HNC Computing | NSCG - Newcastle & Stafford Colleges Group
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Course overview

The HNC Computing is taught by experienced industry professionals and aims to develop your theoretical and practical knowledge of computing which will get you equipped with the understanding and skills for success in employment in the Computing industry.
The HNC course is made up of units at Level 4, with credits awarded for each unit. These units could include:

• Programming
• Networking
• Professional Practice
• Database Design & Development
• Security
• Managing a Successful Computing Project
• Computer Systems Architecture
• Website Design & Development

In addition to the course it is recommended that learners seek employment in a Computing related business.

What else do I need to know?

The full-time HNC course lasts for one year and is
studied over two full days each week.

To help you there is a course team of friendly, approachable tutors committed to your success. Your Curriculum Leader and Course Tutors will meet with you regularly to discuss your progress.

What are the entry requirements?

To study this course you must be over 18 years old and have four GCSEs including mathematics and English or equivalent and a level 3 qualification or equivalent.

For mature candidates (over 21 years of age) who can evidence a satisfactory and relevant work experience portfolio would be favourably considered and academic requirements may be waived please contact our HE advisor for more information.

All prospective students will be interviewed and assessed individually.

How is it assessed?

The course is accredited by BTEC. There is no final written examination as you achieve your qualification through continuous assessment. This involves carrying out assignments, project work, case studies and practical based assessments in which you collect evidence of your competence until you have gained a Pass grade in all units and skills. If your work is outstanding you may be awarded an overall Merit or Distinction grade. It is imperative that all units are achieved on the programme in order to be awarded the qualification.

What financial support is on offer?

There are two types of loans to help students cover the costs of their higher education course in college: tuition fee loans and living cost loans (also called maintenance loans). You pay these loans back when you finish your course and earn over £26,575. If you earn less than that, you won’t have to repay anything. If you’re earning more than that, we’ll work out your repayments at 9% of your income over that amount. Maintenance loans are only available to students studying on a full-time basis. They are not available for students studying on a part-time basis. For full details visit

What can I do next?

On successful completion of the course you can progress onto a HND in Computing (possibly at Newcastle College depending on numbers). Alternatively you may wish to pursue employment opportunities in roles such as Mobile App Developer, Software Engineer, Video Game Designer, IT Security Specialist, IT Systems Analyst, Health Information Technician, Web Developer, Data Scientist, Blockchain Engineers, Cloud Engineers, Database Administrators.

How do I find out more?

For more information please contact Britta Campe on 01785 275523 or

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