Computing and Systems Development HND/C

Computer buildingThe rapid and continued development of computing and IT has led to it becoming an integral part of every sector of society. 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.



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 HND is a two year full-time course with teaching sessions usually timetabled over two consecutive days. This gives maximum flexibility for undertaking work experience placements and maintaining employment commitments. 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.


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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

Download the Handbook for Year 1

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


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 and 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 BSc (Hons), PGCE
  • Steve Mansbridge BSc (Hons), PGCE ,MSc


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.



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


Chester GrayStudent Profile: Chester Gray

E-Business Technologies Foundation Degree (now HND Computing and Systems Development)

“I decided to stay on at Strode to take a higher level course because I had already studied IT here, I like the teachers and I felt it provided better value for money. It’s really good having the separate Higher Education building and I love the atmosphere. The smaller classes mean there’s a lot more individual help and support that you wouldn’t get at university. I’ve now got a part-time job working as a Computer Centre tutor at Strode College delivering courses for adults; I can fit this around my study time.“

Future plans: When Chester completes his Foundation Degree in 2016, he may pursue a career in teaching or progress to Plymouth University to study a final year to gain the full Honours Degree in Computer Science.


Craig DrewStudent Profile: Craig Drew

E-Business Technologies Foundation Degree (now HND Computing and Systems Development)

“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.