Courses at UCEN Manchester combine a variety of teaching and learning activities including seminars, lectures, tutorials, practical workshops and independent work individually as well as in groups.

In addition, these primary teaching and learning methods may be supplemented with field trips, work placements, guest lectures, presentations and group activities as applicable to each subject area.

UCEN campuses have libraries equipped with computers and printers for students which can be used in addition to the classrooms and course specific workspaces such as technology suites, workshops, laboratories and artistic/photographic studios.

As well as the software available to students on campus computers such as the Adobe suite, students are also able to use Microsoft Office remotely from their own laptops and access course materials using the Virtual Learning Environment.

Openshaw Campus
Full Time
1 year
January 2022
Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are with The Manchester College alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject.

• 48 UCAS points
• GCSE English Language and Mathematics A* to C, (or 9 to 4 where numeric grades are being awarded)

• A BTEC Level 3 qualification in Computing

• A GCE Advanced Level profile that demonstrates strong performance in a relevant subject or adequate performance in more than one GCE subject. This profile is likely to be supported by GCSE grades at A* to C (or equivalent)

Students that have passed a recognised Access programme will also be considered.

Computer Systems Architecture RQF unit 8 (15 credits)

Database Design and Development RQF Unit 4 (15 credits)

Managing a Successful Computing Project RQF unit 6 (15 credits)

Networking RQF Unit 2 (15 credits)

Professional Practice (core) RQF unit 3 (15 credits)

Programming (core) RQF Unit 1 (15 credits)

Security (core) RQF Unit 5 (15 credits)

Website Design and Development RQF Unit 10 (15 credits)
Graduates successfully completing the Pearson BTEC Higher National Certificate in Computing will be able to demonstrate a sound knowledge of the basic concepts of computing. They will be able to communicate accurately and appropriately and they will have the qualities needed for employment that requires some degree of personal responsibility. They will have developed a range of transferable skills to ensure effective team working, independent initiatives, organisational competence and problem-solving strategies. They will be adaptable and flexible in their approach to computing, show resilience under pressure, and meet challenging targets within a given resource.
All of the books required for the course are available from the library. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Estimated costs for a laptop are £300.

Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents.

Campus printing costs start from 5p per page.

You will need to purchase digital storage device up to 1TB at an approximate cost of £50.

All students are subject to UCEN Manchester’s Terms and Conditions from the date they accept an offer to study here, full details of which can be found here. The UCEN Manchester Admissions Policy and Procedure can be found here.

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