Farnborough College of Technology
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About this course

The BTEC Higher National in Computing is designed to help you secure the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed to succeed in an IT working environment. Not only will you develop skills specific to IT, our course provides opportunities for you to develop behaviours for work, for example by undertaking a group project, or responding to a client brief. As part of the course you will also earn vendor qualifications including CISCO CNNA 1.

Our course enables you to develop your skills further through applied learning across a wide-ranging study of the computing sector – perfect if you want to pursue or advance your career in computing.

In your first year you will study key areas of computing before moving onto the Higher National Diploma in your second year where specialist pathways are available. 


The University Centre Farnborough Experience:

✓ Degrees awarded by the prestigious University of Surrey
✓ Nationally-recognised HNC/Ds awarded by Pearson
✓ Small campus experience where you won’t get lost in the crowd
✓ Dynamic new University Centre building and Study Centre
✓ Cash bursary of up to £2k for those students/courses that are eligible
✓ Welcoming environment for both mature students and college leavers
✓ Work-focused qualifications that link to the needs of the workplace
✓ Recognition of prior learning and experiences mean you could join a degree in the second or third year
✓ Graduation ceremony to share your successes

Who is this programme for?

This course is ideal for students who have successfully completed the Level 3 Extended Diploma in IT or A-level equivalent or for other suitable applicants wishing to pursue a career in Computing and Systems development.


Fee Per Year £5000

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

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Studies include

What modules are covered?

Year 1

In your first year you will develop the necessary skills to progress to year two through a combination of core and specialist units, examples are listed below:

  • Core Unit Mandatory 1 Programming
  • Core Unit Mandatory 2 Networking
  • Core Unit Mandatory 3 Professional Practice
  • Core Unit Mandatory 4 Database Design & Development
  • Core Unit Mandatory 5 Security
  • Core Unit Mandatory 6 Managing a Successful Computing Project (Pearson-set)
  • Optional Unit 9 Software Development Lifecycles
  • Optional Unit 10 Website Design & Development

You will need to achieve all modules to gain the HNC. 


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 you will experience will give you the confidence and capability to complete the course and to progress further in your career. Your Tutor will be on hand to provide support during the assessment process and discuss any queries you may have. The range of assessment methods used in this programme includes:

  • In-class tests
  • Assessed practical work
  • Assessed coursework / assignments
  • Formative assessment through assignment work feedback
  • Practical demonstrations
  • Project report and Project presentation
  • Examination


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What Next?

Over the course you will build up enough units to achieve an HNC and can then select extra units to develop your progression to an HND.


This is a suitable qualification for those wishing to change career, develop programming and new technologies skills or move into a particular area of employment following a career break. The College is committed to delivering programmes that enhance the employability of our students by equipping them with the essential skills valued by employers.

The College has always had a strong vocational and professional focus, effective links with industry and employs a range of strategies to ensure that our graduates are ready to enter or progress in their chosen area of work.

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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 seperate to the UCAS system, which means you could also apply for more than the five universities that UCAS allows.

What previous qualifications and experience will I need?

You'll 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, 3 – A Levels including IT or Maths or equivalent.   

If you don't 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.

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