Computing HNC

Computing HNC

UCAS Code: II00 Duration: 1 Year Attendance: Full Time Location: Farnborough Campus Start Date: 11/09/2023    


About the course

This Higher National Certificate (HNC) is the first step towards your degree, which follows this pathway:

  • Year 1: Higher National Certificate (HNC)
  • Year 2: Higher National Diploma (HND) read more
  • Years 3/4: Top-up degree to convert your HND into a full degree read more

An HNC in Computing will develop your technical skills through applied learning across a wide-ranging study of the computing sector – perfect if you want to pursue or advance your career in computing. The course starts each September and is awarded by Pearson.

Course highlights  

  • It provides a route into careers related to computing including software design, computer networking and more
  • You will have the opportunity to gain CISCO CCNA Introduction to Networks and Introduction to Cyber Security qualifications during your course
  • One-year qualification to be followed up with an HND
  • Taught at University Centre Farnborough, with modern facilities including our high-quality computing suite with access to the latest software
  • You will enhance your knowledge, understanding and skills to set you up ready to enter into  successful employment in the computing industry


Why study this course with us?

Computing is at the forefront of everyday life in the 21st century, evolving at a fast rate. The ability to adapt with the industry and to understand different computing systems could lead to a variety of interesting tech-based careers.

At Farnborough, you will develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed to succeed in an IT environment. Not only will you develop skills specific to IT, you will also develop behaviours for work, for example by undertaking a group project or responding to a client brief. As part of the course you will earn vendor qualifications including CISCO CCNA Introduction to Networks and Introduction to Cyber Security, which are recognised by employers.

An HNC in Computing will allow you to study key areas of computing before moving onto a Higher National Diploma in your second year, where specialist pathways are available.

Who is this programme for?

This computing programme is for those with a passion to study and work in the exciting world of information technology. You might be working in the sector already, studying a Level 3, A Level, or Access to Higher Education course; be returning to education after a break, or wish to transfer from another higher education institution.

What will I study?

The modules introduce you to the core concepts of programming and networking essentials including protocols, security and how they operate. You will develop an understanding of database design and development and improve on your knowledge of security, the risks and how a security breach can impact on an organisation. To demonstrate your management and research skills you will implement your own project.


Fee Per Year £5000

Please note that while we make reasonable adjustments to remove any barriers to education, additional fees may be payable where this is not possible. For example, to provide additional support due to a disability. Please contact us if you believe you have any additional needs so that we can discuss your options before enrolling on a course.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about this course then please contact us by phone on 01252 40 55 55 or message us.

Your course

How will I be taught?

You will be taught in a variety of ways including lectures, individual presentations, practicals, independent and group exercise instructions.

What modules are covered?

Year 1

During your course you will develop the necessary skills to progress to year two through a combination of core and specialist units. Examples include:

  • Programming
  • Networking
  • Professional Practice
  • Database Design & Development
  • Security
  • Managing a Successful Computing Project (Pearson-set)
  • Software Development Lifecycles
  • Website Design & Development

How will I be assessed?

A wide range of assessment methods are used in this programme, which have been chosen to suit the subject material being taught. The range of assessment methods used in this programme includes in-class tests, assessed practical work, assessed coursework/assignments, and formative assessment through assignment work feedback, practical demonstrations, project report, project presentation and examination.

Your future

What Next?

On successful completion of this course, you could go on to study an HND in Computing. Futher career options include:


Entry Requirements

What is the entry process?

You can apply for this higher education course in the following ways:

  • Via the UCAS website. Visit www.ucas.com and browse the courses available under 'University Centre Farnborough'. 
  • Directly to University Centre Farnborough via the button on this webpage. Applications take around 15 minutes and are free of charge. You can apply to us direct at any time in the year (including after the UCAS deadline). Applications of this type are separate to the UCAS system, which means you could also apply for more than the five universities that UCAS allows.

UCAS Code - II00

Institution Code - F66

What previous qualifications and experience will I need?

You will need GCSE Maths or Computing at Grade C/4 or above and a suitable Level 3 Qualification in Computing / IT such as a BTEC Extended Diploma, or 3 A Levels including IT or Maths or equivalent.  

If you do not have any formal qualifications but can demonstrate relevant computer programming skills and relevant maths knowledge and skills, you can also apply for a place on the course.

If English is not your first language, evidence of your ability will need to be supplied with your applications. IELTS 6.5 is required. 

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Course Enquiry

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