Course Details

The HND is the second year of a course of 2 years duration and is studied at level 5. The first year is the HNC at level 4. The course consists of 8 modules in the first year and 7 modules in the second year. Second year modules, 2 of which are 'core' and have to be completed as part of the HND: Business Intelligence, Computing Research Project Additional 5 modules, which are 'non-core': Network Management, Forensics, Database Management Systems, User Experience and Interface Design, Advanced Programming.

Entry Requirements

Preferred entry requirements will be: Level 3 Computing course with a minimum Merit overall, 5 GCSE's to include Maths and English and all with a minimum 'C' grade and above, English as a second language at IELTS 6.0. Professional experience and/or qualifications such as CISCO, Microsoft, etc.

Career options

The course has been designed to provide the student with the knowledge and experience to develop a career in many areas of Computing such as: Network Manager, Systems Developer, App developer, Database Developer and Administrator, Security Analyst, Website Designer, Project Manager, UX designer.

Computing & System Development Higher National Diploma

Five highlights

  • 1 Small student to staff ratio
  • 2 Highly qualified and experienced staff
  • 3 Dedicated 'lab' network
  • 4 High success rates
  • 5 Progression to level 6 BSc (Hons) Computing

Key Points

  • Chichester Campus
  • 02.09.2019
  • Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Computing

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Course code Location Course length Start date
CIT653CF1A Chichester Campus 2 Years 02.09.2019

What you need to know

What will I study?

HND second year consists of 7 modules, 2 of which are 'core' and have to be completed as part of the HND: Business Intelligence, Computing Research Project (Project is double-weighted in credits). The additional 5 modules, which are 'non-core': Forensics, User Experience and Interface Design, Network Management, Advanced Programming, Database Management Systems.

How will I be taught?

The course is split into two semesters of approx. 12 weeks duration. Each semester will have a mix of modules and assessed accordingly. Each module will be delivered in a 3 hours block each week and most modules will combine theory and practical work. This gives the student plenty of opportunity to apply their learning in a dedicated 'lab' network, which comprises Windows, Apple MAC and Linux Systems with supporting software for the different modules. The course is up to date with development

How will I be assessed?

Assessment will be a combination of written reports, presentations, creation of artefacts such as databases, network systems, program designs, security systems, user interface system, group work. There are no exams on this course. All coursework is assessed internally by the Lecturers.

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