HNC in Computing & Systems, Level 4

Course overview

Our HNC in Computing & Systems, Level 4 is a specialist computing course designed to equip
you with the knowledge, understanding and skills required for success in current and future employment in an ever expanding IT industry.

You will establish essential skills in network design, computer architecture, software development and systems, web design and maintenance as well as professional development.
The modules that are studied comprise a set of core modules to ensure you have essential skills in how computers work, how the IT industry works within a commercial environment and professional development, plus optional modules (chose from the set of modules offered on the full HND). Students will study the core modules in their first year, then can choose their modules for the second year of study,  giving you the flexibility to choose the modules that best suit your chosen career path.

Entry requirements

To apply for this course, you will previously have 64 UCAS points and GCSE English & Maths Grade C (Grade 4) or an A-Level pass in an IT related subject or equivalent, or BTEC Level 3 Diploma in IT.

For applicants 21 and over, relevant industrial experience or vendor certification will be taken into account.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed on an on-going basis through written assignments, individual projects, presentations, group work and assessed practical activities. You will also meet regularly with your personal tutor to discuss your progress and plan your studies.

What can I do next

After completing the course, you could progress to our HND in Computing and Systems Development or you can choose to top-up your qualification into an full honours degree at university. Alternatively, this is a recognised qualification to gain work in the computing and IT sector. Possible career pathways may include: hardware, technical or network support and software or web development.

Course Modules

Core modules:

––Business Skills for E-commerce

The unit considers the structure and aims of organisations to better understand how they
could benefit from an e-commerce system.

––Computer Systems

Learn basic system maintenance skills and how to build, configure and test functional computer systems with a given specification.

––Employability and Professional Development

The unit considers the skills required for general employment such as interpersonal and transferable skills.

Optional modules:

––Emerging Technology

This unit explores a range of technologies that are on the horizon and the impact that such technologies could bring to society.

––Website Design

This unit considers the whole process of building websites, including identification of need, design, implementation, testing, maintenance and review.

––Database Design Concepts

This unit explores database architecture, DBMS and the use of databases in an organisational context; learners will be able to apply theoretical understanding to design, create and document a database system.

––Event Driven Programming Solutions

This unit gives learners the underpinning concepts of event driven programming and develop skills in one chosen programming language.

––Networking Technologies

This unit lets learners understand computer networking concepts, how they work, how they operate and the protocols, standards and the models associated with networking technology.

–– IT Support for End Users

Learners will evaluate how problems affect user productivity, provide technical support activities and produce user manuals, training courses and maintenance plans.

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Start Date
September 2017

Qualifications / Level
Level 4

Study Type
Part Time

Redditch Campus
St Andrew's Worcester

HE Fee Information
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