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.

You can also study for vendor qualifications offered by Cisco.


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


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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