HNDs (Higher National Diplomas) are work-related (vocational) higher education qualifications. HNDs are designed to give you the skills to put your knowledge to effective use in a particular industry. They are highly valued by employers both in the UK and overseas, and can also count towards membership of professional bodies and other employer organisations. HNDs take two years of full time study to complete, or can be studied part time over a longer period. Throughout this two year course students will get the opportunity to develop various skills and qualities which are necessary for successful performance in working life and a basis for future studies in Computer Science.
The course compromises of 16 modules which you must pass to achieve the Diploma.
1 Programming -Core Unit Mandatory
2 Networking - Core Unit Mandatory
3 Professional Practice-Core Unit Mandatory
4 Database Design & Development -Core Unit Mandatory
5 Security- Core Unit Mandatory
6 Managing a Successful Computing Project (Pearson-set) -Core Unit Mandatory
8 Computer Architecture
10 Website Design and Development
13 Computing Research Project (Pearson-set)-Core Unit Mandatory
14 Business Intelligence -Core Unit Mandatory
16 Cloud Computing
17 Network Security
19 Data Structures & Algorithms
20 Advanced Programming
You can apply for this course through UCAS here
The Course Specification (published by Pearson Edexcel) can be found here
What are the entry requirements?
Students are expected to have GCSE or equivalent qualifications in English and Maths (A-C or 9-4 grades).
Students will also require a Level 3 qualification in IT or computing or other related Level 3 qualifications equivalent to 90 UCAS points. Students who do not have formal qualifications at level 3 but can demonstrate extensive relevant work experience or achievement of professional qualifications in computing are also welcome to apply.
How is the course taught?
Considering the nature and curriculum a lot of emphasis is on practical and workshop based learning which aims to stretch and challenge individuals. Group work and independent research are other learning styles included which provides learners the opportunity to develop and enrich their profile to succeed in both higher studies and employment. As a Higher Education Student you are required to attend up to 11 hours of sessions which includes Lectures, workshops and seminars per week over 2, 15 week semesters in each year. You will experience a variety of learning opportunities and styles, including group work and individual research, although the emphasis is on practical, workshop based learning intended to stretch and challenge each individual.
How will I be assessed?
The course is assessed entirely through coursework. A variety of assessment methods will be used which are designed to enable learners to meet the learning outcomes for the module and experience a range of methods in preparation for further study or employment. This includes written essays,reports, presentations, video, practical assignments and observations.
What support is available?
Our qualified tutors will support and guide you in the classrooms/workshops and through tutorials as they help you to develop the skills and techniques required in industry. Learning Support is also available for those with learning difficulties/disabilities; please let us know on application if you require this service. If you need help or advice on other matters such as welfare and finance, please contact our Course Information Centres at Willesden or Wembley Park.
What social activities can I take part in?
We offer a programme of social and sports activities to all our students; full information is available from the Student Room at your centre of study. Student rooms are available for those who want to play games, meet up with friends or just chill.
What facilities and resources are available?
A range of snacks, hot and cold foods are available to purchase in the canteen and café facilities, as well as vending machines. Halal meat and washing facilities are available at both centres. We have Quiet Rooms for those preferring to reflect. LRCs (libraries) are available at both centres, fully equipped with a wide range of learning materials and qualified friendly staff on hand to support you.
What else should I know?
Annually we take part in a range of national and regional competitions in a wide range of subject areas for those keen to show off the skills they have gained on their courses. Competition entry is not compulsory and does not apply to all subject areas; please ask your tutor if it applies to your course.