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HNC Computing

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Course title


Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Computing
120 credits 

Campus location

Whittingham Road Campus

Why study this course?

The Pearson BTEC Higher National Certificate in Computing is a Level 4 vocational qualification. Successful completion can help your career and academic development in several ways:

  • Entering employment
  • Continuing existing employment
  • Linking with the appropriate vendor accredited certificates
  • Committing to Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
  • Progressing to university

A BTEC Higher National Certificate (HNC) is equivalent to the 1st year of a full university degree. However, BTECs focus on learning by doing and that means you will put what you learn into practice right away.

You will work on a series of assignments set in real-life scenarios throughout the course, which will help you develop the practical knowledge and skills employers and universities are looking for.

Length of course

Full Time: One Year
Part Time: Two Years 

Compulsory modules


Unit 1 – Programming (15 credits)

Unit 2 – Networking (15 credits)

Unit 3 – Professional Practice (15 credits)

Unit 4 – Database Design & Development (15 credits)

Unit 5 – Security (15 credits)

Unit 6 – Planning a Computing Project (Pearson-set) (15 credits)

Unit 7 – Software Development Lifecycles (15 credits)

Optional modules

Unit 13 – Website Design & Development (15 credits)*

*optional units are subject to change.


Full Time and Part Time available for 2024 entry:

  • You will attend College two days per week (FT) or one day per week (PT) where you will participate in a range of activities, including lectures, workshops, seminars, tutorials, group work, presentations, and practical activities.
  • A range of resources are available including books and journals from the Learning Resource Centre on Campus, as well as online learning materials posted on the college virtual learning environment and a range of open source software.


There are no exams. You will engage in a range of learning and assessment styles and be encouraged to become effective and independent in researching and presenting individual and group work.

Work-based assignments are encouraged. Apprentices and others in employment are encouraged to engage with their own practice and to share knowledge and expertise with others through activities such as group work and presentations.

Example modes of assessments include: written assignments, presentations, case studies, reflective portfolio entries, problem-based learning, reflective journals, seminars, independent studies, workplace investigations, self-evaluation/needs analysis, evaluations, literature critiques.

How to apply

Full-time students should apply via UCAS Apply, using the UCAS code: B410

Part-time applicants should apply via the ‘Apply’ link on the Halesowen College website.

If your qualification(s) are not listed, please contact Halesowen College’s Admissions Team for further guidance on 0121 602 7607.

Entry requirements

48 UCAS points

A Level 3 vocational qualification in a relevant subject at grade PPP or above, or 1 A Level with one in a related area

This profile should be supported by GCSE grades A* to C (9 – 4) in Maths and English Language

Mature learners may present a more varied profile of achievement that is likely to include extensive work experience and/or achievement of a range of professional qualifications in their work sector.

Start date

September 2024


September 2024 course timetable to be confirmed


September 2024 course timetable to be confirmed

Course fee 

Full Time: £5,995

Part time (two years): £2997.50 per year

HE Loan available to eligible applicants.

Should any applicants have questions or queries concerning finance, please contact Admissions for further guidance:

Phone: 0121 602 7607

Or via the live chat facility on the College’s website

Course code

Full Time: B40010
Part Time: B70027A


Study mode

Full Time and Part Time available for 2024 entry

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