HNC Computing (full-time)
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Start Date
Course Type
Location
Course Code
Sep 2020
Full-Time HE
Chippenham
CHF0011H0
About this course

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Delivered at Wiltshire College & University Centre’s Chippenham campus and accredited by Pearson, this course is designed to offer a wide range of opportunities to learn about the Computing sector. Throughout the course, you will enjoy a variety of teaching techniques that include practical activities as well as the opportunity to apply your new skills to real life situations.

It fully meets entry requirements for progression to level 5 courses (HND or Foundation Degrees) in Computing and Information Technology related areas such as Digital Technology Solutions, I.T. Management for Business, Computer Networks Security or Business Computing and Entrepreneurship.

The course is accredited by Pearson and click on the link below to find out more about Higher National qualifications: https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/btec-higher-nationals/about.html

What will I learn?

After completing this one year, students will gain a Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Computing and students may choose to continue onto a second year to give them the opportunity to achieve a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Computing.

The HNC typically involves modules in the following subjects:

  • Programming
  • Networking
  • Professional Practice (Double module)
  • Database Design & Development
  • Security
  • Managing a Successful Computing Project (Double module)
  • Website Design & Development

Please note:

Modules and course content are subject to change.

Entry requirements

Although Pearson do not specify formal entry requirements for students who have recently been in education, the entry profile is likely to include:

  • A level 3 qualification in an appropriate I.T. related subject such as A Levels or BTEC Level 3 Diploma.
  • Two GCSEs minimum in English and Mathematics at grade C (4) or equivalent.
  • All applicants will be required to pass initial assessments in English, ICT and Mathematics.
Study, assessment and qualifications

Studied full time over one year, it will be necessary for you to undertake a significant amount of independent directed study to meet the demands of the programme.  Your Personal Tutor will help you to define your short and medium term goals throughout the course and can help you plan your independent directed study.

You will benefit from work placement with an employer in an industry related to your course of study and you will be encouraged and supported to make every effort to obtain an appropriate placement.

You will be provided with additional information and guidance at interview, enrolment and during induction. The college will assist you in finding suitable placement opportunities in the industry and will support you throughout.

On successful completion of this course, you will achieve a level 4 Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Computing, accredited by Pearson.

Additional costs and information

Students may be required to attend an interview and are welcome to apply for this programme through UCAS.

The cost of this programme is £5,300 per year.

The UCAS institution code for this programme is W74.

The UCAS course code for this programme is 00C1.

There are several resources that may support your studies which will be discussed with your college tutor.

The Office for Students (OfS), the new independent regulator for Higher Education in England, has confirmed that Wiltshire College is successfully registered as a provider for Higher Education and that students are eligible for funding and student support from Student Finance England.  Please visit www.officeforstudents.org.uk for more information.

What could I do next?

Upon successful completion of the HNC, students will have the opportunity to progress onto an appropriate level 5 course (HND or Foundation Degrees) in Computing and Information Technology related areas such as Digital Technology Solutions, I.T. Management for Business, Computer Networks Security or Business Computing and Entrepreneurship.