Introductory course information
Award: Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate Computing
UCAS Code: I110
Location of study: Kingston Hall Road
Awarding body: Students who complete the course successfully will receive a higher national qualification from Pearson.
Course duration: 1 year (full-time), 2 years (part-time)
Academic year dates: Full-time course: September 2018 - June 2019,
Part-time course: September 2018 - June 2020
Days of the week: Full-time course: TBC,
Part-time course: TBC
Part-time study: Please note that part-time study does not necessarily mean that the modules you take in Year 1 will equate to 2.5 full days' attendance. As part-time study could mean attendance of some modules that are on the full-time timetable, it may mean that you will be required to attend modules timetabled over five days of the week.
Work placements: If you would like to undertake a work placement as part of the course, our placement staff will work with you to try to identify a suitable opportunity and location for your work placement in the UK. Please note that you are responsible for any costs incurred in travelling to and from your work placement, and for any accommodation costs. Further details on the likelihood of securing a placement, its impact on your course duration, and whether or not it will be paid are available from the Careers Advisory Service.
Timetables: Timetables are normally available at enrolment. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities.
- Networking (15 credits): The aim of this unit is to provide students with wider background knowledge of computer networking essentials, how they operate, protocols, standards, security considerations and the prototypes associated with a range of networking technologies.
- Database Design & Development (15 credits): The aim of this unit is to give students opportunities to 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 (15 credits): The aim of this unit is to provide students with knowledge of security, associated risks and how security breaches impact on business continuity. Students will examine security measures involving access authorisation, regulation of use, implementing contingency plans and devising security policies and procedures.
- Software Development Lifecycles (15 credits): The aim of this unit is to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to understand software development lifecycles and to demonstrate their knowledge by implementing a software development lifecycle with a suitable methodology.
- Programming (15 credits): This unit introduces students to the core concepts of programming with an introduction to algorithms and the characteristics of programming paradigms.
- Professional Practice (15 credits): This unit provides a foundation for good practice in a variety of contexts. The ability to communicate effectively using different tools and mediums will ensure that practical, research, design, reporting and presentation tasks are undertaken professionally and in accordance with various communication conventions.
- Managing a Successful Computing Project (15 credits): The aim of this unit is to offer students an opportunity to demonstrate the skills required for managing and implementing a project. Students will undertake independent research and investigation for carrying out and executing a computing project which meets appropriate aims and objectives.
- Website Design & Development (15 credits): This unit introduces students to the underpinning services required to host, manage and access a secure website before introducing and exploring the methods used by designers and developers to blend back-end technologies (server-side) with front-end technologies (client-side).
Teaching and learning
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.
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, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations. Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities, including the library, the Undergraduate Centre, and our computer laboratories.
Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning, and assessment activity, with each credit taken equating to a total study time of around 10 hours. While your actual contact hours may depend on the optional modules you select, the following information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each level of the course.
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. Visit their pages for more information.
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 2018-19 the tuition fees for this course are:
- UK/EU students: Full-time £6,300, part-time £3,500
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
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