Pearson BTEC HND in Computing
The purpose of the BTEC Higher Nationals in Computing is to enable students to develop industry current skills, to ensure that the future needs of the rapidly evolving IT sector are fully met. This qualification will provide you with knowledge and practical experience in programming, networking, database design and development as well as other core skills required for employment within the computing industry.
The qualification aims to widen access to higher education and enhance the career prospects of those who undertake it.
This is achieved by providing a broad range of core computing principles in year 1 and a range of specialist units in year 2.
Modules studied in year 1 include:
- Professional Practice
- Database Design and Development
- Managing a Successful Computing Project
- Computing Systems Architecture
- Website Design and Development
Upon successful completion students will progress on to year 2 of the programme where they will study further modules including:
- Computing Research Project
- Business Intelligence
and optional modules from the following:
- Discrete Maths
- Data Structures and Algorithms
- Advanced Programming
- Virtual and Augmented Reality Development
- Games Development
In addition to the above units you will also work towards a Professional/ Personal Development qualification and will be involved in a range of activities, designed to improve employability within the IT sector.
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15 hours contact time to include practical classes, lectures, workshops or tutorials.
Mandatory Additional Study
Maximum of 3 hours per week average over the academic year.
22 hours maximum studying and preparing assessments in your own time per week, including use of online materials.
- GCSE English Language Grade C or above OR Pass in Level 2 Essential Skills Literacy
- GCSE Mathematics Grade C (or Merit in Mathematics for IT Practitioners unit on the Level 3 Extended Diploma in IT (or University-approved equivalent)
2 Additional GCSE’s
- In addition to Maths and English, two additional GCSE’s at Grade C or above are required
A minimum of 64 UCAS points including:
- A levels
- OR Level 3 Diploma in Computing
- Access to Higher Education Diploma with an overall average of 65+%
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 English
- Successful 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?
Assessment is scheduled throughout the course using a combination of assignments and practical work/observations. Each unit is graded individually with an overall single final grade awarded at the end of the course.
Students are assessed using a range of different methods. These include tests, coursework, 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?
How will it make me more employable?
Students will also have the opportunity of placement in a local company, as well as the opportunity to study in the USA for a year.
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