Computing for England

Leaflet Code: HA0069


If you are unsure of the pathway in Computing that is right for you, then this course will offer you a great opportunity to gain a broad range of skills to prepare you for a job in the digital industry.
We have designed this course to be flexible to allow you to complete this course either in the day or the evening utilising a flipped classroom approach. When on site you will be doing practical work with theory sessions that be completed on campus or wherever you find best to study. For day delivery you will onsite one full day with Evening delivery over two nights a week with additional online support sessions during the week to support you with your work.
Within this course you will get the opportunities to develop software development, cybersecurity and networking skills, whilst exploring topics like the Internet of Things (IoT). You will gain knowledge and understanding of the range of careers available in this sector and receive opportunities to speak to our successful alumni as well as guest speakers from people working within the industry to guide you on your journey to employment or your next promotion.
Recently badged as a Higher Technical Qualification (HTQ) the course offers a greater level of collaborative development to work alongside organisations like Cisco and AWS to allow you to gain professional qualifications alongside your studies.
On completion of your 2 year HND you will have the opportunity to progress to one of our top-up degrees here at UCEN Manchester to complete your BSc (hons) either in Computing, Software Development or Network Engineering.

  • City Campus Manchester
  • Full Time
  • 2 years
  • January 2025

Quality Mark:

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Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers who are experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are UCEN Manchester alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject.

All staff are educated to minimum of degree level. Many have postgraduate and teaching qualifications as well as strong industry experience.

Year 1: Database Design and Development - HTQ Jan- Unit 4 (15 credits)

Year 1: Managing in the Digital Economy - HTQ Jan- Unit 12 (15 credits)

Year 1: Networking - HTQ Jan - Unit 2 (15 credits)

Year 1: Planning a Computing Project (Pearson-set) - HTQ Jan - Unit 6 (15 credits)

Year 1: Professional Practice - HTQ Jan - Unit 3 (15 credits)

Year 1: Programming - HTQ Jan - Unit 1 (15 credits)

Year 1: Security - HTQ Jan- Unit 5 (15 credits)

Year 1: Software Development Lifecycle - HTQ Jan -Unit 7 (15 credits)

The Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Computing offers students a non-specialist ‘Computing’ pathway, which allows students to complete a Pearson BTEC Higher National Diploma without committing to a particular professional specialism.

At Level 4 the course offers students a broad introduction to the subject area via a mandatory core of learning, while allowing for the acquisition of skills and experience through the selection of optional units across a range of occupational sectors. This effectively builds underpinning core skills while preparing the student for subject specialisation at Level 5.

Students will gain a wide range of sector knowledge tied to practical skills gained in research, self-study, directed study and workplace scenarios.

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

All the books required for the course are available from the library. However, you may choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop which is highly recommended. Estimated costs for a laptop/desktop are £300.

Materials are provided online and assignments are submitted electronically. However, you might also wish to print other documents.

Campus printing costs start from 5p per page.

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.