Course Details

The HND in Computing and Systems Development develops a wide range of skills related to modern computing and technology. The course includes a full range of computing skills and technologies split over two years of study. Year 1 will be: Programming, Networking, Security, Professional Practice, Database Design & Development, Website Design, Managing a Project. Year 2 will be: Research Project, Business Intelligence, Network Management, Artificial Intelligence, Cloud Computing, Forensics, Advanced Programming, Prototyping. The course maps these skills and technologies against current industry trends and employer demand. We take pride in offering an HND in Computing which includes the latest, most relevant and employable skills possible. The languages, techniques and systems we deliver are under constant review to reflect what is happening in the workplace. This is a newly designed course and ready for first delivery from Sept 2017 onwards. Students who have successfully completed the HND can then apply for the Level 6 top-up degree for the final year of a full degree program.

Entry Requirements

Applicants need to have a combination of GCE A levels, or BTEC Level 3 Diploma/ Extended Diplomas or equivalent qualifications with overall Merit Grade with GCSE Mathematics and English Language are preferred at grade C. Applications are made to UCAS, further details are available:

Career options

The HND in Computing allows progression into employment within the computer industry in a variety of roles or follow further study to Level 6 for the full degree. This is also on offer at Chichester College.

Computing and Systems Development Higher National Diploma

Five highlights

  • 1 Good value Higher Education experience with generous contact hours.
  • 2 An enthusiastic focus on employability led teaching and learning.
  • 3 Current trends and technologies, constantly under review.
  • 4 Computer 'lab' environment with relevant software & small group size
  • 5 Experienced teaching staff dedicated to developing each individual.

Key Points

  • Chichester Campus
  • 10.09.2018
  • Edexcel BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Computing and Systems Development


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Course code Location Course length Start date
CIT532CF1A Chichester Campus 2 Years 10.09.2018

What you need to know

What will I study?

We take pride in offering an HND in Computing which includes the latest, most relevant and employable skills possible. This means focusing on developing software programs, network solutions, websites, implementation of security methods, designing databases, investigating the expanding role of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics in all sectors in addition to the demand and use of Cloud Computing and the field of Forensics in Cyber Crime and Security. The modules will be taught over two years of study and include practical as well as theory based delivery and assessment.

How will I be taught?

Effective teaching and learning is at the heart of all that we do at Chichester College. As a Higher Education student you will attend up to 15 hours of timetabled sessions per week over 2, 14-week semseters in each year. You will experience a variety of learning opportunities and styles, including group work and invidual research, although the emphasis is on practical, workshop based learning intended to stretch and challenge each individual. At the end of year 1 students will achieve an BTEC

How will I be assessed?

Student assessment will be a mix of methods including; presentations, individual projects, written work, practicals and team work. The assessment will vary depending on the modules. These assessments are set with a focus on real-world employability.

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