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Course overview

The HND 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 HND course is made up of units at Level 5, with credits awarded for each unit. These units could include:
> Computing Research Project
> Business Intelligence
> Emerging Technologies
> App Development
> e-commerce and Strategy
> Games Development
> User Experience and Interface

What else do I need to know?

The course runs on both a full-time and part-time basis with classes held in the daytime. The full-time HND course lasts for one year and is studied over two full days each week.

The part-time HND course runs over two years and you will attend college for one afternoon/evening per 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 www.nscg.ac.uk/finance

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 paul.tanner@nscg.ac.uk.

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