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Pearson BTEC HND in Computing and Systems Development (Top Up)

This course will provide you with skills in programming, networking, e-business and computing in Business.

Course Structure

Students can study this programme as a part time 'top up' option following completion of an HNC (QCF).  The course is studied over a minimum of 2 years and comprises a minimum 8 units.  


Modules include: 

  • Systems Analysis and Design
  • Website Design
  • Procedural Programming
  • Event Driven Programming
  • Networking Technologies
  • Local Area Networking Technologies 
  • Database Design Concepts
  • Data Analysis and Design
  • Web Applications Development
  • Digital Image Creation and Development
  • Programming in .NET
  • Work Based Experience 
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Contact Hours

Directed Study

7 hours per week to include practical classes, lectures, workshops or tutorials.

Personal Study

A further 8 -10 hours per week, on average, studying and preparing assessments in your own time per week, including use of online materials  

Entry Requirements

General Entry Requirements:

  • Completion of HNC Computing programme on the QCF framework

    English Language Requirements for International students:

    • Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) level B2
    • IELTS 6.0 (minimum of 5.5 in all skills)
    • PTE 51 Or an approved equivalent test in English

    Equivalent qualifications include:

    • Grade C (or above) in GCSE GCSE English
    • Successfully completion of a Level 3 Vocational Programme with assessments completed in English Language
    • Essential Skills in Literacy (Level 2)
    • ESOL Level 2 

    Tier 4 Students:

    • SERC will only accept a Secure English Language Test (SELT) for issuing a Certificate of Acceptance for Studies (CAS)


    • Successful completion of the admissions process


    • Provide evidence of ability to undertake the programme by meeting the requirements for the accreditation of prior experiential learning.  Further details on APEL can be found in the admissions section
    How will I be assessed and given feedback?
    Students are assessed using a range of different methods. These include examinations, coursework, Project Based Learning, presentations, practical, posters, leaflets, role-play, and case studies.  This is dependent on the requirements of each unit of study.  Oral, written and online feedback will be provided during your course to help improve and monitor performance.
    Where will it take me?
    Successful completion of this course will allow you to pursue a career in the ICT industry or apply to progress to related degree programmes.  Further study at a higher level will allow you to apply to jobs such as Software Tester, Web developer, Programmer, Data Analyst or management positions in the IT industry.
    How will it make me more employable?
    This course will provide you with the skills to seek employment in the ICT industry or apply to progress to related degree programmes. Group Learning and Project Based Learning approaches are used to provide additional career skills such as team working and communication skills.
    Additional Costs
    There are no additional costs associated with this Programme.
    Terms & Conditions

    Students will be required to comply with SERC's Terms & Conditions of study.

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