Computing Higher National Diploma

Course Overview

The course covers a range of skills and knowledge around current IT technologies related to web, multimedia and networking. This HND programme will provide a good grounding in computer architecture, systems development, analysis, database design and programming. In addition, you will study aspects of professional practice and communication skills. 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

In year one the modules are: database management and reporting, systems development, visual web development and business technology.
Practical test, presentations, reports, and software development projects are used to assess your understanding of the modules taught throughout the programme. Each module consists of at least three formal assessments. You will have access to the De Montfort University library and the Student Union facilities. You will need to commit to at least sixteen hours of self-study time outside of the direct contact teaching times based on your timetable to manage the expectations and challenges of the course.

Year 2

In year two of the programme the modules that you will study are: Multimedia and Internet Technology, Advanced Programming, Software Development Project, and Interactive Systems Design and Evaluation.

Entry Requirements

Standard entry to this course requires a minimum of 56 UCAS points from a recognised level 3 qualification in a related subject (i.e. two A2s at grade D, extended diploma MPP, or an Access to HE). 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 ability to study this subject at university level and who can evidence relevant experience. Overseas learners 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

Assessment is coursework using a variety of different methods such as assignments, Practical labs, case studies and phase tests.

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.

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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 learners may progress on to the BSc Computer Science or Computing Degree at De Montfort University.

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