The Computing HNC/HND is designed to relate to the IT and Telecoms Professionals National Occupational Standards in the IT and computing sector. The Higher National does not purport to deliver occupational competence in the sector, which should be demonstrated in a work context. However, the qualifications provide underpinning knowledge for the IT and Telecoms Professionals National Occupational Standards, as well as developing practical skills in preparation for work and possible achievement of Professional Competence qualifications in due course.
Students on NESCOT higher education course are typically taught in class sizes of 16 or fewer. Details of the course timetable will be available at induction.
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The course is offered in both full time and part time varients. The course code for the part time course is N3224.
The Higher Nationals in Computing and Systems Development has been developed to focus on:
The course has been developed with career progression and recognition by professional bodies in mind. It is essential that learners gain the maximum benefit from their programme of study.
Learners possessing an HNC/D Diploma in Computing and Systems Development and a number of years (usually between 3–5 years) of post HNC/D experience in the IT or computing industry are able to apply for ‘Associate Membership of the British Computer Society’.
Aims of the qualification
This qualification meets the needs of the above rationale by:
This course is suitable for participants who wish to develop high levels of technical competence. If a learner enrols for an HNC they would be eligible to gain a grade for the HNC. If they then move onto an HND, the learner is graded on their HND performance. The grade for the HND will include units from the previously achieved HNC.
HNC course is made up of 8 units, all of which are mandatory. All Full-time students take the following core units in year 1:
Higher National Certificate Level 4 (Year 1)
Unit 01: Business Skill for e-Commerce (15 credits) #
Unit 02: Computer Systems (15 credits) #
Unit 03: Employability and Professional Development (15 credits) #
Unit 09: System Analysis and Design (15 credits) #
Unit 15: Website Management (15 credits) *
Unit 17: Database Design Concepts (15 credits) *
Unit 19: Object Orientated Programming (15 credits) *
Unit 26: Design a Small or Home Office Network (15 credits) *
Part- time students - (* 6-9pm study year 1) (# 6-9pm study Year 2)
Higher National Diploma Level 5 (Year 2)
To make up the total of 16 units, a further 8 units will be taken. The list below contains some of the likely units to be studied although the list is subject to change and some units not listed here may be studied:
Unit 04: Project Design, Implementation and Evaluation (20 credits)
Unit 31: Knowledge-based Systems (15 credits)
Unit 37: Digital Image Creation and Development (15 credits)
Unit 39: Computer Games Design and Development (15 credits)
Unit 42: Programming in .Net (15 credits)
Unit 47: IT Virtualisation (15 credits)
Unit 49: Digital Forensics (15 credits)
Unit 45: Wide Area Networking Technologies (15 credits)
Various teaching and learning methods will be used in the classroom to ensure your learning experience is positive and rewarding. Classroom activities may involve group work, peer assessment, role play, discussion, written work and assignment work. Lectures, Demonstrations, Self-directed study, Practical work, Presentations, Tutorials and Online Reading. External visits may be organised as appropriate to complement the program of activities in the classroom.
You will be assessed in various ways, including; Observations, Group work, Written assessment, Tests and Exams, Oral presentations, Project and time constrained assessments.