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Computing BTEC HNC

This course will allow you to develop a range of specialist technical skills, enabling you to meet the demands of employers in the computing sector and to adapt to a constantly changing world. The programme will cover a broad range of computing topics that may be encountered in modern business. You will benefit from our excellent cutting-edge computing facilities, small student groups and extremely supportive, industry-experienced teaching staff. By completing this course you will achieve an industry-recognised HNC, which will enhance your career prospects and your employability. During the course you may also have the opportunity to gain additional professional IT qualifications with further study.

Entry requirements

You will need:

  • GCSEs A*-C in English and maths or Functional Skills, AND
  • IT Apprenticeship Level 3, OR
  • A BTEC Level 3 qualification in Computing, OR
  • A GCE Advanced Level profile that demonstrates strong performance in a relevant subject, or adequate performance in more than one subject, OR
  • Other related Level 3 qualifications, OR
  • An Access to Higher Education Diploma in a Computing or related subject.

We also welcome applications from mature students who will be considered on relevant work experience rather than qualifications.

Course content

The course will cover a broad-based overview of computing, which will allow you to develop wide-ranging skills and knowledge. You will gain academic, technical and professional training, leading to the skills necessary to design, implement, support, evaluate or manage IT systems in a vast range of industries, with the aim of gaining interesting and well paid employment, or continuing your education to BSc (Hons) level.

You will complete the HNC with one year of full-time study, and could then choose to continue to a HND with a further year of study. You will be expected to attend College for a minimum of 16 hours per week: two full days, or a combination of days and evening sessions. Our computing courses are delivered in small groups, by lecturers with a wide range of industry backgrounds. The teaching team have adopted a hands on approach to best familiarise you with industry practice.

The units available for study on this course are likely to include:

  • Programming
  • Networking
  • Professional Practice
  • Database Design & Development
  • Security
  • Managing a Successful Computing Project
  • Systems Development Life Cycle
  • Web Development

You will complete a Computing project as part of your programme of study. This project will be set by the Awarding Body, Pearson.

Assessment methods

Assessment is 100% assignment based. There will be no formal examinations on this programme. Teaching methods will include lectures, practical sessions, group work, tutorials and workshops. In addition, substantial learning resources and support materials are available online, facilitating home study.

Further study and career options

On successful completion of the HNC you can progress on to further study with our HND or choose to enter employment. The course opens up excellent career opportunities in IT, where you could gain employment in roles including computer programmer, IT specialist, IT support, database designer and more.

If you choose to top up to an HND we will be offering the following specialist pathways (subject to approval):

  • Network Engineering
  • Security
  • Applications Development

We will also be offering a non-specialist ‘Computing’ pathway, which allows students to complete a Pearson BTEC Higher National Diploma without committing to a particular professional specialism.

Additional information

Significant additional study will be required outside of College hours to be successful on this programme. Higher Education loans, grants and bursaries may be available to fund this course. You will need to spend £25 to attend trips that will complement your course.

To enrol on this course you must apply through the University & Colleges Admission Service (UCAS) using the institution code BEDF B23 and the course code 023L. Visit www.ucas.com or call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

Course information & how to book

You will need to complete a UCAS online application form to apply for this course, available at www.ucas.com. The codes needed are located in the 'Additional information' section above. Please call the College on 01234 291000 if you have any queries about your application.

LengthStart DateFeesLocationCourse Code
1 year 26/09/2017 £5040 Cauldwell Street F2226

Additional Learning Support
If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.  Find out more.

Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support
At Bedford College, we are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.  Find out more.

Accessibility
We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.
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