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Title: HND Computing
Location: Broadstairs College

HND Computing

The HND in Computing and Systems Development is an established technical qualification that is highly respected throughout the computing industry.

UCAS codes

  • Institution name: EKC Group
  • Institution code: C12
  • Course code: I101
  • Campus name: Broadstairs College
  • Campus code: 1

What does this course involve?

This two-year course of study provides you with the opportunity to develop both theoretical knowledge and practical skills over a wide range of computing applications. The UK as a whole has a significant shortfall of specialist and skilled IT and computing personnel, and recent industrial statistics have shown that IT and computing skills are in demand, in particular when combined with the ability to manage projects.

Although the HND is a two-year course and one level higher than the HNC, you may wish to complete your studies after one year and leave with the HNC qualification. Students usually apply for the two-year HND course unless they have a specific requirement to study on the one-year HNC course.

The HND is a Level 5 qualification equivalent to the second year of a university-level course. You will develop theoretical knowledge and practical skills over a wide range of computing applications using industry-standard software and equipment whilst learning in a supportive, friendly environment.

You will develop the skills and techniques you need alongside the opportunity to undertake a number of Microsoft industrial (MTA) qualifications. You will have access to networking, gaming and PC hardware laboratories, as well as industry-standard design and development tools. You will gain an insight into the knowledge needed to progress into employment in the IT and computing industry, whilst retaining a strong focus on how fundamental computing techniques and technologies underpin all industries.

Modules within this course will build upon those already studied on the HNC programme in year one, and would typically include additional topic areas covering network security systems, computer games design and development, additional programming and systems development, and project development (often involving a “live” client).

What qualifications do I need?

48 UCAS tariff points are required for this course, with GCSE English and Maths at grade 4/C or above.


Assessment techniques include report-based assignments, ongoing coursework, practical workshops, video-based submissions, project work, presentations and group work.


On successful completion you could apply to progress to the final year of a degree course at a UK university, within areas such as general computing, computer science, network and PC hardware engineering, web development, software development or games development.

HND graduates could move into careers at technician or developer level, and begin working towards chartered status (CITP).

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