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Computing (Network Engineering/Security/Applications Development) BTEC HND

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Computing (Network Engineering/Security/Applications Development) BTEC HND (full-time)

This course will allow you to develop a range of specialist technical skills, enabling you to meet the demands of employers in the computing sector and to adapt to a constantly changing world. The programme will cover a broad range of computing topics that may be encountered in modern business. You will benefit from our excellent cutting-edge computing facilities, small student groups and extremely supportive, industry-experienced teaching staff. By completing this course you will achieve an industry-recognised HND, which will enhance your career prospects and your employability. During the course you may also have the opportunity to gain additional professional IT qualifications with further study.

After completion on the HNC in the first year, you will be able to choose from the following pathways at HND:

  • Network Engineering
  • Applications Development

The programme will help you to develop a sound understanding of the principles in your chosen field of study and you will learn how to apply these principles more widely. You will be able to perform effectively in your chosen field and will have the qualities necessary for employment.

To apply to this course visit the UCAS website here or call 0345 658 8990 for further information.

Available Courses
Tresham College Kettering Campus
Starts: 26/09/2022
Type: HE
Day(s): Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Time(s): 9:00am - 5:00pm
Length: 30 weeks
Fees: £5,895.00
Fee notes: The fee indicated above is the fee for each year of the course.
Bedford College
Starts: 26/09/2022
Type: HE
Day(s): Tuesday, Thursday
Time(s): 9:00am - 6:15pm
Length: 1 year
Fees: £5,895.00
Fee notes: The fee indicated above is the fee for each year of the course.

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.

Course Information

Entry requirements

You will need:

  • GCSEs A*-C in English and maths or Functional Skills, AND
  • IT Apprenticeship Level 3, OR
  • A BTEC Level 3 qualification in Computing, OR
  • A GCE Advanced Level profile that demonstrates strong performance in a relevant subject, or adequate performance in more than one subject, OR
  • Other related Level 3 qualifications, OR
  • An Access to Higher Education Diploma in a Computing or related subject.

We also welcome applications from mature students who will be considered on relevant work experience rather than qualifications.

Course content

You will be expected to attend College for two full days a week.

You will gain academic, technical and professional training, leading to the skills necessary to design, implement, support, evaluate or manage IT systems in a vast range of industries, with the aim of gaining interesting and well paid employment, or possibly continuing your education to BSc (Hons) level after completing your HND.

The units available for study on this course are likely to include:

Year 1 HNC

  • Programming
  • Networking
  • Professional Practice
  • Database Design & Development
  • Security
  • Managing a Successful Computing Project
  • Computer Systems Architecture
  • Web Development

Year 2 HND

Network Engineering

  • Computing Research Project
  • Business Intelligence
  • Transport Network Design
  • Cloud Computing
  • Network Security
  • Cryptography
  • Forensics
Applications Development

  • Computing Research Project
  • Business Intelligence
  • Prototyping
  • Application Program Interfaces
  • Application Development
  • Advanced Programming
  • Games Development


*Please note that these units may be subject to change.

Assessment methods

Assessment is 100% assignment based. There are no formal examinations associated with this programme. Teaching methods include lectures, practical sessions, group work, tutorials and workshops. In addition, substantial learning resources and support material are available on-line facilitating home study.

Further study and career options

On successful completion of the HND you will have the option to top up the qualification to a full Bachelor’s degree or enter employment. The course opens up excellent career opportunities in IT, where you could gain employment in roles including:

  • Network Engineer
  • Systems Architect
  • Computer Service and Repair Technician
  • Network Manager
  • HCI Designer
  • Games Developer
  • Web Developer
  • Systems Analyst
  • Systems Tester
  • Database Administrator
  • IT Project Manager
  • IT Support Technician
Additional information

Significant additional study will be required outside College hours to be successful on this programme. Higher Education loans, grants and bursaries may be available to fund these programmes. You will need to spend £25 to attend trips that will complement your course.


Funding Information

You could be eligible to take out a loan to cover the cost of your tuition fees. Click on the link below to find out more about the financial support available for our Higher Education courses.

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If you decide to pay for your course yourself, we also offer an affordable Direct Debit instalments option to help spread the cost of tuition fees (terms apply).

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.

Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support

We are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.


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.