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Computing HNC

Computing students at Central Bedfordshire College (CBC).


Computing HNC (Central Bedfordshire College)

Technologies and Computing have radically evolved and is now heavily embedded in everyday life. Through these, we communicate, manage our finances, plan our transport and much more. In 2018 in the UK, there were 338,000 workers in programming and software development which is only ONE of the hundreds of roles available in this sector. If you are looking to start a career or boost your existing skills in this pivotal industry, there is a course here for you.

Need to know

Entry requirements 

GCSE English and Maths at A* to C/9-4 (or equivalent)


48-64 UCAS Tariff points including maths, science, engineering, computer science, electronic systems or similar


A Level 3 BTEC qualification / A Level / Access to Higher Education Certificate in one of the following maths, science, engineering, computer science, electronic systems or similar.

or relevant work experience

Course content

Our BTEC Higher Nationals in Computing are work-related qualifications for students taking their first steps into employment, or for those already in employment and seeking career development opportunities. They develop students as professional, self-reflecting individuals who are able to meet the demands of employers in the computing sector and adapt to a constantly changing world.

Core Units include:

  • Programming
  • Networking
  • Professional Practice
  • Database Design & Development
  • Security
  • Managing a Successful Computing Project With some specialist units also to complete

We have high professional standards and expectations of our learners and expect excellent attendance, punctuality and commitment to learning to ensure you thrive on your course!

Lessons can consist of lectures, discussions, independent research, industrial case studies, e-Learning modules and practical activates to develop vocational skills.

Your Tutor will be on hand to support you throughout your course to develop your skills, prepare you for your next steps and help you to achieve your goals.

The assessment methods used for this programme includes a diverse range of activities including online assessment, written assignments and practical exams to demonstrate competency.

Your Study Programme includes valuable additions to help you succeed!

You will have a regular 1:1 appointment with highly qualified and experienced professionals who will help you to manage your workload, give you valuable feedback and ensure that you meet College expectations.

Careers Advice & Guidance is available throughout your time at CBC from our friendly, dedicated Advisors. They can provide you with a wide range of support including CV writing, UCAS applications, interview skills and much more.

Next steps

Upon completing your course, you have a great range of options available to help you continue your adventure.

After completing the HNC Certificate in Computing you can progress to:

  • HND Diploma in Computing and Systems Development
  • Foundation Degree
  • Higher Apprenticeship

Additional information

Coming to College is a full time commitment and you will need to ensure that you have factored in the cost of travelling to College and potentially to a local work placement. If you are concerned about this, please click here to see what financial support is available through our Student Services team.

There are very few additional course costs for learners beyond the fee. You will need basic stationery and a reliable USB Stick. The college has an excellent Learning Resource Centre that includes an extensive library of books as well as good IT facilities, so if you don’t have access to the internet at home, you can complete your work in college. It is also recommended that you speak with your tutor/s and considered some of the suggested reading material. There may also be costs associated with trips should they be considered relevant to your studies.

Apply through UCAS

To apply for our University level courses, please visit UCAS using the link below.

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Available Courses
Central Bedfordshire College Dunstable Main Campus
Starts: 30/09/2024
Type: HE
Length: 1 year
Fees: £6,000.00

Whilst every effort is made to ensure the information on the Website is correct, some details may be subject to change. The Bedford College Group reserves the right to make amendments to the courses, dates, fees or other details, and to make cancellations or changes if numbers are insufficient. In the unfortunate situation that we have to cancel a course we will refund your fees in full, but we regret we are not able to offer any refund if you withdraw from your course or fail to start, and you will be liable to pay any outstanding fees that may be due.

Additional Learning Support

If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.

Any questions?

If you would like to find out more about this or other courses, please use our Livechat below, email or call us on 0345 658 8990.


We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 or 01536 413123 for more information.

Additional formats

Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on 01234 291000 or 01536 413123 to order your copy.