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HND Computing (Top-up) - Level 5


This programme is designed to further develop the skills and knowledge gained in the HNC Computing programme.  It offers a non-specialist ‘Computing’ pathway, which gives you the opportunity to achieve a computing qualification without committing to a particular professional specialism. This offers additional flexibility. The course is modular and the content is designed to be flexible enough to provide you with underpinning knowledge in all subjects. 

This course is validated by Pearson Edexcel.


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Entry requirements

In order to start this course, you will be expected to have:

  • An HNC qualification in computing

Alternatively, we will consider substantive experience in a relevant field.

We also normally require GCSE English language and maths at grade C/grade 4 or above: English and maths at Level 2 are essential requirements.

Start dates and fees

Course fees are payable for each year of all university-level courses. To identify your course fees and the financial support that may be available to you, please visit the finance and funding page, or contact a member of the HE team at the college.

Provisional timetables will be discussed at interview, and confirmed in the final joining instructions which all students will receive in July.

Start DateDurationCodeAnnual FeeActions
Sep 20191 yr(s)1012D1108£7000.00Apply

How long is the course?

This is a one year full-time course.

You will also need to dedicate a substantial amount of time to research and study outside the classroom.


How will I be assessed?

Assessment methods are varied and may include written reports, presentations, case studies and individual/group projects that are client-based, giving you a valuable experience of working on a live brief.

What does the course lead to?

Completion of this course will enable you to progress into a range of careers, including network support, administration, security and management, programming in a variety of languages, website design or database development.

What will I study?

Units include:

  • Computing Research Project
  • Business Intelligence
  • Network Security
  • Information Security Management
  • User Experience and Interface Design
  • Emerging Technology
  • Operating Systems

Module titles may change.

What can I go on to study?

Upon successful completion of the award, you’ll have the opportunity to complete a top-up award at a university, subject to entry requirements.

How do I apply?

This course starts in September 2018. To register your interest please contact the HE Team at

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