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HNC Computing (full-time)

Key course information

Computing and Information Technology


1 year

University Level


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Course Overview

Delivered at our Chippenham campus and awarded by Pearson, this course is designed to offer a wide range of opportunities to learn about the Computing sector.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.It fully meets entry requirements for progression to level 5 courses (HND or Foundation Degrees) in Computing and Information Technology related areas such as Digital Technology Solutions, I.T. Management for Business, Computer Networks Security or Business Computing and Entrepreneurship.The course is awarded by Pearson. Click on the link below to find out more about Higher National qualifications:

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What will I learn?

After completing this year, you will gain a Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Computing and you may choose to continue onto a second year to give you the opportunity to achieve a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Computing.

The HNC typically involves modules in the following subjects:

- Programming
- Networking
- Professional Practice (Double module)
- Database Design & Development
- Security
- Managing a Successful Computing Project (Double module)
- Website Design & Development

Please note:

Modules and course content are subject to change.

Entry Requirements

Although Pearson do not specify formal entry requirements for students who have recently been in education, the entry profile is likely to include:

- A level 3 qualification in an appropriate I.T. related subject such as A Levels or BTEC Level 3 Diploma.

- Two GCSEs minimum in English and Mathematics at grade C (4) or equivalent.

- All applicants will be required to pass initial assessments in English, ICT and Mathematics.

Study, Assessment and Qualifications

You will be studying full time over one year, it will be necessary for you to undertake a significant amount of independent directed study to meet the demands of the programme.

Your Personal Tutor will help you to define your short and medium term goals throughout the course and can help you plan your independent directed study.

You will benefit from work placement with an employer in an industry related to your course of study and you will be encouraged and supported to make every effort to obtain an appropriate placement.

You will be provided with additional information and guidance at interview, enrolment and during induction.

The college will assist you in finding suitable placement opportunities in the industry and will support you throughout.

On successful completion of this course, you will achieve an HNC in Computing, awarded by Pearson.

Additional Costs and Information

You may be required to attend an interview.

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 00C1.

There are several resources that may support your studies which will be discussed with your college tutor.

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

What Could I Do Next?

On completion of your course you may choose to progress onto these following courses

Computing and Information Technology

Career Opportunities

  • Project Manager
  • Network Engineer
  • Support Technician

  • Systems Analyst
  • Software Developer
  • Web Developer

The UK Tech sector is valued at over £180billion

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