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Higher National Diploma in Computing (Subject to Validation) - September 2024

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60 weeks
Digital Technologies
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Institute of Technology, Stratford Campus
Higher National Diploma in Computing (Subject to Validation) – September 2024
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Course content

The purpose of the programme is to develop students as professional, self-reflecting individuals who can meet the demands of employers in the rapidly evolving computing sector and adapt to a constantly changing world. The qualifications also aim to widen access to higher education and enhance the career prospects of those who undertake them.

The overall aims of the programme are to:

  • Provide a thorough grounding in computing principles at Level 4, which leads the student to the progression pathway at Level 5 relating to individual professions within the computing sector.
  • Equip individuals with the essential qualities of a computing professional, including integrity, regard for cost and sustainability, as they apply to a range of roles and responsibilities within the sector.
  • Enable progression to a higher-level study such as a university degree by supporting the development of academic study skills and the selection of appropriate units for study at Level 5.
  • Enable progression to further professional qualifications in specific computing disciplines by mapping the units studied to the requirements of the Professional Bodies applicable to that discipline

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed via:

  • Written assignments including essays, projects, and reports • Demonstrating practical skills
  • Completion of portfolio of evidence including observation of practical skills • Formal examinations/assessments and online assessments as required
  • Formal examinations/assessments and online assessments as required


Year One = 7 core and 1 optional units


  • Programming
  • Networking
  • Professional practice
  • Software Development Lifecycles
  • Database Design and Development
  • Planning a computing project (Pearson set)
  • Security


  • One optional unit will be delivered for your course

Year Two = 2 core, 5 optional units


  • Computing research Project (Pearson set)
  • Business Process Support

Five optional units. The list below is not exhaustive and units will be chosen in consultation with the tutor:

  • Applied Analytical Models
  • Analytical Methods
  • Systems Analysis and Design
  • User Experience and Interface Design
  • Architecture
  • Analytic Architecture Design
  • Network Management
  • Client/Server Computing Systems
  • Database Management Systems
  • Game Design Theory
  • Emerging Technologies
  • Virtual and Augmented Reality Development

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Entry requirements

  • 5 GCSE qualifications at grade A*-C or 9-4 (to include, science, Maths and English)
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma with MP grade or a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma with MPP grade in Computing.
  • a GCE Advanced Level profile that demonstrates strong performance in a relevant
  • other related Level 3 qualifications
  • an Access to Higher Education Diploma from an approved further education institution
  • relevant work experience, or
  • an international equivalent to the above qualifications.

English language requirements

Students who are non-native English speakers or who have not studied the final two years of school in English but can demonstrate capability in English to the following:

  • Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) level B2.
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic 51.
  • IELTS 5.5; reading and writing must be at 5.5
  • Or equivalent

Mature students who have extensive work experience (paid and/or unpaid) and/or achievement of a range of professional qualifications in their work sector are welcome to apply. You will be required to attend an informal interview which may include completing an assessment based on your prior qualifications.

How much will this course cost?

£5850 per year


BTEC Higher National Diploma in Computing for England