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

The HNC/D 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 first year (HNC) is made up of units at Level 4, with credits awarded for each unit. These units could include:
> Programming
> Networking
> Database Design and Development
> Security
> Professional Practice
> 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.

The second year (HND) is made up of units at Level 5, with credits awarded for each unit. These units could include:
> Computing Research Project
> Business Intelligence
> Network Security
> Information Security Management
> Application Program Interfaces
> Games Design Theory
> Robotics

What else do I need to know?

The course runs on both a full-time and part-time basis. The full-time HNC course lasts for one year and is studied over two full days each week. To complete the HND, a second year would be studied, again two days per week.

The part-time HNC course runs over two years and you will attend college for one afternoon/evening per week. To complete the HND on a part-time basis you will continue to study one afternoon/evening per week for an additional 2 years.

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.

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?

Teaching, learning & assessment methods
Teaching, learning and assessment methods used to deliver this curriculum are designed to provide experience, and reflection and the development of concepts which can then be explored. Teaching methods used vary according to the nature of each unit, but include formal lectures, individual research projects and student centred activities. There will be access to small group teaching with high levels of teaching hours and individual support in facilitating this programme.

What financial support is on offer?

You can apply for an Advanced Learning Loan or Higher Education Loan to help with the costs of your course if you are 19 or older and the course you are studying is an eligible Level 3, 4, 5 or 6 course.

What can I do next?

On successful completion of the course you gain a widely recognised qualification. You could progress onto a ‘top-up’ degree or further professional qualification in the computing area. Alternatively you may wish to pursue employment opportunities in roles such as web developer, mobile application developer, software engineer, computer systems analyst and IT security specialist.

How do I find out more?

Please contact Paul Tanner, course leader, at

Business & Professional Studies

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