Pearson BTEC Level 4 HNC Computing

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This course teaches the foundational skills required to be a successful computer science student.   It covers core areas such as programming, networking, web development, database design, networking and security.

Introductory course information

Award: Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate Computing

UCAS Code: I110

Location of study: Kingston Hall Road

Awarding body:  Pearson.

Course duration: 1 year (full-time), 2 years (part-time)

Academic year dates: Full-time course: September 2019 - June 2020,
Part-time course: September 2019 - June 2021

Days of the week: Monday and Tuesday 

Part-time study: Studying part time means that you will study 4 units a year over two years, attending one day a week.  Part time students study alongside full time students but only attend on a Monday in the first year and a Tuesday in the second year. 

Work placements: There is no work experience built into this course.

Timetables:  Timetables are made available during induction. All efforts are made to ensure that timetables are accurate at the start of the course, though occasionally changes need to be made. 

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Entry requirements

32 UCAS points from two A Levels or equivalent Level 3 qualification ideally in a related subject and/or relevant work experience. Plus: GCSEs at grade A*-C/9-4 to include English Language and Mathematics.

Additional requirements

References from an official email address (ie. NOT Outlook, Gmail, Yahoo, etc.) This can be from your previous institution if you were a student in the last 4 years or from a line manager if you are currently working.

Suitable applicants will be invited to interview, where they will be required to further demonstrate their suitability for the course.   Applicants may be asked to take a diagnostic test/talking through their portfolio/auditioning.

Credit transfer and accreditation of prior learning or experience:

Other qualifications and relevant work experience may also count for academic credit. Further information is available at our Accreditation of Prior Learning page.

International student entry requirements

All Kingston College Higher Education courses are taught in English. You must be able to demonstrate a level of English equivalent to IELTS 6.0 in each of the 4 papers.

International students must possess qualifications equivalent to Level 3 study in the UK to apply for Higher Education courses. Please be aware that this may mean we suggest an alternative course for you.

Skype interviews may be possible – please contact HE Admissions to arrange. 

Course overview

This course teaches the foundational skills required to be a successful computer science student. It covers core areas such as programming, networking, web development, database design, networking and security.

Module information

Students will study the following Level 4 units:-

  • Programming (Core, 15 credits): Students learn about algorithms, how they are defined and how they are implemented in code.
  • Networking (Core, 15 credits): Students learn about the core principles of networking and how to achieve communication between devices is achieved.
  • Professional Practice (Core, 15 credits): Students develop skills as communicators, critical thinkers, analysers, team workers and interpreters.
  • Database Design and Development (Core, 15 credits): Students develop an understanding of the concepts and issues relating to database design and development, as well as to provide the practical skills to translate that understanding into the design and creation of complex databases.
  • Security (Core, 15 credits): Students learn about the detection of threats and vulnerabilities in physical and IT security, and the management of risks relating to organisational security.
  • Managing a Successful Computing Project (Core, 15 credits): Students demonstrate the skills required for managing and implementing a project.

Optional modules: We choose units that balance out the student learning experience.

  1. Software Development Lifecycles (15 credits): Students develop an understanding of different lifecycle models and their application. Students are given an opportunity to put this understanding into practice by applying the tools and techniques to a particular project.
  2. Website Design and Development (15 credits): Students will be able to explain server technologies and management services associated with the hosting and management of secure websites. They will categorise website technologies, tools and software used to develop websites, utilise website technologies, tools and techniques with good design principles to create a multipage website. They will create and use a Test Plan to review the performance and design of a multipage website.

Teaching and learning

Teaching

You are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and practicals. Seminars enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups of students. In addition, you have timetabled meetings with your personal tutor. You will use industry-standard software and have access to computer labs and library facilities throughout your course.

Independent learning

When not attending lectures, seminars and other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, and preparing coursework assignments and presentations. Excellent facilities including the library, the Undergraduate Centre, and our computer laboratories support your independent learning.

 

Assessment

The course provides you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Assessment methods include a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations and your project. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.

All assessment are spread across the year to make the workload manageable. The course work will be based on research, demonstration of skills.

 

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning, and assessment activity, The following information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each level of the course.

 

Academic support

Our Academic Support Team provides help in the following areas:

  • study skills (including reading, note-taking and presentation skills)
  • written English (including punctuation and grammatical accuracy)
  • academic writing (including how to reference)
  • research skills (in conjunction with the library)
  • critical thinking and understanding arguments
  • revision, assessment and examination skills (including time management).

Our Student Support Services help students with additional needs resulting from disabilities such as sensory impairment or learning difficulties such as dyslexia. 

 

Teaching staff

You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes senior academics, professional practitioners with industry experience, demonstrators and technical officers.

Course costs and financial support

Fees: For the academic year 2019-20 the tuition fees for this course are:

  • UK/EU students: Full-time £6,165, part-time £3,085

The following course-related costs are included in the fees:

  • annual printing allowance
  • BTEC registration fee

The following course-related costs are not included in the fees:

  • additional printing over and above the annual allowance
  • the cost of books and equipment that you might wish to purchase.

 

Inflation linked tuition fee rises: The College may decide to increase tuition fees year on year at a reasonable rate in line with inflation. Any increases would not exceed the Office for Budget Responsibility’s forecast for RPI-­‐X (the retail price index, excluding mortgage interest payments). This intention will be clearly advertised on the College’s promotional material.

 

The following course-related costs are included in the fees:

  • annual printing allowance

The following course-related costs are not included in the fees:

  • additional printing over and above the annual allowance
  • the cost of books that you might wish to purchase.

 

Accommodation and living costs are not included in the fees: This information can be obtained from our Accommodation page.

 

Sources of financial support: You may be eligible to apply for additional support. Details can be obtained from our Money to Study page.

 

Bursaries, scholarships and prizes: The College also provides a number of scholarships and prizes for undergraduate students, for which you may be eligible to apply. Some of these are available to students on any course, and some have specific conditions. You can check your eligibility for these types of financial support, along with their value and application deadlines, at our Scholarships, Bursaries and Prizes page.

Careers and progression

Students who successfully complete this qualification may wish to progress to a Higher National Diploma in Computing, an undergraduate degree or employment in Network Engineering, Software Engineering, or the Data Analytics or Security industries.

 

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