Key Facts

Level 5
Wakefield City Campus, ASIC Building
Start Date:
September, 2019
2 Years
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The Higher Nationals in Computing gives you the opportunity to follow your interest in Computing at Higher Education level.  If you are a student who has completed their level 3 studies recently or you are an adult looking to develop new skills and opportunities, the Higher Nationals in Computing will give you the abilities you need to target exciting careers in the field of IT/Computing.

Locally and nationally, demand for IT professionals is ever-increasing.  Based in our state-of-the-art new facilities and using industry-level technologies, students studying the HND in Computing will develop the technical, theoretical and personal skills needed to analyse, design, develop and support modern IT systems.

The course is designed to develop both the technical and academic aptitudes that students need for a career in Computing - specifically building the skills and understanding required to progress into software and systems development roles.

Course Features
  • TEF Silver Award
  • Huge investment in our new Advanced Skills & Innovation Centre
  • Brand new facilities
  • Outstanding employability record for graduates

Course Structure

Your first year of study will consist of the following units:

  • Programming
  • Networking
  • Professional Practice
  • Database Design and Development
  • Security
  • Managing a Successful Computing Project
  • Computer Systems Architecture
  • Website Design and Development

These units will give you grounding in the theories and practices of coding and developing business systems – along with the technical and mathematical abilities to understand how computers function.  You will learn how to manage IT projects, and develop your communication, business knowledge and analysis skills (of equal importance to modern employers as the technical skills).  

In the second year, you will continue your development in general computing skills, with an emphasis in software and systems development.  The units will include:

  • Business Intelligence
  • Robotics
  • Advanced Programming
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Client/Server Computing Systems
  • Application Program Interfaces
  • Computing Research Project

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a minimum of 64 UCAS tariff points from a Computing-related, full level 3 qualification.  Typically these are A-Levels, BTECs, GCE Applied or an Access to HE Diploma – but other equivalents (including international qualifications) will be considered. 

You should also have GCSE grade ‘C’ in English and Maths.

Alternatively, applicants with previous significant work experience or other relevant learning may be eligible via our APL process for accreditation towards this course. 

If you do not fit the typical profile outlined above (e.g. you may have alternative qualifications), please get in touch - as we consider all applicants on an individual basis.

All applicants must complete a satisfactory interview.


Points Required

If you’re applying via UCAS, find out more about how your qualifications fit into the UCAS tariff.

Fees & Funding

£6,750 per year.

Course Costs Included in the fees

  • Induction Week course activities
  • Teaching and technical instruction
  • Access to, and use of relevant workshops and equipment
  • Access to, and use of relevant equipment in studios, including computers
  • Materials used as part of timetabled workshop inductions
  • Access to, and use of recycled materials within workshop areas
  • Access to Academic Registry and Student Support
  • Access to Careers Advice
  • Access to the Library and associated resources

Course Costs Not Included in the Fees

Bursaries and scholarships

We have a strong commitment to widening access to higher education, and to help we have a range of bursaries and scholarships to support eligible students starting a higher education course with us in September. To find out more, email:

Other Financial Support

All eligible full-time Home and EU undergraduate students are entitled to apply for affordable Student Loans and Grants towards their tuition fees. For more information, please visit:


From games developer to manager of IT and communications services, you'll have a range of opportunities open to you as a computer science graduate

Job Options

Jobs directly related to your degree include:

Jobs where your degree would be useful include:

Remember that many employers accept applications from graduates with any degree subject, so don't restrict your thinking to the jobs listed here.

Following the first year of study (HNC), students will progress onto the HND in year 2, and potentially a BSc (Hons) in Computing via a ‘top-up’ third year.

Employability is at the core of the higher education provision at the College. There is a clear strategic aim to enhance student employability opportunities in the area. The College is proud of the extent to which employers have been involved in the design and development of programmes and how employability is embedded.
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