Top navigation bar Bottom navigation bar

Leisure courses

Access courses

Computing (Network Engineering/Security/Applications Development) BTEC HND (subject to validation)

This course will allow you to develop a range of specialist technical skills, enabling you to meet the demands of employers in the computing sector and to adapt to a constantly changing world. The programme will cover a broad range of computing topics that may be encountered in modern business. You will benefit from our excellent cutting-edge computing facilities, small student groups and extremely supportive, industry-experienced teaching staff. By completing this course you will achieve an industry-recognised HND, which will enhance your career prospects and your employability. During the course you may also have the opportunity to gain additional professional IT qualifications with further study.

In the second year of your HND you will be able to choose from the following four pathways:

Specialist pathways

  • Network Engineering
  • Security
  • Applications Development

Non-specialist pathway

  • Computing:  this pathway allows you to complete a Pearson BTEC Higher National Diploma without committing to a particular professional specialism.

The programme will help you to develop a sound understanding of the principles in your chosen field of study and you will learn how to apply these principles more widely. You will be able to perform effectively in your chosen field and will have the qualities necessary for employment.

Entry requirements

You will need:

  • GCSEs A*-C in English and maths or Functional Skills, AND
  • IT Apprenticeship Level 3, OR
  • A BTEC Level 3 qualification in Computing, OR
  • A GCE Advanced Level profile that demonstrates strong performance in a relevant subject, or adequate performance in more than one subject, OR
  • Other related Level 3 qualifications, OR
  • An Access to Higher Education Diploma in a Computing or related subject.

We also welcome applications from mature students who will be considered on relevant work experience rather than qualifications.

Course content

The first year of the course will cover a broad-based overview of computing, which will allow you to develop wide-ranging skills and knowledge. The second year of the course covers a range of topics relevant to your chosen pathway:

  • Network Engineering
  • Security
  • Applications Development
  • Computing

You will benefit from our excellent cutting-edge computing facilities, small student groups and extremely supportive, industry-experienced teaching staff.

You will be expected to attend College for a minimum of 16 hours per week: two full days, or a combination of days and evening sessions. Our computing courses are delivered in small groups, by lecturers with a wide range of industry backgrounds.

You will gain academic, technical and professional training, leading to the skills necessary to design, implement, support, evaluate or manage IT systems in a vast range of industries, with the aim of gaining interesting and well paid employment, or possibly continuing your education to BSc (Hons) level after completing your HND.

The units available for study on this course are likely to include:

Year 1:

  • Programming
  • Networking
  • Professional Practice
  • Database Design & Development
  • Security
  • Managing a Successful Computing Project
  • Systems Development Life Cycle
  • Web Development

Year 2:

Network Engineering

  • Computing Research Project
  • Business Intelligence
    • Transport Network Design
    • Cloud Computing
    • Network Security
    • Plus a number of additional optional units

Security

  • Computing Research Project
  • Business Intelligence
  • Cryptography
  • Forensics
  • Information Security Management
  • Plus a number of additional optional units

Applications Development

  • Computing Research Project
  • Business Intelligence
  • Prototyping
  • Application Program Interfaces
  • Application Development
    • Plus a number of additional optional units

Computing

  • Computing Research Project
  • Business Intelligence
  • Advanced Programming
  • Data Structures & Algorithms
  • Application Development
  • Plus a number of additional optional units

*Please note that these units are subject to change.

Depending on your choice of pathway you may have the opportunity to gain professional qualifications in addition to your HND.

Assessment methods

Assessment is 100% assignment based. There are no formal examinations associated with this programme. Teaching methods include lectures, practical sessions, group work, tutorials and workshops. In addition, substantial learning resources and support material are available on-line facilitating home study.

Further study and career options

On successful completion of the HND you will have the option to top up the qualification to a full Bachelor’s degree at university or enter employment. The course opens up excellent career opportunities in IT, where you could gain employment in roles including:

Pathway

Job Roles

Network Engineer

  • Network Engineer
  • Systems Architect
  • Computer Service and Repair Technician
  • Network Manager

Security

  • Forensic Computer Analyst
  • IT Security Co-ordinator
  • Ethical Hacker
  • Fraud Analyst

Applications Development

  • HCI Designer
  • Games Developer
  • Web Developer

Computing (General)

  • Systems Analyst
  • Data Designer
  • Systems Tester
  • Database Administrator
  • IT Project Manager
  • IT Support Technician
  • Web Designer
Additional information

Significant additional study will be required outside College hours to be successful on this programme. Higher Education loans, grants and bursaries may be available to fund these programmes.

To enrol on this course you must apply through the University & Colleges Admission Service (UCAS) using the institution code BEDF B23 and the course code 032L. Visit www.ucas.com or call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

Course information & how to book

You will need to complete a UCAS online application form to apply for this course, available at www.ucas.com. The codes needed are located in the 'Additional information' section above. Please call the College on 01234 291000 if you have any queries about your application.

LengthStart DateFees per yearLocationCourse Code
2 years 12/09/2017 £5040 Cauldwell Street F2227

Additional Learning Support
If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, are deaf or hearing impaired, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.  Find out more.

Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support
At Bedford College, we are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.  Find out more.

Accessibility
We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.
YouTube Instagram LinkedIn Moodle Higher Education Moodle Have Your Say