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Higher National Diploma (HND) Computing for England (HTQ)


Computing and Information Technology

Study Mode

University Level

Start Date



2 years


£6000.00 per year

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Course Overview

Delivered at our Chippenham campus, this course is designed to offer a wide range of opportunities to learn about the computing sector. You will benefit from our dedicated I.T. facilities including modern PC suites and IT laboratory.The college is continually investing in brand new facilities including IoT Devices, Quadcopter Drones and Virtual Reality equipment.We work closely with local employers, set up live projects and professional briefs including guest speakers from organisations such as Wiltshire Police and Mitre.

What will I learn?

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.

You will cover the fundamental principles that are key to computing technology and its various uses such as Programming, Computing, Cryptography, Network and Cyber Security, Computer Forensics, Internet of Things, and Emerging Technologies.

HND Computing 2024/25 Units

Level 4 Year 1

1. Unit 1 – Programming (Core)
2. Unit 2 – Networking. (Core)
3. Unit 3 - Professional Practice. (Core)
4. Unit 4 – Database Design and Development. (Core)
5. Unit 5 – Security. (Core)
6. Unit 6 – Planning a Computing Project. (Pearson Set)
7. Unit 10 – Cyber Security. (Core)
8. Unit 12 - Management in a Digital Economy. (Optional Unit)

Level 5 Year 2

1. Unit 30 - Applied Cryptography in the Cloud. (Core)
2. Unit 31 – Computer Forensics. (Core)
3. Unit 32 – Information Security Management. (Core)
4. Unit 16 – Computer Research Project. (Pearson Set)
5. Unit 17 – Business Process Support. (Core)

Plus, two optional.

Unit 45 Internet of Things
Unit 47 Emerging technologies

Study, Assessment and Qualifications

A Higher National Diploma qualification is equivalent to a level 5 university qualification, for example a foundation degree. This particular HND is also a Higher Technical Qualification (HTQ) which means it has been mapped to an occupational standard which has been developed by employers. This means the qualification will contain the knowledge and skills development to support entry straight into industry.

Entry Requirements

At least 4 GCSEs at grade C (4) or above including English and Maths (or equivalent level 2 qualifications) plus one or more of the following:

- 48 UCAS Tariff Points from an appropriate level 3 vocational programme (e.g. BTEC National Diploma).

- A Level 3 Extended Diploma or GCE AS / A Level or a 6 unit Vocational A Level.

- Success in an Access to Higher Education Diploma.

- Formally assessed outcomes acquired through recognised prior learning or experience.

Applications from mature candidates are welcomed and considered on an individual basis.

Where English is not your first language, an IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent qualification will normally be required.

Applicants without the qualifications specified will be considered based on their ability to study the subject at the required level.

You may be required to attend an interview and you can apply for this programme through UCAS.

The UCAS institution code for this programme is W74.

The UCAS course code for this programme is D1T3.

The cost of this programme is £6,000 per year.

Don't quite reach the entry criteria? You can still apply to do this course on completion of our Access to Higher Education course.

Additional Costs and Information

For some trips or visits, there may be additional charges that apply which you will be made aware of when and if appropriate.

The Office for Students (OfS), the new independent regulator for Higher Education in England, has confirmed that the 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 for more information.

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