Over the course of two years you will build up enough units to achieve an HNC (120 credits) and can then select extra units
to develop your progression to an HND.
In your first year you will develop the necessary skills to progress to year two through a combination of core and specialist units:
• Business skills for e-commerce (core)
• Computer systems (core)
• Employability and professional development (core)
• Research skills
In your second year you will take specialist units:
• Management of projects
• Mathematics for software development
• Website design
• Database design concepts
You need to achieve all modules to gain the HNC by the end of your programme.
You will be provided with a suitably equipped place to work when attending college, which will include access to specialist staff, IT facilities and other learning resources which will be appropriate for the nature of work you will be required to undertake.
Additionally, the College offers a wide range of other resources and facilities including additional learning support, which will be available to you, further details of which can found in the Higher Education Student Handbook.
If you do not have a recognised disability or specific learning difficulty, but feel that you require additional support with your studies, you may be eligible to access some discrete sessions in one of the following areas:
• assistive software training
• IT upskilling
• essay planning and structure
• proof reading and editing written work
• bibliographies and referencing
• time management and personal organisation
• revision and exam tips
• presentation techniques
N.B. Your eligibility for any of the above support will be reviewed with your course tutors and a member of the study support team on your campus.
Skills and assessment
To experience a specialist vocational programme, linked to professional body requirements with a strong, sector-related emphasis on practical skills alongside the development of knowledge and understanding
• HNCs are recognised by employers and allow direct progression into employment
• to study with a teaching team of dedicated, experienced individuals who have expertise in computing and systems development
• to develop a range of skills, techniques and attributes essential for successful performance in working life and be able to make an immediate contribution to employment
The units are delivered through a variety of techniques to suit all different learning styles. The class work includes; group work, pair activities, investigations, discussions, experiments and note taking.
The assessment you undergo could be formative or summative:
Formative - Designed to provide you with feedback on your progress and inform you of your on-going development. Formative assessments, such as in class exercises, tests, activities, do not form part of your grade.
Summative - Designed to provide a measure of your achievement in respect of your performance in relation to the intended learning outcomes of your programme of study. In other words, the end of Unit assignments will determine your grades.
At each level of study you will be asked to participate in formative and summative assessment procedures which may require you to consider and grade your own work against the agreed assessment criteria. This allows you to reflect upon your own practice, with tutors, and to take responsibility for acknowledging areas of strength and weakness in your work.
A typical offer would be an IT Level 3 Diploma at Merit or Distinction with GCSE Maths and English C grade or above/Functional Skills at Level 2. A-Levels in Maths, Science or IT.
Other entry routes
We will consider a range of alternative qualifications or experience equivalent to the typical offer. Contact us for details.
Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate that their level of English is acceptable, by achieving a score in a recognised test such as:
• British Council IELTS: normally minimum level 6.0 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in the reading and writing components;
• TOEFL minimum score of 550 paper-based or 213 computer-based or 80 internet-based
The HNC prepares students for employment in the IT sector and IT based roles. For those wanting to upgrade to an HND, this should be discussed with their personal tutor at the end of a successful year one. This would take one additional year to achieve after completing your HNC.
Destination of graduates
As this is a new programme, there are no available destination statistics, however, it is expected that students will use the programme to enable them to enter employment in a relevant specialist area and/or progress onto a university or college that enables them to ‘top up’ their HNC to an HND and ultimately a full BA (Hons) degree.
How to apply
Candidates will need to apply directly to the college for an initial literacy and numeracy skills assessment, plus a check on your current level of IT knowledge. A formal interview will take place at which the motivations behind your application will be assessed. After this, a formal offer will be made to successful candidates.
Call 0800 371 434 for more information.
Home/EU Fee for 2017 entrance: £3,000 per year.