

Single Module Option

If you do not wish to study a full HNC or HND course you may select one or more modules as a stand–alone option and receive a module accreditation certificate, which will give you a qualification for a subject in your area of interest or to help support your career goals.

Edexcel Awarding Body Registration and Certification Fees

Registration is the process which formalises the Learners entry onto the course for the HNC or HND qualification of the above programme subjects and respective levels.

Certification is the process of claiming a certificate in recognition of a Learners achievement of a qualification.

The Registration and Certification Fees are included in the tuition fees.  

Entry Requirements

For entry into the Level 4 HNC in Computing and Systems Development (QCF) programme:

  • Applicants must at least be 18 years of age
  • Hold a minimum English Language Proficiency* (IELTS or equivalent 5.0 in all parts of the exam)
  • Hold a QCF / NVQ UK level 3 Diploma or an A level standard course (or equivalent) or similar
  • Hold an international qualification equivalent to UK level 3 Diploma

*If the first language of the applicant is not English

For gaining entry into the Level 4 HND in Computing and Systems Development (QCF) programme:

  • Applicants must at least be 18 years of age
  • Hold a minimum English Language Proficiency* (IELTS or equivalent 5.0 in all parts of the exam)
  • Hold a BTEC Level 4 HNC Diploma in Computing and Systems Development (QCF)
  • Hold an international qualification equivalent to UK Level 4 Diploma

*If the first language of the applicant is not English

All candidates will be interviewed.

In exceptional cases student with strong work experience without a formal qualification will be considered if the application is genuine and worth considering.

International applicants will be asked to produce two references one of which should be an academic reference.

Assessment

Assessment of BTEC Higher Nationals is by assignment - typically one or two assignments per module. These assignments will vary and include a combination of formal reports, presentations and practical tasks, but there will be no formal exams.

All modules will be individually graded as ‘pass’, ‘merit’ or ‘distinction’.  To achieve a full qualification you must pass all 8 Modules to achieve the higher certificate and all 16 modules to achieve the higher diploma. 

Duration:

  • HNC - 1 year
  • HND – 2 years

Start dates: August & February

Prospects

  • With a HNC qualification
  • Education: Possible progression to HND Computing
  • Employment: This course prepares you for employment as an IT Technician, Help Desk Support Technician, Trainee Programmer.
  • With a HND qualification
  • Education: Possible progression to BSc(Hons) in Computing – final year top up.
  • Employment: this course offers a progression route for learners to a number of roles in the IT and computing sectors. General specialists can enter system management, while ICT system support specialists can install or manage IT networks.