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Computing (Security) Higher National Diploma (HND)

This qualification prepares you for employment within the growing industry of cyber security. It offers a progression route into a number of roles within IT and computing professions.

HNDs are recognised by employers and allow direct progression into employment.

Students will have the use of the latest computing technology including a Cisco networking lab, NAO robots and Lego Mindstorm robots.

Award- Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Computing (Security)
Awarding body- EdExcel

TEF Silver
Based on the evidence available, the TEF Panel judged that Activate Learning delivers high quality teaching, learning and outcomes for its students. It consistently exceeds rigorous national quality requirements for UK higher education.

Programme details
Level 4 (year 1) develops the underpinning knowledge and skills of computing through units such as Mathematics for Computing and Programming. Students will have the opportunity to develop skills in database design and begin to assess the risks to IT security and Network Security Infrastructure such as NAT, DMZ and Firewalls.

Level 5 (year 2) focuses on more advanced skills such as Forensics and Cryptography. Students will conduct digital Forensic Investigations whilst delving into the world of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics. All students will also complete their own Independent Project, developing research from a given topic and presenting a final solution.

September- June
Year one: Monday and Wednesday
Year two: Tuesday and Thursday
*Note these days are subject to change.
A typical day runs from 09:00-18:00
Timetables are usually available one month before registration.

Module Map
Each module carries equal weighting of 15 credits with the exception of Computing Research Project which carries a weighting of 30 credits.
Students complete a total of 240 credits. Your overall grade for the certificate is based on grades obtained for all modules taken.

Year 1
Programming- Networking- Professional Practice- Database Design and Development- Security- Managing a Professional Computing Project- Website Design and Development- Maths for Computing

Year 2
Computing Research Project- Business Intelligence- Cryptography- Forensics- Information Security Management- Robotics- Virtual and Augmented Reality Development

Teaching and Learning
Teaching- You are taught through a combination of lectures, online learning and practical sessions. You will have the opportunity to work on live case studies in collaboration with local employers providing you a unique experience and industry insight.
Online learning is designed to facilitate your own learning and provide a platform to gain knowledge at your own pace, alongside your scheduled lectures.
Class sizes are usually around 12 students providing the opportunity of full interaction and discussion between the group.

Tutorial and seminars- In addition to your taught lectures are timetabled tutorial sessions. These sessions are a combination of taught tutorial time, focusing on the progression of your academic and employability skills, one to one tutorials with your tutor, and a series of seminars and guest speakers to aid your learning and introduce you to new and exciting concepts within your field of study.

You will receive around 16 hours contact time per week, typically consisting of:
15 hours lectures
1 hour seminars or tutorial time

Independent Learning- When not attending guided learning time you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles, books, working on projects and preparing coursework

Total Qualification Time
Your Total Qualification Time (TQT) consists of Guided Learning Hours (GLH) such as taught sessions, tutorial time, guest lectures, practical’s and assessment activity. With the addition of independent learning, project work and online learning.
40% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity
Teaching, learning and assessment: 960 hours
Independent learning: 1,440 hours
Total Qualification Time: 2,400 hours

Academic Support
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
• proofreading 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
Each module will provide you with the opportunity for ‘Formative’ assessment. This allows you to gain feedback on your work before submitting for final assessment. Formative assessments are developmental and any grades are solely indicators of your progress and so not count towards your overall module grade.
There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. This will provide you will an overall module grade.

Assessment Methods
Modules have set ‘Learning Outcomes’ which are assessed through 100% coursework. You must achieve all learning outcomes in all modules.
Coursework is made up of a variety of assessment methods including; written reports and essays, online tests, practical examination, portfolios, presentations and a final year project.
Your overall module grade will count towards your final diploma grade.
For information about learning outcomes and grade calculations please see the Pearson BTEC website.

You will receive feedback on all formative and summative work submitted. Formative feedback may be provided in a variety of ways such as verbal, peer review and 1:1 meetings. Summative feedback will always include a written summary, and you encouraged to discuss feedback with your module tutor.

We aim to provide you with feedback within 15 working days of hand-in.
Entry requirements
Entry Requirements
A typical offer is 64 UCAS points. This may be from;
● Two A-levels at grade A-C with Maths and IT related subjects
● Level 3 National Diploma grade MM
● Level 3 Extended National Diploma grade MPP, with Maths at Merit.
● Access to HE Diploma; MPP
In addition applicants should possess GCSE English and Maths at grade C or above (or equivalent).
We also welcome students returning to education who possess strong industry related experience. We support widening participation and encourage applicants with non-standard qualifications.

English Language Requirements
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 a 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.

Credit Transfer and Accreditation of Prior Learning
Applicants with prior certificated or experiential learning may be admitted with credit for up to a maximum of 120 credits at Level 4.
Destination of graduates

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 HND to a full BA (Hons) degree.
How to apply
Applicants should apply via UCAS. Please log on to: www.ucas.ac.uk

UCAS code: 13II

Institution code: O25

Home/EU Fee for 2018 entrance: £6,165 per year
Additional costs: Optional trips, additional printing over and above the £5 allowance provided by the college, cost of books that you might wish to purchase. For more information please contact the HE Admissions Coordinator, Sue Taylor on sue.taylor@activatelearning.ac.uk

International Fee: Please contact the HE Admissions Coordinator, Sue Taylor on sue.taylor@activatelearning.ac.uk

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13II O25 Kings Road, Reading Full-time

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2018 2 Years

case study

Former computing student, Natalie Harmsworth, is forging a career in IT thanks to the skills and experience she gained while at Reading College.
After finishing her education, Natalie spent a year working as an IT User Support Technician at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. Having returned to the UK, she is now a Graduate Oracle Developer at BUUK - a Cardiff-based utilities company. Find out more. 
Anthony chose this course as he wanted to study part-time alongside his current job. He was keen to undertake the additional Cisco qualification on offer. 
He works for an IT software development company. Read more.
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