Higher National Certificate (HNC) Computing (Security)

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This certificate is awarded by Pearson. Develop skills and techniques for a career in Computing (Security) with our part-time specialist programme.

The Higher National Certificate (HNC) Computing (Security) will give you the opportunity to study topics which are relevant to you, helping you develop a range of skills and techniques essential for successful performance in the workplace.

It is a suitable qualification for those wishing to change career, develop programming and new technologies skills or move into a particular area of employment following a career break. There will also be the opportunity to gain an additional Cisco qualification.

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What I'll learn

The course will include units such as: 

  • Programming- introducing the core concepts of programming including algorithms, object-orientated and event-driven programming.  
  • Networking – providing the skills to successfully install, operate and troubleshoot a small network. 
  • Database Design and Development- providing the underpinning knowledge to design and develop database systems.  Security- examining security measures, detection of threats and how to manage risks.  

You will need to achieve all modules to gain the HNC by the end of your programme.

The HNC prepares students for employment in the IT sector and IT based roles. For students wanting to upgrade to an HND, this should be discussed with their personal tutor at the end of a successful year one. 


How I'll learn

You will experience a specialist vocational programme, linked to professional body requirements with a strong, sector-related emphasis on practical skills alongside the development of knowledge and understanding.

HNCs are recognised by employers and allow direct progression into employment.

You will study with a teaching team of dedicated, experienced individuals who have expertise in computing and systems development. This will help you develop a range of skills, techniques and attributes essential for successful performance in working life and be able to make an immediate contribution to employment.

Over the course of two years you will build up enough units to achieve an HNC (120 credits) and can then select extra units to develop your progression to an HND.

You will be provided with a suitably equipped place to work when attending college, which will include access to specialist staff, IT facilities and other learning resources which will be appropriate for the nature of work you will be required to undertake.

Additionally, the college offers a wide range of other resources and facilities including additional learning support, which will be available to you, further details of which can found in the Higher Education Student Handbook.

If you do not have a recognised disability or specific learning difficulty, but feel that you require additional support with your studies, you may be eligible to access some discrete sessions in one of the following areas:

  • assistive software training
  • IT upskilling
  • essay planning and structure
  • proof reading and editing written work
  • bibliographies and referencing
  • time management and personal organisation
  • revision and exam tips
  • presentation techniques

N.B. Your eligibility for any of the above support will be reviewed with your course tutors and a member of the study support team on your campus.




How I'll be assessed

The assessment you undergo could be formative or summative:

Formative - Designed to provide you with feedback on your progress and inform you of your on-going development. Formative assessments, such as in class exercises, tests, activities, do not form part of your grade.

Summative - Designed to provide a measure of your achievement in respect of your performance in relation to the intended learning outcomes of your programme of study. In other words, the end of Unit assignments will determine your grades.

At each level of study you will be asked to participate in formative and summative assessment procedures which may require you to consider and grade your own work against the agreed assessment criteria. This allows you to reflect upon your own practice, with tutors, and to take responsibility for acknowledging areas of strength and weakness in your work.


Entry Requirements

A typical offer would be an IT Level 3 Diploma at Merit or Distinction, with GCSE maths and English C (4) grade or above/ Functional Skills at Level 2. A-Levels in Maths, Science or IT.

We will consider a range of alternative qualifications or experience equivalent to the typical offer. Contact us for details.

Applicants whose first language is not English must also demonstrate that their level of English is acceptable, by achieving a score in a recognised test such as:

  • British Council IELTS: normally minimum level 5.5 overall.


How to Apply

Candidates will need to apply directly to college for an initial literacy and numeracy skills assessment, plus a check on your current level of IT knowledge. A formal interview will take place at which the motivations behind your application will be assessed. After this, a formal offer will be made to successful candidates.

Call 0800 371 434 for more information.

Fees information

Home/ EU Fee for 2019 entrance: £3,200 per year.


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