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Title: HNC Computing

HNC Computing

Perfect if you are seeking a professional qualification and expertise to enter professional and technical employment within the computing industry, or to facilitate further progression to a higher level.

UCAS codes

  • Institution name: EKC Group
  • Institution code: C12
  • Course code: I100
  • Campus name: Broadstairs College
  • Campus code: 1

What does this course involve?

You will learn through a variety of taught lectures and seminars, practical workshops and self-directed study sessions. Units and MTA qualifications are delivered through a combination of lectures and classroom-based activities, as well as practical workshop practice (both supported and self-directed), which are all reinforced by group and individual-based learning outside of your normal timetabled sessions.

Example units are:

  • Business Skills for e-Commerce
  • Computer Systems
  • Employability and Professional Development
  • Networking Technologies
  • Object Oriented Programming
  • Website Design
  • Mathematics for Software Developers
  • Research Skills
  • Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA)

What qualifications do I need?

48 UCAS points plus GCSE Maths and English at grade 4/C or above. 


You will be assessed through written reflection, written report-based assignments, ongoing coursework, practical workshops, video-based submissions, project work, presentations, and group work. The MTA qualifications are assessed by the use of online multiple-choice examinations that you will undertake on campus within a designated testing facility.

The majority of emphasis will be on the practical application of the assessment criteria throughout the programme, providing you with realistic scenarios and making maximum use of work-related practical experience. Electronic resources (such as e-journals, e-books and research resources), as well as assessment submissions, will be co-ordinated via the College’s Moodle (VLE) site.


Upon successful completion of this course students may apply to progress directly to the Level 5 HND in Computing and Systems Development programme. Alternatively, you can consider progression into industry at junior technician or developer level and begin working towards chartered status (CITP), or apply for a specialist university degree programme such as computing, computer science, network and PC hardware engineering, web development, software development, games development or forensic computing & cybersecurity. Depending upon the degree applied for, it may be possible to begin your studies at Year Two (Level 5) of your chosen degree programme.

Typical career progression after completing an HNC qualification would include:

  • Computer Programmer
  • 1st/2nd Line Network Engineer
  • Games Designer/Developer
  • Junior 1st/2nd Line IT Support Technician

Additional information & other costs

Disclaimer: In accordance with consumer law for higher education providers, we make every effort to ensure that the information contained on its website is fair and accurate to provide educational services as described. The College reserves the right to change all information including fees, other costs, times, days and duration of courses and undertakes to keep applicants informed of any changes.

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    Ramsgate Road
    Broadstairs, Kent
    CT10 1PN

    01843 605040