Computing & Information Technology

Students will develop a broad knowledge and awareness of key aspects of the computing sector at Level 4 through seven core units (mandatory) which include one unit assessed by a Pearson-set assignment and one further optional units at Level 4. The units are:

Core Units:

  • Programming
  • Networking
  • Professional Practice
    Database Design & Development
    Planning a Computing Project (Pearson-set)
    Cyber Security

    Optional units:
  • Strategic Information Systems

    Cisco “CCNAv7” materials are embedded in the BTEC L4 HNC in computing- Cyber Security programme. 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.
  • Entry requirements

    GCSE English and maths at A* to 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. We accept a wide range of European and international qualifications. Mature students with appropriate related industry experience are encouraged to apply.

  • Who is the course for?

    The Pearson BTEC Higher National Certificate in Computing- Cyber Security, is designed to train tomorrow’s security professionals, combining fundamental concepts and principles with exposure to current technologies and solutions. You will gain a practical understanding of key issues relating to the design, analysis and implementation of modern IT security systems.

    Also, you’ll develop an understanding of how network security systems function and how they might be abused and how security fits into business and commerce through applied learning.

    In addition to the knowledge, understanding and practical skills that underpin the study, Pearson
    BTEC Higher Nationals Certificate in Computing- Cyber Security, gives students the experience of the breadth and depth of the sector, which will prepare them for further study, training or to pursue a wide array of career pathways within the public, private and charity sectors.

  • Study methods

    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 16 hours – over three days. Students are expected to complete approximately 22.5 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.
    the grades in each subject unit are shown as:

    • pass
    • merit
    • distinction.
  • More information

    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: C400

      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 2023-24 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 for more information.
  • Where Next – Job Opportunities

    The skills offered as part of the Pearson BTEC Higher National Certificate in computing- Cyber Security 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: Computer Analysts, IT Security Coordinator, Ethical Hacker, Fraud Analyst, etc.

  • Where Next – Further Studies

    The Pearson BTEC Higher National Certificate provides a solid grounding in computing-Cyber Security at Level 4, vendor-accredited certification and Professional Body membership, all of which students can build on and allow students to continue their studies to Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Computing- Cyber Security.

    The Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Computing- Cyber Security allows students to specialise by committing to specific career paths and progression routes to degree-level study.

    On successful completion of the Pearson BTEC Higher National Diploma at Level 5, students can develop their careers through:

    • Entering employment
    • Continuing existing employment
    • Linking with the appropriate vendor accredited certificates
    • Committing to Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
    • Progressing to university.

      The BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Computing-Cyber Security is recognised by higher education providers as meeting admission requirements to many relevant computing-related courses, details of entry requirements for BTEC Higher National graduates into degree programmes at institutions in the UK and internationally can be found on the Degree Course Finder website ( and
  • Fees

    Home student fee: £6,000

    International student fee: £8100. There is also a registration fee for international students. This is between £115-25.

    The fees quoted are 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.

    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 please contact the Careers Team on 01895 853333.

    If you are unsure about your status, please contact the Careers Team at Uxbridge College. 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

    For information and advice from the College you can also make an initial application by clicking the Apply Now button. Our Careers Team can provide you with support and advice to help you through the UCAS process.

Course starting Oct 2023

Starts 2 October 2023

Duration 32 Week(s)

Location Uxbridge Campus

Days/Time Monday-Friday
09:00 - 17:00