The HND in Computing is an established technical qualification that is highly respected throughout the computing industry. On successful completion of a BTEC Higher National qualification, learners can progress into employment, Higher Apprenticeships, or continue onto often the third year at University to study the same or a related subject.
This two-year course of study provides you with the opportunity to develop both theoretical knowledge and practical skills over a wide range of computing applications. The UK as a whole has a significant shortfall of specialist and skilled IT and computing personnel, and recent industry statistics have shown that IT and computing skills are in demand, in particular when combined with the ability to manage projects.
The HND is a Level 5 qualification equivalent to the second year of a university-level course. You will develop theoretical knowledge and practical skills over a wide range of computing applications using industry-standard software and equipment, whilst learning in a supportive, friendly and professional environment.
It is suitable for those who have decided that they clearly wish to enter employment in a specialist field within the Computing sector or wish to continue with their undergraduate degree studies. Topic areas include Games Theory, Game Design & Development (including elements of Virtual Reality), Robotics, Network Management, e-Commerce, Business Intelligence, and an Academic Research Project. The HND course is equivalent to the second year of a Computing-related undergraduate degree programme, and can provide direct access to Level 6 - the final year of a Computing-related undergraduate degree programme.
You will also develop the skills and techniques you need alongside the opportunity to undertake a number of Microsoft industrial (MTA) qualifications. You will have access to networking, gaming, and PC hardware laboratories, as well as industry-standard design and development tools. You will gain an insight into the knowledge needed to progress into employment in the IT and Computing industry, whilst retaining a strong focus on how fundamental computing techniques and technologies underpin all industries.
A minimum of 48 UCAS tariff points are required for this course, with GCSE English and Maths at grade 4/C or above.
Assessment techniques include report-based assignments, ongoing coursework, practical workshops, video-based submissions, project work, presentations, demonstrations and group work.
On successful completion, you could apply to progress to the final year of a degree course at a UK university, within areas such as general computing, computer science, network and PC hardware engineering, web development, or software development.
HND graduates could move into careers at technician or developer level and begin working towards chartered status (CITP).
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