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Computing Higher National Diploma

This course is designed to equip you for a successful career in the IT industry. The course will give a comprehensive overview and thorough grounding in the main areas of modern computing, providing you with the real, practical skills needed in today’s competitive environment. It develops an appreciation of the need to implement a structured approach to programme design, and the necessary skills. It also provides a framework for sound technical and professional practices and an opportunity to develop both independent and co-operative work.

Course Info

Level 5 - Professional & University
Subject Area
Computer Science & ICT
Course Type
Higher Education Full-Time
Sutton Coldfield College
Course Length
64 weeks

Entry Requirements

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS UCAS Tariff Points: Pre-2017 Entry - 160 points, Post-2017 Entry - 64 points The tariff points can be made up of: A Levels (GCE and VCE): 2 A Levels at Grade C BTEC Extended Diploma: Grade MPP BTEC Diploma: Grade MM BTEC 90 Credit Diploma: Grade DM Access to HE: Grade P45 All Level 3 qualifications must be an IT or computing subject or you should be able to demonstrate suitability at interview. Minimum number of GCSEs at Grade C or above: 5 which must include: GCSE English: Grade C or 4 GCSE Maths: Grade C or 4 Are Level 2 equivalents accepted?: Yes

Delivery and Assessment

Assessment will take place via on-going assessment of coursework, assignments, examinations and projects


After this course you will be able to progress to the second or third year of a degree or honours degree programme. For successful candidates preferring to move into employment after the end of the one year programme, the qualification will enhance your job opportunities within IT management, computing and computer science roles.

Career Opportunities

  • Database Administrators
  • Technical Support Staff
  • Programmers
  • App Designers
  • Computer Game Developers
  • Multimedia Designers
  • Systems Developers
  • Web Designers