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Applied Computing Higher National Diploma – C0005

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Course Overview

This two-year Higher National Diploma course covers a range of skills and knowledge around current IT technologies, including; web, multimedia, programming and networking.
You will develop a strong grounding in computer architecture, systems development, analysis, database design and programming, alongside work-related skills such as team communication and professional practice.
The HND qualification, awarded by De Montford University, offers two years of study to achieve a Higher National Diploma, with the option to top up to an undergraduate degree in Computing. Top-up to a BSc degree requires an additional year of full-time study at De Montfort University.
Due to the practical nature of the course, you will be required to have access to an entry-level personal-computer running the most current Windows Operating System.

What You'll Learn

Year 1

Year one of this course will be focused on developing essential skills as a foundation before applying them to a wider context in year 2.

Some of the modules you will study include;

1. Visual web development
2. Information systems development
3. Database management and reporting
4. Devices and networks
5. The global web

Year 2

Year two involves expanding your knowledge from first year and building it into a workplace context, preparing you for the reality of industry work in a professional setting.

Modules of study include:

1. Project management and development
2. Advanced programming
3. Multimedia development
4. Interactive systems design and evaluation
5. Business intelligence
6. Introduction to research and ethics

Entry Requirements

Entry to this course requires a minimum of 48 UCAS points from a recognised level 3 qualification in a related subject to include Software Development related modules (ie, two A2s at grade D, an extended diploma PPP, or an Access to HE course). You are expected to hold GCSE English and maths at grade 4/C or equivalent. We welcome applicants who do not match standard entry requirements but who can demonstrate the ability to study this subject at a university level and who can evidence relevant experience. Overseas students will be assessed on their prior qualifications (including IELTS 5.5 ), work experience, or through an e-portfolio of work.

How you will be assessed

Each module consists of at least three formal assessments. Assessment is primarily through on-going coursework using a variety of different methods such as formal assignments, practical labs, case studies and phase tests. There is also the possibility of an end of module examination which can also form part of the assessment method on the overall course.

Course Fees

Tuition fees

Total Fees: £6165.00


If the course is longer than one year the total fees are for the first year only and further fees may apply in future years. All fees are based on a ‘home’ learner status. Please contact us for information on overseas fees.

For more information, please see our course fee disclaimers page.

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Course and Career progression

The HND qualification is recognised to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed for employment in a variety of professions. Employment in roles such as a systems analyst, a web developer, a programmer, a database developer/administrator, and IT support are all potential options for career progression. Successful students may also choose to progress on to the BSc Computing Degree at De Montfort University or another university.

What Happens Next

Applications must be made through UCAS at using the course code 104G, institution code D26. Due to the nature of this programme, you may also be invited to attend an interview or audition. Where necessary, other means of interview/audition (ie, telephone, web-based, CD/DVD) can be arranged.

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