This course enables students to gain the technical, analytical, practical and managerial techniques used in the area of modern computing systems, and also to develop IT-based solutions to common commercial problems.
The HNC units include the following subjects programming, networking, security, database design and development
You will also need to complete a computing project and professional practice.
Two other units also need to be covered and these are decided in discussion with students and local employers to meet their needs.
Students are expected to have three A Levels; or a BTEC Diploma or Certificate with grades equal to 64 UCAS points; or equivalent. Students also need qualifications in Maths and English at Level 2 or be prepared to study these alongside this programme. All students must attend an interview.
Students must demonstrate a keen interest in the computing and IT industry. They should also have a good understanding of the developments within the IT industry and the advantages and disadvantages of the use of computers with reference to data security
Pearson BTEC Level 4 HNC Diploma in Computing
The course is assessed through projects, assignments and practical work. Learners will be expected to produce in depth analytical work which meets the criteria set by the awarding body. This work is assessed by the tutor. Work may also be checked by the awarding body. Learners will be expected to engage in presentations of their work, exhibitions and practical vivas as part of the assessment process
Students are expected to spend additional study hours in the Learning Resource Centre in order to successfully complete this programme. Students also need to complete research and homework on a regular basis in order to build up knowledge and confidence with computer systems. It is expected that students will spend approximately 10 hours a week on course work outside of normal class time.
It is expected that students are already employed in an IT position or can undertake minimum of 30 hours work experience in an IT-related environment in order to apply the skills learned in a realistic working environment.
The course carries 120 UCAS credits at Level 4, and is the equivalent to the first year of a degree programme. On completion, students may wish to study for an HND, which is equivalent to the second year of a degree programme.
Fees and Additional Costs
If you are over 18 there will be a registration fee of £200.00 if you have not previously registered with the exam board. At times students are offered the opportunity to visit exhibitions and shows and these may require additional entrance fees and coach costs. Students may also benefit from purchasing text books, the details of these books will be discussed during induction when the latest editions will be recommended.