Computing and Systems Development HND/C

Milo repairing computerPurpose

The rapid and continued development of computing and IT has led to it becoming an integral part of every sector of society: business, industry, education, the National Health Service, the armed forces, the mass media and more. As a result, there is a high, worldwide demand for IT professionals and a very wide range of interesting and highly paid career opportunities for those with high level IT skills. The HNC and HND in Computing and Systems Development provide a good grounding for entry into these careers and for progression into 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 wide range of industries.


Length of study

The HND is a two year full-time course with teaching sessions usually timetabled over two consecutive days. This gives you maximum flexibility with regard to undertaking work experience placements and to maintain employment commitment.

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 per week.


Course content

Likely areas of study are set out below. For the HND you will study all modules. Students studying the HNC will study eight modules (120 credits).

Year 1 (HND and HNC)

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

Year 2 (HND)

  • Data Analysis and Design
  • Project Design, Implementation and Evaluation
  • Web Applications Development
  • Computer Games Design and Development
  • Programming in Java
  • Network Security
  • Digital Image Creation and Development
  • Web Server Scripting

 You will have the opportunity to take part in an overseas residential visit. Previous destinations for IT and Computing higher education students have included CERN and other sites in Geneva, Switzerland and various sites in Berlin, Germany. 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 and in-class tests both written and online.



Programme Manager:

  • Stephen Mansbridge MSc, BSc (Hons), PGCE

Module Leaders:

  • Dylan Whittingham MSc, BA (Hons), PGCE
  • David Howarth BSc (Hons), PGCE
  • Keith Ripper BSc (Hons), PGCE


Entry requirements

At age 18, the usual entry requirement is 180 UCAS points. Typically you may have gained an Extended/National Diploma (merit, merit, pass or above); AS and/or A Levels for example, one AS grade C plus two A Levels grade B and C or above. However, experience and other qualifications will be taken into consideration. Please discuss this with the Programme Manager.

Age 25 plus entry is considered on an individual basis by the Programme Manager based on experience, enthusiasm and other evidence of aptitude.
All applicants will have a personal interview.

Please apply directly to Strode College. See How to Apply for more information.



Successful completion of the HNC will allow you to progress on to the HND. Those who complete the HND will be able to progress to a BSc (Hons) in Computing or IT at a university.

Both the HNC and HND are highly respected qualifications within the many industries and business environments which require staff with high level IT and computing skills and will allow you to take up professional roles in employment.


Tuition fee

Full-time HND and HNC fee £6,500 per year and part-time HNC £2,500 per year. See the Financial Support page for more information.

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


Craig DrewStudent Profile: Craig Drew

“I like the atmosphere at Strode and the teachers are supportive. I have become more motivated to learn since starting this course. I love the different modules and want to learn outside of my study areas, not just to pass the exams.”

Future plans: A final year of study at Plymouth University to gain the full degree and then a career in software development.


Milo MansellStudent Profile: Milo Mansell

"I work for Indigo Herbs which was originally a small family business but it has grown and now employs 25 people. I decided to progress my education so that I could develop with the business."

"This Foundation Degree couldn’t be more perfect for me. The course content is so varied, it delves into every aspect of e-business including computing, business and management. It has given me the opportunity to learn so much and I want to continue learning. I’m now working in customer services and marketing and I’m more involved with the operational side of the business. The course is so relevant to my work and it has been a great help to me as the business grows."

Milo is studying the E-Business Technologies Foundation Degree while working for Indigo Herbs, an online retailer of super foods and health products. He plans to top up his degree to a full honours degree with the Open University while working for the business.