HNC*
Computing

*Subject to conditions

Delivered at Nelson and Colne College University Centre
Start Date September 2022 / January 2023 start dates available
Mode Full-time or Part-time
Duration 41 Weeks
Cost £8250 Full-time or £4125 Part-time
UCAS Code COMP

* The fees charged on your course will not rise by more than inflation during your studies but the College reserves the right to increase fees annually by not more than RPIX (Retail Prices Index excluding Mortgage Interest).

If your studies are to be funded by your employer or as part of an Apprenticeship then different rates may apply, please enquire for details.

Course overview

This is a programme leading to Higher National Certificate in Computing (university first year equivalent) awarded by Liverpool John Moores University.

This award is available through full-time or part-time study and timetables are designed to minimise the number of times that a student would need to travel to College.

On completion of the HNC, students may progress to top-up to one of the following awards:

  • FdSc Computing
  • FdSc Computer Programming
  • FdSc Cyber Security and Networking
  • FdSc Computer Information Systems

It will not be necessary to select your pathway at the time of application, this can be selected later in discussions with the programme team.

What will I learn

The modules for the HNC Computing are:

Mandatory modules:

  • Computing Project
  • Database Design and Implementation
  • Networking and Security
  • Programming and Software Development
  • The Computing Professional

In addition to the mandatory modules, students will take one option from the following list:

  • Computer Systems Architecture
  • Website and e-Commerce Development
  • Data Analytics

Candidates should note that the College reserves the right to update the programme periodically and that the offer of option modules is dependent on staff availability and students numbers.

How will the courses be assessed?

There are no formal examinations on this programme. Assessment is by a mixture of written assignments, practical work, presentations and online tests.

Entry requirements

Candidates are selected on the basis of their ability to cope with and benefit from the programme. Their suitability can be demonstrated either through previous educational achievement or through experience and aptitude.

Admission by prior qualification will normally require a minimum 32 UCAS Tariff points. Typically, points can be derived from:

  • One GCE A level or Vocational A level pass or equivalent
  • Two AS level passes
  • BTEC National Diploma/Certificate
  • Other qualifications such as Scottish Highers, Welsh Baccalaureate, Irish Leaving Certificates,
  • International Baccalaureate, with the required UCAS points
  • A pass in a recognised Access course
  • Equivalent Scottish or Irish qualifications

Admission by experience and aptitude will be based on the length and type of the candidate’s employment experience and his/her ability to demonstrate an aptitude and enthusiasm for the subject. As part of this process, candidates may be required to undertake aptitude tests and/or to provide personal and/or employment references.

Candidates whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate English Language competence equivalent to IELTS 5.5 or higher.

Progression

Students who successfully complete this award may progress to top it up to a Level 5 Foundation Degree by one additional year’s full-time study (or its equivalent part-time).