Pearson BTEC Level 5 HND Plus in Computing (RQF)
GCSE English and maths at grade 9-4 (grade A*-C or equivalent) and a UCAS Tariff score of 48-64 from a full Level 3 qualification such as BTEC, A Level or an Access to Higher Education Certificate awarded by an approved further education institution in maths, physics, engineering, science, computer science, electronic systems or similar.
All students who are non-native English speakers and who have not undertaken their final two years of schooling in English, must demonstrate capability in English at a standard equivalent to IELTS 5.5; Reading and Writing must be at 5.5 or equivalent.
Mature students with appropriate related industry experience are encouraged to apply.
Who is the course for
Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals provide a wide-ranging study of the computing sector and are designed for students who wish to pursue or advance their career in computing.
In addition to the knowledge, understanding and skills that underpin the study of the computing sector, Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals in computing give students experience of the breadth and depth of the sector that will prepare them for further study or training.
First Year In the first year students develop a broad knowledge and awareness of key aspects of the computing sector at Level 4 through six core units (mandatory), which include one unit assessed by a Pearson-set assignment. The units are:
- Professional Practice
- Database Design & Development
- Managing a Successful Computing Project (Pearson-set)
- Computer Systems Architecture
- Website Design & Development
Second Year In the second year students develop a broad knowledge and awareness of key aspects of the computing sector at Level 5 through 2 core units (mandatory), which include one unit assessed by a Pearson-set assignment. The units are:
- Computing Research Project (Pearson-set)
- Business Intelligence
- Cloud Computing
- Network Security
- Advanced Programming
- E Commerce & Strategy
- Artificial Intelligence
Cisco “CCNA Routing and Switching” and Cisco “Introduction to Cybersecurity” are integrated in the BTEC L5 HND in Computing programme.
Actual Specialist units may be subject to change if sufficient number of students decide to follow one of the six specialist pathways offered by Pearson.
The course will also develop a broad range of transferable skills, which include communicating, team work, planning & organising, problem solving, IT skills and numerical techniques.
The course also includes four vendor qualifications delivered over two years: Year one
- CompTIA A+
CompTIA certificates will be administrated separately through Pearson VUE testing centres, which we offer in Uxbridge College and delivered during the student breaks, i.e. December, February, April & May.
Passing or failing the 4 vendor qualifications tests will have no impact on the BTEC HND+ Computing progression.
- 75% classroom-based learning supervised by a tutor
- 20% work-based learning supervised by a tutor
- 5% e-Learning supervised by a tutor in real time, guest speakers and field trips (Optional).
Students will attend college for 15 hours/Y1 or 14 hours/Y2 – over three days. Students are expected to complete approximately 18 hours per week of independent study (i.e. on research in LRC and completing assignments).
How is the course assessed
Assessment is through a series of assignments including 95% written assignments, 3% group work, 1% presentations and 1% Time-constrained assessments.
Where next - Further Studies
Details of entry requirements for BTEC Higher National graduates into degree programmes at institutions in the UK and internationally can be found here
BSc degree programmes and MSc programmes after suitable post-diploma experience.
Students have progressed onto the final year of a degree course at the following universities:
- Hertfordshire University
- Plymouth University
- Middlesex University
- Greenwich University
- Westminster University
- Staffordshire University
- Middlesex University
- London Metropolitan University
- London South Bank University
- Anglia Ruskin University
- West London University
- East London University
- Huddersfield University
- Bath University
- Northumbria University
Where next - Job Opportunities
The skills offered as part of the Pearson BTEC Higher National Diploma can provide graduates with the opportunity to work in many different areas of the computing sector. Previous students have successfully gained employment in the following roles: network administrator, IT help desk, application developer, Network Engineer, Computer Service and Repair Technician, Network Manager, Software Developer, Business Analyst, Web Developer, etc.
Please click here for the Course Handbook – containing full course details plus information on
- Assessment and grading
- College rules and resources
- Student support and representation.
Please click here to view the Terms and Conditions for our HE students.
UCAS code: I101
For students to be eligible for funding from Student Finance England, they must be studying on an eligible course at a provider registered with the Office for Students (OfS).The OfS is the new independent regulator for higher education in England and all higher education providers need to register with the OfS for their students to be eligible for student support in the 2019-20 academic year. The OfS has published providers on its Register and HCUC (Harrow College and Uxbridge College) has been registered since 10 December 2018. Please visit www.officeforstudents.org.uk for more information.
Last updated 4 January 2019
- Home student: £5,995
- Overseas student: £8,685
The fees quoted are for home and overseas students for one year of study and include tuition, exam fee, materials, ID card (which gives access to the college and facilities e.g. library) and college registration.
Whether you pay a 'home' or 'overseas' fee depends on whether you meet certain criteria. Uxbridge College does not create the criteria for fee status. The fee status criteria is provided in regulations and guidance, published by the government.
Please click here for information on the conditions you need to meet to be entitled to pay tuition fees at the 'home' rate for study on a Higher Education (HE) course at Uxbridge College. This information is only a summary.
If you are unsure about your status you should contact the Careers Team at Uxbridge College or please click here to complete the Fees Assessment Questionnaire and return it to the address given on the form. The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) also has information about residency for international students.
How to Apply
All applications for HND courses are through UCAS (Universities and College Admissions Service). For an application pack, contact UCAS on 01242 227788 or visit www.ucas.com
For information and advice from the College you can also make an initial application by clicking the Apply Now button below. Our Careers Team can provide you with support and advice to help you through the UCAS process.