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About this course

The HND in Computing and Systems Development prepares you for employment in the IT and computer science industry and allows you to develop technical and practical skills in a range of computing subjects including computer technology, database design, internet technology, programming, multimedia, interactive systems design and systems development.

Some modules are available via Online Attendance.

You can also study for vendor qualifications offered by Cisco.



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 of which are given below:

  • Research skills
  • Human computer interaction
  • Website design
  • Networking
  • Database design concepts
  • Business skills for e-commerce (core)
  • Computer systems (core)
  • Employability and professional development (core)

Year 2

  • Project design, implementation and evaluation
  • Knowledge-based systems
  • Data analysis and design
  • Data structures and algorithms
  • Web applications development
  • Computer games design and development
  • Distributed software applications
  • Programming


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
  • Examination
  • Project presentation and report

You will normally attend around 12 hours of timetabled taught sessions each week, and are expected to undertake at least 14–16 further hours of independent study and assignments as required.


Programme Structure

The structure of our programmes follows educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the Programme Specification documents found under our Quality Assurance page, including further details such as the learning outcomes.

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What Next?

Two years of full-time study lead to the award of an HND after which students may top up to the honours degree in Computing.


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 work.

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Entry Requirements

What previous qualifications and experience will I need?

48 UCAS points in relevant subject(s)

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