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HND Computing

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Course title


Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Computing (two pathways available)

240 credits 

Campus location

Whittingham Road Campus and Coombswood Campus

Why study this course?

The Pearson BTEC Higher National Diploma in Computing is a Level 5 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 to complete a ‘top-up’ degree

A BTEC Higher National Diploma (HND) is equivalent to the second 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


All HND pathways contain the following Level 5 compulsory modules:

Year 1 (Full Time)

  • 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 – Managing a Successful Computing Project (15 credits)


Year 2 (Full Time)

  • Unit 13 Computing Research Project (30 credits)
  • Unit 14 Business Intelligence (15 credits)

Specific additional compulsory modules at Level 5 are required for each pathway, together with optional modules to make up a credit attainment of 240.

Please note that every effort will be made to accommodate individual choices of optional modules, but the College cannot guarantee that every option will always be available.

Optional modules

Year 1 (Full Time)

  • Unit 8 – Computer Systems Architecture (15 credits)
  • Unit 10 – Website Design & Development (15 credits)


Year 2 (Full Time)

  • Unit 46 Virtual & Augmented Reality Development (15 credits)
  • Unit 47 Games Development (15 credits)


For the Network Engineering pathway, there are three additional Level 5 compulsory modules:

  • Unit 15 Transport Network Design (15 credits)
  • Unit 16 Cloud Computing (15 credits)
  • Unit 17 Network Security (15 credits)


For the Application Development pathway, there are three additional Level 5 compulsory modules:

  • Unit 28 Prototyping (15 credits)
  • Unit 29 Application Program Interfaces (15 credits)
  • Unit 30 Application Development (15 credits)


Available to study full time and part time for 2021 entry:

Students attend College two days per week where they will participate in a range of activities, including lectures, workshops, seminars, tutorials, group work, presentations, and practical activities.

Students are encouraged to use a range of resources. These include 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 appropriate UCAS code as below.

If your qualification(s) are not listed, please contact Halesowen College’s Admissions Team for further guidance on 0121 602 7888.

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.

Applicants are expected to have previously achieved the HNC in this subject

Start date

Autumn 2021


Autumn 2021 course timetable to be confirmed


Autumn 2021 course timetable to be confirmed

Course fee


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Study mode

Full Time and Part Time available for Autumn 2021 entry

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