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BTEC Higher National Diploma Computing

Two Year Course

Course Content

The HND in Computing is designed to prepare students for a career in the computing industry, either as an application programmer or as system analyst/designer. The course is designed so that students acquire the skills and knowledge demanded by business and commercial organisations.

Subjects covered include:

Year 1

  • Analysis of Database Design

  • Computer Architecture

  • Computer Hardware and Software

  • Fundamentals of Programming

  • Programming in Java

  • Systems and Data

  • Systems Modelling

Year 2

  • Computer Project

  • Computing Double Project

  • Networking

  • O - O Systems Design

  • Visual Basic Programming

Method of Assessment

Students are assessed continuously with formal examinations for some modules.

Entry Requirements

In association with De Montfort University the College offers four Higher National Diplomas (HNDs). These Are listed in the UCAS handbook under the University's ''table of associate and linked colleges and campuses" (see DEM D26, Campus code Z). An additional HND in Travel and Tourism is offered through a consortium arrangement. 

  • HND business and Finance UCAS Course Code - 105G

  • HND Computing UCAS Course Code - 421N

  • HND Health and Care UCAS Course Code - 006B

  • HND Sport UCAS Course Code - 045L

  • HND Travel and Tourism Contact Student Services for UCAS Code

To apply for HND courses applicant should normally meet one of the following criteria:

  • 1 Possess an appropriate BTEC National Certificate, National Diploma, Advanced GNVQ or equivalent qualification.

  • 2 Have studied two subjects to A level with a pass in at least one subject and four passes at GCSE level (grade 'C' or above), preferably including English and Maths.

The College also welcomes applications for HND programmes from mature students (candidates aged 21 and over at commencement of their course) who are unable to meet normal entry requirements but who have relevant previous experience.
Applications for these courses should normally be made through UCAS. However, if
you require assistance please contact the Head of Student Services on 01476 400249.


On completion of this course students can choose either to go straight into industry or progress onto further studies. Students with appropriate levels of achievement have the opportunity to progress, without loss of time, to the BSc (Hons) in Computing at De Montfort University. Distinction level diplomates may be accepted for direct entry to level 3 of relevant degree programmes at other universities.