HND Higher National Diploma in Computing (59256)

What topics are covered by the course?

Your first year of study will consist of the following units:

• Programming
• Networking
• Professional Practice
• Database Design and Development
• Security
• Managing a Successful Computing Project
• Computer Systems Architecture
• Website Design and Development

These units will give you grounding in the theories and practices of coding and developing business systems – along with the technical and mathematical abilities to understand how computers function. You will learn how to manage IT projects, and develop your communication, business knowledge and analysis skills (of equal importance to modern employers as the technical skills).

In the second year, you will continue your development in general computing skills, with an emphasis in software and systems development. The units will include:

• Business Intelligence
• Robotics
• Advanced Programming
• Artificial Intelligence
• Client/Server Computing Systems
• Application Program Interfaces
• Computing Research Project

Who should attend?

Applicants should have a minimum of 64 UCAS tariff points from a Computing-related, full level 3 qualification. Typically these are A-Levels, BTECs, GCE Applied or an Access to HE Diploma – but other equivalents (including international qualifications) will be considered.

You should also have GCSE grade ‘C’ in English and Maths.

Alternatively, applicants with previous significant work experience or other relevant learning may be eligible via our APL process for accreditation towards this course.

If you do not fit the typical profile outlined above (e.g. you may have alternative qualifications), please get in touch - as we consider all applicants on an individual basis.

All applicants must complete a satisfactory interview.

What will I be able to do on completion?

Further study

Following the first year of study (HNC), students will progress onto the HND in year 2, and potentially a BSc (Hons) in Computing via a ‘top-up’ third year.

How will I be assessed?

Students taking the Higher Nationals in Computing will be assessed using a range of techniques. Units are usually internally assessed and externally verified by the awarding body. The assessments themselves are a mixture of academic and practical tasks, depending upon the topics in question.

The course is full-time, over around 3 days per week. A similar amount of self-study time outside of these hours is also a requirement. It is an expectation of Wakefield College that attendance will be 95% or above.

There is the option to study the course part-time, for more information about studying part-time please contact the Course Leader.

Guide Price: Please contact us for details

Delivery: Classroom
Category: IT & Computer »
Duration: 2 years
Qualification: HNC/HND

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