Farnborough College of Technology
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About this course

Progress your skills, knowledge and ability for further study or to prepare for employment in the computing industry, with our HND in Computing. This 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 a CISCO CCNA 1 qualification during your degree
  • One-year qualification to be followed up with a top-up degree
  • Taught at University Centre Farnborough, with modern facilities including our high quality computing suite with access to the latest software

Why study this course with us? 

Information technology is the glue that connects millions of people, aiding businesses and communities all around the world, every day. According to Prospects, there are currently one million people employed in the UK's IT industry, making it a thriving sector to work in.  

At Farnborough, you will develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed to succeed in an IT working environment. Not only will you develop skills specific to IT but 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 CCNA part 1, which is recognised by employers.

An HND in Computing will allow you to study key areas of computing before moving onto a top-up degree to gain a full honours degree.


Who is this programme for?

This computing programme is perfect if you have an interest in the world of information technology. You might currently be studying an HNC in Computing, already working in the sector, be returning to education after a break, or wish to transfer from another college or university.  

What will I study?

You will learn about project design, data analysis, data structures and algorithms. You will also explore the creative element of games design and development and improve on your knowledge of writing programmes in different computer languages.


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.

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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

How will I be taught?

You will be taught in a variety of ways. This includes lectures, individual presentations, practical’s, independent and group exercise instructions.

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.

What modules are covered?

During your course you will develop the necessary skills to progress onto a top-up degree through a combination of core and specialist units. Examples include:

  • 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 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.

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?

There are a wide number of careers where your new computing qualification will be relevant. Some of the examples below may require extra training and experience first. Please speak to our careers advisers to discover which career routes are best for you.

Jobs directly related to computing include:

  • Application analyst
  • Applications developer
  • CAD technician
  • Cyber security analyst
  • Data analyst
  • Database administrator
  • Forensic computer analyst
  • Game designer
  • Games developer
  • Information systems manager
  • IT consultant
  • Machine learning engineer
  • Multimedia programmer
  • Penetration tester
  • SEO specialist
  • Software engineer
  • Systems analyst
  • UX designer
  • VFX artist
  • Web designer
  • Web developer

Jobs where your computing qualification would be useful include:

  • Digital copywriter
  • IT sales professional
  • IT trainer
  • Nanotechnologist
  • Network engineer
  • PPC specialist
  • Social media manager
  • Sound designer
  • Supply chain manager
  • Technical author
  • Telecommunications researcher
  • Web content manager

Transferable Skills

  • Collaborative working with peers
  • Effective communication skills
  • Efficient problem-solving – react fast to find a solution
  • Negotiation skills
  • Time and organisation
  • Written and numeracy skills
  • Knowledge of rapid technological changes in computing
  • Commercial awareness
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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 separate to the UCAS system, which means you could also apply for more than the five universities that UCAS allows.

UCAS Code - II10

Institution Code - F66

What previous qualifications and experience will I need?

48 UCAS points from relevant subject(s)

Foundation Degree, HNC or equivalent. HE Level 4 in a relevant subject, Pass 50% average where classified.

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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