The Computing Level 5 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.
|Study Type:||Full Time|
|Academic Level:||Level 5|
|Awarded by:||Pearson (BTEC)|
Year 1 HNC Year 2 HND (Full-Time). Year 1 and 2 HNC (Part-time)
|UCAS Course Code||104G|
|UCAS Abbreviated Title||HND/Comp|
|UCAS Institutional Code||NESCT N49|
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.
The course includes both formative or practice assessment and formal summative assessments. The purpose of a formative assessment is to develop and test your understanding in the subject area. Formative assessments do not count towards your final module mark but your course team will give you feedback to help you improve. Formal or summative assessments normally count towards your module/unit mark and therefore towards your final award (i.e. class of degree, distinction/merit/pass). Assessment methods may include written examinations, and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations and often a major project or dissertation in the final year.
There will be one visit during the course costing £30 - this is due at enrolment.
The minimum entry qualifications for the programme are:
From A levels: 64 UCAS Tariff points
BTEC: Merit/Pass/Pass profile
Plus: GCSE (A*-C): minimum of five subject including Mathematics and English Language.
We will consider a range of alternative qualifications, or experience, such as level 3 Cisco, Microsoft or Oracle.
Applications from international students with equivalent qualifications are welcome.
A minimum IELTS score of 6 overall, with no element below 5.5, or equivalent is required for those for whom English is not their first language.
A Learner can progress to or within employment and/or continue their study in the same or related vocational area. Career options include Business, Information Systems, Database Management and Design, Computer Programming, Systems Analysis, Networking engineering, Technical support, Software engineering or Business Management and Games Development.
Further education and training is available at Nescot, either on the professional courses including CISCO, Microsoft and Oracle. On completion of course, participants can progress onto BSc degree programmes dependant on grade profile achieved.