These courses provide a good grounding for entry into a wide variety of IT careers and sectors such as business, industry, education and the mass media. They can also lead onto continued higher education. Possible careers include: web designer and developer, data analyst, computer games designer, network manager, computer programmer, graphic designer, software engineer, network engineer and many management roles in a range of industries.

Length of study

The HNC can be completed in a single year of full-time study over two consecutive days or part-time over two years, usually on one day a week.

Course content

Year 1 (HND and HNC)

  • Business Skills for e-Commerce
  • Computer Systems
  • Employability and Professional Development
  • Networking Technologies
  • Website Design
  • Database Design Concepts
  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Object Oriented Programming

Enrichment opportunities

You will have the opportunity to take part in an overseas residential visit. Previous destinations have included CERN and other sites in Switzerland and various sites in Germany. Costs for trips are additional to course fees. There will also be opportunities to gain relevant IT related work experience.


You will be assessed using a variety of methods including:

  • the creation of fully tested functioning software;
  • formal written reports;
  • practical tasks;
  • the evaluation of case studies;
  • presentations;
  • in-class tests both written and online.

The awarding body is Edexcel (Pearson).


Programme Manager:

  • Julie Wheadon BSc (Hons)

Module Leaders:

  • Dylan Whittingham MSc, BA (Hons), PGCE
  • David Howarth BSc (Hons), PGCE
  • Keith Ripper BSc (Hons), PGCE
  • Deen Najubudeen LLM, LLB (Hons)

Higher Apprenticeships

A successful Higher Apprenticeship scheme involving the HNC/HND Computing and Systems Development programme has been developed with the international security and aerospace company Thales that has a major presence locally. Students following this course are now gaining valuable experience and building exciting careers with the company.

Tuition fee

Full-time HNC fee £6,750 per year, part-time HNC £3,375 per year. See HE Tuition fees for more information.

Trips and visits are not mandatory; additional costs will apply.

You may be eligible for a student loan, or your employer may wish to support you on this programme.

Higher Education Loans

For this course you can apply for an Higher Education student tuition fee loan. See below 'Financial support and loans'.

No concessions

For this course we are unable to offer any fee discounts – see below 'Fees and finances'.

Higher Education documents

View our HE-related documents including student contracts and policies, procedures and regulations.

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